Seedo Weed Grower If getting your weed delivered right to your doorstep isn’t convenient enough, there’s a company that’s created a “set-it-and-forget-it-type” device that lets you grow your own 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
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If getting your weed delivered right to your doorstep isn’t convenient enough, there’s a company that’s created a “set-it-and-forget-it-type” device that lets you grow your own supply right from the comforts of your home.
That company is Seedo — an Israeli-based startup that has built a fully automated grow system for at-home agriculture.
In a recent interview with Seedo’s CEO, Zohar Levy, the chief exec tells us that the magic of the device — which looks like an Apple-designed mini-fridge — comes from the series of photos being taken and analyzed to keep inside conditions optimal at all times.
“The quality is very high. Why? It’s a closed system,” Levy said. “The camera scans the plants every few hours. The algorithm analyzes the conditions of the plants by the photos and gives them the right parameters, so the plants get the ultimate condition.”
The Seedo machine can grow fruits, veggies, and other herbs, though Levy says growing cannabis would likely be your fastest return on investment.
The Seedo home systems don’t just grow weed — though Levy says cannabis is likely your fastest return on investment for a box that cost $2,400 (without any sales). At-home horticulturists can also plant fruit, vegetables, and other herbs. To set the right growing conditions, users just have to select the type of plant they’re planning to grow within the Seedo app and — voilà!
Levy says the first public units shipped last December, and already, some customers have gone through two complete grow cycles.
“The feedback has been great,” Levy said. “Customers are very happy from the results.”
Seedo’s top boss said the team has been working on perfecting its automated-grow technology since 1999 when the first iteration of the company was started. Back then, its co-founders were focused on larger containers that could grow fresh produce in Isreal without the use of pesticides.
Since 2012, Seedo has been working to bring its technology to the consumer. Levy, who previously worked in the plastics industry, joined as its CEO in 2016.
“When I understood the potential of this technology, I immediately launched in,” Levy said. “It’s really a gamechanger.”
Beyond its consumer strategy, Seedo also wants to get back to its roots by bringing its latest technology to larger, commercial containers. These containers can be used by larger-scale pot growers or by companies supplying produce to supermarkets, hotels, and restaurants.
Levy says there’s already a high demand for these containers from growers, which he thinks is a result of the uncertainties that climate change has introduced into traditional agriculture.
“They cannot depend on the climate. The seasons are changing,” Levy says of farmers. “The world needs to have a solution to climate change, and the indoor solution is one that can provide for you ongoing.”
As a first time tech entrepreneur, Levy told us that raising capital for an unproven idea has been the hardest part thus far.
“Nobody knew the economics of this industry. Everybody was afraid to launch in,” Levy said. “I needed to convince people of my history of building good businesses.”
After adding notable members to his board of directors, like former SodaStream CEO Daniel Birnbaum, those conversations became a bit easier as well, Levy said.
Its recent Series A funding round this April — which counted Birnbaum as an investor — totaled $4 million. To date, Seedo has raised $11 million in private funding.
As for what the most fulfilling part about leading Seedo has been thus far, Zohan said: “Seedo can give a great solution for people who seek medical cannabis. Also, for the food industry, we can give healthy food to people ongoing, for their entire lives. That fills me up. If you do something good for the world, the world will give you something back. That’s what I believe.”
Here’s the pitch deck that has helped Seedo raise $11 million:
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.