Indoor Yield-O-Rama

Canopy Size Trade-offs

There are differences in time, labor, expense and risk (for some) from using different size canopy spaces that produce the same total yield. The suggestion here is that smaller spaces put less of these responsibilities on the grower's shoulders.

Below is a listing of gardening factors affected by canopy size. It can generally be assumed that a canopy space covering twice the area of another will require about twice as much from the grower to manage and maintain. In cases where the larger space also has more light, it would likely require even more from the grower. However, even when a space is doubled and the same available light is used, the extra leaf mass needed to fill a space twice the size still produces this doubling effect. And though it might seem counterintuitive that water uptake would double with the space despite the light intensity halving, the effect of lighting on water uptake is inconsequential compared to the effect leaf mass has on it.

 

A space twice the size
would need about twice
the:

time

labor

cost

risk

Plant Related

plant numbers
or
twice the veg time

x

x

x

x

 

x

 

clones

x

x

 

x

mothers

x

x

 

x

pots/containers

x

x

x

 

media

x

x

x

 

harvesting

x

x

 

 

manicuring

x

x

 

 

between-crop
cleanup chores

x

x

 

 

Water Related

water volume

 

 

x

 

fertilizer

 

 

x

 

reservoir changes
or
reservoir size

x

 

x

 

 

x

 

manual watering

x

x

 

 

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