To grow great plants, you have to start with great seeds. There’s no way around it; anyone who has smoked good bud knows that the difference between stellar weed and brick weed is night and day.
1. Irritate seeds using a rough texture such as a matchbox, and prepare a shot glass with 2/3rds distilled water 1/3rd hydrogen peroxide.
2. Wash the seeds with this mixture then rinse with distilled water.
3. Fill a tall glass with distilled water and 1/2 TEASPOON of organic sugar. Soak the seeds overnight, whilst simeltaneously soaking a tall glass with distilled water and a handful of dried pinto beans.
4. Wait overnight, then transfer the seeds to the pinto bean juice and wait 24 hours. The embryos are getting nutrients from the fluid.
We’ve used this method for decades; it is so potent it has even revived 50 year old seeds and brought back strains.
Fewer hours of lighting are required if the dark period is interrupted in the middle of the night,. The light break in the middle of the night restores the plant’s pfr phytochrome levels. Since the two dark periods before and after light break are brief, the pfr does not diminish sufficiently to permit flowering. On the other hand, 12-1 plants stay in vegetative state, and grow bigger and better with tight nodes.
Why does 8 on 16 off work so well? Cannabis can only uptake 8 hours of light energy for photosynthesis, its tanks are full. When you give it more light energy, the plant goes into photosynthesis protection, which use up energy and shuts down CO2 intake. So now you are using the energy received to its utmost potential, no energy wasted, no CO2 shutdown, the plant now has 16 hours to grow fatter buds and produce more resin than ever before. 8 on 16 off in flower is the game changer.
All they ever taught you was to spend thousands to make hundreds. 12-1 8-16 is direct aid to all growers. F%#k the status quo.
Since the dawn of time, farmers have understood the role of light in plant growth; it wasn’t until the beginning of the twentieth century that we began to understand the importance of darkness. In 1913, the French graduate student Julien Tournois discovered that hops and hemp grown under glass would flower precociously in winter. He also observed that the plants would flower most rapidly when allowed only eight hours of daylight.
Tournois’s research ended when he died on the front during World War I, but a few years later two American scientists, Wrightman Garner and Harry Allard, unwittingly expanded upon Tournois’ findings.
Wrightman and Allard discovered that certain plants bud more readily when they sense a change in seasons, or rather: Certain plants will begin to bud when they sense a change in the ratio of daylight hours to nighttime hours.
Garner and Allard immediately saw the implications for agriculture. They began experimenting on a range of plant species and discovered that day length influences many aspects of plant activity, including dormancy, flowering, and potential yield.
In 1920 they noted: “under the influence of a suitable length of day, precocious flowering and fruiting may be induced.”
Garner and Allard invented a word to describe a plant’s sensitivity to day length: Photoperiodism. Photoperiodism is a biological response to a shift in the proportions of light and dark in a 24-hour cycle.
Photoperiodic plants measure hours of darkness in order to keep track of the seasons and thus flower at an appropriate time of year. The two scientists began classifying plants as long-day plants (LDP), day-neutral plants (DNP), and short-day plants (SDP). Day-neutral plants can flower at any time of year, depending on other conditions.
Long-day plants flower naturally in high summer, when the nights are shortest.
Short-day plants flower naturally when the nights are long: either in early spring or in late summer and early autumn.
Short-day species include chrysanthemums, poinsettias, cosmos, globe amaranth, rice, hyacinth bean, and some varieties of marigold, orchid, and strawberry; as well as and a number of other high-value specialty crops.
Short-day is actually something of a misnomer: short-day plants sense darkness, not light.
When sensors in your plant’s leaves indicate that each 24-hour cycle includes 12 or more hours of sustained, uninterrupted darkness, your plant’s apical meristems (growing tips) will shift priorities: instead of producing more leaves and stems, the plant will begin to produce floral structure.
Asters provide color late in the fall, when many flowers are fading into memory. Ever wonder why you have trouble getting your Christmas cactus or poinsettia to bloom again? Or have trouble with bolting spinach and lettuce in your summer garden?
To understand plant flowering, you need to get a handle on “photoperiodism,” or amount of light and darkness a plant is exposed to. The amount of uninterrupted darkness is what determines the formation of flowers on most types of plants, explained Ann Marie VanDerZanden, horticulturist with the Oregon State University Extension Service.
Botanists used to think that the length of daylight a plant was exposed to determined whether a plant would form flowers. But experiments proved otherwise. It is the length of darkness that a plant experiences that plays the most crucial role. A plant that requires a long period of darkness, is termed a “short day” (long night) plant. Short-day plants form flowers only when day length is less than about 12 hours. Many spring and fall flowering plants are short day plants, including chrysanthemums, poinsettias and Christmas cactus. If these are exposed to more than 12 hours of light per day, bloom formation does not occur.
Other plants require only a short night to flower. These are termed “long day” plants. These bloom only when they receive more than 12 hours of light. Many of our summer blooming flowers and garden vegetables are long day plants, such as asters, coneflowers, California poppies, lettuce, spinach and potatoes. These all bloom when the days are long, during our temperate summers.
And some plants form flowers regardless of day length. Botanists call these “day neutral” plants. Tomatoes, corn, cucumbers and some strawberries are day-neutral. Some plants, such as petunias defy categorization, said VanDerZanden.
“They flower regardless of day length, but flower earlier and more profusely with long days,” she said.
Horticultursts and home gardeners manipulate the day and night length (indoors with lights) to get plants to bloom at times other than they would naturally.
For example, chrysanthemums, short day plants, naturally set flower and bloom with the long nights of spring or fall. But by making the days shorter by covering the chrysanthemums for at least 12 hours a day for several weeks over the late spring and early summer, you can simulate the light and darkness pattern of spring or fall, thereby stimulating summer blooming.
Or you can bring a long-day plant into bud formation and eventual bloom early before our day lengths surpass 12 hours. Put the plant under grow lights for a few hours a day beyond natural daylength for a few weeks. Adding supplemental day length to stimulate early blooming is a common practice in the nursery and fresh flower industry, especially this time of year, for Valentine’s Day and Easter flowers. Author: Carol Savonen http://extension.oregonstate.edu/gardening/what-are-short-day-and-long-day-plants