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Discussion in 'Growing Organic Marijuana' started by SoooHaggard, Mar 17, 2012.
This local guy I met swears by this.
yeah its a good read but i dont agree that blue light during the dark period would not affect flowering. look for robert C. Clarke's work its online in full except the books have pictures.
not a pro by the way but i've seen ed's guides here and there....
comment on light during lights off.
A green work light is okay for lights out. I have two very bright green cfls I have used for over 5 years of indoor growing. No issues at all.
The theory is since plants reflect green light, it doesn't affect their rhythms. I have heard of potential lower harvests due to green light but it seemed more a rumor then a tested fact.
What evah. [/quote]
I was hoping you guys would pull out the stops haha. I am giving him a 5gal of soil and say only add water. See hos mind change real fast.
from the article:
LIGHT AT NIGHT
As plants evolved for hundreds of millions of years they never actually had to deal with separation of light spectrums or unusual lighting regimes. When they received light it came from the sun in a mixture of spectrums and they could pick and choose which to use. It was only with the advent first of gas and then electric lighting that plants encountered unusual regimens and splintered spectrums.
Plants measure day length using the red light spectrum. While they use other spectrums for other purposes, they are not sensitive to them as far as flowering is concerned. They are almost totally insensitive to green light and for this reason reflect it back to us while absorbing most other spectrums.
Plants’ insensitivity to green light can be used to a gardener’s advantage. You know that turning the light on in the middle of the dark cycle disturbs the plants’ flowering paradigm. The light, HPS, fluorescent and MH lamps all emit red light. Green fluorescent and LED lights contain no red light and will not disturb the dark period. You can go in the garden under adequate light to work, as long as it is green.
Plants use blue light for certain regulatory processes and also for photosynthesis. Chlorophyll absorbs both blue and red light and uses the light’s energy to power the complex process in which water and atmospheric carbon dioxide are converted to sugar and oxygen gas. Blue light does not affect the regulation of flowering.
When blue light is turned on during the dark period, plants photosynthesize but their flowering isn’t affected. This results in more growth as the plants produce more sugars. Before LED lights it was difficult to create a pure blue light. Instead, most of the time other spectrums were filtered out, which can be an inconvenient process. Try using between 20 and 40 watts of mixed blue light per 1000 watts of regular light. I have done only initial experimentation with this so test this in a limited way first. I suspect that the additional light is an efficient way of increasing total yield
Aside from red and blue light, plants also use orange light for photosynthesis. I haven’t experimented with them yet, but orange LEDs might also help increase yield and probably can be lit continuously, just like the blues. More on this as the news breaks—or at least, as it fractures.
i'm not sure if i totally agree with that. while its true that red lihgt assists flowering, i think that day length is the primary factor and flowering would still commence with blue light. that is why i flower using mixed flourescent tubes (blue/red).
Looks good on paper.