I'm in Coastal BC and looking to get a micro-cultivator license. I'd be allowed 200 sq.meters of canopy, which is about 2,100 sq.ft (including vertical space/shelving. So no advantage to staking). This is pretty limited when you take into consideration the dropping prices and the required nursery space for cloning and veg.
I'm trying to crunch investment and return numbers. Was hoping to get 2-3 harvests a year in light-dep. I can for sure get 3 harvests if I invest +$50,000 in a heated, automated greenhouses, or 2 harvests in about $6,000 of hoop-houses. I'd get way better pest and mold control in a screened, heated, and vented GH, so I am really leaning that way if I can get my yield projections dialed-in.
I'm thinking I'd need to veg plants to at least 1 gallon pots and then transplant into light-dep, similar to this:
Kind of worried that I wouldn't be able to get the plants large enough before transplant since my veg space would be limited to less than 100-200 sq.ft. And if I did dedicate more space to veg, I'd lose flower space, so I have to find that magic ratio.
Anybody out there doing light-dep and willing to share their rough yield numbers? I've read people claiming 0.03-0.06lbs/sq.ft (150-300g/sq.m), but I have no clue how big their plants were when they flipped them to flower. What planting density was most effective?