From a fellow grower:
I am a first time grower that has done as much research as possible.
I have had 100% success with soil germination and they appear to be going well so far (approx 2 weeks now, third set of leaves just starting to develop).
My main queries are :
When will I need to start adding nutrients to my plants? (I am using a mix of soil, compost and perlite. One of the soils does have a fertiliser in it so there should be … some… NPK currently available.)
How do I prevent them going to flower when I move them outside?
I am currently growing on an 18/6 schedule under CFL, until they are a bit bigger and ready to go outside. We are placing them outside here and there to get them used to the outside suns light spectrum and UV.
We will do this more and more to harden them off before the final transfer.
However our longest summers day is 14.5 hours. Will this not make them flower when we do move them?
What are some ways to stop this? Is it true that there are different rules for clones and seedlings? Will slowly reducing the artificial light to match the 14 they would receive outside work… or?
I would prefer methods that dont involve supplemental lighting if possible as we would be running out of room at some point inside.
Any other advice regarding this all you think I may not have read about already would be appreciated.