Cannabis in the vegetative stage (when it is growing at a rapid pace) needs at least 13 hours of light per day. In fact, indoor growers commonly use an 18/6 light to dark ratio to encourage faster growth. (Note that most indoor growers vegetate their plants 4 – 8 weeks.)
Covering and uncovering your greenhouse on a set schedule, day in and day out can be extremely time and labor intensive. Pulling tarps is a lot of work, but using the right tools and products makes all the difference. To improve your harvest, you need to provide ample, reliable darkness for your cannabis, a good light deprivation cover and a tarp puller system will help you maintain your light deprivation schedule.
The Vegetative Stage of Cannabis
Cannabis growers know darkness is as important as light. You may not think of the principles of yin (dark) and yang (light) when planning your light deprivation schedule, but savvy growers understand the dual needs of cannabis. And whether your greenhouse sits in the Pacific Northwest under long summer days or in the hotter climes of the Central Valley, it’s essential to balance darkness and light for a maximum bud harvest.
Cannabis is a photoperiodic plant that responds to seasonal changes in light. That means when the days grow shorter, the plant’s life cycle is nearing its end, and flowering occurs for reproduction. In nature, male cannabis sacs release pollen to pollinate female plants in blossom. The result is seeds, which allow the plant to produce the next generation.
Americover’s BOLD® Black Out Light Deprivation Tarp is the top-selling greenhouse cover of its kind nationwide, consisting of two sheets of high strength virgin polyethylene film laminated together with a third layer of molten polyethylene. The cover is scrim reinforced for superior tear resistance. Plus, the cover can be easily set or lifted with the BOLD EZarm Tarp Puller. The BOLD EZarm allows one person to easily cover and uncover a greenhouse without additional help, making the daily chore of light deprivation so much easier.
In many ways, covered patios are another take on the sunroom and conservatory concept, providing a scaled down alternative to these more advanced and expensive structures. While they are less elaborate, they can be just as functional for growing cannabis. A translucent roof allows for light penetration from above, as well as limited sunlight exposure from the front and sides of the patio.
While nothing beats the full-spectrum lighting of the sun, today’s artificial grow lights are becoming more able to mimic the sun’s spectrum of light. For growers who don’t want to compromise on light quality can grow weed in a greenhouse or other outdoor environment featuring some level of protection from harsh environmental conditions.
If space limitations make owning a greenhouse impossible, there are other options available to those who want to grow cannabis indoors without lights. Like greenhouses, these alternative methods must harness natural light from the sun.
Patios with Translucent Roofs For Growing Pot
The debate between outdoor versus indoor-grown weed has been raging on for decades without a clear winner. Each growing method has its pros and cons for beginners and experienced growers. In today’s cannabis market, however, you don’t have to choose between the two as a consumer. Plenty of indoor and outdoor cannabis producers are meeting the demand.
Because light is absolutely necessary for cannabis plants to grow, most home growers invest in expensive lighting systems to simulate the light spectrum of natural light. This usually is accomplished through utilizing high-pressure sodium (HPS), metal halide (MH), or light-emitting diode (LED) lights.
Growers should note that growing weed in attics and skylights can become labor-intensive. Watering plants can quickly become tiresome when carrying buckets of water up and down a flight of stairs, especially without spilling any water. Some growers opt to have a sink and drain installed, but this can be too expensive for some budget growers.
Avoiding Detection When Growing Marijuana
Growers can also consider choosing auto-flowering strains to grow on a window sill or bay window. Auto-flowering plants automatically bloom after a vegetative period of between two to four weeks. Auto-flowering plants don’t need a changing light cycle like most strains.
While curtains or plastic film can keep a grow out of visibility, they can also reduce the amount of light reaching the plant. Growers may require a supplementary artificial light to provide the plant with enough light if they intend to hide the plant.