Perhaps you are planning to grow your own cannabis, but are still in doubt as to whether you will do so indoors or outdoors. Are you indeed facing this dilemma? Then we have the perfect solution to your problem: growing in a greenhouse or conservatory. These options offer the best of both worlds. First, your plants get plenty of sunlight, just like if you were growing them in the backyard. At the same time, as with indoor growing, you also have more control over the growing conditions. However, both methods have advantages and disadvantages, which we will discuss in more detail in this article.
THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN GROWING IN A GREENHOUSE AND GROWING IN A GREENHOUSE
Although there is no world of difference between the two growing methods, there are some minor differences. In a nutshell: a greenhouse is specially made for growing plants. It is usually separated from the living area. A greenhouse, however, is often an extension of a house and can also be used for other things than gardening. Both spaces are usually made of glass. A conservatory is also called a “sunroom”.
THE ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES
Like any other method of growing cannabis, using a greenhouse or conservatory has both advantages and disadvantages. As for the advantages, these methods are usually more cost-effective than indoor growing. You can also take advantage of the natural heating functions of the greenhouse. This is especially an advantage when the outside temperature is too low. Moreover, you have the option to use additional heating and/or cooling systems if needed. At the same time, the glass allows you to harness the power of the sun. This way you can make your plants grow healthy and vigorous. And all that without a sky-high electricity bill. Moreover, in a greenhouse or conservatory you can keep your plants reasonably out of sight. That way you won’t be bothered by nosy neighbors and other meddlers. This is especially an advantage compared to outdoor growing. A disadvantage, however, is that the growth of your plants depends largely on the natural light cycle. This is where it differs from real indoor growing. There, the grower manually changes the light cycle to initiate the flowering phase. However, when growing in a greenhouse or glasshouse, plants naturally go through the transition from the growth to the flowering phase. They do this when Mother Earth signals that it is time. Growers can, however, use additional artificial lighting if necessary. The same goes for systems that actually reduce the amount of light. Try to plan the beginning of your grow strategically. This will give your plants enough time to grow naturally before the cold season arrives.
TIPS FOR TAKING YOUR GREENHOUSE GROWING TO THE NEXT LEVEL
Now you know the advantages and disadvantages of growing in a greenhouse. Below we give you some tips and tricks to take advantage of them.
1. GOOD GENETICS
Remember that for a successful grow you first of all need good quality cannabis seeds. Bad seeds remain bad seeds, even if you do your very best to create the best possible environment in a greenhouse. SeedfinderClick here
2. BEGIN AWAY
To maximize your growing potential in a greenhouse you need to determine the best time to start growing. Ideally you should start early in the year. This will give your plants enough time to germinate and go through the growth phase quietly. In this phase they develop sturdy branches and fan leaves before forming buds. A strong growth phase is the basis for quality buds.
3. AUTOMATED SYSTEMS
A greenhouse provides a perfect place for plants to receive automated watering and/or feeding. As such, it can go a long way toward reducing growers’ workload. This system is great for busy bees who don’t have a lot of free time. You don’t have to keep checking on how your plants are doing. However, it is still important to keep a close eye on your automated system in case something goes wrong.
Marijuana cultivation can still be a risky business. Even in these days when recreational use is being legalized in many places. Still, discretion remains the key. Growing in a greenhouse is a good option, but be sure to be a little sneaky about it. You can do this, for example, by applying some white paint to the outside. In this way you mask what is going on inside. You can also add combination plants, such as tomato and mint. Or even some green, plastic plant mesh. That way you camouflage the sight and smell of your beloved herb. A greenhouse also protects your plants from most major pests, as long as it is properly sealed. However, small and microscopic invaders remain a threat.
DIFFERENT TYPES OF GREENHOUSES
In a nutshell, there are three types of greenhouses. The first is the “lean-to” variety. It is usually attached to a house or building and strategically built to prevent too much direct exposure to sunlight. The second variant is the freestanding version, which is considered the best option. The main advantage of such a greenhouse is that it can be placed in a location where sunlight and other sources are optimal. In addition, the sturdy walls can provide support for workbenches, fans, lights and other supplies. The third type of greenhouse is the tunnel greenhouse, which is usually much larger than the two varieties mentioned above. It is best used if you have a farm or are in an agricultural setting.