Cannabis plants require very specific environmental conditions to thrive. Even the smallest changes in temperature or humidity can impact a plant’s growth or potency. That's why many cannabis growers raise their crops in greenhouses to create and maintain the best possible growing environment. However, even in controlled environments, cannabis plants require additional protection from potential threats.
Greenhouse monitoring systems provide an additional layer of protection for your plants. They continuously monitor the greenhouse environment to ensure optimal growing conditions and protect against these four environmental threats:
Threat #1: Temperature
Temperature is the most important factor to consider when growing cannabis. Fluctuations in temperature can seriously damage cannabis plants and hinder growth. Freezing temperatures can shock or even kill cannabis plants, while high temperatures can slow down plant growth or reduce the potency of the buds.
To maintain an ideal temperature for cannabis plant growth, be sure to install a remote monitoring system and place temperature sensors throughout your facility. When temperatures go outside of your set high/low ranges, these temperature sensors will signal your monitoring system to send an alert. The system can send alerts to designated personnel via phone call, text or email, so they can take action before irreversible damage occurs.
Threat #2: Humidity Levels
Cannabis plants require the correct humidity level to remain healthy and thrive. Low relative humidity (RH) slows the photosynthetic process, while high RH promotes the growth of mold and fungus. The best RH level for each plant depends on its growth stage. Cuttings and seedlings grow best with a higher RH, while more mature plants thrive on a lower RH.
A greenhouse monitoring system allows you to continuously monitor humidity and data log humidity levels. Over time, you can identify the specific humidity levels that work best for different varieties of plants and different growth phases. You can also program the system to send alarms when humidity levels fall outside of preset parameters.
Threat #3: Power Outages
When a power outage occurs, you need to be notified immediately. Critical greenhouse equipment like lighting systems, water wells, heater fans, ventilation fans, louvers, sprinkler/watering systems, humidifiers and dehumidifiers require a constant power supply. The longer these systems are down, the more danger your cannabis plants are in.
A greenhouse monitoring system allows you to respond quickly in the event of a power failure. A rechargeable battery backup ensures that monitoring and alerting continues during a power outage.
Threat #4: CO2 Levels
Like any other plant, cannabis needs CO2 to thrive. Remote monitoring systems prevent CO2 levels from dropping too low because they continuously monitor CO2 levels in your facility and notify you as soon as readings go out of range.
Remote monitoring systems monitor multiple environmental conditions 24/7, providing an extra level of protection. They are a very cost-effective way to get peace of mind!
For more information, check out this article, Tips for Using a Greenhouse Monitoring System to Protect Your Cannabis Plants.