All About VPD: Vapor Pressure Deficit
By Ramsey Tamimi
As a beginner indoor cannabis grower, you want to make sure your plants are growing healthy and producing top-notch buds. One key factor to consider is the VPD, or vapor pressure deficit. But don’t worry, with a little bit of know-how, you can control VPD inside your grow tent like a pro.
Think of VPD as the balance between the amount of moisture in the air and the amount of moisture the plants are transpiring (or releasing). If the VPD is too high, it can cause your plants to become stressed, leading to stunted growth and low yields. On the other hand, if the VPD is too low, your plants may become too humid, leading to mold and other unwanted issues.
So how can you control VPD? Here are some simple tips that even a busy parent like you can handle:
Use a hygrometer to monitor VPD levels: A hygrometer is a simple device that measures the humidity in the air. By monitoring the VPD levels, you can adjust the humidity in your grow tent to keep it at the optimal level for your plants.
Adjust the temperature: The temperature of the grow tent can impact the VPD. By keeping the temperature between 70-80°F, you can keep the VPD in check and prevent your plants from becoming stressed.
Use fans: By circulating the air in your grow tent, you can control the VPD. You can use fans to create a gentle breeze, which will encourage the plants to transpire and release moisture into the air. Just make sure the fans are not blowing directly on the plants, as this can cause damage.
Keep the grow tent well-ventilated: Good ventilation is essential for controlling VPD. By opening vents or using an exhaust fan, you can remove excess moisture from the grow tent and prevent the VPD from getting too low.
Use a dehumidifier: If you live in a humid area, a dehumidifier can be a lifesaver. By removing excess moisture from the air, a dehumidifier can keep the VPD in check and prevent mold from growing in your grow tent.
Water your plants correctly: Overwatering your plants can lead to high humidity and low VPD, which can cause mold and other issues. Make sure to water your plants only when the top inch of soil is dry, and never water directly onto the foliage.
Use an air conditioner: If you have a large grow tent and need to control the temperature and humidity, an air conditioner can be a great investment. By controlling the temperature and humidity, an air conditioner can help you keep the VPD in check and ensure your plants are growing healthy and strong.
Now that you know the various ways to control VPD, you can feel confident that your plants will grow healthy and produce top-notch buds. As a beginner indoor cannabis grower and busy parent, controlling VPD inside your grow tent may seem like a daunting task, but with a little bit of know-how and the right tools, you can do it like a pro. So, get ready to enjoy the fruits of your labor and remember your efforts will be reflected in your harvest.