A cannabis greenhouse is a huge investment – if built properly, it is. As with any type of greenhouse operation, having the right resources to do the job is critical. For cannabis production, that means installing a reliable light-deprivation system—if installed correctly, it can do more than reduce light. In order to weed out poor quality candidates from the best products, here are the features to prioritize during your search.
An effective light-deprivation greenhouse not only reduces the amount of light reaching the crop – it also blocks 99 percent of the light. We know we don’t have to tell experienced cannabis growers twice about the role light deprivation plays in the production process. Investing in a high-quality blackout system is the easiest way to avoid wasting time, money, and resources during cannabis production, and it can mitigate many of the risks associated with this crop. But what does a high-quality blackout system look like? At Rimol Greenhouse Systems, the key to our successful light deprivation systems is customizability. We never take a one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to equipping cannabis greenhouses with light reduction. Each greenhouse project includes a custom light deprivation system for either the interior or exterior components of the greenhouse structure.
The key to any type of efficient greenhouse can be summed up in one word: control. Without it, growers can’t achieve the ideal environmental conditions their crops need – and cannabis is the pickiest.
The path to a successful harvest is carefully calculated. Cannabis greenhouses need to have a strict schedule with a dark cycle like clockwork. With a manual system, managing a cannabis greenhouse is a labor-intensive setup that constantly leaves room for error. But what about automated systems? They provide cannabis growers with a degree of total control for a bumper harvest and the production of high-quality buds.
Today’s truly efficient greenhouses are automated greenhouses, where growers can adjust light deprivation settings and even automate power outages—plus easy control of cooling, heating, ventilation, and more through advanced technology.
If your greenhouse is consuming your resources at the speed of light, how successful is it?
It’s all too easy to rely on a “set it and forget it” strategy to power your cannabis greenhouse — but at some point, you’ll need to implement a more strategic approach to reducing energy usage (and costs).
One of the fastest ways to waste energy in greenhouse operations: inefficient temperature control systems. Whether you’re heating for days in a row in winter, or cranking up your cooling system in desert-like summer weather, your cannabis greenhouse will continue to take and take — an unsustainable strategy for your bottom line and the environment.
But when the light-deprivation system works effectively, it can serve as another protective barrier between the crop and the unfavorable conditions outside the greenhouse. Light-depriving fabrics can help maintain warm temperatures in winter.