One plant as fast as possible, then you want an auto. 90 days give or take from start to finish. As far as the light, a led may be more suited for your needs. They typically cover the full spectrum from veg to flower. Just my opinion. I use leds and they work for me. Just finished an AK auto in 98 days since soaking the seed
Thanks, what kind of wattage does the led need to be? and I’m assuming you would start with one led from seed and then add more as it gets bigger? Also I just ordered blue dream which I don’t think is an auto so how long do you think that would take?
For my 1st grow I grow a training plant (search stupid question thread).
60x60cm and 1.5m tall.
I start my 1st grow whit 4 cheap led light… Small led bulbs. Now I started a second grow (ak47 auto) and she’s in 12/12 schedule… After I will finish my first grow I will change that to 18/6 schedule.
That will depend on you. Since it won’t flower until you change its light cycle to 12 on 12 off. But most people will veg for 8 weeks then flower 8 weeks. Add in the drying and curing time, you’re looking at about 20 weeks. I started with a viparspectra 600watt and used it start to finish.
@OldStealth 50 true watts per square foot is good for HID, but that seems high for LED. I’ve always heard 15 - 25 true watts or 32 - 38 equivalent watts per square foot for LED. Obviously more light is better, but 50 true watts per square foot is going to create heat issues.
Note: In veg I used 25 true watts per square foot. I am in bloom now using 50 true watts per square foot and heat is a constant battle… especially in my reservoir since I’m growing hydro.
My exhaust helps to keep the temp around 81° at the canopy… which is about 4° higher than I would like. As long as it stays under 85° though, I don’t worry too much. The problem I have though is keeping the reservoir under 72°. Right now I rotate frozen water bottles, but might invest in a small chiller. I have a 600w LED running full spectrum during flower pulling 250 true watts. My tent is 4.8 square feet, so right now I’ve got 52 true watts per square foot.