Here are two plants right after they are given a 12/12 light schedule. Notice how both get taller, but one gets far taller than the other. The amount of “stretch” after the switch is determined by strain/genetics. Hopefully this animation gives you an idea of how plants develop in the flowering stage from 12/12 to harvest. Learn more about growing different strains together.
Trim off the extra leaves and hang buds upside down in an enclosed space like your grow tent or a closet.
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Step 6: Germinate Your Seeds
Watch plants closely so you can react to any problems quickly so you cruise to the finish line
Plants in the vegetative stage only grow stems and leaves, no buds!
Step 9: Harvest Your Cannabis
Most plants are ready to harvest about 9-13 weeks after the switch to 12/12 though some strains take more or less time.
Many indoors growers choose to train their plants in the vegetative stage to grow in a flat, table-top shape, as this will increase your yields under indoor grow lights in the flowering stage. But even if you don’t do anything your plants will still grow just fine.
If you don’t want to have to figure out exactly what to buy to start growing, this article is for you! I will break down what to expect based on your space limits and desired yields, so you can get the exact perfect setup for your situation.
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These Cannabis Growing Setup Examples Assume You’re Starting From Scratch and Don’t Plan to DIY Anything
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Although there is a larger size MH/HPS grow light available (1000W), at that size it starts going outside the scope of a “hobbyist” grower as far as ease and yields. In addition to needing a lot of extra cooling, a 1000W HPS grow light is less efficient compared to a 600W grow light (as far as how much light is put out for electricity used). I think most hobbyist growers would be happier with a 600W, or even two 600W lights, over a 1000W.
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