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Ask Erik: RAW! - Moving Your Crop in a Hurry: How to Bug Out

Hydroponics growers dread the midnight move, but sometimes a quick relocation of your grow is necessary. Hydroponics growers dread the midnight move, but sometimes a quick relocation of your grow is necessary.

Q:

I have been working really hard to bring my first crop to harvest, and have a lot on the line because I need to make back my investment and cover some of my start up costs. In hindsight, it would have been better to research my rental a little more, as it turns out there is a big property management company that is running the show.

Before moving your plants, let the containers dry out a little. Not to the point to stress your plants, but just to simply make moving large potted plants a little lighter, which means quicker.

Anyways, since I received an inspection notice I have done some research and found out that my growing situation is not necessarily welcome. From what I have heard from people who have found themselves in similar situations, the management corporation is quite heartless. I am planning a “midnight move” to avoid problems.

The plan is to keep this discreet because I don’t want to create security risks or create problems at the new location. Thankfully, the plants are in containers; however they are pretty big, maybe four feet tall. There aren’t hundreds of them though. Any advice, help!!!

A:

That can feel like a stressful situation because time is ticking and mistakes could prove to be costly. However, keep to the front of your mind that, with some planning and preparation, moving your grow won’t look much different to anyone else than moving some boxes in or out of a building.

Moving in or out of a building late at night i.e “Midnight Move” may draw some attention because loud noises, or strangers in the neighbourhood coming in and out of buildings at night is going to stand out. It sounds like you want to avoid any representatives from the management company, so why not stay inside the building, packing everything up perfectly first in plain boxes, then when 5 o’clock rolls around on a weekday, have your crew show up with the truck and proceed to bug-out. Believe it or not, rush hour traffic can be your friend in a situation like this. People are too busy trying to get wherever it is they are going while not whacking into another person to notice much else during this time of day.

Even consider having your crew dress in the same color coveralls, like uniformed movers. Do it fast and professional, don’t stand around smoking, talking loud, joking around etc. Once everything is out of the truck and securely behind closed doors in the new location then you can kick back. On the other hand, you now have a lot of work to do, because you need to set-up your grow as fast as possible so the plants don’t suffer any more than they already have.

Before moving your plants, let the containers dry out a little. Not to the point to stress your plants, but just to simply make moving large potted plants a little lighter, which means quicker. Apply a light foliar spray of a B-Vitamin solution before packing up and moving plants. A full spectrum of B-Vitamins will help to minimize shock and stress on the plants while being moved around.

Plants respond to touch, so ensure that the plants are handled gently and are put back under grow lighting as soon as possible. If you have larger plants, tying them around to hold the branches together and up will help to minimize damage. The growing tips of plants are sensitive; avoid banging them around as much as you possibly can.

Good luck with the move, and I will trust you have done your due diligence in researching your new location - imagine having to do this again?!

Cheers, Erik Biksa

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