How do you grow standardized plants? Do you use special techniques?

The concept is to select a really good line of medicinal plants, multiply them in a consistent manner and then grow them in a controlled environment to make sure that this consistency is carried over through the growth period of the plant. It allows us as well to bypass the seasonal aspect of growing it outside, so we can grow them the whole year round. That’s good for supply as well, because very often the plants in the wild are harvested and then stored for months on end, and by the time they are processed there may not be anything left in the plant because it was left on the shelf for too long.
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