Indoor gardeners are always looking for new and innovative ways to boost their yields. There is, in fact, a very simple way to maximise your yields and grow strong and healthy plants, and this is through the addition of CO2 to your grow room. But what exactly is CO2 and how does it benefit your plants?
What is CO2?
Levels of CO2 are measured in PPM (parts per million), and ambient room levels are typically in the region of 300-400ppm. Assuming you have sufficient circulation in your grow room you should be able to achieve the atmospheric standard of 390 PPM. At this level, you should see plant growth similar to what you see in your garden.
If the CO2 levels drop below 200 PPM, your plants will stop growing.
It is understanding this behaviour that can really benefit your grow. If everything is being done correctly and you have a fine tuned system, then CO2 can be the one big difference in boosting your yields. Adding enhanced CO2 levels to your grow can significantly boost plant growth without having to change the way you grow.
If you are looking to accelerate the grow cycles of your crops consider adding additional CO2 to your grow room. Plant growth accelerates as you increase CO2 levels up to around 1,500 PPM. Growers have observed up to a 100% increase in grow speed at 1,500 PPM.
The Benefits of Adding CO2 to your Grow Room
The most important and obvious benefit to your plants is the significant increase in growth that will occur, especially if the potential of your set up has already been maximised.
In addition to this, if levels of CO2 can be maintained around 1000-1200ppm then you will be able to run your grow room at a higher temperature. This can be incredibly important with growers constantly struggling to keep temperatures down and avoid temperature stress to your plants.
CO2 During Vegetation
During the vegetative growing stage adding CO2 is the biggest way you can increase the rate your plants stretch, allowing your plant to grow with a lot more vegetative grow in a much shorter space of time.
CO2 During Flowering
When adding CO2 to your grow room, the flowering stage is the most important. Adding CO2 to your grow room, especially in the first 2-3 weeks of flowering, can kick start flower production and boost flower size significantly.
How to Add CO2 to your Grow Room
Using exhale CO2 bags are the natural and easiest way of adding CO2 to your grow room. The Exhale CO2 bag cultivates carbon dioxide 24 hours a day with no need to refill bottles or use expensive production units.
They work through photosynthesis – photosynthesis is the process by which plant leafs make carbohydrates. Sunlight, carbon dioxide and water are converted into carbohydrates and oxygen by the action of chlorophyll in the chloroplasts of the plant. Plants growing indoors under artificial light often lack enough CO2 to efficiently photo-synthesise. When plants are able to maximise the process of photosynthesis, the result is larger plants with larger yields.