Indoor Season Begins
As most of you are enjoying the fruits of your outdoor harvest for the year, you may be sitting there thinking, it’s time to go indoor!
I personally am all for the idea! :D
Indoor gardening is not hard, in fact once you have completed a grow it becomes easier and easier just like how you get familiar with outdoor growing.
There are a few changes that can throw a seasoned outdoor gardener off, and one of those changes is timing.
With indoor gardening, you control when they grow and when they sleep by manipulation of light, this is called a photoperiod.
Example of traditional photoperiods used by growers:
- 18/6 (18 on – 6 off) Vegetating/ Growth phase
- 12/12 (12 on – 12 off) Flowering / Fruiting phase
When subjecting your plants to 18 hours of light they will continually grow and branch out, they are highly responsive to training in this phase, you can grow in this phase for as long as you wish, most use this spectrum to maintain a mother plant and/or vegetate seedlings/cuttings to their desired height before ‘turning’ them to flower/fruiting. (switching photoperiods)
When changing the light hours from 18/6 to 12/12 the plants get a longer rest period and thus, begin the shift to flowering, this phase can last anywhere from 6-16 weeks depending on the variety, the majority finish flowering within 7-9 weeks.
Flowering indoors is much quicker than outdoors, understanding the flowering ‘phases’, along with basic plant nutrition, will allow you to attain greater flower development.
“The more you know, the more you get back!” - JG
Reading and researching can be quite tricky if the researcher doesn’t know what to search for, in this instance, rather than filter through a ton of good and equally bad content we suggest a good reference guide/book or experienced indoor gardener to guide you. These books can be hard to get but will help you be a much better gardener in the long run.
Outdoor growing is a great platform to practice, as time is a plenty.
What if you could get 3-4 more grows in each year and could still do outdoors?
Well, that’s up to you!