The ultimate goal in growing cannabis is to procure high-quality, deliciously scented, trichome rich buds that produce the highest yield possible. While this is the fundamental objective in cultivating the intoxicating plant, many marijuana growers struggle to succeed. What if growers could incorporate a valuable resource into their grow environment to maximize yield?
Introducing Carbon Dioxide (CO2) into a grow room allows a cannabis plant to absorb more of the colourless gas, consequently increasing photosynthesis. As a plant creates more energy through the light-related process, it utilizes the influx to develop healthy plant growth. Adding carbon dioxide to a grow environment increases photosynthesis, ultimately enriching the outcome of the plant.
Vibrant, happy plants produce more luscious buds. For most growers, maximizing yield is one of the finest achievements in growing cannabis. Incorporating CO2 into a growing space boosts overall plant vitality resulting in bountiful harvests. Many seasoned marijuana growers tout yield expansion of 20% – 30% when CO2 is added to their grow set-up.
How Does CO₂ Effect Cannabis Plant Growth?
Carbon Dioxide is a colourless gas that is naturally present in the atmosphere. Cannabis plants absorb CO2 through tiny openings on the underside of their leaves called stomata. These tiny pores regulate the flow of CO2, oxygen, and water. As CO2 is absorbed into the plant, the gas is directed to chloroplasts, the plant organelles that contain light-absorbing chlorophyll where photosynthesis occurs.
Photosynthesis, an intricate sequence of reactions, takes light energy from the sun to convert CO2 into chemical energy stored in sugars to feed the plant. With the help of water uptake through the root system, this fascinating process ultimately releases the byproduct oxygen back into the atmosphere. Excess water from the cannabis plant is also released back into the atmosphere through transpiration.
Outdoor marijuana plants have the benefit of utilizing as much CO2 as they need to maximize growth. Abundant high-intensity rays from the sun promote photosynthesis, stimulating cell production in plants. Outdoor plants naturally produce strong roots, thick stems, and leaves as they adapt to the environment.
Indoor growers can capture similar effects by introducing CO2 in their cannabis grow setting. Creating an optimal environment utilizing light, airflow, humidity, and temperature while adding proper CO2 levels promotes faster growth of cannabis plants. Knowing when, how to apply it, and how much carbon dioxide to administer in a grow room is key to increase yields.