Article by High! Canada
Remo Nutrients was truly spawned from a passion for growing. As the world renowned “Urban Grower”, Remo has helped thousands of people to learn the skills necessary to produce a world class product. His expertise covers all levels of growing and has landed him 34 awards, worldwide.
Remo and his wife Sandra run Remo Nutrients, who create 8 products that offer a complete system of the vitamins, minerals, and extracts that your plants need to achieve their maximum growth potential. By using pharmaceutical grade ingredients, their system opens up your garden’s growth potential to the maximum degree and their facility is located in beautiful Maple Ridge, BC. Remo is also a well loved Canadian cannabis and GYO spokesman and if the success of his Youtube offerings on his incredibly popular Urban Remo channel is any indicator – we are going to be hearing more and more from this incredibly gifted grower – and you know what – we are so very ok with that. Remo, what can you tell our readers about simplifying growing at home?
I think the easiest thing to do to get optimal results in growing the best cannabis is to grow in the style we call closed environment agriculture. You can see examples of this on a program I did called Let’s build a grow-op from build to bud and it shows setting up a grow. What I mean by closed environment is that is it completely sealed, there is no in and out fans we are not exchanging any air with the outside. We use either air conditioning or a chiller to control the temperatures. When you stick a bunch of lights into a closed room and there is no cooling or in and out vents you just created an easy back oven sort of speak. It’s important to cool it. It’s also important to throw in some de-humidification in my case I use quest humidifiers and it maintains my humidity between 40-50%. We also have a CO2 system that helps injects CO2 into our air. When we grow in an environment that is rich in CO2 you actually get accelerated growth. So let’s say a normal amount 400 ppm of CO2 if you elevate that to let’s say 1000 or 1200 ppm it’s like supercharging the garden. You’ll see amazing results you’ll increase your yields to about 35%.
Do you have a few general tips for those growing at home?
Be sure to include a UVC light in your air handle for your air conditioner this will save you a lot of tears and problems with powdery mildew. It also treats the water so you can give it back to your plants. For any grower if you’re going to start out, keep it simple. If you build a beautiful set up as I’ve described with the air conditioning, UVC lighting and CO2, use a big pot. Use at least a 5-gallon pail.
I produce a vegan line of nutrients for a growing line. We try to standardize it and reduce the amount of steps. We try to compress the whole thing to make it easier for the grower. Another thing we have done is make all stacker products if you take a look at my most popular product, which is Velokelp. It is actually 2 kinds of kelp: cold pressed Pacific and Atlantic and then you have humic and fulvic acid which my competitors sell separately and then 5 B vitamins. Comparing that to my competitors that would be like 4 different products. We’ve compressed it into one. I make 3 other additives. One is nature’s candy, which is more than a carbohydrate. It is inverted cane sugar with blackstrap molasses in it as well to bring out more terpenes as well as amino acids. We also have astro flower which has potassium booster it is very concentrated also contains humic acid for the minerals. Our last product is beneficial and it is three times stronger than the original calcium magnesium stuff out there.
Are there any potential pitfalls new growers should look out for?
Take a look at the ingredients before purchasing a lot of these products. A lot of them are high in ammonium nitrate. It doesn’t rinse from the cannabis as well. We don’t claim to be organic just vegan but a lot of companies claim to be organic yet test really high in heavy metals.
You have a huge online presence, what do you have going on now?
I’ve been making videos since about 2004, I first started on YouTube in 2006. I was amongst the first group of cannabis youtubers. Back then, everyone was afraid to do it but I was federally licenced so I had no fear. It has actually progressed into a bigger thing than I’d ever thought it would be. Urban Remo is my second YouTube channel and now the biggest cannabis YouTube channel in Canada. I am more than just a cannabis consumer, I like to grow but I advocate that everybody grow their own. I started out as a patient grower and now with legalization I’m going to suggest that people grow for themselves even in the recreational market because you should be in control of your own destiny. You know what you’ve done to the plants, if the plant had a problem or something nasty was sprayed or not sprayed because you’ve done it. Not to mention the cost growing your own cannabis you’re saving a lot of money.
Can you tell us about your family-oriented business model?
Who can you trust the most – your family. The thing with family is that I am not worried about any of them going away. I have a great family they get along well. My wife is the best partner in the world. She helps manage the business and social media part of it. My daughter is involved she is a genius when it comes to numbers, she handles all the finances. She’s a financial analyst so she gives us that insight. My son in-law takes care of our warehouse. We all wear many hats. My son in-law is the general manager.