Backwards growing!

Grover Sativa

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Hi all,

does anybody else take advantage of the short days early in the year?

I put out a Kali Mist plant in the last week of feb, into a heated greenhouse. When we got into May I started to 'by hand' it. (ie put it into a dark room for 12 hours each night to make sure it kept flowering)

This is what it looks like now.
 

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Grover Sativa

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and that is actually only half of it as there were 2 identical branches. The other snapped off today so I hung it up. Sometimes you choose when to harvest a plant and sometimes the plant chooses when you harvest it!!

Here is the other half, hanging up
 

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Grover Sativa

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It smells really divine and there is so much resin, as you can tell. I have to say that I am blown away by how well this experiment worked. It means I can flower in the greenhouse (or outdoors) from the last week of February until well into November.
 

Grover Sativa

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A few weeks later I started to flower an F1 from a bunch I have been testing. They are Strawberry Surprise X Gift of Fire OG. I call them Strawberry Fire OG. This one was the most Strawberry Surprise, so I decided to put it outside. The others are indoors (some flowering) but I have recently brought out some cuts from the Gift of Fire side of the cross.

The Strawberry one (no.5) stretched a lot more than the Kali Mist as it had much stronger sunshine. It actually got quite big for a 'by-hander'
 

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Grover Sativa

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These are 2 Orange Bud skunks that I have been by-handing for just a week maybe.

I don't know if you can tell but they are 'just about' coming into flower. The stretch now is a lot, as you can see.
I just vegged them in the greenhouse until they were ready to go.
 

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Grover Sativa

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The sunlight right now is just fantastic for flowering plants. Even overcast days work out fine. EVEN HERE IN THE UK!!!

It is a real waste to not be force-flowering plants if you can.

A greenhouse, preferably heated and a dark room or way to darken the greenhouse are all you need.

I will try to always have at least a few 'by handers' going on and always have more vegging in the sunshine, ready to replace those that finish. Keep going right up until the last week of August, when I can just leave them out for nature to take it's course again. These ones can be much bigger as they don't need to be moved, of course...
 
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Grover Sativa

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Also, of course, I could use the technique to start longer flowering plants a few weeks or a month early and have them finish on time, in October or November.. - or even more and try some really long flowering ladies, maybe. Everybody has been doing that for ever, including me, of course!!
 
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blowingupjake

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Nice stuff man, lovely plants. Light deprivation is a wonderful technique and I admire your dedication to be able to pull off the “by hand” approach.
Nice to see you around the forum, keep having fun man!

Stay hazed
 
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