Alternative Methods of Generating CO2 Naturally

CO2 is a must when growing indoors.  Selecting the correct method of generating CO2 depends on the size of your indoor space. CO2 tanks are the best way to go for commercials growers with large green houses or hobbyists with indoor gardens greater than 100 square feet. Small time gardeners like me prefer to use natural methods of producing CO2.  I prefer CO2 Boost, because it is efficient and simple to use. Indoor gardeners who cannot afford CO2 Tanks or CO2 Boost can use alternative methods to produce CO2, such as a dry ice setup, baking soda and vinegar drip set up, or a fermentation setup.

CO2 GeneratorDry Ice is carbon dioxide that has been chilled and compressed so when it melts, it changes from a solid to a gas. All that is needed to set up a dry ice CO2 generator is a small cooler and dry ice. In order for the CO2 to escape from the cooler, you will need to poke a few holes in the lid. The more holes in the lid, the faster it melts, and the more CO2 released. The amount of dry ice and the amount of holes in the container will decide how much CO2 is released. A pound of dry ice is approximately equal to a pound of CO2. The down side is regulating the amount of gas produced.  Some clomid online gardeners use insulated or foam ice coolers to slow down the thawing process, however once the dry ice begins to melt, it does not stop.Fermentation

Another method of generating CO2 naturally is through the fermentation process. CO2 is released when water, sugar and yeast are combined. The yeast breaks down the sugar and naturally creates CO2 and alcohol. For people interested in brewing beer and wine along side of their garden, this is an easy way to enhance the CO2 levels on a small scale. For people interested in generating CO2 for gardening purposes, you need a gallon jug, three quarts of warm water, one cup of sugar, and a packet of brewer’s yeast. Make sure you punch a small hole in the cap of whatever jug you chose to use. The hole will allow for the CO2 to be released. I recommend purchasing a fermentation lock if you chose this method. The lock can be found in stores that sell brewery equipment. The lock will keep contaminants from entering the small CO2 generator. A great thing about this method is as long as the yeast continues to grow and bubble, the mixture can last indefinitely. The downside is you need to change the yeast solution a few times a day (Pour out half of the mixture and add 1.5 quarts of water along with another cup of sugar). Fermentation is an easy and inexpensive way to produce CO2, however you need a few of these fermentation jug CO2 generators to see results, and there is an unpleasant odor associated with the process.

rimonabant acomplia alt=”" width=”157″ height=”210″ />A very small indoor garden would benefit from a baking soda and vinegar drip set up. Simply create a system whereby you drip vinegar into a bed of baking soda. The problem with this CO2 system is the levels of CO2 produced are erratic, and it takes a long time for the CO2 to reach a level that will benefit the plants. Once again, I will stress the simplicity of using a CO2 generator like CO2 Boost. Why go through an entire growing cycle on edge, wondering if your homemade CO2 generator is effective, when you could spend a few extra dollars on an all natural CO2 Generator that will improve the quality of your indoor garden.


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