Using Data Loggers to Measure the Conditions that Affect Marijuana Plant Growth

The term ‘green thumb’ is a common saying, and while it may be a great way of describing tending to the garden, it’s necessary to place a more complex level of thought and planning into the cultivation of marijuana.

To be able to cultivate the highest return, a previous understanding of logistics, and the correct arrangement of layout, controls, and materials, are critical in ensuring a beneficial system and result. From the kinds of nutrients utilized, to taking into account the space for growing that is available, each step in the process of growing is equally important.  

The following article explains some of the key factors to consider that can affect marijuana plant growth. The elements should be strictly monitored in order to avoid any mistakes:

Climate Control

Growing facilities are largely centred on the temperature at which the room is kept. Even the smallest variations in the range of temperature can freeze the plant roots, or make them very dry which can lead to mold growth, bacteria, and stagnation.

Whether your facility is indoors or outdoors, temperature should be thought of as a constant variable which should be analyzed constantly. Growers should seriously look into getting a convenient HVAC system which can promote airflow, and reduce the chances of mold or mildew growing within the space.

With MadgeTech’s Element HT Data Logger, growers can observe humidity with ease by creating programmable alarms for their own ideal conditions. Whenever the level of humidity goes higher or lower than the target degree, the user will be efficiently notified. This saves the hassle, accountability, and questioning of the growing rooms.

Hydration

To ensure that marijuana plants flourish at a consistent rate, correct hydration is key. Watering the plants too much or too little are two of the most frequent issues that growers can face. The amount of water needed does depend on the size of the growing space available and the plant size.

There are several checks that can be helpful in understanding whether plants are receiving the correct amount of hydration. A simple check of the leaves is an easy way to check this. If the leaves are hard to the touch, look distorted, or are the wrong color (yellow instead of green), this is a sign that they are being given too much water. Paying keen attention to a watering schedule and properly draining each plant ensures that plants grow healthily and to a desired height in no time.

Humidity

Ensuring that the humidity levels are correct can be time consuming and difficult for growers to implement. When the plants are in their infancy, they need greater humidity levels as the roots are smaller. However, when the plants begin to flourish and enter the ‘blooming’ stage, the humidity should reflect this by becoming smaller.

CO2 is critical for customers who are looking for quick growth process in their facility. Plants rely on CO2 for breathing through their pores and then use this to convert sugars into oxygen, which provides a quicker growing process.

With the use of Madgetech’s Element CO2 Wireless Data Logger, customers can simply analyze humidity levels by setting alarms which are programmable for their ideal purpose. Whenever the humidity levels drop or reach beyond the necessary setting, the users are efficiently notified. This saves the questioning, stress, and accountability of the grow room(s).

Nutrients

Marijuana plants are largely reliant on the foods and nutrients they are given in order to grow healthily. Once the grower has discovered which nutrients are best for the specific plant (regarding strain, size, and so on), the most beneficial way to organize care of the plants is through a feeding chart.

A food schedule keeps track of the amount of nutrients given. As a side note, during the various growth stages the plants will require different amounts of food. More importantly, the schedule measures how the plants are reacting to the nutrients.

The use of a daily journal can help to understand whether a plant is being over or underfed by measuring the daily feeding times, and the amounts of nutrients given to the plants.

With MadgeTech’s beneficial range of cultivation data loggers, keeping track of these factors has become more simple than ever. All MadgeTech loggers have been specifically created for growing medical marijuana and come with LCD screens to give customers live, real-time data.

Using MadgeTech data loggers with MadgeTech 4 data logger software, and a customary MadgeTech Cloud Services account, users can analyze their growing facility remotely from any place in the world where there is internet access. MadgeTech solutions reduce the stress associated with growing, and helps the customer to take control over their marijuana yields.

This information has been sourced, reviewed and adapted from materials provided by MadgeTech, Inc.

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