What are CFLs?
Multiple width x length of your grow space to determine the sq feet.
Let’s say your grow space is 2’ x 2’ = 4 sq feet
This system reduces many of the problems associated with an indoor soil grow, and is also much easier than almost any other hydroponic style grow.
Even if you end up eventually moving on to other types of growing systems, you will be able to use many of the materials from this system with your future grow.
This is really a perfect way to grow your first harvest if you “just want to get your feet wet” because it’s low cost and so forgiving it’s hard to mess up. Plus, you will really learn an incredible amount about cannabis growing by using this method.
An electrical timer is used to make your lights go on and off on a schedule.
Light splitters like the following are a helpful way to get more CFLs in a smaller place. They also help you use less total light sockets which can save you some money.
However, you can still use bending and training to make your plant grow however short and bushy you want, no matter how it grows!
The truth is that all CFLs work for growing, though some can help encourage your plants to grow a certain way by imitating the light of the sun during different seasons….
Big cannabis buds grown under CFLs from seed – pictures by joe blow
CFL Grow Lights
In order to switch to the flowering stage you need to switch your CFLs to a 12/12 light schedule using a timer. This means that the plants should get 12 hours of light and 12 hours of dark each day. It’s really important to make sure the plant doesn’t get any light during the dark period. Light leaks cause problems! Your grow space needs to be completely light proof in the flowering stage.
Note: Don’t get CFLs confused with old-fashioned incandescent light bulbs!
You may not want to hear it, but before you do anything related to growing cannabis, you need to make sure you understand the basics of growing cannabis. Skipping this step will cause you all kinds of unnecessary heartbreak!