In such a lucrative business, efficient cannabis growing practices are more important than ever. Most cannabis growers have come to realize the potential of using light deprivation cannabis growing as a way to make a big impact.
If you’re a cannabis grower, you’ve probably heard about using light deprivation to promote more growth and a better product when growing outdoors in a cannabis greenhouse. Light deprivation follows the same principals as using grow lamps for indoor growing, controlling the amount of light and darkness your plants are exposed too. Flowering is controlled by a plant’s natural reaction to light, a process called photoperiodism. As seasons change, the amount of available daylight will encourage flowering in plants. Short-day plants initiate flowering during the shorter days of late summer and early fall, when there is less daylight). Long-day plants begin to flower when days grow longer, like they do in the spring, and there is more available daylight. Cannabis, which is classified as a short-day plant, naturally begins to flower in September. However, by using light deprivation techniques, cannabis growers can create “black out” periods to artificially control their plants’ budding cycle. With a light deprivation system, growers can harvest more than once a year by encourage flowering at times of the year when it would not naturally occur. In addition to promoting multiple cannabis harvests, light deprivation can also result in a better crop. Cannabis naturally reaches it’s peak flowering cycle as summer turns into fall and the weather turns cooler. These dips in temperature can often inhibit flowers from expanding to their best size. By tricking the plants into thinking that the seasons are changing earlier than they truly are, cannabis buds begin flowering during warmer weather and expand into full, chunky flowers.
Adding a light deprivation systems to your cannabis greenhouse benefits you through an improved product, an increased bottom line, and more eco-friendly growing practices.
Most growers begin a light deprivation routine by manually restricting the amount of light their crops receive. They do this by adding light proof covers their plants or manually covering/uncovering their cannabis greenhouse with blackout tarp. They soon learn that this can be incredibly time consuming. In light deprivation, timing is crucial to successful growth and automating the process is the most efficient operation. A 12/12 light deprivation cycle in the most common in cannabis growing. 12/12 means your plants receive 12 hours of daylight and 12 of darkness. As an example, a grower who is doing manual light deprivation has to be ready to cover his plants or roll down his tarps at 7PM and then be ready to uncover every morning at 7AM. Timing is everything. Growers who use automated controllers in their greenhouse operations, however, simply program the desired times and the work is done for them. In a cannabis greenhouse, controlling light is not the only factor that attributes to healthy crop. During periods of “black out,” high amount of heat and moisture can build up inside your greenhouse, which can lead to nutrient deficiency, pest infestation and halt THC production. By using automatic controllers, you can monitor and set limitations for humidity and temperature as well.
We package your automated light deprivation system based on the dimensions of your greenhouse and the type of automation you are employing. Light Deprivation Components
Advancing Alternatives’s light deprivation systems are designed uniquely to roll on the outside of your greenhouse structure so they take up less valuable crop space inside. This allows room for additional crops and supplemental lighting/growing systems on the INSIDE of your greenhouse! Features of our Roll-to-Peak Light Deprivation System