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CA Metrc: Grow Stages and Moves
CA Metrc: Grow Stages and Moves

Take a look into how plants move through their growth cycle as a Cultivator in California

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Written by Madie
Updated over a week ago

In this article, we're going to look at how plants move through GrowFlow, from clone through to harvest and beyond. 

Note: This article only applies to those in California. If you are not in California and are connected to Metrc, please see Metrc: Grow Stages and Moves.

Let's go over a few Metrc basics. In Metrc, everything pretty much falls into three categories.

  • Immature Plant Batches: Clones and Seeds; these are identified by a Batch Name, rather than a Metrc tag.

  • Plants: Needing one Metrc Plant Tag per plant

  • Packages: This is everything else, such as large lots of Bulk Flower or some pre-packaged edibles; these items need one Metrc Package Tag which represents the whole package

Grow Overview Stages

1. Packages: This first column is where you can see all your packages which are of the type "Immature Plants. These are basically the same thing as Clones or Seeds however they are represented by a Metrc Package Tag, rather than a Metrc Plant Tag. If you purchase any clones from another cultivator, this is where you can find them after you have received the Transfer.

Remember! After you purchase a package of clones, you'll need to turn them back into a Plant Batch. Just click on the green arrow to move them into the Clones, Seeds column.

2. Plant Batches: This is where you can create new plant batches of clones or seeds by clicking the New button. You can also see all your currently growing batches of clones. Some people like to use this column to represent new, unrooted clones, and when they root, they'll move them into the Vegging column.

3. Vegging: In California, Metrc recognizes plants in Veg as Plant Batches. When clones are progressed into Veg, they are still identified as a group by their Immature Plant Batch Name.

4. Flower: Once you progress your Vegging Plants into Flower, you'll need to make sure that each Plant has its own Metrc Plant Tag.

5. Harvest: This is where you will enter your harvested Wet Weights as the beginning stage of the Harvest Batch into the system. In California, you are required to weigh the full harvested plant, minus the root ball, and enter the weight of the harvest batch into the system. This will become known as the "original wet weight" where you also have the option to assign the Harvest Batch Name, if one is not specified, GrowFlow will generate a Harvest Batch Name for you.

After Drying, you will also be able to create Packages of material from the harvest batch. Once you're done, the Harvest Batch will be marked as finished and will be hidden from your main screen.

6. Bulk Inventory: This is where you can see the remaining Packages that have been created from a Harvest Batch.

Grow Overview Moves

Packages ➜ Clones & Seeds

When purchasing Clones or Vegging Plants they will arrive with a Metrc Package Tag and can be found in the first column of the Grow Overview, after accepting them in Metrc. You'll need to unpack the plants to place them into the Clones, Seeds column and to reassign an Immature Plant Batch Name as the identifier.

1. To unpack, hover over the plants in the Packages column, then click on the green arrow.

2. Select the line item and enter the number of plants to create in the Qty To Create field, then click Un-Pack.

3. Now that the Package of plants has been turned into an Immature Plant Batch, they can be found in the Clones, Seeds column of the Grow Overview.

Plant Batches ➜ Vegging

1. To move one strain of clones into Veg, hover on the strain, then click the green arrow

2. Or, you can move an entire room into Veg by clicking the green circular arrow

If any plants in the batch should not be progressed to Vegging and require destruction, click Log Destroy to enter the number of plants to send to the Waste Log, then select a Destroy Reason and enter an explanation.

3. To create new batches of Clones or Seeds, click the New button

See Wholesale: Create Clones and Seeds for steps on creating Clones or Seeds from Mother Plants.

Vegging ➜ Flowering

Once your plants are in Veg, you may want to move them between rooms. You can do that by clicking on the plants by strain or room on the Grow Overview, then clicking Move Rooms. Or, you can accomplish this on the Plants Overview.

See Wholesale: Move Plants to a New Room for these steps on the Plants Overview.

At the end of their Veg period, you will move the plants into the Flower stage. At this point, you will need to assign a unique Metrc Plant Tag for each plant in Flowering.

See Wholesale: Move Plants into Flower for steps on moving plants from Veg to Flower.

Flowering ➜ Harvest

At the end of your plant's life cycle, it will be harvested.

Harvest ➜ Bulk Inventory

Once harvest wet weights are entered, Harvest Batches can be found in the Harvests column for entering the wet or dry material package weights, creating bulk inventory.

See Wholesale: How to Package Harvests into Bulk Packages for steps on packaging harvests into Bulk Inventory.

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