Force flowering marijuana from seed can provide excellent quality, resinous flowers, all the while saving space, time, and money. For those with space constraints, it is a win-win!
Plants with less side branching and canopy spread need less space between them, increasing efficiency. As an example: 1x 15-litre pot produces one plant with a large volume and difficult maintenance issues in a cramped space. 4x 3.5-litre pots in the same sized space can produce just as much dried material with the benefit of being easier to rotate, so the whole plant gets 360-degree light. The entire crop is less hassle during maintenance as each plant is 100% accessible and physically easier to move about. There is no need for a separate sprouting and veg space or time wasted on 18-6 vegetation. The seeds can be sprouted under the 12-12 growing lights providing continual flowering plants.
You will experience only half the water consumption with less moisture loss due to evaporation, and a third less nutrients are used. CO₂ and electricity use including most peripherals are reduced by a staggering 650 grow hours annually.
Growing this way still requires all the knowledge that would be needed to flower plants with any other method, and maintenance routines still remain unchanged. After diluted nutrients, while still young, treat your plants as you would during a normal bud cycle. However, flush more often, every ten days at most, so as to avoid salt build-up in the smaller pots.
There is a lesser demand for resources across the boards.
Keep a keen eye out for moulds and mildews as the grow space will be getting less light with more moulding opportunity in warm dark corners and creases.
There are some haters of this method, but many love it. Those who hate on it often have not actually tried it. It is all about giving it a go and seeing what works for you. Even if you decide against it after trying it, it all helps expand your knowledge as a grower.
12-12 simply refers to the hours of light and darkness a cannabis plant is exposed to – 12 of each. Normally, a cannabis plant is exposed to an 18-6 light cycle. This tells the cannabis plant conditions are good for growth, and it focuses on building up size and foliage. When light cycle is changed to 12-12 (either naturally or through human intervention), it tells the cannabis the seasons are changing, and it is time to flower. By forcing a 12-12 light period from the start, the cannabis plant goes directly into flowering, in a bid to reproduce. You are essentially tricking the plant into thinking the growing season is coming to an end, so it needs to produce flowers ASAP.
Growing 12-12 is as simple as changing the timing on your light cycles, giving your plants equal amounts of day and night right from when they sprout. The plants will look different to a cannabis plant that goes through vegetative growth. Photosensitive hormones in cannabis make the highest point the largest cola. This method all but guarantees only main bud growth on every small plant. Essentially you will be growing a cola with a few short, budded side branches – with the plant basically being a bud in itself. Be sure to stake your plants.
How to force cannabis to flower from seed for quick, resinous yields using a 12-12 light cycle.
A cannabis plant will start to grow in the Spring, flower throughout Summer, and be harvested in the Autumn. Throughout the year, it will receive a different amount of light, depending on what season it is.When you use light cycles indoors, you’re trying to imitate the length of the day for spring time, or summer time. This will keep a plant in “veg” (simulating Springtime growth) or in “flower” (simulating Summer growth).
What are Light Cycles?
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Because indoor grow lights produce a lot of heat, it is advised to run them at night, and turn them off during the day. This will make it easier to keep temperatures under control.
Keep things simple; choose which light cycle will work best for you and decide if you are going to grow autoflowering cannabis plants or photoperiod cannabis plants.
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Light cycles are the amount of light, vs the amount of darkness a plant receives.
To understand light cycles for growing cannabis, you should understand how a plant grows in its natural habitat, which is outdoors.
Light cycles for growing cannabis are important when growing cannabis indoors. In this video, we explain what are light cycles, why growers use them, and whe…