Rapper Snoop Dogg is high on cannabis grower Seedo Seedo’s new brand representative will tout the machine’s ability to grow weed in an automated, closed system without pesticides or human Why CO2 is Your Home Growing Best Friend What springs to mind when you think of CO2? Global Warming is probably pretty high on the list. One of the main causes of global warming and the effect It's a little pricy, but an automated grow box by Israeli startup Seedo uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to optimize the growth of vegetables, herbs, flowers, and other medicinal plants, including marijuana. You can monitor your plants' growth — and watch it in high definition — via the mobile app.
Rapper Snoop Dogg is high on cannabis grower Seedo
Seedo’s new brand representative will tout the machine’s ability to grow weed in an automated, closed system without pesticides or human intervention.
American rapper and businessman Snoop Dogg is the new brand representative for Israeli startup Seedo, maker of an automated closed system for growing cannabis — or other herbs, veggies or flowers – hydroponically without pesticides.
A resident of Long Beach, California, Snoop Dogg has 36 million social-media followers and has been an active supporter of the legalization of cannabis in the United States.
He said his partnership with Seedo is about “promoting a healthier lifestyle by providing a technology that allows production in unused urban spaces, reduces costs and enables growers to share their produce with the community.”
According to Seedo, Snoop Dogg’s role will be to “educate consumers on the environmental benefits and social opportunity of Seedo’s home and commercial grow technology.”
Seedo’s machines require no human intervention. The growth process is controlled by an app managed by artificial intelligence. An algorithm determines optimal dosing of fertilizers, irrigation and temperature. Machine learning enables the system to improve performance by drawing insights from previous growth cycles.
Why CO2 is Your Home Growing Best Friend
What springs to mind when you think of CO2? Global Warming is probably pretty high on the list. One of the main causes of global warming and the effect it’s having on our earth is the rise of CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere.
The beauty of plants (one of many), is that they absorb harmful CO2 and use it to photosynthesize to produce energy, oxygen and plant cells. This is why forests and plants are known as ‘Green Lungs’, because they’re inhaling CO2 and giving us the oxygen that we breathe.
CO2 for Home Growing
It’s a well-known fact in the agricultural world that high concentrations of CO2 can improve the growth and yield of a crop. Greenhouse farmers have been doing it for years. How does it work? In high-light situations, supplying more CO2 allows your plants to use more of that light, which results in increased photosynthesis and therefore faster growth and bigger yields.
In a natural ‘outside’ atmosphere CO2 moves at around 400 ppm. However, it’s been shown that the herb plant can benefit from up to 3 times that, between 1200 – 1500 ppm.
The use of CO2 for most home growers, particularly if you’re just starting out, can be expensive (think hundreds of dollars for CO2 equipment alone!). But the obstacles don’t stop there. Actually putting the equipment together and using it effectively for CO2 enrichment is no easy task. In fact, it could end up being a complete waste of time and money.
This article by Grow Weed Easy gives you an in-depth look at how CO2 works.
How Can Seedo Help?
CO2 isn’t a magic formula that you can just increase and automatically see a bigger yield and faster growth. As with everything, it takes expertise and knowledge of how to use it. You’ll need to consider positioning, the right amount of light and timing.
Seedo is an automatic growing machine that initiates this whole process for you, without you even lifting a finger. It comes with both the hardware and software to utilize CO2 enrichment in exactly the same way a professional greenhouse grower does.
The results? You’ll get a bigger, more rewarding crop in a shorter space of time with Seedo raising the CO2 levels up to 12000 ppm. It’s all completely automatically, all you have to do is replace the CO2 cartridge when it runs out (2 supplied in your starter kit). The added benefit of the fully-sealed environment that Seedo provides, is that plants will be guaranteed adequate nutrients and to be free from pests. Think about how Seedo could make your home growing experience a ton easier before you jump into the world of CO2 DIY…we think you’ll agree it makes sense.
Seedo is an A.I.-driven, self-contained grow box for plants of varying legality
The website for Seedo isn’t too far off from something you might have seen at the Home Depot. Their main product is a hermetically sealed grow box controlled and managed by artificial intelligence, employing machine learning technology, computer vision algorithms, and wholly enclosed systems including advanced lighting systems to nurture plants like herbs, flowers, or vegetables.
I moved to California recently from Colorado. It occurred to me, as it probably has occurred to you by now, that you could grow more than basil in these nifty little boxes.
To be less subtle, growing and using marijuana is legal in a whole bunch of states now, specifically 11 states for recreational marijuana (if you’re in one of those states, you probably know already, especially if you’ve been to a concert lately), in addition to 22 states who have recognized medical marijuana as a remedy for conditions such as PTSD, depression, and anxiety, in addition to a bunch of other conditions that are plaguing Americans right now, particularly veterans.
The industry is now using artificial intelligence and machine learning to grow pot, and Seedo even has a machine-learning agronomy database, similar to Tesla’s shared cloud database, which teaches all the Seedo grow boxes out there how to best grow high yielding and happy crops and share that data with other Seedo machines. That’s kind of a trip, so to speak.
For parental types, it also comes with a child lock that can only be locked or opened by the mobile app, which also keeps your crops safe from any other prying eyes.
The company’s product is pretty amazing, actually. You don’t have to grow marijuana (although that’s certainly an option according to what we’ve been told), but you can also grow herbs, vegetables, flowers, and more. But here’s the kicker: Regardless of what you decide to cultivate, Seedo’s weird little hydroponic box will increase your yield even more than if you grow it in your backyard.
It’s not cheap, so it’s a bit of an investment. If you buy directly from the Israel-based company, a Seedo will set you back $2,400, plus around $350 for shipping, although the company will take a $500 down payment with the remainder due upon delivery.
Along with the Seedo, you’ll also get a full growing kit that includes one nutrient package, two CO2 cylinders, one rockwool grow slab, an air filter, a water filter, and the app, which can be run on iOS or Android devices.
Why the app? In addition to monitoring things like water levels, you can literally watch your weed grow, in high definition no less. The device can grow up to five plants at once, and self manages everything your typical gardener might, including the climate, lighting and nutrient parameters to produce a significantly larger yield than traditional grows can produce. The Seedo also drastically speeds up grow times, while a successful operation can also be maintained in a small space — no more growing ditch weed under florescent lights in a closet in your basement.
It’s a little bigger than a mini-fridge; it weighs about 90 pounds or so before plants, uses 0.24 kilowatts per hour of power, and is around 40 inches high and 25 inches wide. The Seedo’s nutrition system was developed by a dedicated agronomist, and created especially for hydroponic growth within a relatively compact size. Owners will also be able to order extra consumables, such as CO2, nutrients, etc., from an online store that’s currently under construction.
So, whether you want to grow vegetables, fresh herbs or flowers, or just want to make an investment in growing something more medicinal, you could definitely do worse than an algorithm-oriented grow box that self-manages itself to grow plants that are big, strong, and plentiful, especially compared to more traditional environments.