Hort Labs Open to OU Alumni & Asynch

Aug 16, 2022 | Blog, Horticulture Tips, News

Oaksterdam University is excited to announce that our longstanding Horticulture Labs are now open to all OU alumni and students. Bring your plant babies, questions, and coffee for a morning chat about all things cultivation. 

OU’s “Hort Labs” have been a Friday morning staple for as long as we can remember. Until now, they were open only to students currently enrolled in our live courses. As we celebrate our 15th Anniversary we’re opening the labs to the wider OU community. 

Starting with our next lab at 10 a.m. PT on Friday, Sept. 19, 2022, alumni and asynchronous students are invited. Check your inbox for your Zoom link to enter the video call. 

The Two Jeffs

OU’s Hort Labs are hosted by “the two Jeffs” — famous indoor grower Jeff Jones and outdoor garden aficionado Jeff Hickey. They’re facilitated by OU team members Elizabeth Bowen and Samira Hasib.

According to OU’s Academic Coordinator Elizabeth, the labs are an opportunity for students to have their cultivation issues addressed in real-time. 

“Ask the Jeffs anything garden-related,” Elizabeth says. “It’s a chance to build community, meet like-minded people, lurk and listen or join in and ask questions.”

During one recent Hort Lab, Jeff Jones tended to his plants on camera, going through the cloning process during the chat. 

Jeff Hickey was also hand, and discussion ranged from the growing habits of cultivars like AC/DC, Kush, Ringo’s Gift, and Cannatonic to foliar sprays, autoflowers, pests, pathogens, and the importance of wearing blue light glasses while working in indoor grow operations.  

All Questions Welcome

No topic is off limits, and no question is too basic. 

Every Hort Lab includes a show-and-tell portion where attendees can feature their gardens or plants, as well as a Q & A. 

“Growing cannabis is an expensive proposition,” Elizabeth says. “The labs allow you to troubleshoot with your peers and subject matter experts.”

The fact that the labs are live each week means you can address time-sensitive problems to keep your plants healthy. If you’re stumped by something going on with your garden, you can display your curled leaves or discolored spots on camera for immediate advice.

Beyond the Buds

Beyond cannabis, attendees are welcome to ask about growing fruits, vegetables, and even houseplants. It’s a way to strengthen the OU Garden Club and bring together the OU community in a casual yet informative way.

“It doesn’t have to be a cannabis plant. It can be an aloe vera or ornamental orchid. We just want to celebrate and encourage this hobby,” Bowen says. “The labs have a high value for people actively gardening and those who just want to listen, learn, and improve.”

Students from around the world have joined Hort Labs in the past, sharing their love of gardening. We can’t wait to see you on the calls in the future!

Oaksterdam Horticulture Labs are held most Fridays at 10 a.m. PT. Current students can find the link in their student portal. Asynchronous students and OU alumni will receive the link via email. If you need to sign up for our emails, contact support@oaksterdamuniversity.com.

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