As a grower, it’s not a surprise if you have ever wondered if what’s better for your plants: indoor growing or outdoor growing. There has been a lot of debates as to which is better for the plants and which gives a better, bigger yield. For sure both sides have their own both strengths and weaknesses so it’s really hard for anyone to say which one is better. With this regard, we’ll list down the pros and cons for each so that we can get a better picture of what we’re dealing with!
Indoor growing, as the name implies, are growing plants indoors with the help of technology to produce artificial factors such as light. Grow rooms or indoor greenhouses fall under this category.
Let’s start with the pros!
- The plants grow in a controlled environment
Since growers grow plants indoors, they have to use artificial lights and ventilation. This actually gives them full control over the plants when it comes to the timing, quantity, and quality of the things that the plant can consume or take into considering when growing. This is a major pro for indoor growing as controlled environments under the hands of expert growers can really give quite the result!
- Shorter growing time
Since these plants are grown indoors under a controlled environment, they can always receive what’s best for them. This makes them grow so much faster compared to outdoors.
- More harvest time
Well, needless to say, since the plants in an indoor grow room or an indoor greenhouse have shorter growing time, the grower will naturally have more harvests than the usual outdoors one.
- Easier to monitor
When growing anything, it’s important to monitor their situation so that one can act immediately if anything is amiss. With the plant being indoors and all, it should be easier to monitor since it’s just right there, so to speak. Additionally, controlled environments tend to be easier to monitor since there are fewer variables to take into account.
- Less Pests
Pests are horrible for any crops. They can be disastrous if left alone. In a controlled environment, the grower can also control the pests that can appear in his or her crops.
- Can be done anywhere
Being “indoors” will mean that a plant can grow anywhere. This means that there is no need for open spaces of soil for the plants to grow which is the situation for most city-dwellers.
As you can see, most of the pros lie on the fact that indoor-grown plants are easier controlled. Since it’s controlled, the growth of the plant is enhanced and unhindered which brings about shorter growth time, more harvests and possibly better yield (with all the nutrient monitoring activities that becomes so much easier).
Now for the cons!
- Can be expensive
Since the grower is required to provide an artificial environment, the cost of growing indoor plants can become expensive. Not to mention maintenance costs that will be included with it such as your utility bills! With indoor growing, you can expect your electricity bill to rise quite a bit!
- Needs to be tended
Since the grower is technically the creator of the environment that the plant lives in, he or she will need to make sure that everything is in place at all times!
- Relies on machines
Faulty machines can cause your plants to die completely! A simple malfunction can destroy the environment of the plant which will surely affect them in a really negative way! Be sure to use trusted and tested equipment and machines on your plants if you decide to go indoors!
Since the grower is given the ability to control the environment of the plant, he or she will need to be calculating in how much of the “environment” they should give to their plants. Overfeeding and underfeeding are among the common issue of growers when it comes to indoor plants.
For the cons, it’s more on the start-up and the upkeep of the grow room. A simple mistake can send your crops to plant heaven which is ultimately NOT the goal for any grower. Patience, practice, and experience can help in overcoming these problems (oh and some money of course).
Again, from the name implies, outdoor is growing a plant, well, outdoors. In general, plants grown outdoors rely on the natural course of plants outdoors which means the natural environment will be their own.
Let’s start with the pros!
- Less tending required
Since the plants are grown outdoors, the grower needs not to tend it as much as indoor gardens as nature can do it for you. This is especially true if the area you live in is quite ideal for plants!
With less tending comes less spending. Since you let nature take its course, there will be no artificial light or ventilation needed which can save you quite the buck!
- Often bigger crops per harvest
The usual set-up for outdoor gardens is big ones. Big set-ups would naturally yield bigger crops when things go right.
As expected, most of the pros of outdoor growing take into consideration the “nature” of things. There will be less money involved and less human intervention (which can mean less human errors too!)
Now for the cons!
- Susceptible to harsh weather
Since it’s up to Mother Nature, your plants are quite susceptible to any weather. If there is a drought then your plants will suffer a drought as well. If it’s winter, then they’ll have to go through winter and might become plant-cycles. Harsh weather will obviously hinder the growth of the plant which will lessen (or even destroy completely) your harvest.
- More pests
Being grown in the turf of some pests, there will naturally be more pests in outdoor gardens that indoor ones. Not to mention that since there can be less human intervention, pests can thrive better and could damage your crops.
- Less harvest times
With an outdoor growing, you can actually only have 1 harvest time (unless if you live somewhere near the equator). This can be bad especially if you need the crops on specific months or specific times.
- Emergency harvests can happen
When a disaster is about to strike and you have to save your plants, you will probably have to remove them early. Doing so can actually reduce the potency and taste of your plants or could simply destroy their ability to grow better ones.
The cons of outdoor growing lie again on the course of nature. If nature says so, it may be hard to go against it especially if you have a big crop.
These are the pros and cons of growing indoors and outdoors. We did not include the possible taste of the plants simply because they can be a result of preference by different people. Some say that indoor ones taste more like a chemical from the nutrients while some say outdoor ones are less powerful.
To sum things up, there is no real “best” when it comes to indoor and outdoor growing, it still boils down to preference and where the grower feels the most comfortable doing. So, for your sake, you should think of what can go well with your lifestyle and skills and, probably, that will be the method for you!