8 Tips for Better planter Room Design
Growers know that a good growing room is one of the most important prerequisites for the success of a growing business.
The design of the planter is crucial because it's not just a building -- it's an ecosystem. Factors that should be considered in designing an ecosystem include the regional climate of the location, the artificially controlled environment, and the type of plants that will eventually be planted.
This article focuses on what a good grow chamber design looks like and provides you with 8 tips to optimize your grow chamber design.
1. What should be considered in designing a good planting room?
The role of the growing chamber is based on technology for plant production in a controlled environment. To design a good planter, you should consider your business plan, planting model, plant protection and technology.
2. 8 tips to optimize the design of planting chamber
(1) Define your business plan
Before designing a grow room, you must first decide what is the profit model for the grow room? What is your target market? Are you looking for a growing business for the mass consumer market, or are you trying to establish yourself as a craft grower? It is important to understand how your target needs, from planting and harvesting to marketing and sales, will work together.
(2) Determine your planting pattern
The design of the planting chamber should match your planting style. Do you want a sea of green, or six-foot tall plants? Will you use soil cultivation or aero cultivation? The planting pattern will define the design decision of the planting chamber, so the decision must be made early.
(3) Do your plant protection planning well
How can you reduce the likelihood of crop damage from mold or insects? Many growers are too lax in protecting indoor crops from outside germs and other potentially harmful factors. Also, you should have a plan in place to prevent and address employee theft.
(4) Select the environmental control system
The choice of environmental control system and report collection tool is also a major factor affecting the design of the planting chamber. If you cannot effectively control humidity, temperature, light and ventilation, you will certainly undermine the profitability and quality of your produce. Maintaining ideal growing conditions for crops can be a challenge in a growing room, especially when you use multiple devices working together. In order to maximize efficiency, the control system of the planting chamber should be strengthened. Automation of environmental control and report collection will be critical.
(5) Adjust your equipment as the area expands
The size of the growing room will greatly affect your design choice and therefore the overall cost. When the planting room area is small, it is not feasible to choose the central chiller for climate control. But when the grow room area is large, or when the business plan is to greatly expand its area over time, investing in a central chiller can significantly reduce overall HVAC costs.
In fact, when the chamber is larger, the design cost per unit area is usually reduced. While the upfront investment may be larger, planning for the long term early on usually magnifies your profitability as you scale up.
(6) Choose LED lighting or traditional lighting
Judicious use of lighting is also crucial to maximizing profitability. Compared with other lighting methods (such as HPS lights), LED lighting has several advantages:
Easy to replace, reduce the replacement cost;
◇ High energy efficiency;
Reduce the operation cost of air conditioning;
◇ Reduce costs and overhead.
Based on the price of electricity per kilowatt-hour, the return on LED lighting is relatively quick. It is recommended to use LED lighting to reduce your planting operating costs.
(7) Consider labor costs and the true cost of consumables
For entrepreneurs running growing rooms, POTS and pans sound attractive -- the initial investment is certainly less than other methods. However, transplanting requires time and labor. Carefully estimating the cost of the entire process will save a lot of time, effort and money later on.
(8) Choose vertical planting or single planting mode
How will your planter design maximize the use of space? Getting the most out of the top space with a multi-tiered system architecture and overhead workbench can help you increase your return on investment. However, the details of the chamber design need to be carefully considered in relation to the plants being planted.
While using a multi-tiered system structure can maximize the use of planting space, it can also cause you to overlook some problems. Ideally, growers should check all plants daily. While automated sensors can help reduce labor and save time in many ways, there is absolutely no substitute for checking in person.
Therefore, we recommend no more than two layers for nutrient crops. For flowering crops, single-layer design is preferable. People are lazy and usually don't check the second layer every day.