When designing a commercial cannabis cultivation facility, many people think in terms of square footage in order to determine how many plants they are able to grow. But, if your rooms are tall enough, why limit yourself to one level? Instead of thinking in terms of square feet, it is time to start thinking in terms of cubic feet.
As of this writing, all recreational plants in Colorado and Washington must be tested for contaminants such as mold and bacteria (Colorado is currently working to require testing for medical marijuana as well). With the push behind legalization, there is also a push to ensure that the products consumers buy are safe for consumption. Gone are the days of people clamoring for any product they can find - legalization is turning people into savvy consumers.
In March, Surna was invited to be a presenter on the Cannabis Investor Webcast. Surna presented during the first hour of the webcast, opening up the day-long, multi-company event. Each month the webcast attracts hundreds of investors and professionals both from within the cannabis industry and those seeking more information on how to enter the market.
As your cannabis plants grow, they will frequently need to be moved into larger containers as available root space becomes limited. While it may be tempting to simply start plants in a 10-gallon pot and skip up-potting altogether, this will lead to water waste issues, smaller plants, and lower yields. Instead, plants should be started in a container that holds ¼ gallon to 1 gallon of growth substrate and gradually moved up to a larger volume flowering container.
While starting a new commercial cannabis cultivation operation may seem daunting at first, there are a few simple actions that you can take to make everything go as smoothly as possible. Ideally, all of these things should be planned out before starting to build the grow, but some aspects can be added in phases if start-up finances are limited.
In cannabis cultivation, as in life, there are two types of stress - good and bad. Good stress causes the cannabis plant to work harder to achieve a desirable goal (larger buds anyone?); whereas, bad stress is counterproductive to growth and could ultimately kill the plant. As such, when growing cannabis in a commercial setting, it is important to maximize the use of good stress and minimize the introduction of bad stress.
We had a great time in Seattle for CannaCon. Over the course of three days last week, we met a lot of people and engaged in interesting conversations.
In order to get a commercial grow up and running, you are going to need man power. While there are many jobs within a grow, there are three key positions that every good cultivation site needs to get started: a knowledgeable grow room designer, an experienced facility/maintenance manager and a master grower.
This year’s ASHRAE Conference and AHR Expo was nothing short of interesting. For one week Chicago, IL, became home to thousands of HVACR engineers. It was an excellent opportunity to mingle with fellow engineers in the industry to discuss alternative technologies and applications. Most engineers worked in typical HVACR services which allowed us at Surna to stand out. Everyone I had the opportunity to talk to was very interested in how Surna applies hydronic cooling to the cannabis industry.