Choosing the right climate control system for an indoor cultivation facility is a big decision as it is usually the single largest capital expenditure a cultivator will make besides real estate. More importantly, the success of a cultivation operation depends greatly on a cultivators’ ability to create the ideal environment for cannabis to grow.
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The Veg Room is where baby plants from the Nursery become teen plants and are grown to maturity before being moved into the Flower Room. The majority of the cannabis plants leafy growth and elongation will occur in Veg, however stretching will continue for 2-3 weeks into a 12/12 photoperiod (Flower) where they’ll grow another 30% in size before shifting energy to flower mass production.
The nursery is where it all begins. Just like the name implies, baby plants are nursed in to teenage plants so they can be moved to the vegetative rooms. The way you start a plant is up to you - from seeds or clones - but whatever method you choose, the ultimate goal of the nursery room is to grow baby plants quickly without damaging them.
Lighting is a huge part of commercial cannabis cultivation. Some estimates assign up to 33% of all energy used in an indoor grow to lighting. Additionally, the number of lights you plan to use will determine the size of your grow (commercial grows are often referred to by the number of lights they include, rather than by square footage).
When designing a commercial cannabis cultivation facility, many people think in terms of square footage in order to determine how many plants they are able to grow. But, if your rooms are tall enough, why limit yourself to one level? Instead of thinking in terms of square feet, it is time to start thinking in terms of cubic feet.
While starting a new commercial cannabis cultivation operation may seem daunting at first, there are a few simple actions that you can take to make everything go as smoothly as possible. Ideally, all of these things should be planned out before starting to build the grow, but some aspects can be added in phases if start-up finances are limited.
In order to get a commercial grow up and running, you are going to need man power. While there are many jobs within a grow, there are three key positions that every good cultivation site needs to get started: a knowledgeable grow room designer, an experienced facility/maintenance manager and a master grower.