Growing Exposed Season 1 Episode 10 – Water Grows Weed
Youutbe description: A desert off the Las Vegas strip with summer heat that gets well over 100 degree does not sound like the prime location to grow first class cannabis cannabis, but there is a 42,000 square-foot facility that has ingenious solutions to grow the best weed around. In a short group tour, we took a look at Cannabiotix. Cannabiotix grows 27 unique strains and is devoted to sanitation and water conservation in order to adequately quench the thirst of their plants, even in the case of a drought.
Before entering the veg room, Cannabiotix requires you to suit up in quarantine and take an air shower to prevent the spread of outside contaminants, pests, and fungus. All plants are top-fed and kept in coco/perlite mix and are hand-watered. Every strain requires different things, so automating feeding schedules is not an option. Veg is the most delicate stage in the growth cycle, so it is also the most labour-intensive requiring around 4-5 workers watering and tending plants every day.
Being in the desert requires some serious cooling and water systems, but thankfully Cannabiotix is well on top of that issue. They have built a large system involving an air separator that delivers air through a dehumidifier that reclaims excess water out of the air and sends it to water chillers outside the facility. The water is filtered using Hydrologic ARCS systems and is de-chlorinated, sanitary, and ready for re-use.
Every 4-5 weeks, Cannabiotix are pulling 400-500 lbs of cannabis. In the flower room, which contains 460 lights for flowering, Cannabiotix harvests full plants and hang-dry traditionally for about 5-7 days, and trim the buds by hand. This method is unprecedented in the commercial market as people want faster results, less labour cost. However, David Lloyd of Cannabiotix believes the quality they get from hand-trim and hang-dry greatly outweighs any of the monetary benefits of quick, speedy low cost trimmers.