Indoor farming isn’t new. But its popularity is.
For example, the amount of land in use by greenhouses has increased by 223% since 1980.
And multi-million-dollar investments, like the $200 million Plenty received, show promising expectations for indoor farming results.
Not all indoor farms can expect the same results, as they vary too much in size and type, but some generalizations can be made.
In this article, you’ll learn about expected indoor farming results.
Before we start, it’s important to understand different types of indoor farms.
Three of the most common types of indoor farms are greenhouses, vertical farms, and container farms.
Greenhouses differ from container and vertical farms due to their glass walls and roofs, which allow natural sunlight to be used.
Indoor vertical farms use artificial light either as a supplement or the only source of light.
Vertical farms also grow plants vertically rather than horizontally, a trait that greenhouses lack. Container farms typically use vertical growing methods as well.
While vertical farms and greenhouses can vary widely in size, container farms are typically the smallest, because they are built in repurposed shipping containers.
The type of system used by the indoor farm to grow plants will also influence the results.
Two of the most common systems used in indoor farming include hydroponics and soil.
Hydroponic systems use a special fertilizer called nutrient solution mixed with water to provide plants with the essentials they need to grow instead of soil.
High yields are one of the indoor farming results you can expect.
The biggest indoor farms produce millions of pounds of produce per year.
And even small operations see yields higher than their field farm competitors.
Indoor greenhouses produce about 10.5 pounds of tomatoes per square foot on average; meanwhile, outdoor farms average only about 2 pounds per square foot.
Yields are higher indoors, because farmers can grow crops year-round, extending the life of their crops.
Additionally, hydroponic farms have an even higher yield per square foot than soil farms.
Because hydroponic farms don’t have to account for roots growing outward like soil farms do, they don’t have to place crops as far apart.
Vertical farming techniques can grow even more!
Vertical farms are able to grow more plants in a smaller space by stacking them.
When you include the other four rows in our Pure Greens Container Farms, we grow 28 times more basil than traditional soil methods.
Vertical farms can even grow more than other hydroponic systems.
For another example, take hydroponic greenhouse BrightFarms. Its website says it produces 2 million pounds of greens per year on its 80,000 square foot farm in Pennsylvania.
On the other hand, vertical farm AeroFarms says it produces the same amount in a 70,000 square foot farm in New Jersey. Therefore, AeroFarms produces 21.4 more pounds of produce per square foot than BrightFarms!
Indoor farming results are typically profitable.
One thing to remember when expecting profit, is that it may take a few years for business to start booming. The average age of a profitable farm is seven years old.
The system you use can also influence profitability.
For example, hydroponic and aquaponic indoor farms are more likely to profit than soil, aeroponic, and combination indoor farms.
With these indoor farming results in mind, what’s keeping you from getting started?
You can open your own indoor farm using our Pure Greens Container Farms.
For more information, call us at 602-753-3469 or visit our website.