Auto blackout extends night hours and mimics winter sunlight periods, certain commercial flowering crops can be encouraged to flower at any time of year - meaning you can control when your harvests happen, and even grow for multiple harvests per year...

People who make the switch to light deprivation growing come from all walks of life and many different backgrounds in farming and gardening. They could be hobby growers looking to ramp up their favorite flowering plant’s output. Or they could be entrepreneurs ready to take that next big step to enhance their businesses!

Those who grow in outdoor gardens, fields, standard greenhouses, and even hydroponically will find the change to light deprivation greenhouse growing quite intriguing – and promising! – for a number of reasons. All of them have one thing in common: they’ve done their research on transitioning to this method, and know for a fact that it’s all worth the effort.

A breif video of an auto-blackout greenhouse in motion.

Now the real question is: have you done the same? If not – and even if you’re on the fence about it – we’ve got all the info you need right here packed into this convenient article to get you going. It will either properly change your mind, or give you that push you need to make the change. Why is that? Because it’s a tried-and-true method, and the investment is certainly worth the risk – if you could even call it a risk!

Explore the following incentives for trying light deprivation greenhouse growing, and get ready to join the new wave of modern growers and agriculturists out there.

YOU CONTROL YOUR SEASONS

If you know about the science behind light deprivation and how it works, you know that you can create amazing conditions for your flowering plants in ways that other growers can’t. No, you can’t make spring happen at will, or hold off winter forever. But you can surely achieve what the very term light deprivation describes: altered daylight and nighttime hours.

By using auto blackout to extend night hours and mimic winter’s sunlight periods, certain commercial flowering crops – such as cannabis, poinsettias, and many other amazing blooms – can be encouraged to flower at any time of year. What does this mean for growers?That’s right: you can control when your harvests happen, and even grow for multiple harvests per year, instead of limiting yourself to availability only in fall.

YOU GROW AMAZING FLOWERS

With an auto blackout system, you’re not just stretching the availability of product to markets during times of year you otherwise couldn’t. If you do things right, you can also boost the actual quality of your product with practically no effort!

Think about it: light deprivation allows you to encourage flowering conditions in autumn-blooming plants at any time of year, and not just in autumn. At the height of midsummer, you can also provide your plants with the most optimal sunlight and photosynthesis possible all year, while at the same time gently triggering them to flower. The result? Bigger, higher quality flowers due to the sunlight intensity of summer, and available when they wouldn’t be otherwise.

What better way could there be to stand out from the competition?

THE ADDED PERKS OF TYPICAL GREENHOUSES

If you’re looking to switch over to light deprivation from standard outdoor or hydroponic growing, there could be amazing benefits in it for you, and far beyond just the control over daylight exposure. Transitioning to general greenhouse growing has many numerous benefits – and ones that you can’t easily pass up!

To say the least, greenhouses give you more control over factors and elements of your operation: including temperature, humidity, ventilation, even season extension and weed or pest prevention.

You can especially go wild with a hybrid greenhouse, a structure that gives you light dep function AND the enhanced functions and accessories of typical greenhouses. You can’t overlook that too easily!

GO ORGANIC AND SUSTAINABLE

One of the most miraculous details about these systems? You can grow top quality, premium plants without the need for the chemicals, fertilizers, and pesticides you’d otherwise depend on to achieve the very same quality.

You also save money not having to spend so much on feeders and sprays, even organic ones. In fact, a successful system can bring you mind-blowing quality without the hassle of chemicals and applications at all. This is good news for pursuers of that coveted organic certifier for their businesses!

At a deeper level, this is peace of mind for environmentally aware hobby growers and farmers alike – particularly ones who strive daily to grow plants with no negative impacts on the earth and nature.


BOOST YIELDS AND PROFITS

You could definitely say this is the biggest, most appealing incentive to make the switch. Simply put: light deprivation revs up both the quality and availability of your product. The obvious result? More product, and more profits.

With so many other perks you get from making the transition, what are the real risks of taking this opportunity? The benefits of an auto blackout system greatly outweigh the costs. You can think of it this way: at the beginning, your biggest cost will be investing in your setup in the first place.

But with yields and profits increasing, along with the decreased need for fertilizers to boost up quality, you’ll find that your greenhouse is paying itself off in amazing ways. So what are you waiting for? There couldn’t be any more incentives to making the change with such minimal risk with this time-tested method – and within the year, you’ll be producing more excellent blooms for your hobby and business than ever before.

Contributer: Aaron Phelps