US: Update on conversion of largest cannabis greenhouse in Nevada

Flower One has provided an update on its conversion of the largest commercial-scale cannabis greenhouse in Nevada. Once completed, the facility will be home to Flower One’s high-tech 400,000 square foot cultivation facility and 55,000 square foot production facility, making it the largest cannabis operation in Nevada.

In May 2018, the company began the conversion of its Nevada greenhouse. Since then, more than 16,000 hours of renovation and construction work have been undertaken with the goal of delivering a state-of-the-art cannabis cultivation and production facility in Nevada. Design input has come from cultivation experts and a team of growers who have successfully operated the largest operational greenhouse campus in North America. This transformation is being carried out by a food and beverage design firm in the United States in conjunction with more than a dozen design and consulting firms to the cannabis industry.

In order to ensure optimized yield and quality of flower, the design allows for maximum control in all aspects of propagation, cultivation and processing. Plant raising is managed in cutting cells with robust environmental controls, full spectrum controllable lighting and irrigation controls to ensure highest plant quality. Vegetation zones utilize low, medium and high-density ebb and flood floors with automatic disinfection between cycles. Flowering takes place in eight independently controlled zones with each zone deploying automated light deprivation blackout screens.

In addition, the greenhouse systems include pipe rail heating, grow pipe heating, horizontal air flow fans, natural venting, bug screens, heat and light screening systems, and computer-controlled drip irrigation. Flower One is also deploying liquid cooled LED hydroponic lighting, odor control, de-humidification, high pressure fogging, and active chilling. Each zone is outfitted with a wide array of environmental sensors to allow growers to have real-time feedback on the climate condition. These systems allow each zone to maintain precise setpoints and conditions such as humidity, temperature, vapor pressure deficit and can adjust based on both internal climate and external climate and environmental factors such as levels of sunlight. The greenhouse, by controlling its own climate, will maximize the genetic potential of each strain for flavor profile, flower quality and yield.

Targeted for completion in early Q2 2019 is the company’s 55,000 square foot production facility, which will supply the Nevada dispensary market with a wide range of products. Extraction technologies include CO2, ethanol and butane with an annual capacity to generate 20,000 liters of distillate, 50,000 liters of concentrate and 60,000 pounds of wax. Product lines will include bulk flower and trim, flower (jars and pouches), pre-rolls (conical and parallel tube), CBD and Rick Simpson oil, vape pens, shatter, dab, live resin and soft gel caps. Automated packaging systems can produce 12 million jars or pouches of flower and over 61 million pre-rolls. NLV Organics has a licensed and fully built out kitchen equipped for a wide range of edibles including candy, drink mixes, a variety of bakery products, and a line of topical health and beauty products.

Upon closing of Flower One’s acquisition of NLVO’s assets, the company’s total cultivation capacity, production capacity and license portfolio will be as follows:

(square feet)
Plants Per Harvest Cycle Production
(square feet)
No. of Licenses
Greenhouse 400,000 80,000 55,000 4
NLVO 20,000 4,500 5,000 5
TOTAL 420,000 84,500 60,000 9

For more information:
Flower One
20 Richmond Street East, Suite 600
Toronto, ON M5C 2R9
+1 (416) 913-9642

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