Is it possible to grow a plant with no CO2 present ??

Discussion in 'Plants: Science and Cultivation' started by curiously_green, Jan 29, 2004.

  1. curiously_green

    curiously_green Member

    Messages:
    1
    Likes Received:
    0
    I am not that knoweldgeable on the conversion of carbon dioxide to a carbon atom being absorbed into a plants leaves. Is it possible for a plant to gain all of its carbon requirements only through aborption through the roots ?? This product seems to say it is possible ... http://www.docssimplesolutions.com/carbon.htm . Has anyone heard of this or used a similar product ???
     
  2. Chris Klapwijk

    Chris Klapwijk Active Member 10 Years

    Messages:
    266
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Surrey, B.C., Canada
    In response to your question, probably no. Remove carbon dioxide and your plant will cease to grow and will most likely die in the long run.
    But as far as I can tell, that is not the claim the manufacturer is making.
     
  3. Ok... but is it possible to increase the carbon uptake by introducing carbohydrates as an additive ??
     
  4. Chris Klapwijk

    Chris Klapwijk Active Member 10 Years

    Messages:
    266
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Surrey, B.C., Canada
    The ingredients are listed on this page:

    Simple Carbohydrates - 2500ppm
    Simple proteins - 750ppm
    Phospholipids - 2500ppm
    NAA - 10000ppm
    Kinetin - 3000ppm

    The first two could be a lot of things.

    Phospholipids are fat derivatives. Each molecule is made up of one glycerol molecule attached to two fatty acids and a phosphate group. Structurally, phosopholipids are similar to triglycerides except that a phosphate group replaces one of the fatty acids.

    NAA = Naphthalene acetic acid derivative, potassium salt, plant growth regulator
    The pure chemical ingredient is toxic to humans, including carcinogenicity, reproductive and developmental toxicity, neurotoxicity, and acute toxicity. Water contamination potential, toxic to aquatic organisms.

    Kinetin is a synthetic substances that is similar to cytokinin in structure and in its ability to enhance growth in plants. Cytokinin is a mixture of four structurally-similar substances that are found naturally in plants.

    So, is it possible to increase carbon uptake by introducing carbohydrates as an additive?
    Without doing a double blind study and given the concentrations of the active ingredients relative to each other, you would have to do more than just add carbohydrates to increase carbon uptake.
     

Share This Page