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Finding the Right Contractor for your Cannabis Cultivation Facility

Posted by Celia Daly on Dec 15, 2016 2:12:28 PM

So, you’ve been working for months to get all your documentation together to get licensed, picked out a space for your facility, found investors, decided on your lighting, climate control, pest control and automation systems and you’re finally ready to start building. Well, hold on because the last-- and possibly one of the most important-- decision has yet to be made. Who will be your contractor?

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Topics: cannabis, cannabis cultivation, featured, indoor garden, building cannabis, construction, contractors, Garden Set-Up, installation

Options for Controling your Pest and Fungal Issues Despite Strict Regulation

Posted by Celia Daly on Dec 8, 2016 2:01:41 PM

Lately, it seems every other article we read is about growers having to dispose of large percentages of their crops due to testing failures. The recent tightening of regulations on pesticides and fungicides in Oregon has had a serious effect on cultivators as they try to figure out new ways to grow healthy plants without depending on chemicals. But this isn’t just an Oregon problem. More states are joining the cannabis market and, with that, comes stricter testing regulations. In fact, a new study by Steep Hill Labs shows that if California were to adopt similar testing standards to those used by Oregon Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (ORELAP), nearly 83% of crops would fail. That is no small issue.

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Topics: air sanitation, airoclean, botrytis, cannabis, Cannabis Basics, climate control, featured, fungal control, fungicide, fungus, indoor garden, ionizers, mites, mold, ozone, pest, pest control, pesticide, powdery mildew, spores, ultraviolet, UV

Considering your Regional Climate when Choosing Equipment for Cannabis Cultivation

Posted by Celia Daly on Dec 1, 2016 12:21:50 PM

Here at Surna, we’ve been designing facilities for indoor cultivation for close to 10 years and we’ve been excited to watch as new states begin coming online and more people reach out to us for guidance in designing their cultivation facility. Over and over, we get asked about what kind of equipment grower’s need and our response is always “it depends”. This can be confusing sometimes but designing the ideal environment means thinking about your grow holistically and considering everything from your growing style to temperature and humidity parameters to the types of lights being used to power capacity and more. But, one of the most important indicators of what type of equipment to choose is the physical location of your cultivation facility. With so many diverse climates in the United States, cooling and dehumidification needs vary vastly from region to region. So, we’ve gone ahead and highlighted some of the major regions of the country and detailed options to consider when choosing a cooling system.

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Topics: cannabis, climate control, featured, indoor garden, arizona, California, cooling, Garden Set-Up, humidity, Massachusetts, michigan, nevada, oregon, Pennsylvania, washington

What We Learned: MJ Biz Conference and Expo Recap

Posted by Celia Daly on Nov 22, 2016 12:09:36 PM

We had a great time in Las Vegas last week for Marijuana Business Daily’s 5th annual Marijuana Business Conference and Expo. The energy was great following such great election results for the cannabis industry. In fact, people were so excited that the show not only sold out its 7,500 tickets, but it sold out an additional 2,500 tickets (and were still turning more people away) making this show one of the largest we’ve ever seen! Ten thousand people showed up proving that the cannabis industry is here to stay.

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Topics: biosecurity, cannabis, cultivation, featured, indoor garden, hybrid, sustainability, Surna, Hybrid building, MJ Biz Con, MJ Business Daily, operating expenses, Our Perspective, Tradeshow, Vegas

Cannabis Legalization: What it Means for Cultivators

Posted by Celia Daly on Nov 10, 2016 11:29:35 AM

Tuesday marked an incredible moment in history. This election will be remembered as one of the most shocking of all time. Donald Trump is now president elect of the United States of America. But before you start packing your bags and looking around for your passport, remember that now 1 in 5 Americans have access to marijuana. Yes folks, cannabis was the big winner this year with four states (Massachusetts, California, Nevada and Maine) voting to legalize recreational use for adults 21 and older and another four (Florida, North Dakota, Montana and Florida) voting to add or expand medical use. These states together represent about 75 million Americans who now have some type of access to cannabis. With so much uncertainty about what happens now, we can take comfort in one guarantee-- cannabis is not going anywhere anytime soon.

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Topics: cannabis, featured, California, Massachusetts, cannabis legalization, Surna, Arkansas Medical Marijuana Act, California cannabis, cannabis culture, Florida, Issue 6, legislation, medical cannabis, Montana, Our Perspective, Prop 205, Prop 64, Question 1, Question 2

Sustainability for your Indoor Garden

Posted by Celia Daly on Nov 3, 2016 11:02:22 AM

This is an exciting time for Cannabis. An estimated 84 million Americans will be affected by proposed cannabis legislation on the ballot next week. This is significant for the industry, marking a turning point in our country’s relationship with the plant. However, as more and more states come on board, it is inevitable that cultivation operations will begin multiplying at incredible rates. It is important that this innovative industry approach these new opportunities responsibly and in a way that shows the world that we understand and respect the resource constraints we are facing. The good news is that, because the industry is so young, we have the chance to set standards on how we will utilize resources.

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Topics: cannabis business, cannabis cultivation, climate control, cultivation, featured, growing, indoor garden, Surna reflector, efficiency, efficient, energy efficiency, Garden Set-Up, LED, sustainability, sustainable

Indoor Gardens: Managing two distinct environments

Posted by Celia Daly on Oct 27, 2016 5:09:35 PM

There are many positives about growing in an indoor, sealed environment. The vast majority of cannabis cultivators rely on this method to maximize output.  Indoor gardens allow cultivators to get multiple harvest per year while reducing exposure to pests, fungus and bacteria.  Further, indoor cultivation eliminates outside conditions as a concern for indoor climate, and ensures a secure operation.

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Topics: cannabis cultivation, cannabis growing, climate control, cultivation, cultivation equipment, dehumidification, growing, Surna reflector, climate, cooling, efficiency, environment, Garden Set-Up, humidity, indoor gardening

June Newsletter: Be The Good You Want to See

Posted by Celia Daly on Jul 12, 2016 6:15:00 AM

Each month, we publish a newsletter discussing a trending topic within the cannabis industry and how it shapes Surna’s philosophy. To be one of the first to receive this information, be sure to sign up for our email list.

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Topics: cannabis cultivation, efficiency, efficient growing, newsletter, Our Perspective

Keeping the Garden Clean

Posted by Celia Daly on Jul 7, 2016 7:20:12 AM

Protecting the biosecurity of a facility involves a variety of best practices. Instead of explaining what we think is the best way to ensure healthy plants through biosecurity, we’d like to share what some of our clients and partners think.

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Topics: biosecurity, cannabis, cultivation, featured, growing, clean room, Garden Set-Up

What We Learned from the 2016 NCIA Cannabis Business Summit Recap

Posted by Celia Daly on Jun 30, 2016 7:18:49 AM

We had a great time in Oakland last week for NCIA’s 3rd Annual Cannabis Business Summit & Expo. This year, the show moved to Oakland, allowing the industry to get a feel of what it will be like when California legalizes adult use.

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Topics: cultivation, featured, California, efficiency, ROI, NCIA, Our Perspective

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