For many growers the size of the final yield is massively important regardless of what plant you choose to grow or what growing system you may use. Generally speaking, maximising your yield comes with years of practise, trial and error take time because each grow you do you have to try something new and wait for the results to know if it’s made a difference to your final yield, if not then it’s back to the beginning and try another method or additive to your growing cycle then wait for the results again, this kind of process can take months even years and some growers never achieve the results they could as they often lose interest in the long process.
The tips we are about to share will knock the socks of this process and show you how to achieve maximum yields every time by supercharging your garden or grow area and because we have shared them with you here today you have just taken a huge short cut and have the knowledge that few experienced growers are willing to share.
The 3 handy tips we have to share will certainly increase yield for those that are passionate about plants.
Super Charge Tip #1
Co2 (Carbon Dioxide) Generation – This tip is based on an indoor growing situation or outdoor poly tunnel.
Experienced growers will know that the growing environment for your plant is absolutely critical to its growth and potential yields. All plants absorb Co2 and emit oxygen in the daylight cycle so Co2 is a vital ingredient to plant vitality. Getting the correct environment can be somewhat difficult outdoors but indoors you are totally in control of all the environmental aspects of your growing area. Air flow, temperature and humidity are all important factors but Co2 induction is the game changer when it comes to increased yields. Some experts believe that using Co2 can increase your yield by around 20 to 30% and advance the growing cycle by a week.
Every grow room or poly tunnel needs fresh air input, fresh air has levels of Co2 naturally but by using Co2 generation you can easily supercharge the level of Co2 in your grow-space. Increased levels of Co2 means your plant can absorb more which in turn means better growth and better yield of fruit or whatever you have chosen to grow. Increased levels of Co2 are scientifically proven to increase bulk and mass in plants and used in conjunction with our other super charging tips you can expect to see a bumper yield.
There are a few ways to generate extra Co2 for your grow, Co2 is readily available from good grow shops or horticulture and garden centres in bottles or tanks, you can also buy Co2 generators that involve burning propane gas to produce Co2 as well as other Fungus based chemical bags that claim to emit Co2 to assist growth.
The propane gas burners produce heat in the process which is often a problem when growing indoors plus they can also be a fire hazard, leaving a naked flame unattended for long lengths of time is not the best idea. The other point on this type of Co2 generation is that if you are going to go to the effort of carrying bottles of propane into your grow area then you may as well just used bottled Co2.
The Fungus based chemical bags have been around for some time now, to be honest we have not heard many reports of this type of Co2 generation but a quick browse round the net and the forums say they have a certain amount of success in small areas but are no-where near as effective as bottled propane or Co2 so in our view would not be suitable for a supercharged situation.
Based on very credible feedback from the experienced growers we have spoken to, the best method of Co2 generation to consistently supercharge your garden is bottled Co2. It is readily available at good grow shops and you can buy it in small medium and large bottles. This type of Co2 is by far the easiest to monitor but it requires a special gauge and timer to give the right amount of gas to your plants. For this you can buy a Unis, there are other brands around but Unis has great feedback.
Using the Unis to super charge your growing area:
The Unis is a timer and valve/gauge all in one. It simply fastens to the bottle like a regular gauge you may see on welding bottles but the Unis has a special timer that you set up based on the volume of your growing area. Once you have set it up correctly you simply plug it in and let the Unis go to work administering pure Co2 to you plants and watch them thrive. If you are using a Unis in a poly tunnel or Greenhouse then you would set a standard timer for the Unis to stop emitting Co2 in hours of darkness. If you are using it in an indoor grow room or grow tent then simply plug it into your existing timer that controls your lights so that it shuts of when the lights go out.
Things to consider when using a Unis to boost your plants Co2 intake:
- Co2 can be dangerous in small airtight spaces so make sure your ventilation fan is working well and ALWAYS turn off the Unis when tending to your plants. Don’t be worried about it as it’s safe to use as long as you are careful and well worth the effort. Our growers have told us that forgetting to turn it off whilst tending your plants for short periods of time would likely result in headaches and you would have to spend a long time in there with no ventilation before it reached dangerous levels of Co2.
- To calculate how much Co2 your growing area needs all you need to do is a simple calculation, simply calculate the length x height x width of your growing area to obtain the volume, then have a look on the settings on your Unis and set it accordingly, the Unis will then give out the right amount of Co2 on time every time.
- Your bottle of gas will likely run out at some point, a tip here is to always replace the little seal that sits between the bottle and the Unis, this will ensure a tight seal each time you change the bottle. Another great tip that our experienced grower mentioned was to always clean the Co2 bottle and spray the entire bottle with bug killer before you take it into your grow space to ensure that there is no lodgers such as spider mite or other insects that may infect your growing space.
- Finally, it may not be practical for you to use Co2 to super charge your garden or grow area throughout the whole growth cycle, Co2 will increase growth massively so could leave you with over grown plants that may fill your space too much, for this reason experienced growers of plants that produce flowers or fruits would generally use Co2 from week 2(on a 8 week cycle) or after the initial stretch period that plants often show when flowering or fruiting.
Seasoned growers will measure the amount of Co2 being used in the growing area, this can be done
using kits that are single use but you can also buy a meter to measure the PPM or parts per million of Co2. A good meter to consider for this is the Titan Atlas Co2 monitor and can be bought quite cheaply from most good grow shops or horticulture centres.
Super Charge Tip #2
The second of our supercharge tips is an additive that you just cannot afford not to use. You may have already heard of it but if you haven’t you are seriously missing out. This is a readily available but quite secret ingredient that many experienced growers know and don’t really pass on the value of using it and the benefits it will have when super charging your garden. This super additive is called Nitrazyme.
What is Nitrazyme and how is it used?
Nitrazyme is a highly concentrated growth enhancer that you use in conjunction with your normal nutrient feeding cycle; it’s made up from a selection of different elements mainly from sea plant extracts. It contains many useful things your plants not just need but actually love to have, things such as growth enhancing ingredients, micro-nutrients and bio- enhancements are all in there and available to assist in super charging your plants. The benefits of this additive is that the high concentration of these micro and bio ingredients will increase and potentiate your plants at all stages of growth, in simple terms this means that it will make your plant grow faster, thicker, stronger and healthier and also increase your yield. Not only can you add it to your nutrient solution but you can also use it as a foliar spray or mist, it forms part of the main ingredients of Rocket Fuel Spray mix but we will cover rocket fuel in its own article later.
Nitrazyme has been tested and proven at the highest levels with tests taking part on crops grown in prestigious Universities in crop growth in Canada. Below is an extract from their tests:
NITROZYME TEST RESULTS
A brief summary…….
Ottawa Research Station of Agriculture , Canada (J.A. Simmonds & M.
- Nitrozyme increases the rate of germination, growth, and flowering of Impatiens
- Nitrozyme can shorten by four days the time required to grow impatiens seedlings for bedding
- Nitrozyme treated plants had 50% more leaves than their untreated counterparts, and these
leaves were one-third larger on the plants receiving Nitrozyme.
44% improvement in germination rate
57% more leaves
34% larger leaves
5 days earlier flowering
6% reduction in operation time
A full report and list of stockists can be found on the Growth Technology website. Using Nitrazyme in conjunction with our other super-charging tips will ensure you have healthier plants and bumper crops.
Supercharge Tip #3
Our final super charging tip for today is another additive that you use in conjunction with your regular nutrient solution cycle. This additive is only for use in the flowering or fruit phase of your grow and is proven to assist in providing much more yield and heavy tightly packed flowers or fruit. This additive comes in various different brands but today we are discussing the Ionic brand once again from Growth Technology, the product is called Boost or PK boost and is usually only used in the final few weeks of flowering. Boost is used alongside of your normal bloom and is a great way to add extra phosphorus and potassium into your nutrient solution. It works great with Ionic bloom but to be fair will work just as well with any brand of Bloom and bloom stimulators.
Using Boost alongside of Nitrazyme and Co2 will all serve as a fantastic way to enhance your crops final output and supercharge your garden. We have taken these tips from seasoned experienced growers from Holland, USA and Canada. The growers we connect with have many years in producing huge yields and have spent many years going through trial and error of many different products, growing techniques and growing systems.