“We are trying to improve the CBD market, especially here in Switzerland,” says Severin Ammweg, co-founder and grower at Cannerald. The Swiss company cultivates medical and adult-use cannabis in their facility, which is designed for multi-layer cultivation. Together with co-founder Levin Amweg, the two give a tour of their facility and explain the benefits of LED lights.
The importance of high quality
For Cannerald, producing cannabis of high quality is one of the most important aspects of their business. “I believe quality is getting more and more important. Nowadays, the customer is only interested in top quality cannabis. Therefore, we are always trying to push the cultivation process and get it on a better level to provide the market.” To ensure this quality, Severin explains that he wants to know that the plant has been feeling good from start to finish. “Therefore, you can’t have too many fluctuations in your watering schedule, for example. Everything needs to be on point and monitored 24/7.”
Cannerald’s cultivation facility is located in the heart of Switzerland where real estate is notoriously costly. “Growing vertically was essential when designing our facility,” said Levin. “We found with the size limitations of our building, our multi-layer approach allowed us to fit more plants into less space to ensure we fully leveraged every cubic meter throughout our facility. Our facility design could not have been achieved without the cohesive integration between Fluence lighting and the racking system. To optimize space, we believe that growing vertically is the way forward in the future.”
LED vs HPS
“We used to have HPS lights, but we decided to try out LEDs. And without the LED lights we couldn’t grow the quality we actually do.” Severin explains that LED lights are more beneficial as you have more possibilities to play with the environment, when compared to HPS. “You can dim them, hang them higher or place them directly over a canopy. In addition, the coolness of the light enables you to bring out more colors in the plants.”
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