Growing hemp can be a fun hobby turned lucrative business. In 2020, the total licensed hemp acreage in the U.S. reached 465,787 acres and is believed to grow exponentially in the years to come. Now is the time for eager farmers and cultivators to begin growing hemp.
However, deciding where to grow your hemp, either indoor or outdoor, is totally dependent on your grow capabilities and which type of hemp you’d like to grow. Longleaf Provisions Company can help you navigate the toughest issues and regulatory framework needed to get your hemp grow up and blooming.
What’s the Difference Between Indoor and Outdoor Hemp?
Differences in hemp flower vary depending on the genotypes but growing in an indoor or outdoor space can also affect the appearance of the hemp. Typically, outdoor-cultivated hemp flower buds tend to be larger than those grown indoors. The buds themselves may be a little chunkier and usually have thicker stems. On the other hand, indoor-grown hemp flower will most likely be slightly smaller and more dense.
Take a look at our “Wife” indoor-cultivated hemp flower here. The Wife CBD strain is a balanced Indica-Sativa hybrid with an aromatic sweet profile and has over 18% CBD.
Pros & Cons of Growing Indoor Hemp
When it comes to growing hemp, there are many factors to consider: price, climate, and quality. Growing hemp indoors gives you more control over temperature, lighting source, CO2 levels, and humidity, all without having to worry about the volatility of the weather. When mother nature is taken out of the process, cultivators can grow hemp in any season as long as they have the right facility and equipment. Because of this, the Canada-based company Organigram can produce 500 crops annually within their indoor cultivation facility.
Also, if you’re looking to produce a particular phenotype with consistent quality throughout the year, an indoor grow facility would be your best choice. Especially if you live in a city, you may want to consider having an indoor grow space out of respect to your neighbors.
Pros & Cons of Growing Outdoor Hemp
Growing hemp outdoors may be less of an investment depending on the price of land in your area. Keep in mind, there is a difference in daylight hours depending on where in the world your farm is located. For example, those at a lower latitude have about an hour more of daylight and tend to have warmer weather, providing a longer grow season. When it comes to heating and lighting, the sun is free! But remember, weather can be unpredictable and seasonal storms such as hurricanes and tornadoes can dramatically affect your crops.
Get a Hemp Cultivation Consultation
Cannabis grows can be daunting. With more than 20 years of experience, Longleaf Provisions Company offers consultation on every facet of growing hemp, whether indoors or outdoors, from seed to sale to help growers whether switching to growing cannabis or starting from scratch as a new cultivator. We can help you with anything from drafting a grow space blueprint to harvest and anything in between! Schedule a consultation with our expert hemp cultivators — let’s get started!