Miracle-Gro Company To Break Ground On Cannabis Research Facility

Earlier this year, Canadian cannabis company, The Flowr Corporation (Flowr) and Scott’s Miracle-Gro subsidiary Hawthorne Gardening Company announced that they would be launching a joint cannabis research and development venture dedicated solely to innovations for the cannabis industry.

“We currently work with a broad range of licensed cannabis producers, but we have an especially deep respect for Flowr’s facility construction and cultivation teams based on their unparalleled expertise and experience,” said Hawthorne CEO Chris Hagedorn in a March press release. “We look forward to collaborating with Flowr to spearhead a new era of innovation in the emerging cannabis industry.”

This week, Flowr and Hawthorne announced that they would be breaking ground on a new research and development facility on Thursday afternoon in Kelowna, British Columbia.

Located next to Flowr’s primary 85,000 square-foot cultivation facility on McCarthy Road, the 50,000 square-foot installation will include indoor growing rooms, greenhouses, training areas, laboratories, and genetic breeding areas.

Together, the facilities are projected to bring around 200 jobs to Kelowna.

“Our alliance with Hawthorne gives us a unique opportunity to combine their deep expertise in cultivation products and systems with our industry-leading expertise in cannabis grow facility construction and cannabis cultivation techniques,” said Flowr CEO, Tony Giorgi. “We’re excited about the advancements this alliance will bring to us, to Hawthorne, and to the cannabis industry.”

The facility, which will implement and test Hawthorne lighting and fertilization systems, is scheduled to open in early 2019.