I started too many seeds to let mature in my tent. It’s getting crowded and I have to make decisions soon (should have asked sooner). I gave several to friends. Any ideas on transitioning to outdoors? Here’s my girls.
@OlyBoy98503, I haven’t picked on him in 24 hours! that’s his world. Very passionate grower, does some super cool stuff!
Here is his reveg grow journal, where it all started. Yes, a reveg grow…
Yes, you need to knock the light back to 16/8 from 18/6 for a week then harden them of in a partially sunny space outdoors, then plant them in their new outdoor home.
Of course it depends on your latitude! Im in BC
I waited until I had at least 15 hours of daylight before I placed my outside girls outside for good.
Here’s an easy way to learn your daylight schedule…
I also like @Cannabian 's idea. If I had known that trick, I’d have done that.
I’m intrigued with the little one in the white bucket. What is it? Your plants look great! I wish one of my friends was giving away plants like that (@Zee) . More pics when you get them out in the sun!
Great info. Thanks.
@Cannabian and @OlyBoy98503 That’s going to be a bit tough since I only have one space. I’ll have to cut back light for all my plants or come up with some other way to split my 4 x 4 tent. I am using a pair of LED fixtures, so not impossible. Let me read on about daylight schedule. I’m in Vermont. and my timer is pretty much paralleling sunlight now. Seems if I could manage to move them out and filter the light for some period of time to acclimate them. Any idea how to judge the “hardening” period length? Just observation?
If the hours of Darkness outside matches the hours of Darkness inside, then I would put them out now. I didn’t know anything about hardening when I did it, I just moved ‘em. They had already been outside sometimes by then.
Don’t forget the pest prevention, as soon as you put the plants outside, the pests will come. I spray down my outdoor-going plants the night before with a neem oil mix and repeat weekly until flowering. I start them on my patio that gets morning and early evening sun for a couple days to acclimate them, then place them out in full daylight after that.
@JMN67 what part of the country are you in?? Look at the thread I had a few days ago with @TessaMaria. We discussed this exact same thing of how to move plants successfully outdoors and when to do it. I also added a link in replying to her
You don’t put plants outside before the summer solstice, it can cause them to flower and reveg…
Your longest day of the year is June 28th If you are up north. What is your light cycle right now. If you’re at 18/6 should be fine to put them out on the 28th with no adjustments. However you can reduce by 15 minutes each week until then which will get you almost an hour less. Putting them out too early without supplemental lighting can cause flowering then revegging. Look at the article links in @TessaMaria thread I think you will find them helpful. I am from Vermont too
what the main misunderstanding is about, is its not the amount of daylight the plants get, its the hours of
uninterrupted darkness they get. Remember that a day has dawn… sun… dusk… and dark right? The dusk and dawn count as non dark periods, but to most people wouldnt count as sun time. Ergo its the dark hours that need be considered. If your plants are getting at least 8 hours of night time they shouldnt flower? Though Ive been proven wrong before.
I have neem oil already, but haven’t had to use. Definitely will.
Look up gas lantern techniques for cannabis.
@IslandGrown76 Fascinating. Thanks. I’m inclined to try it. Have you any direct experience using the technique?
Yes My plants become to big for my tent in May and i move them to my greenhouse at that point. They are well established by that point and I just use bistro lights and one 100watt equivalent LED light on a timer. I try and ween them down at around 10 minutes less light each week so I get down to around 16 hours of light total, then after the solstice I turn the lights off. Its how those amazing growers in cali get monster trees. The plant out in May.
My light cycle is closet to what mother nature is already doing
@IslandGrown76 My outdoor girls went out just before Solstice. Some in pots, some in ground. Was running 16/8 and they took to sun with no apparent downside. Except they seem to be getting leggy, not bushy. Considering topping/fimming most out there. Think I will try the gas lantern technique on the remainder that are staying indoors. Seems very low risk. Not manipulating any that have not clearly expressed sex. I suspect I will be culling 35% or so as males.