Staggered flowering for weekly/bi-weekly harvesting

#1

If you’re growing indoors, have you tried staggered flowering?
What’s the advantage? what are the downsides?

Since I’m growing indoors, I thought that I would try using a staggered schedule for flowering. I saw something like it for lettuce (or cabbage) in a documentary and I wanted to try it for my plants :slight_smile: I’ve been doing it this way for over 2 years and I’m curious if there’s anyone else doing something similar.

I found that having a calendar handy while planning my schedule to be essential. I’m also using clones of strains I’ve been working with for a while, so I’m not guessing how long a plant will be in flowering.

You’ll need to set up your flowering area so that you can adjust the amount of light as the plants get bigger; so either you’ll need to be able to move the plants or the lights.

I’m limited to 8 plants flowering at one time, so I stick with strains that are have a 7-9 week flowering time. My goal is to harvest a plant about once a week, skipping a week when needed, but avoided having 2 ready in the same week; so with that in mind, I tend to focus on my target harvest dates and work backward to figure out when to start a new one.

For me, this works great; I’m not harvesting a bunch of plants all at once and I have a steady supply ready each week.
One of the major drawbacks is that I’m pretty much harvesting a plant a week so that’s always on my todo list… and if something wipes out the entire crop, it’ll take a while to get back up and running at full.

So what do you all think? Am I just eccentric or am I on to something (at least from a hobbyist/personal grower point of view)?

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#2

Hi. I use the staggered approach myself. Have had my setup running now for going on 6 yrs and that turned out to be the most manageable way to handle my plants. I typically harvest 2-3 plants at a time after staggering start times in flower cycle and using strains that finish at around the 2 month mark. It’s worked out great.

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#3

Sea of Green technique works great for this

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#4

SOG with ebb and flow is ideal for a staggered flower grow - you can introduce new clones in groups a week apart, harvest several small plants every week.

If you had a 3x3 tray you could potentially grow 6 rows of 5 or 6 plants in it with 6"x6" square pots and just introduce each row a week or two apart - start new clones every week to refill.

I haven’t done this yet myself - I am set up to do it and am planning on doing it at some point. I’m sidetracked right now with breeding stuff.

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#5

So would you keep your nutrients the same for all stages of flower seemingly?

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#6

Good question. :smiley:

I would, yes. I would likely just run straight Lucas type schedule (in my case Jacks 3-2-1) the whole grow and not try to introduce PK boosters, etc. This will be something I’d have to experiment with to determine the best nutrient schedule for all stages of flower. There are people who run multiple trays or segmented trays with different reservoirs to address this.

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