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Whether you’re hanging with friends or flying solo, it’s all about feeling confident in knowing you’re enjoying and sharing the best, every time. That’s why we put our expertise into finding new ways to grow, harvest and cure premium strains.

Your story is our story and we want you to know we’re here for you. We strive to be your source of education, your go-to confidant, and your favourite recreational cannabis brand. Located in Chatham, Ontario, our founders saw a unique opportunity to apply their experience growing with temperature and humidity control to the cultivation and growth of cannabis. Thanks to science-based innovation, rigorous quality control, and pharmaceutical-grade standards, we offer a carefully curated selection of cannabis products for consistently enjoyable, truly personal, and unique experiences.

As our name implies, our plants are grown vertically in tiers. Our system is designed to standardize the environment so each plant achieves equal and optimal humidity, temperature, air movement, irrigation water and nutrients as required for balance, optimal growth, resistance to pest and disease with a consistent repeatable product for the end user.

All Vertical plants are cultivated and trimmed by hand. Our talented team give each plant a whole lot of attention and apply methodical practices to deliver predictable progression of growth which in turn results in a repeatable quality of product for our customers. Did we mention we are GMP compliant in all of our processes and standards?

We grow indoors to help prevent seasonal variation often experienced in traditional greenhouses. Growing indoors also helps our team prevent any outside contamination from entering the facility.

Our primary method of pest management is the use of biological insect controls which we use to maintain ‘pest insect populations’. This process consists of using good bugs to control unwanted bugs.

HOW WE HARVEST AND DRY

Once harvested, special care is taken in the process to dry our plants. We hang dry, trim and then cure our product.

Because it’s the Vertical Way.

This is one of the reasons that we can achieve exceptional, consistent, quality flower.

HOW WE HARVEST AND DRY

Once harvested, special care is taken in the process to dry our plants. We hang dry, trim and then cure our product.

Because it’s the Vertical Way.

This is one of the reasons that we can achieve exceptional, consistent, quality flower.

Our product is packaged in containers that meet regulatory requirements but more importantly have the end user in mind – that’s you.

The primary purpose of our packaging is to protect product quality; however, the customer experience is fundamental to our brand, and is considered at every step.

Our product is packaged in containers that meet regulatory requirements but more importantly have the end user in mind – that’s you.

The primary purpose of our packaging is to protect product quality; however, the customer experience is fundamental to our brand, and is considered at every step.

We are very proud of our people. At Vertical, we have a dedicated team that is passionate for the work they do. From Quality Assurance to Operations, everyone at our facility strives to produce a consistent, high-quality product. This is all part of what creates the Vertical Advantage.

We are very proud of our people. At Vertical, we have a dedicated team that is passionate for the work they do. From Quality Assurance to Operations, everyone at our facility strives to produce a consistent, high-quality product. This is all part of what creates the Vertical Advantage.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR YOU?

We believe that we can produce a high-cannabinoid, industry-leading terpene-rich flower for you to share and enjoy. When you choose Vertical you choose Quality that you can count on.

Thank you for letting us be a part of your story.

Vertical brand offers a truly Canadian basket of cannabis products.

Starting a Vertical Cannabis Farm: 4 Steps to Get Growing

Starting a vertical cannabis farm is a great way to double down on your grow facility and expand your business.

Though, anyone in the vertical farming industry knows that such an advanced setup comes with its difficulties and costs.

Let’s look at the reasons why you would want to grow vertical instead of expanding horizontally. We’ll consider some disadvantages of vertical cannabis farming and then get into some quick tips that’ll help you overcome these challenges for your business to succeed.

Why Start a Vertical Cannabis Farm?

In the early days of cannabis, the illegality of the plant forced farmers to grow their buds indoors. Fast-forward to today and we still see lots of growers setting up grow rooms in warehouses.

Well, mostly because this is the way it’s been done for so long. Some cannabis farmers may have problems acquiring cultivation land or are concerned with security – but mostly it comes down to indoor farming is the only way they know how.

So, for indoor cannabis operations that want to expand their business, growing up can be quicker than growing out.

Advantages of Vertical Cannabis Farming

The primary reason for vertical farming comes down to space. That, and the ability to quickly scale up your cannabis business in climates where other grow methods are less than ideal.

You may want to consider vertical cannabis cultivation if:

  • You’re in a region where the price per gram is high, sunlight is limited, and energy is cheap. In this case, the ROI for vertical cannabis growing can outweigh greenhouse production
  • You’re already an indoor grower and your business is booming. Growing up can be a quicker way to expand your business than growing out
  • You’re growing indoors with HPS grow lights. You’ll save money on electricity and other resources by doubling down with LEDs than you would by expanding with HPS

Disadvantages of Vertical Cannabis Farming

There has certainly been some hesitation to going vertical that’s due to the many difficulties that are associated with a tiered system. By now, many farmers have learned from others that have failed, and by following a solid production plan you too can be successful at vertical cannabis farming.

You should consider these factors when setting up your vertical cannabis farm:

  • Startup costs can be higher for vertical farms, but who said doubling your revenue would be free? Successful vertical farming takes quality equipment and it makes sense to find reliable equipment that can make your return-on-investment
  • Skilled labor is hard to find. Unless you’re paying a consultant, there will be some trial-and-error. Though this isn’t much different from other forms of indoor cannabis cultivation, just make sure to educate your team and track what works and what doesn’t
  • Make sure to price appropriately. If you’re used to quantity over quality, you may want to rethink your model. Generally, the level of technology it takes to start a vertical farm will reflect in the quality of your flower. If you grow premium you need to sell premium to make your returns

How to Start Vertical Cannabis Farming

Now that you understand what you’re getting into, we’ve made it easier to get started below.

Step 1 – Choose Your Vertical Grow System

Your vertical grow system, also known as vertical racking or simply “racks”, is a great place to start. Any quality vertical grow system generally comes standard as a 4-foot by 8-foot palletized rack.

Rendering of a 4-foot by 8-foot vertical grow system with LumiGrow BarLight Grow Lights

When sourcing your vertical system, make sure to consider irrigation pressure, drainage, and electrical. You’ll also have to choose between rolling or stationary racks. We recommend rolling for ease-of-use, but if you do choose stationary make sure there’s room for your employees to work.

Step 2 – Select Your LED Grow Lights

When farming cannabis vertically, LED lighting is required. Whether you choose a white (broad) or targeted pink spectrum, the most important thing will be matching your light levels for optimal growth.

BarLight Targeted (Pink) Spectrum (above) and BarLight Hybrid (White) Spectrum (Below)

If you’re a generalist who’s looking to reliably hit industry standards, go with a broad spectrum. If you’re a craft grower looking for exotic bud development, pink light may give you more control over the quality of your buds. If you’re looking to really level-up your grow operation, spectrum control can help you fine-tune parts of your plants’ lifecycle development to speed up production and achieve an even higher quality flower.

Just make sure that you pick reliable lighting equipment. Hanging so much electrical in a confined space requires bullet-proof engineering that you trust.

LumiGrow BarLight LED grow lights in a vertical cannabis grow

Step 3 – Dial-In Your Environmental Controls

There are certainly many options for heating and cooling your environment. In such a dense space, automation is more than ideal, so investing in sensors may be a good bet.

As for airflow, simply push your air down the open areas of your racking system while pulling it out from the other end. This method is similar to small greenhouses known as hoop-houses.

Step 4 – Pick a Production Method

Vertical farming space is limited in most vertical grow systems, so you’ll want to keep plants short. This is like the Sea of Green (SOG) method. Only instead of a “Sea”, you will have many “Ponds” of Green. Your plants should not get more than 4-feet tall and will remain in their vegetative stage for a short amount of time.

Think of your grow system as a manufacturing facility. Speed becomes even more valuable once you’re producing twice the amount of product you were before.

We’ll be honest, vertical farming is not for the faint of heart – it takes commitment, passion, and skill. This production method is a change of pace for many growers. But luckily, there is enough automation and quality equipment on the market that these systems have become more plug-and-play than ever before. So what are you waiting for? It’s time to get growing!

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Starting a vertical cannabis farm is a great way to double down on your grow facility and expand your business. Start with these 4 steps for growing up.