When choosing a vertical stand to grow cannabis, flowers, herbs, fruits or vegetables, there are a few things to keep in mind. Taking the time to design the footprint of your facility will save you a lot of stress later.
Here are some things to consider when selecting the right vertical grow rack for your needs.
You should also consider the depth and width of the shelving as this will affect the amount of planting space you will have for the pots or containers.
Number of levels
Once you have determined the footprint of your racking equipment, you must decide how many racks or tiers you will need. Keep in mind that some plants grow taller than others and require more vertical growing space than others. For example, you can grow more tiers per square foot of lettuce than you can grow hemp.
You should also consider the impact of multi-tiered growth on temperature, drying, ventilation and airflow, as well as your watering needs. Adding more plants to a room increases your HVAC load and can make it more difficult to maintain a homogeneous environment, which is critical for consistent quality installations.
You should choose a material that won't corrode or rot. Look for frames made of stainless steel, powder-coated metal, or other non-corrosive materials.
Lastly, make sure the cost of your vertical rack farming fits within your budget and consider the costs and benefits that best suit your long-term business goals.
Mobile shelving is more expensive, but helps maximize your space better than stationary shelving. There are also different tub options and irrigation approaches that will also affect the cost of your equipment.