So, you’ve made the most important decision in your path towards growing cannabis: You have decided to grow indoors, with a modular, prefabricated custom grow room. Rest assured, you have made an excellent choice. Amidst the many options for cannabis growing, an operation of this sort is by-far the most controlled, safe, and efficient. With a contained, air-tight, light-tight grow room, you won’t have to worry about any of the problems which normally plague cannabis growers: molds, mites, variations in temperature and humidity, nutrient deficiencies, light leaks, and others. You have chosen the path that will minimize all of these risks, and will maximize your yields and bud quality. If you’re clever enough to have seen that this is the best option, hopefully you have also recognized the next obvious intelligent choice, which is to get your modular grow room installed by a producer who will customize your grow room design to your personal needs and preferences.
So, where do you go from here? Although a quality company will help you with every step of the design process, there are some things to keep in mind, that will help you be ready to begin planning with whatever provider you decide upon. By taking these things into consideration, and having the requisite information at-the-ready, you will minimize the time it takes to get your grow room designed and installed properly. While a professional, modular prefab grow room certainly does minimize your risks, there are still costly mistakes which can be made. To stay a step ahead of the game and be as prepared as you can be, here are a few questions you should be taking into consideration.
Where will you be installing your grow room? Will it be in a garage, or an attic? If so, there may be more temperature variation than there would be in a more insulated room, especially in the winter. Ultimately, your grow room will control for this, but it may end up requiring more power to do so, which is important to keep in mind when you’re planning your costs. If you grow in a room that is more protected from the weather, it will be more efficient. How much more efficient, compared to other factors, will have to be taken into consideration. For instance, if an attic is the only discrete location you have, then it may be worth the extra costs in electricity to keep it warm in the winter, or cool in the Summer. Or, you may want to invest in some insulation.
What will be the dimensions of your grow room? The horizontal square footage of your space will determine how many plants you’ll be able to grow, and therefore, can give you a rough idea of how productive it will be. Additionally, the height of the grow room will determine how tall your plants can get. Are you planning to primarily grow indica, or sativa? This will be an important factor in how tall you will need your grow room to be, because sativa plants generally get much taller than indica, so you will need a taller grow room if you want to grow sativa. If you’re unsure, or think you may do both, it would probably be better to go with a taller room, with height-adjustable lights. Also, if the overall square footage of your grow room is smaller, then variables such as heat, humidity, and temperature will have to be monitored much more closely.
How critical is discretion, in your grow? If you live in a rural area, and are growing in a barn on your property, discretion may be less of a concern, and you may not want to invest as much in odor eliminators. If you live in an apartment building, on the other hand, you will very likely want to take every measure you possibly can to minimize any indication that you are growing cannabis. One of the best ways of doing this is charcoal air filters, which should be offered by your grow room provider. Additional measures can also be taken, such as placing odor neutralizers, such as ONA gel within the vicinity of your grow room, which will eliminate any odors which escape the charcoal filters.
A related question is, what are going to be the power and water needs of your grow room? This question is important not only for discretion, since authorities do monitor water and electricity usage to locate growers, but also purely from a logistical standpoint. Fans, air conditioning, lights, all of these things use a lot of electricity. Is your home or growing space equipped to handle the often sizable electrical requirements of a grow room? This is important information to know, before you can even be sure that you are able to grow, at all. The wattage potential of electrical systems have to be able to handle the power load of several grow lights, and other equipment. Your grow room designer should be able to help you figure this out, but you can save time by finding out yourself what your home or space is capable of supporting, and having the information at-the-ready.
Growing cannabis can be a daunting and delicate endeavor, filled with potential pitfalls, but also has an enormous payoff. Hopefully, with this information, you can be a little bit better informed in preparation for your grow room design process, so you can be ready to start producing your cash crop with as little complication as possible. Happy growing!