Indoor growing is a term we use to describe crop production that doesn’t generally utilise sunlight but also gives the ability to control the environment.
By growing in an indoor facility with supplemental lighting, you can have better control over your outputs and tailor the environment to suit the crop growth requirements. It also means you can potentially grow all year round.
The different types of indoor growing environments can include:
- Shipping containers
- Underground rooms
- Growth chambers
- Other indoor converted spaces
These are great for crops like medicinal cannabis, leafy greens or microgreens - which may be economically suited for high density cultivation.
Why is it important to automate your grow room?
Plants require certain conditions to grow with the best quality, and to do that, you have to understand exactly what is happening not only with the plants but also the environment. Automation gives you the opportunity to be precise and accurate. Here are a few examples of why it’s important to automate (there are many others):
Get the right light
In an indoor grow room with no external (or natural) light source, lighting is incredibly important BUT not all lights are created equal. Plants require certain light quantity/quality depending on their growth stage and the type of crop.
Speak to one of our experts to get recommendations on lighting for your set up and how to get it automated.
Set and forget
The key to automation is being able to rely on the technology to do the work for you. Once you set the parameters you can forget about it and focus on other important tasks. If a problem comes up, the system will then alert you (via email or text message) and you can log in to check the data.
What are the overall benefits of automating your grow room?
There are quite a few benefits to grow room automation but here’s a few:
Decrease your labor costs
Automation can either decrease your labor costs or allow you to free up workers to focus on other areas of importance. Perfect if you are looking to expand your business or introduce new skills into your labor force.
Know exactly what’s happening in your grow room and make data driven decisions based on facts and not assumptions. The technology exists to benefit you as the grower!
Increase quality and yield
If you don’t measure you can’t improve. Automation will give you the knowledge to increase quality and yield, learn from previous crop cycles, and give you better return on investment (ROI).
If you want to know more about the benefits of automated grow rooms get in touch and we will be happy to share our knowledge and expertise to get you up and running.
Here are two webinars we ran that can explain more around grow room controls: