Soil is just one of the mediums you can use to grow your cannabis plants. Soil is the least expensive, most abundant, and most natural option, which makes it the most popular growing medium. Be sure to choose a potting compost (other than peat-based) that has been sterilized and packed loosely.
Coco air is quickly gaining popularity as a cannabis growing medium. It’s resilient like soil and re-usable like clay pellets. In addition, coco air is environmentally-friendly.
2. The Right Lighting
As you might expect, the air in your grow facility should be fresh. This can be easy to get if you’re growing cannabis outdoors, but if you operate an indoor facility, you need to replicate outdoor growing conditions as much as possible by providing free-flowing, fresh air.
When you make the decision to start a commercial cannabis growing business, you need to set up a grow room. Make sure you address the five critical elements discussed in this article, so you’re set up the right way from the start. This includes air purification, ventilation and ducting, climate control, lighting, water, nutrients, and growing supplies.
3. The Right Grow Medium
In this ever-changing industry, you also need passion, patience, flexibility, resilience, and the five critical elements of successful commercial cannabis growing, which the Leafy Green Agency team refers to as the 5 Rights of Commercial Cannabis Cultivation.
In Washington, state laws require the following minimum security solutions for all cannabis licensees:
Smaller producers in rainy climates such as Oregon and Washington are investing in rainwater collection and storage capabilities to save on irrigation costs. Because a single cannabis plant can use as much as 22.7 liters of water per day and many cannabis outdoor growing seasons conflict with periods of low-precipitation, outdoor growers and those who rely on rainwater capture without long-term storage solutions won’t find much benefit in a recyclable water investment.
Regular seeds are cheaper and more reliable than other types of seeds, but be aware that half of your crop will be male cannabis plants and will therefore not flower, requiring removal from your grow room before pollination.
Lighting and Electrical
Already considered a success in achieving water-saving status in the UK brewing industry, some cannabis producers are investing in closed-circuit desalination (CCD), reverse osmosis water systems. At the same time as purifying incoming municipal water sources, these CCD systems can recover as much as 97% of wastewater, therefore reducing water demand and saving in disposal fees.
As with any new venture, getting started in the cannabis industry requires one thing among all other aspects: ambition. If you’re prepared to commit the majority of your time to the cannabis industry, you’ll need to be well-versed in its history as well as current events, data, and the ever-changing political climate in order to be successful.
There’s much debate in the world of artificial lighting for cannabis greenhouses, but studies have shown HPS – or High Pressure Sodium – lights provide a more consistent form of lighting for indoor grow facilities.
Indoor Growing Facilities
In 2021, the difference between many strains of the same name may be night and day. Recent reports post-legalization in Washington, Oregon, and Colorado have shone a brighter light on the actual genealogy – and even the classification between indica and sativa products – that may be entirely mislabeled or incorrect at the outset.
There are already private projects invested in researching the most affordable methods of growing and distributing recreational cannabis in the U.S. An effort to evaluate the cannabis industry’s LED lighting requirements and help improve efficiency estimates the best and most valuable techniques for optimization are not yet public – thanks largely to the “behind closed doors” nature of the industry from a historical perspective. But early reports from first-generation growers in Colorado and Washington suggest that those invested in sustainable energy solutions benefited most from sales in the first fiscal year of legalization, whereas those growing in indoor warehouses made up about one-third of the industry’s first year of legal energy consumption.