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Engineering for the Cannabis Cultivation Industry: An Interview

Posted by Celia Daly on Feb 2, 2017 11:16:00 AM

Here at Surna, we do a lot of things. But there is one thing at the core of what we do that we don’t talk about much-- our engineering services. Setting up a commercial cannabis cultivation facility inevitably involves engineers-- to help design the space and pick out equipment, among other things. We’re very fortunate to have an amazing staff of experienced and smart people to design our equipment, design our clients’ facilities and help maintain products after they’re up and running. So, I decided to sit down with Marc Nathan, Surna's engineering manager, to get his thoughts on the unique nature of engineering for cannabis cultivation facilities.

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Topics: cannabis, cannabis cultivation, featured, indoor garden, best practices cannabis, cannabis engineering, engineering for cannabis, Garden Set-Up, HVAC, indoor cultivation, indoor gardening, marijuana, marijuana cultivation

How to Effectively Cool your Nutrient Solution

Posted by Celia Daly on Jan 19, 2017 2:13:01 PM

Hydroponic systems are becoming increasingly popular in the industry as they’ve been shown to produce greater yields with less pest and fungal issues. We’ve been talking with many cultivators recently who are using hydroponics and need a nutrient cooling solution but are uncertain about how to go about it; so we’ve decided to share what we think are the best practices to grow big, healthy plants in a hydroponic system.

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Topics: cannabis, cannabis cultivation, cultivation, featured, indoor garden, current culture, deep water recirculation, efficiency, Garden Set-Up, hydroponics, maximum yield, undercurrent

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

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

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

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

How to Properly Measure Temperature of an Indoor Garden

Posted by Celia Daly on Jun 16, 2016 7:35:47 AM

The temperature of a cultivation room plays a large role in determining how plants grow and the quality of the final yield. For this reason, it is important to have a reliable climate control system and frequently check the temperature of each cultivation room. However, it is very easy to incorrectly check the temperatures of these rooms.

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Topics: featured, air handler, cannabis garden, canopy, Garden Set-Up, indoor cultivation, temperature

The Importance of Moving Air in an Indoor Garden

Posted by Celia Daly on Jun 9, 2016 7:23:34 AM

Basic scientific knowledge tells us that traditionally hot air rises and cold air sinks. The reason hot air rises is because the molecules spread out, making them take up more room, causing them to be lighter. However, other factors can impact how easily air moves about a room.

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Topics: featured, air movement, destratification fans, Garden Set-Up, humidity, stratification

A Little Preventative Maintenance Goes a Long Way

Posted by Celia Daly on Jun 2, 2016 6:59:28 AM

Everything in life benefits from routine maintenance - your car, your body, your house. A cannabis cultivation facility is no different. When integrated into the routine, maintenance becomes second nature. But what about the things that only happen every so often? Like an oil change on your car, these are easy to forget to do, but can make a huge impact on the life of your system.

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Topics: air sanitation, cannabis cultivation, dehumidification, featured, lighting, CO2, cooling, equipment, Garden Set-Up, preventative maintenance

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