I am new at growing and have been reading when inside growing if you set your lights at 12 hours sun and 12 hours dark does that mean your flowers should start to show up? I am growing outside and started from seed but planted outside June 1st. 12hours daylight and 12 hours dark does not happen tim Sept 21st does that mean it will not start to flower til that week or so? seems like that ought to be at end of flowering and couple weeks in october should be harvesting. am I wrong?
12:12 is only the schedule which is needed for indoors to successfully flip the plants. Outdoors most plants are starting to flower somewhat earlier. At around 50deg N most will start around middle of august, but not all strains. I can't tell how it works at your latitude, though.
I should have waited til I read some more. I grew from seeds that cracked on May 21st and planted outside on June 1st so I should have veg state from June to august 21st. Then flower from september 1st to mid October for finish. I got lucky a friend game me some seeds on 15th of May and said not to plant til next year because I was too late but looks like I am right on schedule. My latitude is 43.6 and near the pacific Ocean
I start mine indoors under the big lights towards the end of March. That gives them time to grow into a smaller bush before I put them outside towards the end of May. The only benefit to that method is that it gives me a chance to pre-sex the plants and throw away the male plants. You also get a larger plant with more yield. If you grow indoors you count the number of days flowering from the moment you flip the lights over to 12:12. It takes a couple of weeks for the plants to show signs that they have flowered. I like outdoors better because there is less care required.