Indoor horticulture is a booming industry. The reality is that the fruiting tree, vegetable plant, and a variety of other crops only grow in specific climates. Therefore, indoor farms have been designed to meet the demand for these crops without the high cost of shipping or lack in quality that comes from the time delay associated with shipping. However, growing plants indoors presents an entirely new set of problems and solutions for the indoor horticulturist. Nonetheless, building automation systems have proven to be an effective way to solve many of these problems. Below are the several benefits that building automation provides to the indoor horticulturist.
How Building Automation Helps The Indoor Horticulturist
Growing plants indoors requires the farmer to mimic mother nature in a way. The reality is that several factors outside of simply water and nutrients come into play when it comes to growing plants inside. Nonetheless, building automation provides the indoor gardener with a way to easily maintain an environment that is suitable for plant life. Here’s how…
- Timed Watering – Outside, rain is the primary source of water, and when it’s dry, sprinklers do the trick. However, indoors things are far different. The bottom line is that a sprinkler would do little more than flood an indoor garden. So, many indoor horticulturists hand water their gardens. However, there are some issues with this. Watering by hand could lead to plants getting too much or too little water; and if the farmer forgets to water for a day, it could lead to devastating affects. However, with building automation systems, indoor farmers are able to set watering systems on a timer; insuring that they aren’t just watered every day, but they’re watered the right amount every time.
- Ventilation – Like all living beings on this earth, plants need clean air to breathe. While humans need a good amount of oxygen, plants need CO2; which there is plenty of in fresh air. However, in an indoor garden, plants can very quickly deplete the available CO2 in the air if there is not good ventilation in the building. Also, ventilation helps with heat; and because indoor gardening requires the use of high watt light bulbs that put off quite a bit of heat, without positive ventilation, the gardener can find himself in a bit of trouble. However, building automation systems can help. Building automation systems can sense when more or less ventilation is needed; giving the indoor gardener a way to control some of the most important aspects of the gardening environment.
- Lighting – Outside, the last thing that a horticulturist needs to do is worry about light. Thankfully, the sun provides all the light outdoor farmers would need. However, indoors, natural sun light simply isn’t available. So, indoor gardeners supplement this lighting through the use of high power light bulbs. While the light bulbs do work, it’s also important to remember that plants are triggered to flower and fruit depending on the amount of hours they are in full light. So, lighting is incredibly important to the horticulturist. Too little light too soon, and plants will start to flower early. Too much light too late and the quality of product produced by the plant dwindles. However, with building automation systems, indoor gardeners have the ability control when lights are turned on and off; ensuring that the timing is perfect for specific stages of growth.
While indoor gardening does present its own list of challenges, those challenges can be overcome easily with the right equipment. Building automation systems are one of the best ways to mimic mother nature and ensure that your indoor crop is everything you want it to be. For more information, give us a call or contact us today!