Benefits of growing cannabis in a light-deprived greenhouse?Mark Page
Light deprivation growing allows you to take advantage of the benefits indoors, making it an ideal way to grow cannabis. Understanding the different light-deprivation settings and the benefits each provides is the first step in implementing this approach in your cannabis garden.
Light deprivation is a technique used in outdoor cannabis growing where growers reduce the amount of light they receive each day, tricking plants into thinking fall is coming early. Light deprivation is standard practice in the cannabis industry, and while some operations still rely on manual labor to take advantage of it, automated light deprivation systems have been a game-changer for greenhouse growers. Cannabis growers know that controlling light cycles is critical for plants, but those who do not embrace automation miss out on its added benefits and potential cost savings.
The advantages of light deprivation greenhouses are as follows:
- With the help of automated lighting equipment, growers can achieve overall more efficient operations.
Workers no longer have to waste time and energy manually pulling down heavy blackout curtains at specific times, instead, the system is programmed to strictly adhere to a schedule and provide darkness at the correct time of day. In any cultivation, creating a dark environment can be labor-intensive, but utilizing automation can provide complete control with minimal labor, resulting in a more profitable operation.
- Temperature and humidity control
Temperature, humidity and ventilation play an important role in the health and growth of cannabis, making precise heating, cooling and ventilation systems critical to production.
- Automatic irrigation system
For cannabis, an ideal automated irrigation method is drip irrigation. With this method, drip emitters release a specific amount of water, which is measured by timers and sensors, allowing the water to be applied directly and precisely to the roots of the cannabis plant. The delicious taste of cannabis makes it an excellent choice, as drip irrigation avoids wetting the canopy and does not affect the humidity levels in greenhouses like overhead irrigation systems. When automated, drip irrigators provide growers with a consistent and reliable method of irrigation. It also helps reduce plant diseases and reduce the risk of foliar diseases.
- Energy-saving plant lighting
Growers can reduce lighting costs without sacrificing plant quality. The latest LED lights produce very little heat, so cooling costs are much lower compared to plants using more traditional lighting methods. Even if the grower places the lights closer to the plants, there is no risk of burning the plants.
When choosing a greenhouse, partnering with industry professionals is the best operational strategy. Just because a greenhouse meets all the specifications for state-of-the-art planting doesn’t necessarily mean the structure will comply with state or local regulations, which makes getting an engineered greenhouse crucial to getting started.
With HuiFa Group, growers can obtain engineered structures that meet any requirement, whether extreme weather or local building codes. When growers install their greenhouses, municipalities may inspect every aspect of the structure to make sure it meets specifications. This makes buying anything other than engineered structures a huge risk, as one inaccuracy can lead to significant delays and operating expenses. In addition to coping with local regulations and weather, the engineered structure also makes future expansion and development easier. HuiFa can provide stamped engineering drawings for each greenhouse, making it easier to start operations and expand.
Here are a few things to consider when you’re deciding whether the investment is worth it.
- Get higher quality cannabis at a lower price
By growing in a greenhouse, you can protect your plants from damaging weather that reduces THC production, breaks down terpenes, and causes mold on your flower buds.
- Harvest multiple times for higher annual yields
With several harvests a year, you’ll increase your garden’s profits and have the opportunity to run different strains in a given season.
- Control cannabis plants to the flowering stage
Light deprivation is an excellent way to produce high-quality cannabis at a low budget price.
It’s also a fun way to explore plantings earlier and/or later in season than you would normally plant outdoors. If you have any questions about using light deps, please leave us a message below, our account manager will contact you as soon as possible.