Ozone is a very interesting compound that can be utilised within indoor gardens to perform several beneficial duties. Ozone acts to deodorize, sterilize and disinfect any organic molecules it comes into contact with. We stock a range of Ozone generators that can be used in different applications and can treat different volumes of air. For more info on Ozone and how to use it in your environment, read our buyers guide below.
Ozone in Horticulture
Ozone is normal atmospheric oxygen (O2) with an extra oxygen atom in the molecule (O3) that makes it unstable. The extra oxygen atom is a positively charged ion that’s prone to attach to a negatively charged cation because opposites attract.
Ozone is a steriliser, disinfectant and deodorizer due to its oxidizing properties that literally change the chemical composition of the things it attacks by attaching an oxygen molecule to it. Ozone has a pleasant, clean smell that can be smelt a long time before its negative health effects start creeping in - as our nose can detect as small amount as 100 parts per billion while it can start oxidising our respiratory tissues at around 100 parts per million
Some studies have shown that Ozone can increase the amount of essential oils like flavonoids and phenols in particular plant species like pineapple but in other species such as strawberries only a reduction in ascorbic acid (vitamin c) was witnessed - ozone can also be used to disinfect fruit which will increase its shelf life.
You can run an ozone generator alongside your extraction set-up to help reduce the chance of mould and bacteria on the foliage of your plants. You could also run the generated ozone through your nutrient solution - where it will add oxygen and sterilise any microbes that are growing in your tank. Many growers use ozone in line with their extraction to neutralise any remaining grow room smells from being vented outside the garden environment.
In high concentrations, ozone can be damaging to plant tissues so it's important to run the correct levels of ozone. We recommend use of a timer with your ozone generator - If you can smell the Ozone it's at appropriate levels to deal with smells. Try not to run the Ozone generator when you’re in the room to reduce the chances of health risks associated with ozone.
If you’ve got more questions about how to implement Ozone Generators in a hydroponic garden or if you’re unsure if they’re right for you, get in touch with our specialist team via email or call our specialist team on 0800 085 7995 who can advise you on ozone applications within a horticultural environment.