A: In general, you should not leave grow lights on 24/7. Plants need a light-dark cycle to develop properly. It’s believed that they truly do “rest” during periods of darkness, and probably use this time to move nutrients into their extremities while taking a break from growing.
Beside this, when should I change my light cycle to 12 12?
With six hours of darkness or less, the plants will continue to grow in its vegetative development as if they were experiencing an extensive summer season. When it is deemed time for the flowering process to start, the light pattern is changed to 12 hours on and 12 hours off.
Consequently, is 16 hours of light for veg?
1. What Is The Light Cycle In Vegetative Cannabis? … Generally, the most common marijuana vegetative stage light cycle is 18/6 (light/darkness) but it can be any combination of light and darkness (like 20/4, 19/5, 17/7) as long as they don’t get more than 12 hours of darkness per day as this will trigger flowering.
Should lights be on during germination?
The answer to this one is simple. Your grow lights should be turned on (or your seedlings should be put under lights) as soon as the first seed starts to sprout. Many types of seedlings grow very fast, and they will begin reaching for the light as soon as they emerge. So give them plenty of it right from the start.
In general, seedlings should receive roughly 14 to 16 hours of light a day when situated in a south-facing window. This can be very difficult to achieve, and most growers opt to use artificial lights for their seedlings. These fluorescent lights should be left on for 12 to 16 hours a day.
In optimal conditions, plants should be kept in their vegetative stage for approximately 60 days. This time period should give the plant the opportunity to maximise yield and acclimatise to growing conditions.
Plants do need that period of darkness for their metabolism to work properly. They are not designed to create food non-stop, and it will do them harm in the long term to put them in this sort of situation. So, yes, plants need their darkness just as much as they need their light.
THE FINAL 2 WEEKS OF FLOWERING. If you grow strains with an average flowering time, the majority of bud development will occur by the 6th week of bloom. In the last two weeks, the buds will mostly be ripening and not really growing much more in size.
Most growers that grow their plants indoors begins from the point of 12 hours of darkness immediately the plants have reached the desired size and shape during their vegetative stage. Usually, most growers prefer an indoor vegetative period of 4-8 weeks under a 24/0 or 18/6 light period.
3. Autoflowering plants do not need darkness. As autoflowering plants are not dependent on changes in the light cycle to commence flowering, they can successfully be grown using a lighting cycle of anything from 16/8 to 24/0.