Cannabis plants need very specific temperature and humidity levels to grow, and it’s incredibly difficult to control those conditions when growing outdoors. If you want to start your own marijuana business, growing your plants indoors is a much better option. Indoor growing can increase yields, allow you to harvest all year round, and maximize profits. If you’re ready to start growing indoors, let’s look at some tips and tricks to help you set up the perfect cannabis grow room.
Choose the Right Location
If you plan on turning your crops into a full-blown business, you’ll need the right space. Depending on how much you intend to grow, the space may range from a small grow tent to a warehouse storage tent. Grow tents come in a limited range of sizes that is easy to choose from. However, to choose the right-sized fabric building, you must know how much you intend to grow and how you want to use your space.
Fortunately, you can anchor fabric storage tents to various foundations, and these tents are much cheaper than your traditional storage building. Regardless of your choice, remember that you’ll have a decent amount of noisy technology involved in your growing operation. Keep noise levels in mind when considering the tent’s surroundings.
Make It Airtight and Lightproof
Cannabis requires a very specific environment to grow, even if you’re growing indoors. Whichever tent you decide to grow your cannabis in, it must be airtight so you can easily control the environment and limit escaping marijuana smells.
Your grow room should also be lightproof, as you must control exactly how much light your plants get. Too much light puts undue stress on your plants, so you should keep your lights—ideally LEDs—on a 12-hour day/night cycle. Large warehouse tents should be lightproof, but smaller grow tents may have light leaks. You can cover these leaks with lightproof tape.
Provide Adequate Airflow and Exchange
Mold loves moist, stagnant air; if you don’t provide adequate airflow and exchange, mold is exactly what you’ll get. Plus, airflow helps replicate natural winds, which allows cannabis stems to thicken and grow stronger.
Fans and exhaust outlets—ideally with a carbon filter—will allow fresh air to move in and depleted air to move out. You’ll likely need a full-blown HVAC system for larger grow rooms to keep things fresh and moving.
Control Climate and Temperature
Higher humidity helps cannabis grow during its vegetative state at night, while lower humidity allows buds to flourish during the day. If you have a small grow tent, climate and temperature control should be relatively easy. All you’ll really need is a portable AC unit and a double-action humidifier. In commercial facilities, air conditioning can help control humidity, and as you water your plants, the humidity levels should naturally rise. Either way, humidity should stay around 60 percent, the daytime temperature should be 75–78 degrees Fahrenheit, and the nighttime temperature should be 65–68 degrees Fahrenheit.
Install a Fire Safety System
After all that work, there’s one final step—safety. With all that electrical equipment that’s near essentially kindling, fires can happen. Once you have the right fire safety systems in place, you’ve finally set up the perfect cannabis grow room.