Cannabis — Frequently Asked Questions
Prepare your cannabis growing operation for success by asking the right questions first. Here are some frequently asked questions our cannabis growers ask:
Q. How are states regulated?
Cannabis growers are not regulated by the federal government, which still considers it illegal. That leaves only state and local authorities, but don’t be fooled by that “only;” it just conceals the size of the work to be done. Paperwork is plentiful, and applicants have a long laundry list of requirements to achieve licensing, from large sums in escrow accounts to established years in growing/horticulture or the nursery industry.
Q. How do I finance a legalized grow?
Q. How big should the initial grow be?
Each state varies on the recreational plants per grow.
Q. What are the key elements to consider in a cannabis build?
Lighting, cooling, and heating all require electrical service. The owner/operator must confirm with their local utility companies on what services are available before undertaking a new build.
Q. Should I grow in a greenhouse or an indoor facility?
When growing in the wild, cannabis plants produce buds as the days become shorter. To get plants to bud, a grower must simulate 12-hour “nights,” by blacking out some of the daylight. This is relatively easily achieved in an indoor facility, but to do it in a greenhouse, you need a retractable blackout curtain. Some blackout curtains are automated, and can be rolled over the greenhouse like a garage door, while others are manually hung.
Beyond saving money, cannabis greenhouses impose a smaller environmental footprint — an issue that’s become an increasing concern in the cannabis industry. Although cannabis greenhouses eliminate the need for many energy absorbing lights, some growers opt for a hybrid approach, using some grow lights to manipulate the plants’ cycles. Cannabis will grow higher during longer daylight hours, as opposed to budding during shorter daylight hours. So, growers who want to encourage the plant’s initial growth phase in the middle of winter may affectedly produce more “daylight” hours using lights.
There is a debate on whether greenhouse or indoor grows are more energy efficient, which can be dictated by the operation’s location, as well. Personal preference by the growers usually affects whether they go with indoor or greenhouse grows.
Q: I’m ready to start growing! Which environmental control system is best for my cannabis operation?
Look for a system that offers precise control of the growing environment. Cannabis growers have unique operations, and they need consistent systems, as well as flexibility, throughout the crop growing cycle. Each DeltaCool™ system is customized to suit a growing operation’s characteristics and accommodate individual temperature zones. Including under-bench heating provides added control, allowing the grower to accelerate growth and minimize root-rot. Investing in a horticultural environmental controller, such as the DeltaCool™ system, will regulate both heating and cooling elements to give growers the most immediate control of their growing environment.
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