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Vertical marijuana growing systems

Maintaining optimum temperature, humidity, and air circulation is tough for all cannabis grows. But in vertical growing there is even more variability in macro and micro environmental conditions because there are more plants, making control more difficult.

Mike Zartarian, from Zartarian Engineering, builds circulation systems for vegetable and cannabis growers. To decrease chances of mold and fungi, he says: “I recommend systems that push air right in between the racks above the plants, usually with small ducts that take air from the edges of the room to the center of the racks.”

Pros and Cons of Vertical Growing

With true vertical growing, plants grow out the side of a column, and water and nutrients drip down from the top—see these examples from ZipGrow and Tower Garden.

Arthur Brownsey, cannabis cultivation consultant at Four Trees, thinks most strains can grow vertically. “If you have a tight production schedule, group like-cultivars together, and plan accordingly, there are no restrictions to what you can grow.”

Expensive to Set Up and Maintain

In contrast, STEM Cultivation uses one temperature sensor per 100 cubic feet. STEM collects data on: temperature, humidity, air pressure, CO2 levels, lighting levels, lighting power (kW) and energy (kWh), system air circulation rates, localized air circulation, VOC (volatile organic compounds), and HVAC power and energy, to name a few.

Vertical marijuana growing systems

The most successful strains are those with few leaves and big buds. Work on your defoliation skills, and the diversity of strains you can grow increases. Most strains can grow vertically, but only experienced farmers should attempt Sativas under a vertical model.

Commercial growers using a vertical rack system can also deliver nutrients and water more rapidly.

Two-tier stacks enable commercial growers to meet local code regulations. It also prevents the need for a scaffold or a scissor lift to access higher tiers. Two-tier stacks are an easy way to perfect your system before expanding your capacity.

The stacked vertical cannabis farming method involves stacking hexagonal or square shelves on top of each other around a central light source. This 360-degree setup enables growers to use any space between the floor and the roof, which is impossible when using traditional horizontal grow systems.

Step Five – Manage the Plumbing

Once you’ve followed these five steps, you can begin executing your first vertical crop cycle.

Furthermore, LED lights have narrower physical dimensions than other lighting types while also offering the best light spectrum options. Purchasing Scynce LED lights enable you to control lighting spectrums to provide your plants with their lighting needs as they reach different growth stages.

It takes time and experience to pull off a vertical marijuana grow successfully. Start with a smaller system and simple Indica strains before incorporating new strains and more tiers.

True Vertical

Vertical grow systems can more than double the amount of available cultivation space. Multiple square or hexagonal shelves are stacked on top of each other around a central light source. To protect the plants, the central lighting system must be relatively cool, which is why LED lights are such a popular lighting option among cannabis growers.

For the grower using a stacked vertical system, plants must remain short and full of buds. Hydroponics and soil-based vertical grow systems are typically the most popular.

Vertical marijuana growing systems

Well, mostly because this is the way it’s been done for so long. Some cannabis farmers may have problems acquiring cultivation land or are concerned with security – but mostly it comes down to indoor farming is the only way they know how.

Advantages of Vertical Cannabis Farming

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Step 3 – Dial-In Your Environmental Controls

LumiGrow BarLight LED grow lights in a vertical cannabis grow