When it comes to cannabis cultivation and production there are three predominate environments. While there may be many different ways to grow cannabis, cultivation normally takes place either indoors, outdoors or in a greenhouse. Each of these different environments has variables that affects cannabis cultivation.
Indoor Cannabis Cultivation
Growing cannabis indoors under the right conditions can give you high quality and high quantity yields. Indoor cannabis cultivation relies on the use of powerful artificial lights to replicate the effects of the sun.
- Cannabis cultivation indoors avoids the array of outdoor pests that can harm plants
- Indoor growing allows for a variety of different grow methods from soil to hydroponics to aeroponics with grow tray systems
- Controlling the light indoors allows you to dictate the growing cycle and when the flowering phase begins
- Growing indoors doesn’t depend on the weather
- Indoor grow rooms, whether in your home or in a commercial warehouse for legal recreational or medical purposes, must be vented
Indoor cannabis cultivation allows for a controlled environment, which eliminates or reduces some of the variables associated with outdoor growing.
Greenhouse Cannabis Cultivation
Growing cannabis in a greenhouse environment offers many of the benefits of both indoor and outdoor cultivation. Greenhouses use the power of the sun, while also maintaining a controlled and precise gardening environment.
- Greenhouses bring the powerful spectrum of natural light into an indoor environment
- All conditions are established and maintained by the grower
- Greenhouses control temperature, humidity and air quality
- Ventilation tools like low-velocity intake fans and exhaust vents are needed to maintain the controlled environment needed for cannabis cultivation
- Supplemental lighting may need to be used in the winter months or to provide longer light cycles
- Light deprivation techniques have become widespread to ensure plants stay in the flowering stage
Cultivating cannabis in a greenhouse environment has many advantages. While growing in soil may be common, it’s possible to use zero-waste grow trays in greenhouses to yield high quantities of quality cannabis.
Outdoor Cannabis Cultivation
Outdoor cannabis cultivation can be difficult depending on your geographic location and state and local regulations. Even if you live in a state when cannabis cultivation is legal like Colorado, Washington and Oregon, there are both hazards and advantages to growing outdoors.
- It’s crucial to be near a water source and also to make sure your plants are watered appropriately – not drowning and not too little
- Plants typically take 20 to 40 gallons of water each during the grow season, depending on soil type, amount of sun and strain
- Outdoor cannabis cultivation needs to be fenced in order to prevent unwanted pests and wildlife from infiltrating the space
- Outdoor marijuana cultivation depends on the amount of sunlight plants will receive throughout the grow cycle, which changes depending on the season
- Cannabis growing outdoors is traditionally done in soil as opposed to a grow tray system
Depending on your location and the strains chosen to grow, outdoor cannabis cultivation may be the right choice for you. Because of the amount of waste and lack of control of the environment, indoor production of marijuana using zero-waste grow tray systems may be a better alternative for higher yields and predictability.
Whole Plant Technologies offers plastic grow tray systems for aeroponic and hydroponic cannabis cultivation, both indoors and in greenhouses. Contact us to learn more about increasing your yield with our zero-waste grow tray systems.