The day many of us have long-awaited has come. It’s been almost three years since Colorado and Washington voted to legalize marijuana, and over a full year since the first recreational shop opened its doors. The groundbreaking event happened on the 1st of January 2014 in Colorado. Washington recently followed by opening their own stores. To further the cause even more, in the last election Alaska, Oregon, and D.C. all voted for recreational cannabis legalization as well. This has led to the development of a new industry in these states, and if as a citizen of Colorado I can assure you there are many benefits. The unemployment rate is one of the lowest in the country, and there is an opportunity for new businessmen and women to get into the market at the ground level.
If you’re living in Colorado as well, it’s only natural if you’ve considered getting into the cannabis industry. It’s easy to look at how much money the state is bringing in from taxes and think there may still be enough of a market for you to be a success. The fact is, demand is high enough that you could open a store tomorrow and be a success. It won’t be that simple though. If you don’t have connoisseur quality buds you’ll quickly find yourself out of business. Things start with your indoor grow room. The results you get out of your grow operation will make or break you. If you’re thinking about getting into the industry, take a look at some things to thinking about concerning your grow, and a few ways to design the perfect room to go along with them.
Cannabis plants, like many others, are very sensitive to the climate in which they are grown. Your grow room needs to be kept consistent with regards to temperature. Marijuana plants prefer warm temperatures, and will grow best if you keep them between 75 and 85 degrees fahrenheit. Anything outside that range and your quality will suffer. THC levels are negatively affected when the crop gets too cold or hot. And if it gets below 55 degrees you risk losing everything.
Whether you’re designing and building your grow room yourself or you’re having an expert do it, you want to make sure that it’s air-tight. It will be much easier to regulate and keep your temperature consistent that way. It’s not always easy to achieve air-tightness in a room, but it is very important. Any air leaks can cause sudden drops or rises in temperature due to outside influences. Avoid this at all costs.
2. Proper Lights and Cycles
You’ll have to choose which kind of lights you want to grow with. The most common is HPS, or high pressure sodium, but there are other choices such and LED. It’s important to know some of the basics of light cycles before getting too deep into things as well. Vegetative plans typically take more light than those in flower. A typical cycle might be 18 hours light and 6 hours light, switched to 12 and 12 when the plants are ready for flowering. The dark cycles during flowering are especially important. There are key development processes happening during this time, and it’s important not to interrupt them. This means avoiding allowing stray light to hit the plants during the cycle. You’ll need a marijuana growing room that is properly sealed from intrusive outside light.
It’s going to be yet another factor that comes into play when you are designing your grow room, and it’s imperative that you ensure your room is light-tight. If the lights are running in your grow room and you can see a distinct glow from outside the room, you know your walls aren’t light-proof. This means they can let light in from the outside, which is what you’re trying to avoid. Additionally see that there are no areas where light may leak in.
3. Correct Watering of the Plants
Watering your cannabis plants is obviously very important, but it’s not as simple as pouring some water on each plant every day. Some grows may operate hydroponically, and the water delivery will be calculated and routine. Soil grows can be a little more complicated, as they’ll require regular watering. You’ll want to avoid using tap water for either type of grow. You’ll either need reserve osmosis water you filtered yourself, or some that you purchased. You can also use something like spring water, but you want to avoid water with any impurities. Tap water has different minerals you may want to avoid.
You will want to incorporate a watering system into your grow room design. If you’re having a custom grow room built you’ll be able to efficiently have one included. You also need to make sure the plants are easy to access if you’re going to be watering manually.
These are just a couple of the basic things to take into consideration when designing and setting up your grow operation. If you aren’t an expert in the field, you’ll definitely want a master grower on your side. You may want to partner with someone who already has the capability of produces top quality marijuana. It is also wise to see the assistance of a construction professional when it comes to designing and building your grow room.