be the most beneficial will vary depending upon the soil conditions, the type of plant being
experimented upon, and the type of electrical stimulation that's involved.
Remember, the early experimenters of electroculture used earth battery technology, which
was only capable of producing about 1.3 volts between the plates. Knowing that they
had successes with the plates 90 feet apart as well as 200 feet apart, this equates to field
strengths of 14mV/ft (48mV/m) and 6mV/ft (21mV/m), respectively.
When electrodes are placed far apart from each other, there is an increase in electrical
resistance, dropping the current flow. Since only minute amounts of current flow are
needed (on the order of micro-Amps in some cases), soil resistance is of little concern for
the average experimenter. With this in mind, you can try moving the electrodes farther
apart to see the extents by which your system will operate. Keep in mind that the greater
the distance, the more plants you can grow in between, allowing for greater plant-boosting
return on investment.
Additional In Ground Design Considerations
When it comes to designing your in-ground electroculture system, there are a few basic
ways to set up your system.
Below are a set of diagrams showing various electrode configurations:
Electrodes on Row Ends
advantages to this approach: one is that less wiring is involved (though the current will be
weaker because the applied field is distributed over a larger area, yet that may be a good
thing). The other is that a large number of plants can be grown in between the electrodes.
By setting up your garden in this way, you can expect the best returns for minimal effort,
compared to setting up electrodes for each plant individually.
Electrodes Across Each Plant