Many companies are expanding their reach into cultivation technology. The better the growing conditions, the better the cannabis. The major area of focus, however, is sustainability, making it a priority to help farmers save on electricity and water in order to reduce operating expenses and protect profit margin. Here are a few companies that are making a splash on the cultivation side of the industry.
Unlike the massive, highly-developed Yofumo devices, LEAF is geared more toward the passionate home grower. LEAF creates single-purpose grow chambers that are affordable and size manageable. The $3,000 LEAF devices are available at a much lower cost than the multiple grow appliances needed to create heady buds. These devices are the size of a large mini-fridge and are easy to operate, going off a “plug-n-plant” system. However, just like the Yofumo, the innovation is clearly there with an accompanying app that controls humidity, temperature, and nutrient dosing. It also has a drying mode to help with the curing process.
Yoni Ofir, the Israeli veteran and founder of LEAF, felt the need for automated help. “Growing cannabis yourself is not easy—it’s time-consuming and requires a lot of knowledge and daily upkeep,” he says. “As I learned more about growing, I came up with the idea to automate it with smart home technology.”
LEAF devices can also be used to grow tomatoes, basil, spinach, kale, mint, strawberries, wheatgrass, peppers, and more. With the added versatility of LEAF devices, Ofir wanted to individualize the consumer on more of a DIY basis by being able to grow cannabis in the comfort of your home. LEAF is not yet available, but can be preordered for just $300 down.
Heliospectra, a Swedish company specializing in intelligent lighting technology for plant research and greenhouse cultivation, now adds the E60, one of the most powerful, most efficient grow lamps to its lineup.
The E60 is a full spectrum, horticulture top-light designed for commercial growers. This light reportedly shines brighter, lasts longer and covers more distance than most high-powered lights on the market. If used in a greenhouse, its tall thin structure allows more natural sunlight to enter. The Swedish software that accompanies this light allows growers to control intensity, spectrum, and timing of artificial rays.
“Growers that plan early and integrate smart technology like Heliospectra’s LED lamps into their operations are doing so because food prices continue to rise and commoditize—squeezing out less efficient growers that use archaic lighting,” says Staffan Hillberg, CEO of Heliospectra. The company’s main focus is snuffing out the harmful competition, including companies that claim their high-pressure sodium bulbs are more efficient, cheaper, and of better quality. The E60 was designed for commercial growers, but can cater to anyone who grows in a greenhouse.
Hawthorne Gardening Company
Hawthorne Gardening Company and its stable of brands manufacture holistic gardening supplies for all gardeners. The company, which was founded by Scotts Miracle-Gro CEO Jim Hagedorn, sells liquid nutrients and other high-quality, soil enriching products made specifically for indoor grows.
Though the company seems to focus on the “local gardener,” the products and intention are clearly for the cannabis farmer. Hagedorn put all his efforts into creating a company that could cater to the cannabis grower.
“I came back, and I told everyone ‘We’re doing it,’” he says. “If you don’t like it, leave. We’re doing it. It’s beyond stopping. And we’re not getting into pot-growing. We’re talking dirt, fertilizer, pesticides, growing systems, lights. You know it’s a multibillion-dollar business, and we’ve got no growth in our core. Are you guys stupid?”
Hawthorne Gardening include brands such as Whitney Farms, Vermicrop Organics, and other hydroponic companies. Check out the company’s promise of sustainability here.
Yofumo devices do a variety of cannabis care for commercial grow-ops. Devices can range from microwave-size to the size of a commercial refrigerator. Improving drying, mold treatment, security, and long-term and short-term storage are a few features that draw consumers to Yofumo. It also controls fungus and bacteria, a bothersome afterthought for most growers.
For commercial grow-ops, the Yofumo device is the most sensible choice, according to Alfonso Campalanas, Yofumo’s CEO and Founder. The young entrepreneur saw a lack in curing, storage, and consistency after harvesting. His Yofumo devices are one of few solutions for handling post-harvest cannabis crop.
And what’s an innovative product without an app to go along with it? Spencer Bramson, Head of Experience for Yofumo, describes the accessibility and convenience of Yofumo devices. “With the Yofumo smartphone app, you can control your device from anywhere in the world,” he says. “You can unlock it if someone needs to gain access to it and you’re not there, and it tells you exactly how much product is taken out.”
Though the Yofumo device is currently catered toward a commercial buyer, the innovation behind the Yofumo device will be releasing a consumer version in late 2017 that you can also use to harvest biomass, like herbs, grains, and teas in your home. This will create complete sustainability, something all cannabis cultivation companies and smart personal growers are steering toward.