I’d first like to get a firm answer regarding two basic points:
- How long is the VEGETATIVE stage, in weeks
- How long is the FLOWERING stage in weeks
For a total grow time of (?)
Reason I ask that is because the descriptions I see here and there are kind of ambiguous on those two points. I wish both were listed definitely, and the total expected grow time as well - in one place. Which is what I hope to accomplish right off the bat here.
This is my 3rd grow, the last four plants of my second grow I guess many of you read the result, Without “DARK TIME” the plants eventually overstress no matter how good everything else may be. And then they just quit…
Things are different in the winter months, it has been a challenge to keep the temperature in the grow room within limits, it gets up to 90 at times during the day.
On the plus side the humidity almost never drops below 50%
The plant does spread out nicely, and I have had absolutely no dried fan or other leaves on it even though it now has eleven nodes (leaf/branch points on the main stem). This may be in part because I water it with a one litre pump sprayer that I pump up whenever I look in on the plant and mist all parts of the plant with until the spray pressure drops off. In this way I deliver a litre of water to the plant every day.
I am lo-impact training the plant by using bamboo skewers as stakes to tie down the branches as close to horizontal as they will go. That has opened up the plant better than trimming, in my opinion because no green is lost that way and I want it to have as many happy leaves as possible.
I have two lights on it on a timer. One array (1200W equivalent LED) I hung ALONGSIDE the plant. The other is a 1500W equivalent LED Array - and that one is hung directly overhead.
Unless I am trying to get more growth on one side of it for some reason I normally rotate the plant 180 degrees at noon every day. In theory that should also happen at “Lights Out”
I also leave the top light off until local noon. From noon to 6PM the full setup is on. From 6AM to midnight the side light is the source.
~What I am trying to replicate (or approximate) is the light coming from the side early in the day, and as the sun rises it passes overhead, right? So high intensity light is from 12 to 6PM and there are two 6 hour periods of ‘morning’ and ‘evening’ light.
And of course I will never overdrive the plants again by running the lights 24/7
To fully automate it would call for 3 lighting arrays and timers, but it’s cheaper to just turn the planter and switch the top array on or off when necessary. The one on the side is on the same timer as the top, it’s a dual outlet progammable one.
This is autoflower and also feminized I hope. This 18 hour cycle is a fairly normal timing schedule, and giving the plant a more natural shift in light direction and intensity I hope will make it a little easier on the plant.
I just noticed a problem with my thread - I never noted down the actual day I sprouted this plant, but I think it was three weeks prior to these pic’s