First, let’s get some terminology issues out of the way. Greenhouses and high tunnels are similar but not exactly the same.
Greenhouse vs. High Tunnel
You can start with marijuana seeds or clones. Whichever you choose, pick the highest-quality stock you can find. This is no place to pinch pennies. Dealing with a reputable company and getting top-notch genetics will help ensure a bountiful crop that’s high in quality as well as quantity.
Growing Marijuana in a High Tunnel or Greenhouse
Like greenhouses, high tunnels shelter plants from the elements. They differ from greenhouses, however, in that they are more passive. Generally, greenhouses provide heat and ventilation through electrical systems, while high tunnels rely on passive ventilation systems for moving air and on the sun for providing warmth.
In this guide, you’ll learn why growing marijuana in a greenhouse can be effective and how to get started.
Benefits of growing marijuana plants in a greenhouse
The key word when it comes to growing cannabis in a greenhouse is control. Greenhouse cultivation provides the natural sunlight, fresh air, and other benefits of growing outdoors while eliminating the unpredictability of Mother Nature. Periods of rain and wind can wreak havoc on your weed garden, but a greenhouse protects plants from the elements. Likewise, pests, bacteria, and diseases are less likely to invade your plants in the shelter of a greenhouse.
Soil: First and foremost, invest in top-quality soil as this will impact the entire growing process. Pick a nutrient-packed soil that contains organic substances like compost and worm castings. Pay attention to the pH levels of the soil as well — aim for a range of 5.8 to 6.3. Other qualities to look for in soil include good drainage ability, high oxygen levels, and effective water retention. You could also make your own super soil.
How doe you monitor the humidity and temperature? Purchase a hygrometer and a thermometer. A digital unit with memory showing you the maximum and minimum values from the past is important.
As a new grower, don’t try to grow without sufficient light. Did you know that the plant yield is in direct proportion to the amount of light it receives? There are three types of lights:
Overwatering in the greenhouse
So you are growing cannabis in a greenhouse. Most of this information is nothing new unless you are new to cultivating cannabis. Here are a few recommendation to stay on top of during your cannabis growing adventure.
As a grower it is important to monitor the pH levels of the water you use to feed your plants. pH is the measure of how “acidic” or “alkaline” something is on a scale off 1 to 14. “7” is considered neutral. Small sickly buds may be the result in part of improper pH levels. A cannabis grower can measure the pH of water sample using a special p tester drops or a digital pH pen. When the pH is within the correct range, the plants can get the most out of all the nutrients, and their buds will reflect it. If the pH at the roots is too high or low, the plant can’t properly absorb the proper nutrients.
pH Level for your cannabis in your greenhouse
Once the plant is flowering, the humidly needs to be lowered to 40-50%. This is considered critical by some growers. At this time you may lower the ambient temperature. With the lights on a good temperature range is 68 to 78.8 degrees Fahrenheit.