When I started in the indoor cannabis grow industry, and just like any new commercial grower, I went to the internet for some tips about what grow shelves to use. I wanted to adapt what I learned in my “secret grow room”. But with an increase in canopy size up to 10,000 square feet, I was unable to take my small indoor grow operation into the big leagues. I had to start learning about the equipment that has been around for years, but not necessarily for the industry that I was working in. It was all about adaptation and using what was available. Grow Benches in a Small Operation | GrowHigher

At that time, I didn’t have the time to re-write the book, and with a limited budget I had wished there was a guide to help me. But alas, there was not, and I made mistakes as many do. Once again I am here to help you learn from my mistakes so that you can get straight to doing what you do best.  

I have compiled a list of different types of Grow Shelves for your commercial operation with a little history to understand where all this technology came from so you can make an educated decision for your commercial grow operation. Armed with this knowledge you can put together the right grow room setup and design for maximum profits.

Let’s start by talking about industry standards, what you can expect when you talk to a distributor and the questions that you need to ask so that you get the right growing system for your needs.

Grow Platforms vs. Grow Tables

There are two words that I hear constantly that I want to clarify. I want you to have the best experience when trying to locate your equipment. These two words are “Grow Platform” and “Grow Table”. Many times I hear them used interchangeably, but in reality they are not the same.

The platform is the structure that makes it all happen. This platform holds up the weight that you need and keeps your plants elevated. The table is what sits on top of the platform, these tables come in multiple sizes for your application. Not all platforms match the tables that you want to use, so make sure you understand platforms and tables.

Industry standards and sizes are built so that they can provide low cost equipment, without all of the overhead. When you deviate and need to make everything custom, the prices shoot through the roof. The manufacturer has taken the most common sizes and will keep them in stock, while anything outside of these sizes will result in going back to the drawing board. Fabrication and customization raises the price of your grow system and, the last time I checked, we were trying to save money, not throw it away. Try to remember that the most common sizes come in 4-foot and 8-foot segments. Although you can sometimes get 3-foot and 12-foot lengths, they are not as common and might be more difficult to obtain.  

The last thing I want to discuss is how to measure a grow bench.  When you are standing in front of the grow bench, looking straight ahead measures the depth, the height is how tall it is, and the width would be measuring left to right. 

Grow Shelf Dimensions | GrowHigher

Now that we’ve made it through that introduction, we understand what we need to know before even thinking about growing platforms and tables. It’s time to get to the pickles of this whole article.  

What are the different types of grow shelving systems? Where did they come from? What are the uses that are best for the commercial cannabis grower? 

The Different Types of Grow Shelves for Your Operation

Grow Bench Systems

Wood Grow Bench | GrowHigher

Pros: Simple, Easy to Build, Cheap

Cons: Not mobile, Not Durable, Not Suitable for Maximizing Space, Not Ideal for Needed Utilities

Let’s start with the cheapest and easiest of all grow systems, wood benches. Many people have been making these benches and there are a lot different ways to do this. Simply put, we just wanted to elevate the grow tables so that they are not sitting on the floor.  

The good thing about these grow shelves is that all you have to do Is build a rectangle, add a few supports, place it on bricks and voila, you have a grow bench. It can be cheap, yet effective. 

The bad thing about these benches is that they will not last very long, you cannot stack them, and they typically do not move. In addition, water and wood are not a good mix. Some people have put a plastic film in them to keep the bottom dry, but you cannot always control water.   These benches are good for a basement, but bad for a commercial grow operation.

Rolling Flood Table Stand

Rolling Flood Table | GrowHigher

Pros: Simple, Easy to Build, Cheap

Cons: Not Durable, Not Suitable for Maximizing Space, Not Ideal for Needed Utilities

These individual rolling flood tables are pretty easy to put together. You can get optional casters for the bottoms. They were one of my first purchases after deciding to move my pots off of the floor. I was able to really cram them into the room which gave me a lot more growing space to work with. I had to hang the lights from the ceiling but was able to push them back in place after I was done working on the plants.  

These grow shelves required a deeper flood tray which was okay, even though I was not doing flood watering.  Setting up trellis poles was a pain and I had to create something out of PVC, which was never fun to do and was cumbersome when cleaning the room. Over time the wheels started to wear down from the weight and got harder and harder to move around the room. Keeping them straight and having to move them back under the lights was always a job I disliked. These table stands were great for a couple of tables, but not so much for a large room.  

Nursery Benches  

Nursery Grow Benches | GrowHigher

Pros: Durable, Good for Greenhouses

Cons: Not Suitable for Maximizing Space, Not Mobile

These have been the industry standard for greenhouse growing for decades. They are strong because they are metal and usually galvanized for rust.  They typically have a wire mesh grid to support the plants. 

The downside of these benches is that they are not movable and a lot of space is wasted. These benches are good for a greenhouse, but bad for commercial grow operations.  

Rolling Slide Bench

Rolling Slide Grow Bench | GrowHigher

Pros: Durable, Adjustable, Better Use of Space

Cons: Not Mobile, Difficult to Maintain, Not Ideal for Needed Utilities

These benches are an adaptation of the nursery benches.  They have non-moveable supports that are anchored to the ground. The part that moves is the top of the platform, with the ability to slide left or right. 

The manufacturer states that “the bench table top allows for plus or minus 8.5 inches of travel (or movement) side to side, measured from the center position, or 17 inches’ total travel.” They typically use large poles that roll underneath the table that make it glide back and forth.  

I had these benches and they did serve their purpose. While they did help to maximize space, they also had their issues.

Lights had to be hung from the ceiling and were challenging to adjust. The assembly was a challenge; I spent a good chunk of time putting the room together. I had filters and dehumidifiers above the tables and I found it difficult to get up to this equipment to service because of the narrow aisle space. Over time, my aluminum slide benches started to fall apart. Keeping the tables straight was always a chore, they tended to slide out of place and not be aligned unless weighted down heavily and were hard to keep straight. I do know that some companies have fixed some of these issues with mobility, although I did not want to deal with these issues.  

Finally, a trellis system for these was hard to use and I ended up having to use pvc pipes for this. My honest summary is that benches are not a bad system, but I don’t feel that it was the best I could have used. The frustrations were ongoing. With the installation and the small problems, I eventually needed to get something else.  

Carriage Grow Shelf Systems

Carriage Grow Rack System | Montel
Carriage Grow Rack System from Montel.com

Pros: Durable, Mobile, Multi-Tiered, Fancy

Cons: Extremely High COST, Difficult to Install

Originally made for the storage of clothing, library books, records, and other such products, these were designed to carry heavy loads. With crank handles to move thousands of pounds in a minimal square footage, they were ideal for the blooming cannabis industry. With a few design changes, you suddenly had a two and three tier rack that could be moved with a handle. 

This is a great concept that allows the ability to maximize your canopy space, and makes this an ideal system for commercial grow operations. Boy, these things come with bells and whistles and can really do the job. But while the system was ideal for what I needed, it had a few drawbacks that made it challenging for me.   

The most prominent challenge was simply the cost. Like any luxury car you pay a high price for leather seats and fancy navigation systems. As a result, I had to decide if the cost was something I could afford and sadly I did not need the bells and whistles. 

As far as Installation, I have no idea what it takes because these companies insist on doing the installation on their product and in turn you get the added cost for assembly. Once again, difficulty of assembly drives up the cost of the product. I would rate this product 9 out of 10 with the only downfalls being the cost and challenges of assembly and that the carriage system did not allow good airflow under the tables. 

Vertical Grow Rack Systems on V-groove Tracks

Mobile Vertical Grow Rack from GrowHigher

Pros: Durable, Mobile, Multi-Tiered, Lower-cost, Expandable

Cons: Not Much

These systems were originally made for the shelf storage industry, made to support thousands of pounds. In warehouses, these shelves are generally bolted to the ground and filled with forklifts. You have seen them at your Costco or Home Depot. Although these were giants and you saw them in every storage facility, it had to be dialed back a little bit for the cannabis industry. 

Taking these systems and configuring them for cannabis growing operations was a no-brainer. Their ease of assembly and ability to adjust for each individual grow operation was the number one reason I went with this system. 

The white powder coated exterior was excellent for keeping the system clean and rust resistant.  Being able to mount V-groove glass-filled nylon wheels to the bottom of these made it so there would not be any rusting issues. And with the v-groove track that is connected to the ground, these keep straight and strong, easily moved by hand. Assembly was my favorite part; I was able to put together a 50 x 50 room in less than a day with 2 helpers. 

The existing poles made it easy for a trellis system, and with a simple plant tie band you can easily adjust your trellis. With 1 to 3 grow levels to put your plants on and a light level to connect your lights, there is no more need for hanging lights from the ceiling, and the lights follow the plants. You can make each row up to 32 feet and can still comfortably move them by hand. 

These grow shelves can work as a bench system with light supports or a multi-tier system to double or triple your canopy space and increase your cannabis yields. You can even start with one level and add on as your business grows. This system was a no-brainer for me.  

This system was made for a cannabis farmer by a cannabis farmer and with a lower price tag. The ease of use made it easy for me to go in this direction. These systems outlast all of the other equipment in your room. I can’t lie, I like bells and whistles too, but in time they break.  You can’t break a John Deere tractor and this system, in my opinion, is the workhorse of the industry.   

Explore Vertical Grow Rack Systems, or Talk to a Grow Room Expert About What Grow Shelves You Need

GrowHigher is an industry leader in vertical grow rack systems. You can explore our vertical grow racks, or our mobile vertical grow rack systems to find the right grow shelves for you. If you need any help to find the best solution for your grow operation, our grow room experts are always on hand to help! Contact us today for a free consultation, and get your grow operation off the ground the right way.

After all the recent economic challenges, it’s natural to be hesitant about expanding your business. However, with margins tightening and competition increasing, you know you’ve got to make some decisions – and soon.

The answer is to grow up. Vertical growing is the fastest and most economical way to produce more plants.

Four main benefits of vertical growing

1. More space. We tend to think of the traditional garden as rows growing horizontally on the ground. However, when you think vertically, you can increase your yield and maximize your profits without adding any space.

2. Healthier plants. Plants in vertical gardens are less susceptible to insect damage and ground-borne disease. Plants that grow upright tend to have better exposure to light, air, and moisture, making them stronger and healthier.

3. Easier care. When plants grow vertically, their roots are more visible. As a result, you can water them directly and more efficiently at their base. Plants that receive proper watering thrive better than plants that get either too much or too little water.

4. Better harvesting. You also won’t have to bend over or crawl around on your knees to harvest your crop when plants grow upward. Not only will you save your body during harvest, but you’ll save time as well.

How mobile grow racks can help you grow up

Now that you know the benefits of vertical growing, what’s the best way to begin? The answer is with a mobile racking system.

With a mobile grow rack, you can convert wasted space into productive growing space. A two-level level mobile racking system could easily double your canopy space, and it could boost it as much as 160%!

Mobile systems allow you to move entire rows of plants next to each other and use all available space for growing. When it comes time to water or prune, you can move the racks around as needed for easy maintenance. Even if you already have a stationary racking system, you may be wasting valuable space with aisles. In this case, mobile racking could boost your canopy space by around 80%.

It’s Time to Grow Higher

Whether you’re an established grower or someone who is just starting out, our team of experts at Grow Higher will work with you to design the best system for your growing operation. With capacities up to 3,000 pounds per grow level, our racks allow you to store both plants and equipment to optimize your space.

At Grow Higher, we offer two types of mobile racks:

  • Our Mobile Grow Racks offer simple mobility with a small investment. These racks are easy to set up and move from room to room as needed in your operation.
  • Our Mobile Grow Track Systems provide large commercial grow operations with the high density they need for maximum yield. With these heavy-duty systems, you can move whole rows of plants with just a push or a pull.

Give us a call to find out how you can double your canopy and double your profits with mobile racking. During our free strategy session, we’ll discuss a mobile racking system that works for you, and we’ll be there to guide you every step of the way.

What causes a vertical farm operation to fail? A unique panel discussion of industry leaders explored that question as part of the first “Aglanta” conference.

In the discussion, sponsored by agritecture.com, three industry experts weighed in on the top nine reasons vertical farms fail. The panelists include Paul Hardej of FarmedHere; Mike Nasseri of LocalGarden; and Matt Liotta of PodPonics.

Although we encourage you to watch the whole discussion here, we have summarized the panel’s comments in this article.

Not choosing the right location

Just as with any business, the location of a vertical farm is an essential part of its success or failure. The panelists mentioned that vertical farmers have an advantage over traditional farmers in that they can leverage high-density growing technology and taking control of their growing environment.

However, they encouraged vertical farmers to consider the following questions when choosing a site:

  • What am I growing, and for whom?
  • What’s my distribution plan?
  • Will my building meet my farm’s needs?

Not using a value-based pricing strategy

Many new farmers price their products to compete with grocery store prices. However, the panelists stressed that is the wrong approach.

These new growers forget that their product is a fresher, more trustworthy option and should be priced accordingly. Vertical farm product pricing should match the quality of your product, not what is on the supermarket shelves, they said.

Attempting too many things at once

Some growers want to grow food while productizing and selling the technology they’re using at the same time. The panelists advised new farmers to have only one goal – to grow and sell good food.

Farmers who waste time and money on unproven systems or trying to develop their own tech instead of focusing on fresh, quality food for their customers are likely to end up out of business, they said.

Not understanding that labor is always the highest cost

Many new farmers underestimate labor costs and the importance of ergonomics in a safe workplace.

All three panelists strongly urged growers to avoid using scissor lifts. They also said that expensive automated systems are the downfall of many new operations.

Instead, they encouraged growers to implement systems that lower labor costs and do not require costly automation technology.

Not developing a knowledgeable workforce

There is a considerable knowledge gap in the indoor/vertical farming industry, according to the panelists. Vertical farmers need to educate themselves and their employees on the how’s and why’s of planting, harvesting, and packaging.

They mentioned that Upstart University is one way to close the knowledge gap and that growers need to seek other educational opportunities.

Not creating an efficient farm design and workflow

The panelists suggested that new farmers treat their operation like a manufacturing process, not an art form.

For example, when evaluating farm equipment options, they recommend looking for systems that can optimize workflow and maximize labor efficiency.

Obsessing over data

While data can be important, the panelists warned against spending too much time collecting data without knowing how to leverage it effectively.

Data collection systems require significant investments of time and money that most local farmers simply do not have, they explained.  

Worrying more about organic certification than customer satisfaction

The panelists stated that customers value trust and transparency over an organic label. They want to know that the food they buy is safe, nutritious, and grown in ways they can support.

Claiming that “local” is the new “organic,” the panelists agreed that buying from a local farmer gives customers a sense of security because they can visit the farm and shake the farmer’s hand.

Debating too long about growing techniques

The discussion’s final topic concerned the questions of greenhouse vs. indoor farming and aquaponics vs. hydroponics.

The speakers made positive points about the viability of both aquaponics and hydroponics.

After discussing the cost of producing food in a greenhouse versus an indoor facility, they leaned towards a recommendation of an indoor, highly controlled production.

However, the consensus appeared to be that farmers should make these choices after careful consideration on a case-by-case basis.

If you are new to vertical growing or are looking to expand your existing business, Grow Higher can help. We offer mobile racking systems that will streamline your operation and more than double your growing space. Call us today for your free strategy planning session.

It’s a basic rule of business. To clear more profit, you need to sell more products with reduced overhead costs. In the agricultural industry, that usually translates to growing more plants in less space.

In the highly competitive cannabis market, you may think that goal is impossible. However, that means you haven’t yet tried a mobile vertical growing rack. Let’s examine the top four benefits of a multi-level cultivation system

Increased canopy space within your existing square footage

Let’s face it – it’s hard to rent warehouse space for a growing operation. Not only is suitable space at a premium, but the owners of many properties are increasingly hesitant to rent to growers. If they do decide to accept a grower’s rental application, it’s often with a hefty increase over what another more “traditional” tenant would pay.

However, a mobile multi-level cultivation system allows you to expand your canopy without increasing your square footage.

With creative and flexible mobile rack designs, you can double or even triple your growing space.

In addition to growing up, instead of out, you’ll be able to eliminate space-wasting aisles. That’s because your employees can access the plants on mobile racks with just a simple push or pull.

No additional permit costs or state regulations to meet

When you leverage all your existing space with a mobile cultivation system, you won’t have to worry about the burden of additional taxes. The so-called “canopy tax,” which many local governments have imposed on the cannabis industry in recent years, is often based on square footage, not the canopy.

With a multi-tiered growing system, you’ll also save on construction permits and other costs associated with increasing your square footage.

Lower energy costs and consumption

Every grower knows that energy expenses are second only to labor costs. In fact, the initial cash outlay to set up an HVAC system alone can be pretty daunting. Then, on top of that, there is LED lighting and irrigation.

However, a multi-tiered system can save you substantial money on energy costs over time. These savings are good for you and good for the environment.

First, HVAC costs can be lower with a vertical design than with a horizontal system, and LED lights emit less heat than standard high-pressure sodium (HPS) lighting. With less heat coming from your lighting, you’ll spend less on cooling and ventilation.

Mobile systems are made to be moved around, so that means your workers can adjust positioning to accommodate your plants’ lighting, watering, and oxygen needs. That adds up to less energy consumption!

A larger yield means an improved bottom line

Now we can return to that basic business premise. With a multi-level growing system, you can grow more plants in the same square footage; avoid costly rent increases, permit fees, and taxes; and save on energy costs.

Some growers compare the fast and furious cannabis industry to the Wild, Wild West of America’s past. All we can say is that when you integrate a multi-level system into your growing operation, you are able to remain strong in a highly competitive industry.

Ready to learn more? Call us today at Grow Higher. We’ll share our expert advice on how a mobile system will take your growing operation to the next level.

As of April 2021, 17 states, the District of Columbia, and two U.S. territories have passed legislation to regulate cannabis for adult recreational use. In fact, in the months between November 2020 and April 2021, every cannabis-related ballot measure before U.S. voters has passed.  

Whether you’re an established grower or just launching your business, you already know that It’s a competitive market out there. The question on your mind is, what can you do to boost your yields and profits.

The answer is to look up. This article will explain five advantages of mobile vertical cannabis growing.

Greater efficiency and higher ROI

Vertical growing with a mobile racking system allows you to create an efficient operation that runs like the proverbial well-oiled machine.

You can more than double your growing space without the expense of adding new buildings or property.

You won’t need to deal with new permits, construction, or employee downtime when you add mobile racks. Even more importantly, since custom-designed mobile racks allow you to grow more cannabis plants in less space, you can save on labor costs. Your employees will be able to spend more time tending plants rather than moving through your building.

Enhanced flexibility

In addition to the vertical space you gain with mobile racking, these systems also allow you to optimize your horizontal space. Your staff can move and turn racks with a simple push or pull to tend to plants, eliminating the need for space-wasting aisles in your facility.

Better use of resources

Plants arranged in a horizontal system often suffer from overcrowding. On the other hand, mobile vertical racks systems allow plants improved access to light, heating, and air conditioning, and airflow.

Although the initial investment for LED lighting, irrigation, and ventilation may seem daunting at first, you will more than make up for it with crop after crop of vigorous, healthy plants.

Create a multi-state operation to standardize and streamline your outputs

When you design a mobile vertical system, you can easily adapt it to suit your other grow room locations.

Using the same facility layout across multiple sites helps to standardize your employee training and streamline your growing and harvesting methods. Both of these factors contribute favorably to your bottom line.

Improve employee safety and ergonomics

To increase their canopy, some cannabis growers use wide tables and narrow aisles in their grow rooms. However, this strategy can backfire.

Employees can suffer injuries from repeatedly reaching across wide tables and navigating narrow spaces.

A mobile racking system allows them to access plants safely and comfortably.

By now, you can see that mobile vertical systems are indeed the future for cannabis growers. An added bonus is that you can purchase a system that is custom-designed for your particular operation. At Grow Higher, mobile vertical growing systems are our specialty.

We like nothing better than helping our customers grow more quality plants in less space. Please give us a call today, and let’s get started on your new vertical growing system.

If you are trying to make a mobile hydroponic farm then wood is a major concern for you. A lot of companies want to use wood-based products for a variety of reasons. Whatever the case may be it is not a good idea for your product. The reason why is that wood can attract a lot of pests. The pass can come in the form of insects or they can come in the form of fungi and bacteria. Any of those three will be a problem for your mobile hydroponic farm because those are the types of things that people do not want in their product. Therefore, it makes a lot of sense to avoid them as much as possible.

The other problem with using what it is that wood absorbs water. It is even true of wood that is pressure-treated. An article by the University of Massachusetts 1 says that these treatments are good at resisting pests that are attracted to wet wood. What it does not protect against is the absorption of wood as it relates to water. Wood expands and contracts as it gains and loses water over time. It is the reason that pressure-treated decks do not last the number of years that some of the products claim they will. There have been many projects, like porch decks, where treated wood was used, that do not last more than a couple of years. It is because of what the University of Massachusetts said in their article. It means that you, as a hydroponic farmer, will have problems using wood as your structural component for your main growing apparatus. It will weaken over time and cost you more money then a metal-based structure would over time.

Of course, metal does not absorb water as wood does. In fact, if you get galvanized metal then it is mixed with zinc which is known to react faster than the metal with water. Therefore, the zinc oxidizes before the metal which leaves the metal structurally strong. We also have to mention that metal tends to be stronger than wood. Therefore, a pallet rack or decking made of metal lasts longer and is stronger than wood-based products.

We do have to talk about the fact that you want a mobile hydroponic growing apparatus based on what you are looking for right now. You may be thinking that the non-industrial versions of growing racks feature the wheels that make products mobile. However, you can add wheels to a pallet rack or growing rack to make it just as mobile as their consumer counterparts. In fact, you can get the full 360° of movement that the smaller consumer-level products have with their wheels. You still get the full 2500 pounds of uniform distributed weight possible from a larger industrial growing solution like a pallet rack. What you do need to keep in mind is that you should not grow any higher than two or three levels for stability’s sake. You do not want a load of product coming down on you or your employees.

Finally, you may want to consider where you are taking your mobile rack. If you have to cross some rugged round to get to where you are going then you may not like how unstable the more consumer versions of mobile rack are going to feel. The truth is that you can look on Amazon for these chrome looking mobile racks to see that most people feel that they are very unsteady. However, if you take a look at a pallet rack used as a growing rack then you can see that they look and feel very stable. They also are stable when they are mobile depending on what kind of bump you encounter. Obviously, if the bumps are big enough anything will feel unstable because the ground is unstable. You will have to use your common sense but you also have to remember that the industrial versions of growing racks can hold more and be just as mobile as the more consumer versions of the products.

If you are looking for a mobile growing rack or a vertical growing rack then you can click those links otherwise you can call us and we will help you figure out what you need. Call us by dialing 503-536-7218.


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“A lot of people know that they are going to be selling their wares commercially and go for the bigger items first. You want to make sure that you are ready for commercial/industrial grade systems before you get them.”

Capacity is a massive divide between beginner growers and seasoned veterans of the industry especially if you are talking about commercial vertical farming systems. If you are just starting out then you will not know that there are things that can trip you up in the industry. A lot of people do not know how to cost out their product because there is no reason to do so in the beginning. If you are just dipping your toes into the water to see what kind of market and sales you can generate then it is better to run out of supply then to have too much of it. You may as well figure out what you need to know with small amounts of a product before you start increasing your overhead. If you have a lot of capacity to grow then you should be ready to grow to that capacity. Otherwise, you will have to sell it off or store your rack or shelving unit later. A lot of people know that they are going to be selling their wares commercially and go for the bigger items first. You want to make sure that you are ready for commercial/industrial grade systems before you get them.

If you know that you want a farming system and what type then the next thing to think about is how mobile you need that solution to be when you get it. There are tons of mobile products in the marketplace but you should know that the consumer items you find in places like Costco or Target will only handle around 800 lbs max. You can get industrial grade systems that will handle up to 2500 lbs per level. You need to keep in mind that making those systems mobile will remove some of the capacity that is available because they are mobile. In fact, if you make a rack mobile then you should only go up 2 or 3 levels high for stability’s sake. 

“The reason why is that wood can attract mold, pests, and other irritants that will ruin your crops. Metal does not have the same problem.”

Finally, if you are building a commercial vertical farming system then you want to make sure that it is made of metal and not wood. You might be confused about this fact because there are a lot of products out there that are made out of wood. However, it is not the best type of material for anyone who is trying to grow a crop. The reason why is that wood can attract mold, pests, and other irritants that will ruin your crops. Metal does not have the same problem. There are few animals to none that eat metal. Infestations are a massive problem when it comes to growing anything because you have to clear them out before you sell the product. They can also remain on the product which is not going to look good for you when you sell it to someone. Remember that word of mouth is very powerful in business especially when it is negative. No one wants to find bugs in their product. It will look bad on you and your processes if you ever think about selling the business or getting investors to help your business grow.

If you want a commercial vertical farming system that will scale with your business then have a look at the vertical grow rack there. If you want a more mobile version then have a look at this mobile grow rack. If you want a consumer version of those products then have a look at this grow light shelving unit. You can also call us at 503-536-7218 and ask us questions. We would love to help you and your business grow to the levels you want.

“You could order more things from Amazon that come with all the fixings and allow you to dip your toes into the waters of growing your product. However, why would you do that when you are already running out of space?”

Space is always an issue when you are trying to grow your crops. If you rent your location then you only have so much room between your walls. If you are at home then you only have so much space you can allocate to your business before it starts interfering with your life. It is at this point that using consumer-level products stops making sense. You could order more things from Amazon that come with all the fixings and allow you to dip your toes into the waters of growing your product. However, why would you do that when you are already running out of space? You need to reallocate the space you are already using and somehow make it hold more than it does now. The way to do that is to start growing vertically so it no longer is a question of how much space you have between the walls. You want it to become a question of how much space you have been the walls and how much space you have between the floor and the ceiling combined.

What you want and need in your business is a garden rack for plants. Luckily, there are products like that out there. You will not be reinventing the wheel if you start looking for one. You also, for the most part, will not be looked at too funny if you ask for one depending on where you ask. If you walk up to your local grow shop then they might be hard-pressed to find you something that is not consumer level or mid-consumer level. If you ask the internet for this product then you will find a lot of consumer-level products. As you can see, as explained previously, it can be hard to find industrial level growing applications. A look into the first page of Google does not turn up very much in the way of industrial-sized grow racks. Therefore, the question to ask is what level of growing are you planning to do in your business. Are you a consumer-level grower or are you a business on the move and one that needs to have more product. If you are then skipping the consumer level might be smart. The big difference is the amount of product you can grow. A consumer-level product can grow up to 800 lbs of product. An industrial version of the product can grow 2500 lbs per level. A lot of products or plants you can sell later. Obviously, there is a cost difference but there is also a profit level difference. The question is if you think that you can sell enough products to make buying an industrial level shelving unit a no-brainer.

“There are things like seismic calculations you need for racks in certain areas that you probably would not know about as a layperson. It is good for you, as a person not in the industry of material handling, to get the help of someone who is knowledgeable about the products.”

One thing to keep in mind, however, is that many locations have a limit on how much you can grow vertically. You, also, may not reach a level that would be concerning to them but it is best to talk with a business who has dealt with the permit process before. Usually, that means the company from which you are buying a pallet rack or pallet racking system as your garden rack for your plants should be the ones helping you. There are things like seismic calculations you need for racks in certain areas that you probably would not know about as a layperson. It is good for you, as a person not in the industry of material handling, to get the help of someone who is knowledgeable about the products.

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“The cannabis business is a tough business and most businesses fail. In fact, they fail even though they may have backing money in large amounts. If you do find that you have the acumen and your business will stand the test of time then considering a vertical cannabis shelving unit, that can grow product on an industrial level, is a good thing.”

A truth of the industry that you have realized already, just by searching for this product, is that there is a lot of vertical cannabis shelving. The difference in the products is who the product is made for and, by extension, who should be using it. A lot of the products, or most of them, are meant for beginner growers. They are meant for people who just realized they want to try to grow a product and want to take the plunge. It is also made up of people who live in places where it just became legal to grow cannabis as a product. There are very few of these shelving units that are scalable for future endeavors. If you have the green thumb for growing and the knack for making a profitable living off the business then you might want to avoid these products.

More of this truth is that you see more or less of the scalable vertical cannabis shelving units depending on whether you search for shelving or racking. If you search for shelving then you are going to see more consumer-level products. If you are searching for racking then you are going to see more of the scalable vertical cannabis growing products. Of course, there is a difference in price because of the capacity difference between the two types of products. A consumer-level product usually holds up to 800 lbs of product. An industrial vertical cannabis racking unit can hold up to 2500 lbs per level. It is also much wider and deeper. It usually has more room, level to level, as far as top to bottom airspace is considered.

You may be thinking that another difference is the mobility of the shelving or racks. You are only partly right. The fact is that most of the pallet racking, or industrial cannabis racking in your business, can have wheels installed on them even though they hold up to 2500 lbs per level. They can be just as mobile as the consumer versions which is a good thing if you have a large grow operation or you like to save time. If you like the idea of spinning the product so you can work on the other side of the rack or shelf then making your racking mobile is a good idea. You just need to be aware that you should only grow vertically 2 to 3 levels in order to keep the stability of your system.

“A consumer-level product usually holds up to 800 lbs of product. An industrial vertical cannabis racking unit can hold up to 2500 lbs per level. It is also much wider and deeper. It usually has more room, level to level, as far as top to bottom airspace is considered.”

Another thing to consider is the legality of the rack. If you have industrial level racking in your business then it needs to conform to the standards set forth by your local government. If you live in an area with any type of seismic activity at all then you probably have seismic calculation guidelines you have to adhere to and show for your rack or shelving unit. If this is all new to you then you probably want to deal with a company that has dealt with this before and can help you get what you need in your business. You can have your racks or shelving units and have them be legal from the moment you open instead of waiting for someone to come and inspect your place of business and possibly shut you down.

The real question, as you can see, is how big of an operation you want or can sustain. If you are just a beginner then there is no shame in getting a smaller system until you prove to yourself that you have the chops to make it in this business. The cannabis business is a tough business and most businesses fail. In fact, they fail even though they may have backing money in large amounts. If you do find that you have the acumen and your business will stand the test of time then considering a vertical cannabis shelving unit, that can grow product on an industrial level, is a good thing.

If you are ready to get vertical cannabis shelving in your business then make sure that you are dealing with a reputable company that can handle the permitting process. If you need that in your business then give us a call at 503-536-7218. You can also take a look at this vertical grow rack or mobile grow rack by clicking the links. If you need a consumer-level product then look at this grow light shelving unit.

“If you are an experienced business owner who knows how much product they can grow and how much they can make off of that product then you may want to get a bigger growing structure so that you can have more products to sell. If you know your product to profit ratios then you can almost predict how much more you will make.”

Your choice of cloning rack is a lot deeper than most people would realize. It can be very surprising when you first enter the industry. It would be much simpler if there were just one cloning rack in the business that was appropriate for everyone and the choices were relegated to that one. However, that is not the case the truth is that many companies make cloning racks for beginner level or consumer level growers. There are also cloning racks that are appropriate for industrial level business types. If you are a beginning grower then you can probably find something that is worthwhile on Amazon or by going to Cosco. However, if you are an industrial-sized growing business then you might be a little frustrated by the number of consumer products that will get in your way. They will get in your way when you try to find an appropriate apparatus for growing your product in industrial amounts.

One of the first things you should think about is the capacity of your cloning rack. Obviously, you can get a consumer-level growing apparatus but there is a limit to how much you can actually put into that structure. A lot of the consumer-level products will hold up to 800 pounds of whatever it is that you are going to put on the structure. It does seem like a lot until you find out that an industrial level growing cloning rack can handle 2500 pounds per level. The amount, in the beginning, might be too much for your business and could cause a problem with your overhead. However, if you are an experienced business owner who knows how much product they can grow and how much they can make off of that product then you may want to get a bigger growing structure so that you can have more products to sell. If you know your product to profit ratios then you can almost predict how much more you will make.

“You would think with all of the extra weight that the industrial versions would be less mobile. However, you would be incorrect because those can actually have industrial level wheels as well.”

Another issue that you need to think about is how mobile do you need your cloning rack to be on a daily basis. A lot of the consumer-level products are mobile. That is to say that they include wheels that allow you to push them around as you need. You would think with all of the extra weight that the industrial versions would be less mobile. However, you would be incorrect because those can actually have industrial level wheels as well. Although, there will be a difference in weight you can still move them around as you need. If you have the room for them to be able to be pushed around or spun in a 360° motion then you, basically, have consumer-level mobility and industrial level growing capacity.

A thing you should think about if you are thinking about going mobile is that you do lessen your ability to grow vertically. There are several issues that have to do with this but one of them has to be the overall stability of the system. Obviously, you do not want to make it so that it is dangerous to work around your growing apparatus. You are an urban farmer and a vertical grower. Someone has to be able to get in to do the daily maintenance that needs to be done on your crops. Therefore, you want it to be as safe as possible for you or your employees to work around these racks. If you do choose to make your cloning rack mobile in an industrial situation then keep in mind that you probably do not want more than two or three levels.

If you feel like you need more help with your cloning racks or selecting a cloning rack then give us a call at 503-536-7218. You can also have a look at these vertical grow racks or mobile grow racks by clicking the links.