Knowing that cannabis is a night-length dependent crop (meaning it needs a photo period with a night cycle equal to or greater to 12 hours) to induce flowering, what are your general thoughts on how to manipulate this to increase crop growth. In an earlier post, I talked about how increasing the night period from 12 hours to 14 hours the last half of the flowering cycle. However, what I am pondering now is what would happen if we gave the crop 14 hours of light, followed by 12 hours of night? The plant needs to have only a period of un-interupted darkness for at least 12 hours. Nothing is being said that the plant only needs 12 hours of day. As long as the night period is un-interupted, and 12 hours in length, what would happen if we gave the crop 14, 16, 18, 20 hours of day period followed by a 12 hour night period? Would the increased period of light result in increase in carbohydrate production? Faster vegetative growth? Quicker maturation time?
I know that commercial potted flower production plays around with a similar theory and has great results. Things like mums and rudbekia respond well to this type of photoperiod manipulation. Interested in knowing your thoughts on this?