Growing Together Tips

Growing Together Tips

Posted by Patrick Abu-Joudeh on Nov 17th 2017

Elevating your co2 levels

So this month I wanted to touch base on the benefits of elevated co2 levels in an indoor garden or greenhouse. Just a little information on co2 and the importance of carbon in plant development. Plants grow through a process called photosynthesis. Photosynthesis is the process by which plants take carbon from the air (or bicarbonate in water) to build carbohydrates (which is the similar to the way we use food for calories to give us energy), then releases oxygen into the air. Other than food for your plants, higher co2 levels can also help your plant against some disease and insects. There are several different environmental effects that are caused by rising co2 levels, but with proper control of temperature, light, watering and humidity. Co2 is the ultimate plant booster.

When you are ready to introduce higher co2 levels into the garden

there are a few things to consider. Most important is budget. Co2 system set ups can get pricey. If you can afford to get a co2 generator of some sort, either gas or co2 produced by burner, it can make maintaining co2 levels a breeze and your garden will show it. If it is not in your means to purchase co2 producing equipment, there are products on the market that are affordable to get higher co2 levels. Like Exhale homegrown Co2 in a bag. Secondly, make sure that you have something to monitor the co2 level in your garden. Long time exposure to high co2 levels and be hazardous or even deadly. So always keep an eye on the level of co2 when working inside you garden or greenhouse. 

Now scientist have done all the work and research for us, so we don’t have to spend years on figuring out the optimal co2 level for our garden. If you step outside and you so happen to have a ppm monitor (co2 is measured in parts per million) in your hand. You will notice that the ppm is roughly 400. If you were to take that same monitor and walk into a small sized room, with the door closed. You will noticed that the ppm level will rise. For example, it will read 700-800 ppm. That is due to the carbon dioxide that you are exhaling. The amount of co2 scientist have found to be most beneficial for plant growth is 1500 to 2000 ppm. With a controller and co2 generator reaching and maintaining that level of co2 would be the most consistent way. So in conclusion, higher levels of co2 in our garden equals more fruit and flowers. Check out this recommended product and more at out store. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us or stop on by the store. Check us out online on twitter, instrgram and like us on facebook. Hope all your harvest are plentiful!