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OfflineRenorCordic
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Mother Query.
    #317504 - 11/17/09 07:41 PM (7 years, 23 days ago)

I've searched around (maybe not enough) and have found some information saying that to maintain a mother, she needs 18 hours of light at the minimum. I was wondering what schedule you run for your mothers and what kind of light as well. What is considered optimum?

I have some plants in early veg, but I want to build my mother/clone box now. Will CFLs cut it for that purpose? Or should I jump to T5's/T8's, or do I need another HID?


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Re: Mother Query. [Re: RenorCordic]
    #317547 - 11/17/09 08:20 PM (7 years, 23 days ago)

just keep your mother in veg photo period, such as 24/0 , 18/6......

nice flouros work pretty good for a descent mother......although you can pump up the power and get a MH so the plant has more energy to use to grow more vigorously, but thats your choice, and i dont know about your $$ situation.


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Re: Mother Query. [Re: RenorCordic]
    #317548 - 11/17/09 08:20 PM (7 years, 23 days ago)

Check out Dr. Penguin's Mother Tent, it might be what you are looking for; cheap and easy.

Here is the link
http://www.growery.org/forums/showflat.php/Number/138295#138295

If you already have a set location, such as room in a vegging closet or perhaps a spare cab, then maybe bonsai mothers are the way to go.

Light schedule is not important in vegging, 18 is standard, while 24 is also acceptable, just be aware that the plant would incur more stress from a light schedule switch such as 24/0 to 12/12. <-- My 2 cents

And again, as you can see in the link, Dr Penguin uses CFL's for mothers, save the MH for a bigger area or where it is better used, such as fresh rooted clones


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Re: Mother Query. [Re: NightGrower]
    #317552 - 11/17/09 08:28 PM (7 years, 23 days ago)

Thanks guys. That's very helpful.

One more thing. If kept on a veg light cycle can the mother(s) still flower?


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Re: Mother Query. [Re: RenorCordic]
    #317555 - 11/17/09 08:36 PM (7 years, 23 days ago)

Once you change the light cycle to 12/12 it will initiate the flowering.  But only then, if kept on a 24 or 18/6 it will continue to stay in vegetative stages.


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Re: Mother Query. [Re: Hawksresurrection]
    #317556 - 11/17/09 08:38 PM (7 years, 23 days ago)

I always had good luck with plain old soft white shop fluorescents. 3 of them can supply a 1000w flower room easily.


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Re: Mother Query. [Re: joshisstoned]
    #317557 - 11/17/09 08:40 PM (7 years, 23 days ago)

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joshisstoned said:
I always had good luck with plain old soft white shop fluorescents. 3 of them can supply a 1000w flower room easily.




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Re: Mother Query. [Re: Azyle00]
    #317575 - 11/17/09 09:12 PM (7 years, 23 days ago)

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I always had good luck with plain old soft white shop fluorescents. 3 of them can supply a 1000w flower room easily.




yah, if your area is 4x2 :wink:


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