Yo, what’s good? It can be tough growing your own weed outside, especially when you’re dealing with the unpredictable natural light cycle. But sometimes, you gotta do what you gotta do to get that perfect harvest. That’s where force-flowering comes in! Let me break it down for you.
When you grow cannabis outdoors, it usually starts flowering at the end of summer, once the days start getting shorter and the nights get longer. But depending on where you live, the location of your garden, or the weather conditions, your plants might not get to go through their full flowering cycle. That’s where force-flowering comes in.
Basically, force-flowering means that you’re taking control of the light cycle and reducing the amount of light your plants get to make them start flowering earlier. This can help you avoid early winter frosts or rain if you live in temperate climates. Or if you live close to the equator, force-flowering can help keep your plants from growing too large due to the consistent hours of sunlight all year round.
So, how do you force-flower your outdoor weed plants? It’s pretty simple – just reduce the amount of light your plants get. You can do this by putting them under a light-proof tarp at night for a full 12 hours of uninterrupted darkness, moving them into a garage or shed that’s completely light-proof, or even investing in an automated tarp or roof above them.
But there are a few things to keep in mind when force-flowering your outdoor plants. You’ll want to make sure there’s clean, fresh air circulating around your plants to keep them healthy, stick to a strict schedule so that your plants don’t revert back to veg or trigger hermaphroditism, and ensure that there’s absolutely no light exposure during the dark hours.
If force-flowering sounds like too much work for you, don’t worry – there are other options. You can try fast-flowering or autoflowering strains that are specially bred to flower in as little as 40 days or automatically based on their age rather than changes in their light cycle.
So there you have it – force-flowering might take some extra effort, but it can be worth it for that perfect harvest. And if that’s not your style, there are other options out there too. Happy growing!