I want to plant a few photo strain plants to add to my auto flowering plants. I know it’s late but we have such a long growing season that I want to give it a try, to help get me ready for next year. So, I’m in Zone 9a and we’ll have more than 12hrs of light a day until Sept 26. It’ll be warm and sunny until at least late November. We will get some rain but we’re on the edge of being classified as “arid” so, the weather ought to be pretty conducive for a good grow. My problem is I don’t have an indoor setup to start and sex plants to insure I end up only putting out females. I will before next season, though. I’ve got 2 strains I want to try. I have 4 Blue Headwreck F2 seeds and 5 purple Maze Kush seeds. What I’d LIKE to do (if possible) is get one of each strain but have enough seeds left to plant both strains next year. So, I’m looking to y’all experts to help me figure out how many of each strain to germinate. Then, give me any advice you can on sexing them as early as possible (again, without an indoor setup) in case I didn’t get a female in a particular strain. I know it’s a tall order but I know y’all can help!
Part 2, are there any good tricks to sexing them in an outdoor grow? I read something about putting black garbage bags over them (once they have 4-5 internodes) every afternoon and removing them after dark, so that they have a longer dark cycle; but I’m wondering if that’s going to cause any issues? There isn’t any way to tell until they actually start into flowering, is there? Is it possible to cover a single branch to establish sex or will the fact the rest of the plant is getting light going to keep even that branch in veg? I hate to waste soil and space but I couldn’t get these in a feminized seed. Live and learn. Now I’m trying to do the Marine thing and ‘adapt and overcome!’
Thanks in advance to all those that reply!