Thought I would strike a thread about Perpetual setups and how to design them.
I have been growing perpetually now for almost 7 years. Before this I spent almost two decades growing in traditional harvest gardens. Times changed and patients and their demands also pushed me into the perpetual mode even though I had always wanted to grow in this manner.
Their is no wrong way or right way once you nail out the frame and perimeter. Their are several methods and stages one can utilize depending on resources as needs.
At minimal one will need two stages of growth requiring two separate setups in order to keep a continuous flow of plants moving through the rotation schedule.
I will not be getting into any elaborate details or designs for now. I just want to begin to touch base on this subject and how others too can fabricate a perpetual no matter the space and lighting allowance. It is a rather easy straight forward approach to having a continuous supply of not only medicine but proven stock once you have made phenotype selection from seeds grown or sourced clones. (Beware of Plant STD's if obtaining stock from unknown sources)
This whole subject can get complicated but for now we will just be addressing the basic two stage perpetual setup.Later on we can talk more about advanced methods incorporating many stages. I currently am incorporating a 6-7 stage perpetual with anywhere from 48-72 plants depending on variables. You may still grow a perpetual though with regulated plant counts as low as 6 if you are a bit diligent and do not keep mother plants.
The two stage is pretty simple and straight forward. One area is for seed germination/cloning as well as vegetative growth. Some growers opt for 24 hours lighting and others 18/6. That choice is yours and only yours unless electric costs are a factor, then I would choose the 18/6 photoperiod. Plants actually seem to prefer to rest even if science says differently.
The second stage is the flowering chamber which needs to be kept dark 12 hours a day constantly due to the influx of incoming plants at different times according to ones own schedule as well as the plants. It takes a while to establish this second stage of the perpetual and if one is systematic and in tune with their vegetative stage they will always have a steady incoming supply of new plants at differing sizes due to the rotation and reset that takes place before or just after harvest.
Again this can be a very complicated operation or a very simple one. It all depends on what your input is and how intricate you choose for the over all complexity of design. KISS is often best applied to even the perpetual and I second this suggestion. I may have 6-7 stages depending on rotations but in the end it is still pretty simple and straight forward. I keep many plants and always am starting new clones and seeds. The extra stages help me in this sense as well as being able to utilize direct lights in small spaces that help enforce strong lower initial growth.
I think I had said enough now about this subject in general. Please feel free to ask questions or add anything related to the subject including your own lay out and designs along with any notes you feel inclined to share.....
When all said and done, most medical growers need a steady perpetual grow. It is much easier than most people know. It can as well advance ones skills in the garden too verses waiting around for the harvest type garden to do its thing...........
Thanks for dropping by and posting in advance.......................PeacePipe