February 4, 2020
A Step-By-Step Guide to Setting Up Your Indoor Grow for Ultimate Ease and Efficiency
One of the most common issues growers face is designing a grow space that works for both plants and people. Think about it: you need to ensure every part of your crop gets ample light, water and air circulation. You also need the room for your employees to move freely and complete hands-on tasks. Plus, most cannabis producers are looking for ways to reduce costs without sacrificing quality.
These simple steps can help you balance competing requirements for long-term success.
#1: Outline Priorities
Perhaps you’re growing to make edibles and need quick turnover and high yields. Maybe you’re known for high-end boutique strains. Your priorities might be sustainability and reducing your carbon footprint. Keep these goals top-of-mind as you design your grow space, as this may drive decisions when it comes to the equipment you choose and how you allocate space.
#2: Invest in the Right Equipment
The success of your indoor grow is truly reflective of your equipment. Second-rate, cheap lights, HVACs and other tools are more likely to break down, waste energy and frustrate your employees. While higher-end equipment might be a little more expensive, investing in quality will save you headaches and money in the long run.
#3: Consider Cubic Footage
We say: look up more. Vertically racking your lighting fixtures reveals countless opportunities for expanding yields and freeing up valuable space. When vertical racking, ensure there is enough room for employees to move between racks, there’s a way to raise and lower lights as needed (often accomplished with a pulley system) and you have proper heat management.
#4: Communicate with Your Team
Reaching your grow’s full potential requires good communication and a team that’s fully invested. While automation may make some hands-on tasks obsolete, there’s still a lot of human touch needed when growing cannabis. Ensure your team understands the ins-and-outs of facility maintenance and LED care, and is on board with your business goals.
#5: Reassess as Needed
There is always room for improvement. And we understand that business priorities shift as time goes on. Stay in touch with manufacturers and industry experts – they’re happy to offer guidance and perspective if you need to re-evaluate your indoor grow setup. With the right resources and attitude, you’ll soon be back in action.