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How to Grow Cannabis in Commercial Shipping Containers

By Deonna Marie | Last updated: May 11, 2021
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​From homes to pop-up food trucks, swimming pools to playgrounds, people are finding creative ways to make use of retired shipping containers. It’s all about the global movement to reduce and reuse waste. Deonna Marie explores the potential of cultivating cannabis in containers.

There are many advantages and benefits to growing cannabis in commercial shipping containers. We now live in a time when cannabis cultivation is becoming more widely accepted, and this means more options for growers who are already active in the cannabis community. With a little research on the web, you can find many options when purchasing a growing container to house your plants.

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Most commercial growing containers are not initially set up for you to get growing right away; you’re going to have to do prep work before you get started. Hard work can pay off in the long run, though.

Commercial grow containers come with a few obstacles. Many that are recovered are old and corroded, leaving a grower with many environmental considerations and repairs. I suggest using a qualified company that specializes in the reclamation of shipping containers.

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Inside of a commercial shipping container.Inside of a commercial shipping container.

Buying Your Shipping Container

You can customize your own container when ordering from certain companies. They are versatile in their applications and can be placed almost anywhere, and you also have the power to control your growing environment and customize any container for your growing needs.

Many companies that provide growing containers have theirs made of composite materials that are impervious to mold, mildew, rot and insects—a major advantage for growers.

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Read also: 11 Common Pests That Can Destroy Your Cannabis Crop

Units can easily be delivered to any location and are ready to construct. The set-up process is quick, easy, and requires limited resources. Also, they are easy to take down if you want to move your grow room to a new location.

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Many are reasonably priced and can be easily purchased online. Most of these containers come ready to grow with features that include 60-amp electrical panels; electrical outlets; a ¾ in. water connection stub with valve shut-off; 2 in. floor drains; ventilation ports; Uni-strut along long walls; and easy entry-exit. Some units also have insulated building panels that can house vertical hydroponic growing systems.

By using commercial containers, growers can control air temperature, water temperature, humidity levels, CO2 levels and ventilation with precision accuracy. These containers keep your grow more discreet as well as help you achieve a healthier environment compared to greenhouses, which can be vulnerable to extreme weather, pests and other threats.

Do Your Research

If you decide growing with a reclaimed commercial container might be right for you, make sure to do your initial research when looking into companies to make sure their product checks all of your boxes.

If you decide to start from scratch with a retired shipping container, do your due diligence. Hire a licensed electrician and don’t skip any corners; it could end up costing you more in the long run.

Commercial shipping containers are emerging as a safe, secure way to grow plants. Already, people have used them for many creative applications that include homes, schools, swimming pools, and even a bridge. With a little planning, containers can be a secure and productive venue to grow your own medical marijuana, too.

Read next: Tips on Growing Cannabis in Small Spaces


For more information on growing cannabis in shipping containers, check out Freight Farms, and Growtainer, two pioneering companies that provide complete solutions looking for growers wanting to get up and growing ASAP.

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Written by Deonna Marie

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After more than 12 years of experience in the hydroponics industry, Deonna Marie is now a part of the CYCO Flower family. From running a family-owned store called the Hydroponics Outlet in Gilroy, California, to serving as a columnist for a globally distributed hydroponics magazine for five years, Deonna looks forward to showing the industry that not only do women have a place in it, but they can also dominate! Her passions are hydroponics, modeling, and writing.

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