What are Terpenes?

Terpenes have become a regular topic of discussion among cultivators in recent years as their importance and value to crops has emerged. But what are terpenes and why are they so important? Let’s break it down; at their most basic level, terpenes are volatile aromatic molecules. Terpene molecules are responsible for the aromatic characteristics of certain plants and are inherently linked to the resin these plants produce. Terpene profiles can vary among different varieties of the same plant and are directly responsible for subtle differences in taste and smell.


Smell is an important part of terpenes, and countless terpenes are used for their aromatic profile. The scent of pine is related to the terpene Pinene, lemony sweetness to the terpene Limonene, and the soothing scent of lavender to Linalool, to name a few. Commonly, terpenes are used in aromatherapy to influence or impact the mood of the person receiving the aromatherapy treatment. Scents like Lavender, which contain high concentrations of Linalool, can have a relaxing and calming effect that can help with sleep or relaxing after a stressful day. Terpenes such as Limonene have a strong citrus profile and can have an awakening or energizing effect.


Scent may be what Terpenes are primarily associated with, but they have a variety of other useful applications that they lend to the plants they’re found in. Terpenes have been shown to have anti-bacterial and medical applications as well as qualities that could affect gastrointestinal issues, along with the potential to help with inflammation and auto-immune problems.

What does this mean for the cultivator? For the consumer? The best outlook is that as  terpenes become increasingly important among scientists and cultivators alike, it ultimately leads to a mutually beneficial place where understanding the importance of cultivating strains with high terpene concentration and unique terpene profiles leads to a better quality of finished product, and a continued discovery of new uses and functions of terpenes across many different applications.


Terpinator - the only fertilizer product of its kind - works to achieve this goal in plants by giving you improved terpene concentration in your grow. By contributing the building blocks for the terpene production process and utilizing the natural plant production pathways, Terpinator allows cultivators to unlock the true potential of the cultivar unique to them, rather than simply covering up or masking the true terpene profile of a plant by favoring a few terpenes.

This is just a quick overview of what terpenes are, and by no means does more than scratches the surface of what these amazing molecules can do for your plants! As they say, a little knowledge can go a long way. Next time you’re getting ready to fertilize, you may want to dig a little deeper into what Terpinator can do for your plants.