Agriculture today is a rapidly changing field. To meet with its growing demands, the technology needed to make it successful must also keep up with the times – and so must growers everywhere

Light deprivation greenhouses are at the forefront of such growing technology. In fact, they are fast becoming one of the most modern approaches to agriculture today. What kinds of agriculture do they enhance and support best? When you really study the science of these systems closely, light deprivation can truly benefit many different types of plants and growing operations. Do just a bit of research, however, and you’ll find that these systems go hand-in-hand with the fast-expanding, highly lucrative cannabis industry. You could even say that cannabis and these singular greenhouse systems are made for each other!

Cannabis is quickly becoming a high-priced, legalized commodity. As such, the competition is on to produce it using the best, latest modern technologies for advancing and specializing one’s business. Again, light deprivation is in the lead among these technologies. A common question to ask though: how exactly are these easy-to-implement systems such a boon to cannabis agriculture? When you get down to it, the reasons are really quite simple.

NATURALLY STIMULATES FLOWERING

As the name reveals, light deprivation achieves its wonderful results by depriving plants of natural sun exposure. It may seem counterintuitive, but it can be a huge benefit cannabis growing. How does it work, though?

The science of light deprivation demonstrates that some plants respond to changing hours of daylength and nighttime, which then tells them exactly when to flower – just as one would observe through the natural changing of seasons. If darkness can be created at will through a blackout system, this in turn brings certain plants successfully into a healthy flowering stage, even outside of their typical seasons. This is a more than useful technology for growers, giving them more control over their harvest windows and times!

Of all crops that use blackout methods for great yields, cannabis can especially benefit from the technique and be made much more available year-round – instead of strictly the fall, the time when it flowers and is harvested.In fact, this industry approach to growing is almost synonymous with cannabis production. Not coincidentally, it’s also the most lucrative of all light dep plants!

ACCESSORIZE AND HYBRIDIZE

While light deprivation can excel growers’ control of harvest times, additional greenhouse accessories of many kinds will give you all sorts of control over other production factors, too. Along with a primary auto blackout system, you can also step things up in the realms of humidity, temperature, ventilation, and further light control with fixtures or shade cloth added to your light dep setup. There are plenty of options to help you tweak and control each aspect of your environment beyond just day and nighttime exposure.

Some greenhouses that include more accessories beyond blackout functions are known as hybrid greenhouses. These structures give you the typical functions of a standard greenhouse and its accessories, along with those of a blackout system. It all comes down to what you need or take interest in to ramp up your growing business. With more accessories, you don’t have to limit yourself!

PROTECT AGAINST WEATHER AND TEMPERATURE

Thinking bigger and trying out light deprivation can be a huge plus for your business. If you consider the general benefits of greenhouse growing for your cannabis business too, however, you’ll realize that making the transition can be all the more worth it. On top of flower-boosting effects, moving from an indoor hydroponic system to an outdoor greenhouse setup ultimately leads to happier plants and requires a lot less work.

Plants in greenhouses will also experience a lot less issues with nutrition and adequate sun exposure compared to indoor systems; though with outdoor greenhouse growing, you will have to make sure there aren’t issues with excessive temperatures and humidity: major enemies to cannabis crops. Still, these can also be controlled with a few handy accessories.

BOOST PRODUCT QUALITY

This should be a no-brainer, but can always bear repeating: auto blackout greenhouses ultimately increase the quality of yields. This greenhouse method, in truth, doesn’t just widen the window of opportunity that you can be growing and harvesting commercial cannabis. Being able to grow flower crops in summer, for example, can actually encourage the growth of larger, higher quality buds than you’ve ever grown before. So keep that in mind when considering the transition: with light dep, you could see your profits increase in more ways than one.


BOOST YIELDS AND INCOME

What inevitably happens when you expand the window of availability of your product, or extend its season? Higher profits, obviously!

More control and more quality from this genius system leads to a more profitable business in the end, all because you are both boosting its availability to markets and the quality of the product itself. It should be noted, too, that you save on overhead costs growing cannabis in a greenhouse, whether blackout controlled or no.

Though the upfront cost certainly is a considerable investment, you’ll find yourself having to rely less and less on pricy chemicals and feeders you used before just to attain the very same quality these greenhouses will give you without them.

GROW ALL-NATURAL, SUSTAINABLE CANNABIS

The best part of this greenhouse growing method: it works with nature, rather than against it. It’s also completely chemical free.

Beyond just standing apart for using some of the most modern agricultural technology available, you’ll also be able to stamp your growing operation as organic and sustainable – another great way to keep your business a cut above the crowd of other growers out there.

Ready to join the new wave of successful cannabis growers?

If you invest in a light deprivation greenhouse, you’re guaranteed to rise with the tide, but also stand out as an edgier, more successful entrepreneur – especially with all the numerous benefits these systems will provide you.

Contributer: Aaron Phelps