Five Things You Need To Know About Controlled Environments

When it comes to growing cannabis, how you interact with and treat your environment can make or break your end product. If you are a medium to a large-size producer of cannabis, you’ll want to make sure you have control over each aspect of your growing environment. Failure to maintain a controlled environment can lead to a lackluster product while having strict guidelines on your environment and its maintenance can lead to stellar yields and not to mention sales of your product as a result of sheer higher quality. In this guide, we’ll go over a few important topics on what you need to know about plant-centric controlled environments and how you can implement them at your own growth site.

1. How Plant-Centric Control Helps Growth

When you are looking to grow cannabis plants, sometimes your native environment is not equipped to properly grow the product. Plant-centric control allows you to create the precise conditions that are optimal for the specific strain that you are looking to grow. Additionally, controlling the environment allows you to maximize plant yields without putting it into a stressful environment. Some controlled environments are automated that can free you up to focus on other aspects of growth like watering, lighting, heating, cooling, and applying CO2 to the environment.   

2. Where Control Is Used In Order To Be Most Beneficial To The Plant

In order to get the best yield and highest quality product, it is important to figure out exactly where you need to apply control to your environment. You want to apply control in a greenhouse, controlled growth chamber, drying processing locations, and the preparation of the physical end product. Additionally, you’ll want to make sure control is established in watering and lighting that is crucial for modern cannabis seed growth. Managing these different zones through automation and having a visual reference of each location via a mobile app can prove extremely helpful when looking to drive the highest of yields.

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3. How To Pick The Right Control System For You

Having a room or control that is designed with the plant in mind is paramount to success in your growth endeavors. This means having growth zones that specifically measure what is important to plant biology. For example, a measurement of the vapor pressure deficit or the plant’s relationship to the humidity in the room would be something to prioritize as you seek to construct a controlled environment that is optimal for cannabis growth. Being able to maintain plants at the right temperature and humidity regardless of external disturbances is a key component in nurturing quality growth. 

4. Maintaining Employee Equipment In A Controlled Environment

In order to have the best growth possible, you will need your employees to be able to work in an environment that promotes plant growth. This includes using disposable garments that are both comfortable as well as effective at protecting the plants from human particulate matter and other detritus. Disposable products like coveralls, gloves, frocks, and lab coats are just the basics when it comes to protecting your employees and plants from laboratory risks. Make sure the protective equipment you use has been tested and is ready for rigorous laboratory use. 

5. Key Considerations

When developing a controlled environment, there are some key ideas you’ll want to take into consideration before making any kind of heavy investment. 

  • Does the control solution take into account what matters for optimal plant growth: light sources, watering, heating, cooling, CO2 application, humidity, and temperature. 
  • Are disturbances in the plant environment considered and integrated into the control system? Plant disturbances are common and are something you should be able to control for. 

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