The Hemp Plant Field Series II – The Vertical Growing of Hemp Plants
“The vertical growing of hemp plants is an interesting part of hemp farming that is being utilized to save space and increase profits.”
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TABLE of CONTENTS
- Decision #1 is Which Hemp Plant
- The Decision # 2 is How to Set Up
- Decision # 3 is Managing Lights, Water, Waste
- Today’s Reference Post
Hemp farmers are multiplying quickly as they see the financial profit that is possible and the relatively economical aspect of growing this environmentally sustainable crop. Farmers do not need to do crop rotation because hemp naturally leaves the soil more nutrient- rich that before it was planted. Space, however, can be a problem when growing indoor hemp plants. That is where vertical growing of hemp plants is gaining speed. So, for all you farmers or thinking about becoming a hemp farmer, out there, let’s see what it is all about.
The Vertical Growing of Hemp Plants – Decision #1 is Which Hemp Plant
There is an art to it and some strains of hemp flower grow very tall so would not work in vertical farming. The hemp flower strains that have big buds and are short stocky plants will be the best choice for vertical farming. These stocky hemp plants also have fewer leaves and need fewer leaves so less defoliation needs to be done. A note here is that some farmers may not be confident defoliators, so this is something to consider also.
These particular strains will mature into a flower before gaining much height in the vegetative stage. It is also advantageous to vertical farming to choose the strains which are mostly disease resistant. Vertical farming is designed to maximize space on many levels, but it is important to be able to see the entirety of the plant to prevent unnoticed mold or mildew time to spread.
The Vertical Growing of Hemp Plants – The Decision #2 is How to Set-Up
Developing a vertical farm for your indoor grow trumps many other methods because it can double or triple the growing space in comparison with horizontal methods. Farming goes to the vertical farming with the number one advantage being the multiple harvests a year that are possible. Some farmers use a converted shipping container which gives total control over light, humidity, water and the environment. Electricity is always a concern so it is important to know, there actually may be a reduced electricity bill.
The Vertical Growing of Hemp Plants – Decision #3 is Managing Lights, Water, Waste
LED lights are best because they will not burn the plant at close range. In a vertical setup, you need the extra space for grow room that other types of light would need. It’s more convenient to access each tier when the tiers are closer together. Easier access means better plant care, and thus improved quantity and quality.
This will involve some type of indoor irrigation system particularly if you have a large vertical farm. This can entail sprinklers from above and sprayers from below. There are a variety of ways you might arrange it depending on the size of your vertical farm. This type of growing is versatile particularly if you start out small and find what works best for you.
Each hemp farmer will need to find out what the requirements are from their municipality to dispose of nutrient waste and how much can go down the drain. Floor drains are, of course the most convenient and inexpensive but if your municipality requires the discarded water to be treated first then another step will be required to comply. Since treating discarded water may require pumps and holding tanks for runoff, it is even more complicated with the more tiers you have. This is another reason to start small in the lunch of vertical farming.
“All Points of View”
The hemp farmer goes to the vertical growing method, and it is no surprise as they are attempting to make the best of the acreage that they have. It is a good choice because many hemp plants produce better more luscious flowers when grown inside away from the environmental elements. The vertical farming can help save our cultivated crops and to get the maximum output to provide the consumers who are becoming a growing part of the population.
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