Why Do You Need Biochar?
Biochar has been around for many centuries now, though many people have completely forgotten about it. However, in the past few decades, cannabis farmers have started using biochar once again.
This charcoal soil is rich in carbon and comes from a process known as “pyrolysis”.
Why is it becoming so popular again, you ask?
Well, it has the potential to eradicate some of the big environmental issues we face in the present day!
What Does Biochar Do?
Because of its naturally large surface area, biochar provides tons of room for fungi and other types of bacteria to grow and thrive. Essentially, you can think of biochar as a five-star hotel for organic materials. In fact, biochar encourages these organic materials to enhance the soil’s food web as well!
Bacteria grow quite plentifully in biochar, promoting soil that is healthy and nutrient-rich, perfect for your premium clones.
Water is also a huge fan of biochar! CEC, otherwise known as cation exchange capacity, is a process in which nutrients give off a (+) charge, biochar gives off a (-) charge, and water gives off a (+/-) charge. This is why both water and nutrients are attracted to biochar.
Biochar or Charcoal?
If you didn’t already guess, biochar and charcoal / activated charcoal have quite a bit in common. Biochar, however, is definitely the winner when it comes to the best soil amendment award.
Charcoal is a fuel that is rich in carbon, though biochar harnesses carbons that provide the massive surface area that bacteria love so much. Plus, it doesn’t have hard or chunky qualities like activated charcoal does.
While the surface area of activated charcoal is greater than that of biochar, biochar is much easier to deal with.
Benefits of Biochar
In forestry lingo, a snag is a tree that is dead or dying. Snags are great for kilns thanks to the organic material found within them. Snags are also one of the biggest contributors to forest fires. Essentially, if you use snags to create biochar, you are helping to reduce forest fires.
Biochar is also great for rebuilding soil that has been eroded. As we all know, industrial agriculture can be pretty hard on soil. Biochar helps to bring nutrients, microorganisms, and water, back to the land! Beyond feeding the soil, biochar also helps to prevent runoffs!
Should You Use Biochar?
As you have seen, the benefits of biochar go pretty far. It is one of the easiest soil amendments to produce and also happens to be one of the most cost-effective soil amendments too. If you live in an area where the soil is struggling due to drought, you might want to consider adding biochar to see if it can rebuild that soil!
Adding it to your cannabis garden can create a stronger and healthier grow far more efficiently.
If you have any other questions regarding soils or growing, or you just want to speak with us about the incredible clones that we have to offer, make sure to get in contact with us here at Big Daddy Clones!