Small to mid-sized growers are often very concerned with the optimization of their gardens. This ranges from using proper amounts of nutrients, to ensuring that all parts of the plant are utilized. One of the most important ways that growers maximize their yields is the proper introduction of CO2.
Keep reading for an exclusive Ace the Grow guide to carbon dioxide, why/when you should use it, and different types of burners.
What is Carbon Dioxide?
Carbon Dioxide is an odorless gas that exists in the air we breathe. Humans and animals both release this gas during respiration. Your cannabis plants cannot survive without carbon dioxide, as it is essential for photosynthesis. Therefore, ensuring that your growing environment has plenty of air flow is crucial throughout. During flowering, the more high-powered your lights are – the more carbon dioxide is necessary.
Why/When should I use CO2?
Firstly, growers will need to assess their environment & budget. Growers with larger gardens and stronger lights will certainly want to ensure an ample amount of carbon dioxide. Because the heat index is greater, growers will need to introduce higher ppm (parts per million) of CO2 in order to achieve a good ratio for photosynthesis.
While Carbon Dioxide is necessary for all stages of growth, it is most important during flowering. As growers increase the power of their lights they also need to match carbon dioxide levels starting with the first few weeks after inducing flowering. This flow of carbon dioxide continues up until the last week of growth and before harvesting.
CO2 Burner Options
Thankfully, the cannabis industry has developed several options for your CO2 burner needs. From low budget to high budget, here are a few of the products available on the market today:
$$$$: Green Air Products – Multi-Fuel Infrared CO2 Generator IR-42-MF
$$$: Blueprint CO2 Generator NG, CGNG-4
If you are unable to have the budget for a burner, or you simply don’t have enough space in your garden, do not fear, Ace the Grow has got you! There are other hacks that you can use to make sure your plants get the carbon dioxide they need.
Try some smaller/cheaper options such as CO2 kits that will help you pump the gas into your garden:
$: ExHale XL Homegrown CO2
Finally, don’t forget that you and your friends/family are a source of carbon dioxide. The more time you spend in the room with your plants, the more gas you will exhale. Bring some company with you to check on the plants daily & your plants will surely thank you!
Growers that make the effort to streamline and optimize are the ones who succeed. Making timely plans to ensure your plants are taken care of will undoubtedly show in your harvest. Be sure to follow our exclusive tips above.
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