light deprivation, or light dep for short, means artificially simulating some of the fall conditions. How do vou artificially simulate fall conditions? This is easily done by restricting your plant’s access to sunlight. You do this by covering the plant with a piece of material that is lightproof over a rigid frame. So in essence you are shortening the “days” and lengthening the “nights”. Why would you want to do this? You do this to force your plants to start flowering earlier in the season. By starting the flowering process earlier in the year it allows you to pull off one or more runs per season while the weather is great.
Hie idea is to cover the plant so it is exposed to 12 or more hours of uninterrupted dark. The uninterrupted dark is what triggers the plant into flowering. Flowering is the plant’s way of reproducing and securing the next generation of the species. With the shortening of the davs the plant understands that winter is coming and must rapidly produce as many flowers as possible in order to produce seed before the winter sets in. The flower is the promise of the next generation. Unfortunately for the plant, but fortunately for you, there will be no seed. The female flowers will not be pollinated. Instead you will just have beautiful, sticky, stinky bud. As the saying goes: “the stickiest of the sticky and the ickiest of the lckv!”
Old technology commandeered by a renegade industry is exactly what light dep is. The flower industry has been using the light deprivation technique for decades. How do vou think you get all those wonderful flowers in the middle of summer? You know, the ones that only naturally flower in fall? Unless you are in the flower industry you probably have never even given it a second thought. You probably figured the plants were just naturally flowering somewhere in the world and were shipped to your local flower shop. While that might be true for some varieties it’s not true for all varieties of flowers, ITiose beautiful fall flowers that vou saw in the stores or at your local florist last summer were brought to vou by none other than light deprivation techniques that were invented by the flower industry to make a buck. And not just a little buck. We are talking millions annually. Here is vour opportunity to use their scientifically proven techniques to help you get ahead.
Don’t be mistaken. This is not some new fly by night technique that is unproven. This has scientific backing by a multi-million dollar a year industry. Those fat cats don’t play when it comes to their money. So if they are using this proven technology you should too. They know something that you may not. Ilarvesting multiple times a year makes you better-off. The best part about this opportunity is that they put in all that money to do the research and you get use that million dollar research for the cost of this book!
Scheduling when to cover and when to uncover is the very basis of light dep. Cover too long and you don’t get the yield you should have (not to mention the risk of getting diseases). Cover for too short of a period and you end up with giant plants and no flowers. Both of those techniques are a massive waste of time and resources. You need to cover your plants for a certain amount of uninterrupted hours of darkness or everything vou have done is for not.
While there is an exact amount time you should be covering the plants that exact amount is a range, 'fhe range of time the plants should be exposed to uninterrupted darkness is 12 to 14 hours of darkness. This is very important. If you are only exposing your plants to 11 hours of darkness they will probably flower (depending on the variety you choose to use) but they will take forever to finish. Heck, they might not even finish at all. You could have harvested your plants in 8 to 10 weeks using the 12 hours of darkness technique (depending on the variety) and instead it took you 10 to 12 weeks because you only gave your plants 11 hours of darkness. Yes, you may end up with more weight but the quality of bud would be diminished. Instead of tight nice nuggets you will have stretched out squaffv buds. Not at all what you want! Not even remotely close.
By adhering to the fairly flexible time range for covering your plants you will be rewarded with a beautiful crop that finishes in a timely manner. Namely 8 to 10 weeks depending on the variety.
Not all light dep techniques are the same even though to the uninidated the may seem the same. Depping (slang for light dep) inside a greenhouse is known as black box. This is not the same as a regular light dep. I’he results are pretty much the same but the technique is different.
Most people don’t know the difference between the two and use the terms light dep and black box interchangeably. There are subtle differences and some not so subtle differences. I can positively guarantee you that they are NOT the same and if you used light dep techniques and only light dep techniques on a black box situation you would be very disappointed in the results. And vice versa is true too.
Regular light dep is done outside with a frame. The plants are exposed to the elements. This comes with a whole host of benefits and drawbacks that we will cover later in this book.
Black box is doing light dep inside a greenhouse. The plants are protected from the elements by the greenhouse. This also comes with a host of benefits and drawbacks as well. Again, this will be covered in more detail in a later chapter.
Now you know the essential difference between the two techniques. If someone tells you that they are the same, you can say that in fact they are not the same. If you want, you could actually explain the differences and wow your audience into silence! Probably not, but you never know.
If you are a beginner your learning curve will be steep, but not because of using the light dep technique. Your curve will be steep because of all the growing techniques and plant knowledge you are going to leam & implement in a short period of time.
One thing to keep in mind as a beginner is this: if you learn a great technique, that technique may not be able to scale up. Huh? This means that if a particular technique will work on a small scale, it may not work on a large scale. There are a number of reasons techniques won’t scale up to larger scales. They usually fall in these categories: too expensive, too much work, wasteful, or impossible to implement on a large scale. For our purposes, I have found that the number one reason is it would be too much work to implement. Now, I’m not afraid of some hard work, but vour plate is already loaded. You don’t need to go finding extra work. Trust me you already have enough!
As an experienced grower these techniques will be a cinch for you to implement. You already have the plant knowledge which is the hardest to attain. You have already made the mistakes and learned the hard way. All you need now is the light dep knowledge and techniques that are covered in this book.
Now all you have to do is start. Starting is how you decide when to finish. Your start date is whenever you choose it to be, according to the yearly goals that you set. You get to chose when you work and how much you work. You get to decide your workload! I put an exclamation point there because that is some exciting shit! There did 1it again.
|ust stop and think about it for a serious minute. You get to choose how many runs you do. You get to decide your workload. If you wanted to you could decide that you want to only do one run and call it good. Can you imagine getting started in April and finishing in July? Seriously think of the advantages! You get your starts. 'I’hen you grow them to the right size. Next you pull tarp for 2 months and voila you’re done. You harvest, hang it and dry it. Then you get it trimmed and that’s it. All done. Now you have 8 more months to play until you have to start working again. In the meantime go to the beach and have a drink, Think about that. That is a game changer if I have ever heard of one- and it’s yours to choose.
And if you are more motivated? You plan for that.
So you decided that one harvest isn’t going to quite do it for you? Well what about two? No? Then how about three? Surely three will be enough! You’ve bitten offa big piece but it is completely manageable with planning.
With three harvests you will be working for 8 months straight. That doesn’t mean you won’t get breaks. Of course you will. You will still get weekends off in the beginning. You can even get weekends off in the middle if you plan accordingly.
Since you are going to be working for 8 months you can decide when you want to finish. Do you want to finish in October or do you want to finish in November? If you decide to finish in October you should start in February. If you chose to finish in November then you should start in March. The truth is, if you are on top of your game you could start in March and finish in October. Only if you are on the top of your game should you attempt this. Otherwise take a little more time and make sure to get it right.
You not only get to choose when those two seasons occur you get to choose where they are going to occur. They could be in your back yard any day this year or next. The choice is up to you. Don’t let the choices you get to make stop there. You also get to choose whether you will produce a litde or if you will produce a lot, whether you get to live a comfy life or a life of luxury. So many choices you get to make and choosing when summer and fall occur is one of them.