With the increasing legalization of cannabis in the United States, entrepreneurs are starting to grow it on a large scale. With so many new businesses entering the market and growing cannabis, many common mistakes are made when starting up. Here are the ten biggest mistakes you can make when building a cannabis plant:

  • Lack of consultation with cannabis experts – poor soil and layout planning can lead to workflow deficiencies, resulting in delays and additional costs. Poor horticultural practices can lead to crop failures and non-compliance can result in loss of the permit. All too often people make plans and start building without first taking the time to talk to an expert. Some important questions to ask yourself and your advisor: What materials will be used in the building for the addition? Is my relationship with the bed and the color good? How long will it be before I see my first harvest?
  • Choosing a Contractor – Do NOT build your system yourself, leave it to the experts. Sure, you have experience in construction, and you have a friend who has worked in construction. Don’t make this mistake – Our experience can save you from the mistakes of others. To remain profitable in this competitive industry and maximize the quality and yield of your products, you need to build the plant right the first time. By paying an experienced and qualified cannabis grower to build the facility, you will get better yields and save time, stress and money from the beginning of construction to the first harvest.
  • You’re not maximizing your square footage – In today’s fast-paced world, fixed shelving, benches and file racks maximize your square footage. Without proper garden planning, you will find books under your potential with each harvest.
  • Insufficient capacity – Failure to plan and inform whether the facility has sufficient capacity for your current and future needs. This means you can’t build the total area you want. When you are looking for a building, the first thing you need to know is how much energy it will take to reach the size you want. With proper sizing, you know what the load requirements will be and can plan accordingly.

  • Material Selection – Building materials used in the culture and extraction facility should be non-absorbent, antimicrobial surface materials. The days of the wood bench are over. Epoxy coating, metal pens and other materials are essential for high quality and durable production.
  • Manual watering – Once your plant is up and running, many people think they have spent enough money and can save money by hiring people to water manually instead of using an automated system for water and nutrients. The problem is that your employees are not listed in your establishment. What if an employee calls and doesn’t put the water in at the right time or mixes the wrong amount of nutrients into the formula you’ve chosen? We see this kind of problem a lot. Accurate, planned irrigation and the application of nutrients to increase yields are essential.
  • Inability to control and automate – Crop automation is important for controlling exposure and fertilization planning and data collection, and is essential for maximizing yield. Being able to do this remotely gives you peace of mind that you can monitor the temperature and humidity of your grow room at any time, and you’ll be alerted if anything goes wrong.
  • Poor climate – This can lead to stunted growth, reduced yield and failed trials. Our experience has led us to properties where mold has been a problem due to inclement weather. Proper air balancing, additional dehumidification, and proper cleaning procedures can bring the system back to good condition. Millions of dollars can be saved by installing proper air conditioning systems.

  • Choosing the wrong location or building – Not knowing the history of the building you want to rent or buy can lead to logistical and financial nightmares. A bad website can be a disaster for sales and marketing. In the wrong building, exponentially more money is spent to bring it up to the standards needed for successful production and return on investment. For example, installing a roof and cleaning an existing system can be very expensive. If you don’t know what you’re getting into at the time of purchase, you could be faced with months of uncompensated costs and an unclear timetable. This can be detrimental to businesses and individuals who are pressed for time and need a successful and uninterrupted harvest from an area that must be converted to a main crop.
  • Not Maintaining Your Facilities – A contaminated site poses a risk of pests, workplace accidents, an unhealthy work environment, and equipment failure. Regular maintenance of the system and equipment ensures efficiency, long equipment life and reduces the risk of mold and bacteria. Clean equipment = clean plants and better flowers.

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About the author

Michael Bernstein


As a construction worker for over 30 years and in the cannabis industry for over 15 years, I have the desire and professional dedication to know all aspects of the cannabis industry to ensure that I am providing our clients with the strongest and most accurate elements for success. My attention to the care of the plants ensures that they thrive, which contributes to higher yields and optimal potency. At Pro Grow Builders, we help our clients through every step of the design process, all the way to installing your plants in their first location at your facility. Our team has a keen eye for detail, construction management and knowledge of affordable products, which has saved our clients thousands of dollars while still achieving the quality of craftsmanship, ingenuity and integrity expected of such a large investment.

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