Flowering Plants (Metrc Manual)

The Flowering state is the third part of the growth cycle captured in the metrc system.

Harvesting, the process of cutting down a plant and obtaining the wet weight before initiating the trim process is performed on plants in the flower phase. Marijuana in the form of buds (flower), trim or shake by weight is captured and the product is now ready for the cure process. A harvest is required to be made up of strain specific plants.  

The Flowering Plants phase in Metrc is captured with the following 7 functions:

  1. Replace Tag button. Replace Tag is used to replace a plant tag that is damaged, lost or in someway in need of replacing.
  2. Change Room button. This can be used to change the room on one plant or multiple plants that you choose to highlight prior to clicking on the Change Room button.
  3. Change Growth Phase button. Change Growth Phase button is used to change the growth phase on one plant or multiple plants. 
  4. Destroy Plants button. Destroy Plants button is used to destroy plants, remove them from your active plant counts and put them into your Inactive tab because they are no longer active, viable growing plants.
  5. Changes by Room button. Changes by Room is used to move a section of plants or an entire room of plants. 
  6. Record Additives. Record Additives tab is used to record additives such as fertilizer, pesticides or other additives by plant. 
  7. Create Plantings. Create Plantings button is used for cuttings or seeds to be planted in an immature batch.
  8. Manicure Plants button. Manicure Plants button is used to create a manicure batch when trimming from Flowering plants, prior to harvest, in anticipation of selling or processing the product being trimmed off of the plant. If product is being trimmed off of a flowering plant in anticipation of wasting it, that does not get reported in Metrc; it gets reported in the waste log that is located at the OPC/Producer.
  9. Harvest Plants button. Harvest Plants button is used when you harvest your plant(s). 
     Each of the tabs shown above have specific features and functions and have been broken down individually for easier access and review.

Change Room - Flowering

The change room feature allows you to move plants from one room to another. Plants can be moved one at a time or in multiples. 

 

To select multiple plants you can use the control (Cmd key on Mac) or shift buttons on your computer in conjunction with your mouse to highlight all of the plants you would like to move. Simply hold down the control key (Cmd key on Mac) and select the individual plants or hold down the shift key and select the beginning and ending plant and your left mouse key to choose the plants you would like to move. The highlighted plants will be shown in orange. See picture below. 

When you select multiple plants, the change room form will add multiple fields. Metrc will allow you to apply single attributes to multiple plants. In the change room area the New Room and Move Date can be selected one time and applied to all of the plants in the list. See picture below. 

This example shows two plants being moved, you may however choose as many plants as you like. 

  1. New Room. Use the drop down to select available rooms (locations) to move the plant(s) to. After selecting the new room select the apply button to add the new room  to all plants in the list.  
  2. Move Date. Enter the date the plants moved. After selecting the new date select the apply button to add the date to all plants in the list.  
  3. Plant ID. The plant ID number will be populated in sequential order from the orange highlighted list the user initially selected.
  4. Perform Move button . Click this button to save your entry and move the plant(s).

If you choose to select a single plant you can simply select the Change Room Button on the far right end of the page. See picture below:

When you select the change room button the following form will open.

 

Complete the information for all of the plants in the form just as you would have for a multiple move shown in the first example. 

Remember:

  • In order to use the template for multiple plants you must highlight them in orange in the plants screen before selecting the change room button.
  • You can still add or remove plants to the list by using the Blue Add (+) or Minus (-) buttons. 
  • You can still move plants back to the original phase if you have made an error. 
  • Changing large numbers of plants may still be faster with the change by room feature. 

Change Growth Phase - Flowering

 

The Change Growth Phase feature allows you to change the Growth phase of plants from one phase to another. Plants can be changed one at a time or in multiples. 

To select multiple plants you can use the control or shift buttons on your computer in conjunction with your mouse to highlight all of the plants you would like to move. Simply hold down the control key and select the individual plants or hold down the shift key and select the beginning and ending plant while using the left mouse key. This will select the plants you would like to move. See picture below. 

After highlighting the plants use your mouse to select the change growth phase button and the Change Growth Phase form below will open. 

This example shows two plants being moved, you may however choose as many plants as you like. 

  1. New Phase. Select the phase the plant is moving to.  After selecting the new phase select the green checkmark button to add the new phase to all plants in the list.  
  2. New Room. Select the room the plant will be moving to in its new phase.  After selecting the new room select the green checkmark button to add the new room to all plants in the list. This is optional, if the plants are not moving room or if the plants are moving to different rooms you can choose not to use this function.   
  3. New Date. Enter the date that the plant(s) changed to the new Growth Phase. After selecting the date select the green checkmark button to add the date to all plants in the
  4. Plant ID. The plant ID number will be populated in sequential order from the orange highlighted list the user initially selected.
  5. Replace Tag. The plant tag can be replaced at this phase if the tag was lost or misplaced during the change or move process. 
  6. Change Phase button. Click this button to save your entries and selections, to change the phase of the plant(s).
     To Change the Growth Phase of a single plant select the Change Growth Phase Button on the far right side of the page. See picture below: 

When you select the Change Growth Phase button the following form will open.

Complete the information for all of the plants in the form just as you would have for multiple plants shown in the beginning example above. 

Remember:

  • In order to use the template for multiple plants you must highlight them in orange in the plants screen before selecting the change phase button.
  • You can still add or remove plants to the list by using the Blue Add (+) or Minus (-) buttons. 
  • You can still move plants back to the original phase if you have made an error. 
  • Changing large numbers of plants may still be faster with the change by room feature. 

  Replace Plants Tag - Flowering

In the event that an ID tag has become lost or misplaced a tag can be replaced providing a new ID number for that plant. The following form needs to be completed. 

  1.  Plant. Select the plant ID number from the drop down, for the plant tag you wish to replace (original ID).
  2. New Tag. Select the next available NEW plant tag id number from the drop down menu.
  3. Replace Date. Enter the date you are replacing the plant tag with a new tag.
  4. Replace Tags button. Click this button to save the entries and assign the new plant tag number to the plant.  Therefore; the old plant id number is no longer valid.

Remember:

  • Replacing a tag should be a rare event
  • When you replace a tag that tag will no longer be shown in your system. 

  Destroy Plants - Flowering

Plants are subject to failure at each stage of the growth cycle. The following form provides the user with a way to destroy plants that have not survived.

  1. Destroy Date. Metrc will allow you to apply the date to multiple plants. Enter the date into the Destroy Date field either manually or select today and Metrc will enter the date on your computer. After the date is entered select the apply button and the date will be applied to all of the selected plants.  
  2. Plant ID. The plant ID number shows the plant that will be destroyed. 
  3. Destroy Date. If you choose not to use the green apply function shown in item 1 you can enter the dates for the plants manually or select the today button.
  4. Destroy Plants button. Once all of the information has been entered and verified select the green Destroy Plants button which will execute the transaction. 

Remember:

  • Make sure you are destroying the correct plant, once a plant is destroyed it cannot be brought back.  
  • You should always verify your plant count against the rules to make sure a facility is in compliance with the regulations. 
  • The destroy plants feature can be used as many times as required. The destroy plants feature is not limited to one time. 

Changes by Room - Flowering

The most efficient way to move a large numbers of plants is to use the Changes By Room feature. The Changes by Room feature allows a user to change large numbers of plants by room or by phase without having to enter individual plant information. This will require the user to utilize the Changes by Room button in conjunction with a Room. To use this function to its maximum capability it may require the user to add or modify the Rooms they have already created.   

In many facilities a room may have multiple groups of plants. It is acceptable in Metrc to sub divide a room into multiple sections to match what is being grown in that room. For example: Flowering Room Section 1, Flowering Room Section 2, Flowering Room Section 3 etc.  

By utilizing this style of room layout, a user may use the Change by Room feature to move large groups of plants simultaneously without having to input information for each plant. 

 

Keep in mind that the room can stay the same while only changing the phase of the sections of plants in that room. After the rooms have been mapped out accordingly it is a simple task to perform the new room or new phase function. Simply launch the form in the changes by room feature and select the perform change function. For more information see moving plant section.  

  1. Changes by Room. This screen allows you to make room, phase or both room and phase changes of plants contained in a room (location).  You can move a whole room at a time from this screen.
  2. Change Date. Select the date you made the changes to the plants in the room.
  3. New Room. The New Room menu will allow you to choose the room or section the plants will be changing to without having to enter individual plant information. 
  4. New Phase. The New Phase menu will allow you to choose the phase the room or section will be changing to without having to enter individual plant information. 
  5. Perform Changes button. Select the Perform Changes button to save your data and execute the change.

For small numbers of plants that are not ready to move but are contained inside larger groups:

In the event some plants are not ready to move to the next phase or change rooms it is still possible to utilize this feature for efficiency. By performing the Changes by Room function the user can move all of the plants to the desired phase or location and then select the plants that are not ready to move or change phase utilizing the single plant option. The plants that were not ready to move can simply be moved back to the appropriate phase. Utilizing this technique may provide a more efficient way of handling plants than utilizing the control, shift or single plant move functions.

Remember:

  • You can move plants using the shift or control buttons (see moving plants for more details).
  • Room can be added or changed as the need arises, there is no limit on how many rooms you have, the names or how often they are changed or edited. 
  • A bar-code scanner may be useful in moving small numbers of plants to ensure the correct plant ID is being selected. 

Record Additives - Flowering

This area in Metrc is where additives like fertilizer, pesticides and other additives are recorded by plant. Additives may be recorded by room in the Additives Tab. Please see the State's rules and regulations as to whether additives are required to be entered into Metrc. 

  1. Type. Type is a drop down menu that will allow you to select the type of additive used on the plant. Fertilizer, Pesticide and other are available to use. 
  2. Product Name Field. Product Name Field is where the name of the product used on the plant will be entered.
  3. EPA Reg No. EPA Reg. No. is where the EPA regulation number of the additive will be entered. 
  4. Supplier. Supplier is where the additive was purchased. (Wholesale distributor, Warehouse, COOP, etc.)
  5. Appl. Device. Application Device is used to describe the type of Application Device that was used to distribute the Additive on the plants (spray bottle, fine mist, nozzle, measured scoop, etc.)
  6. Total Amount. Total Amount is used to describe the total amount of the Additive that was used.
  7. Date Applied. Date Applied is used to show exactly what date that the Additive was used on the plant. 
  8. Active Ingredient. Active Ingredient identifies the active ingredient in the additive. Multiple active ingredients can be added. This is the active ingredient listed on the product being applied and the concentration percentage. Active Ingredients will be stored once they are entered so that active ingredient will show on the dropdown list when logging future additives. The plus sign will allow you to add more active ingredients. 
  9. Plants Applied To. Plants Applied to identifies the plant or plants that the additive is being applied to. The plus sign will allow you to add more plants to the list. 

  Create Plantings - Flowering

Create Plantings is where cuttings or seeds can be created from a plant in Metrc. Please check the States rules and regulations as to whether using the create plantings is required. 

 

  1. Plant Field. Plant Field is where the plant tag ID will be entered that the cutting or seed is coming from. You may use the magnifying glass to see the list of plants available. 
  2. Group Name. Group Name will auto-populate with the plant tag ID however it is able to be edited into a Group Name that is needed, if you do not wish to use the plant tag ID. 
  3. Plant Type. Plant type is where clone or seed will need to be selected. 
  4. Plant Count. Plant Count is where you will explain how many cuttings or seeds were taken from the plant. 
  5. Strain Field. Strain Field is where you will specify the strain of the cutting or seeds that were taken from the plant. You may use the magnifying glass to see the available strains to choose from. 
  6. Planting Date. Planting date is the date the cutting or seed was taken from the plant. You may use the today button to display today's date. 
  7. Create Plantings. Clicking the create plantings button will create the new batch for the cuttings or seeds taken from the plant.


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