The Flowr Corporation and Hawthorne Canada Limited have completed their research and development facility dedicated to advancing cannabis cultivation techniques and systems. The center is located in Kelowna, Canada.
Located on Flowr’s cultivation campus in Kelowna, Canada, the R&D Center includes laboratories, indoor grow suites, and training areas in a single building. Flowr will test cultivation systems and techniques using Hawthorne’s lighting, fertilization and irrigation systems, growing mediums, and research protocols. In addition, Flowr intends to focus its own research on cannabis plant genetics and integrated growing systems in line with its goal of delivering premium quality cannabis products through efficient cultivation.
“We built Hawthorne to help cultivators of all sizes grow quality plants with high levels of efficiency and consistency. We will leverage Flowr’s cultivation expertise and our technical capabilities into real-world testing and results that will make a difference to growers,” said Chris Hagedorn, SVP & General Manager of Hawthorne Gardening.
Lance Emanuel, President and Interim Chief Executive Officer of Flowr: “Operationalizing the R&D Center is a major accomplishment for our organization and strengthens our competitive advantage in cultivation. We believe the long-term success of Flowr will be rooted in our ability to maximize the cannabinoid and terpene expression of genetics without sacrificing yield.”
Operations will be led by Dr. Deron Caplan, the first person in North America to earn a PhD focused on cannabis cultivation and production. Dr. Caplan was awarded his doctorate by the University of Guelph in August 2018 and is Flowr’s Director of Research and Development. The R&D Center will be staffed by Flowr’s scientists, five of whom have PhDs in various plant biology, plant genetics, and plant biochemistry disciplines. Hawthorne R&D will lead the research design and methodology.