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Hydro 101: Early Flowering Outdoors

Use Deonna Marie’s tips to avoid early flowering. Use Deonna Marie’s tips to avoid early flowering.


Every outdoor season, we growers try to take every precaution possible to prevent early flowering. The earlier you plant outdoors, the better chance you'll have for early flowering to start. I've been getting a lot of questions and concerns about this topic in my store this outdoor season, so I did some research and thought I should touch base on it. In this edition of Hydro 101, I'm going to share a few easy steps that I found to be very useful.

First, you want to make sure you don't plant too early. March is the earliest you want to plant or move your plants from indoor to outdoors. If you are moving your plants from indoor to outdoor, make sure that you try to keep the same light cycle you had them on while indoors in the veg phase. This means no less that 17hrs of light. It's not crucial to match your light cycle exactly, but it will definitely help the transition process from indoor to outdoor.

Next, make sure you plant/transplant healthy pest free, strong plants. If coming  from indoors, make sure you’re transplanting to bigger pots often while in the vegetative stage to keep your plants from getting root bound. Make sure to keep an eye on pest problems and nutrient deficiencies as well. If you’re planting clones, make sure to inspect thoroughly for pests and disease, and treat as needed before planting.

Another helpful trick is to make sure to plant your garden in an area that receives the most light possible. Try and keep them away from tall buildings, trees, or anything that will take away from their light flow. This is very important in keeping a strong vegetative stage.

Nitrogen is also an important factor in any grow whether indoor or outdoor. Nitrogen is what your plant needs before, during, and after they make their way outside,so make sure you feed them plenty of it!

Last but not least, one of the most important factors when it comes to early flowering is planting outdoors before the summer solstice begins. If you’re planting after, your plants may require extra lighting during the summer nights to keep your plants in a strong vegetative state. To help with this problem, it's as simple as giving them 20-60min of artificial light at night. Set up a light to a timer and you’re ready to go.

Outdoor season is one of the easiest ways to get your grow on, but if you’re not careful and don't pay attention to early signs of stress, it can become a nightmare. If you follow these few easy simple steps it could make a big difference in the end result of your outdoor grow, and all we growers want is a healthy, bountiful harvest at the end. Until next time, grow big or go home!

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