I have an auto flower going, but what if it is just as critical for THEM to have longer darkness as an ordinary plant?
What helps, and what hinders - this is a huge question…
PS: The dark cycle, or “LIGHTS OUT” seems to me to be the “Healing Time” of the plant - so if we shorten it, they can’t do what is expected without being in the dark - can they?
Like with BODY BUILDING.
For “HYPERTROPHY” to take place, there must be an adequate “RECOVERY” period…
How this applies to plants may be similar.
Cut it too short and no real growth is possible
(this is specifically in reference to the flowering state)
IE: You have an auto flower plant beginning to flower. You DO NOT HAVE TO cut the light hours back, but what is the difference if you do or do not?
REFINING the QUESTION:
Do autoflower plants do best with a normal light cycle protocol?
(stress being stress)