I’m in week 4 of veg for this plant and it’s easy to imagine why it’s called Bruce Banner. This plant is very vigorous in it’s growth. This is a 3 gal. pot. I have removed the first fan leaves and pinched the very top shoot.
1st question: I’d like to defoil this plant due to how dense it’s veg state is. Is this a good idea now? My intent is to has this grow under a SCROG net soon as I change to flower.
2nd question: I want to remove some lower branches to defoil and use for clones. Is this good now? The clones will grow outdoors.
3rd question: Every time I grow I use a SCROG net but just as I go to a flower light cycle. The stretch kills me with too much veg and I end up with a lot of airy buds. Should I start my veg cycle pre-planning for the stretch to better manage it? That’s my thought this time.
Somebody on the forum put up a bad review of a light and was contacted and offered payment to change their review. Fake reviews are common. Like OG pointed out this light will not carry you through flower.
PAR? Lumens? LUX? DLI? The only accurate meter I am aware of is a quantum sensor (Apogee Instruments) that will cost you more than your lights.
The only real metrics used for light in cannabis growing is Daily Light Integral and Photosynthetically Active Radiation. Information on this can be found readily on the forum and on the 'Net.
The simple fact is overseas makers have been making ridiculous claims about light performance for years (seriously) and many of us (myself included) have been caught up in these outright lies. There are a few light companies that do not do this; like Horticulture Lighting Group for example. Quality LED’s will cost you approximately $1/watt of output and with inferior lights you have to look at actual watts pulled from the wall rather than output as they can’t be trusted to provide good data.
The light you have will flower out a plant but inadequate in the amount of light it produces. You would need two of those lights per plant to get dense flower. I hate to be the bearer of bad news but that’s simply the way the world works right now.
Rule of thumb for almost all grow lights sold on Amazon is remove a zero from whatever the advertised wattage is and that’s close to the actual. Best to ask around here and get several different opinions before making any major equipment purchases. There are too many charlatans and Johnny come lately companies out there preying upon new growers ignorance to rely on reviews.
The first LED light I bought was from BestVa, a blue/red or “blurple” light with veg/flower switch. The fact that I registered it was why they invited me to get a free light, but I’m not going to guarantee a 5 star rating on something that I’ve never tried. I have since moved on from blurple lights so I gave that light to a neighbor.
There are a handful of manufacturers who sponsor “reviews” where their lights always rate near the top, even though commercial operations would never waste their time on the lights in these reviews.
I’ve discovered that better lights get better results. I also feel that lights with more than enough capacity keep the plants more compact so they don’t outgrow the space.
The problem with that is they are too much money. I know, you get what you pay for. The reviews I read seem to pertain to someone like me with one plant to grow. I was never looking to start a small grow business, just some good weed to smoke. What’s your suggestion for a light?