January Newsletter: Maximizing Yield per Square Foot

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.

February 9, 2016

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.

The cannabis industry is becoming increasingly competitive and those who wish to be successful need to be as efficient as possible. Today, we will look at how small changes can have a large impact on overall yield, creating an increase in revenue.

Tips to increase yield per square foot:

  • Trellis plants to catch wasted light – trellising uses all the light available and creates extra bud sites
  • Keep crop quality consistent by maintaining a sanitary cultivation environmentand eliminating airborne microbial contaminants
  • Add CO2 – plants need CO2 to grow and levels of 1500 ppm can increase yield up to 30% over atmospheric normals
  • Proper dehumidification is essential for plant growth, maintain an environment of 40 to 60% humidity
  • Embrace hydroponics – hydroponics allows plants to grow up to 50% faster than they do in soil
  • Hire a grower that can get the most out of the plant – this can potentially double production with little added cost
  • Think cubic feet, not square feet – use mezzanines to create a second floor of growing space
  • Keep the glass on any air-cooled reflectors clean to minimize the amount of wasted light

Most of these changes can be made within an existing cultivation facility, without much interruption in grow cycles. Small changes can have a large impact on a cultivation facility’s bottom line. Take a look around and see if there are any other adjustments you can make to your facility. Be sure to check out the Surna blog weekly for tips on creating a successful cannabis business.

As with any industry, the companies that make the most profit will be those that create an efficient operation, from top to bottom.

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