Plant which will most efficiently produce oxygen for 3


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Plant which will most efficiently produce oxygen for 3

Post by garrison » Tue Jun 27, 2006 10:47 pm

I have a room that is 16 ft by 16 ft and sealed relatively well using a plastic bubble. We use an Air Conditioner to introduce fresh outside air and cool the air inside the bubble - however, at night we turn the AC off and set it to a low fan speed. We hope to use plants to increase oxygen in the room as well as clean the air. 3 grown men will be living in the cabin for one week. We expect to have to place the plants in a box that would allow us to leave grow lights on at all times and pass air from the room through the box using fans. I have found documentation on chemical vapor removal of house plants which suggests 1 plant per 100 sq ft will do the job, however it does not indicate how much oxygen would be produced. Right now I am looking at the Rubber Plant or Bamboo Palm - both have high transpiration rates as well as the ability to remove chemicals from the air effectively.

The questions that remain are as follows:

1. Does a higher transpiration rate = a higher rate of oxygen being introduced into the air?

2. Which plant would tackle this job most efficiently? (the smaller the better)

3. What color and type of grow light will be best?

4. What potting method will work best? (it appears that moving air through the root structure can be beneficial)

Thank you in advance for helping me with this unique problem.

Garrison Strickland

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Post by Linn » Tue Jul 04, 2006 1:51 am

spider plant one of THE best

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Post by mith » Tue Jul 04, 2006 3:49 am


You might also be interested in whether you'll suffocate at night ;)
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