Designing the Perfect Greenhouse
First things first: the title of this article might be a bit deceiving. After all, what is the perfect greenhouse? The truth is, there is no ideal greenhouse, but there is a greenhouse for every need, including those who want to grow marijuana.
Just as is the case with so many other things, it’s always a good idea to keep the end purpose in mind right from the start. With greenhouses, in particular, the purpose is to provide crops with the ideal environment to grow. The purpose of this article is to give you general guidelines to design a greenhouse for your marijuana from i49.
Jumping Through the Hoops
Since marijuana is a controlled substance, it will be assumed in this article that anyone planning to build a greenhouse, as described here, has a license to grow the plant. It’s for that reason that focus is paid to the ideal environment for growing cannabis.
Stages of Growth and the Greenhouse
Growing marijuana is like growing other plants, especially when it’s done en masse. There are four distinct stages of growth for cannabis production, which necessitates growing plants by area. For this purpose, we will describe these stages as follows:
- Stage 1: Cannabis mother plants
- Stage 2: Cannabis clones (cuttings)
- Stage 3: Cannabis in the vegetative stage
- Stage 4: Cannabis in the flowing stage
Planning for Expansion
Anyone who is already growing crops in a greenhouse will find it easy to focus their attention on just growing their plants. This does not mean that losing sight of the overall purpose of growing is lost. For this reason, it’s essential to design a greenhouse that is sized appropriately for your future customer requirements and your business goals. When this is done initially, it will save considerable amounts of time, money, and frustration later.
Production and Efficiency: A Delicate Balance
Most marijuana growers are accustomed to growing their crops in space that is considerably smaller than other commercial growers. On the bright side, marijuana growers can reap enormous benefits from the experience they can gain from commercial growers compared to traditional indoor growth.
One of the benefits that marijuana growers can use is zone growing, which helps increase growing efficiency. When done correctly, it can minimize the possible effects of any infestation growing. Fortunately, it is easy to segment a greenhouse by using inside walls and sidewalls, which can also help control heating and cooling.
Creating the Environment
Many factors will affect the type of greenhouse that is ideal for your growing purposes. What follows are just a few of them.
There are many people out there who would love to sell you a greenhouse. Unfortunately, this one-size-fits-all thinking doesn’t work. Plainly stated, a greenhouse made for Colorado won’t provide the same benefits in Southern California.
Even though what matters most in a greenhouse is the indoor conditions, what is happening outside is also a factor. Things like humidity levels, temperature fluctuations, wind speed, snow loads, and more affect the type of greenhouse you want.
Cannabis likes different temperatures at different stages of growth. For this reason, it is important to have good temperatures controls for different zones of plant growth inside a greenhouse.
Managing humidity inside of a greenhouse is a delicate balance. Too much humidity invites disease. Too little, and the risks are high that plants will dry out. As a result, you must know plants’ humidity requirements before a greenhouse is designed.
Ventilation in a greenhouse is accomplished in one of two ways: natural and mechanical systems. Natural ventilation systems encompass roof vents, sidewall vents, and rollup sides. Mechanical systems include exhaust fans, cooling pads, and more.
A huge benefit of greenhouses is that plants can get lots of natural sunlight. Perhaps best of all, it’s free. Cannabis light requirements change as a plant grows. For this reason, it’s always good to incorporate lots of artificial lighting when needed.
Additional considerations to plan for when designing a greenhouse include packaging space and other support functions that are not often needed with other growing types. It’s always best to work with someone who has experience building these systems.