Great to see all y'all!
If you are planning on getting a bunch 'o beans at the 420 Cup, I'm not sure if it matters which one's ya pick. I would suggest gettin yourself some genetics that would give you the phenotypes, buzz most crucial of course, that fit your wants and needs. Since we don't really have an established "strain report" section yet, we don't really know what to test. If you wanted your experiments to be the most useful for the general readership of this thread, then picking some beans from the most popular varieties would seem the way to go. Whatever you pick, if you grow them the 12/12 way, and then do a report on them as to how they responded to this lighting, that will be a fantastic contribution to our goal.
About the 420 Cup...don't forget to take some pictures of the goings on and make sure you post them here when ya get back...you lucky dog ya!
Make sure you give your friend WRITTEN instructions for taking care of your ladies while you are away...I have been dissappointed a few times in my life when I relied on a caretaker to remember my verbal instructions...better safe than sorry.
Regarding doing a poll...I don't think it is possible to do a poll within this thread, but I might be wrong...if so, someone who knows better be sure to chime in.
I believe that putting the sprouts directly into 12/12 until they reveal sex is safe...but I'm not 100% sure on that. That would be a good question for Atmosphere to answer, I think my info on the subject was gotten from him on the OG thread, probably want to make sure by asking him directly.
It seems like either way you do the light shift, you will be applying stress to the plants that they don't encounter in nature. Whether you start them off in 12/12 and switch to a vegetative schedule, or you start them off au natural with vegetative light...then switch to 12/12...then back again after they show, none of that is what they naturally encounter. Besides, don't the plants naturally show pre-flowers somewhere around week 4? I personally would go with starting them straight off in 12/12, doesn't seem to cause enough problems with hermies to keep Atmosphere from using this method for many years now. You will save some time that way...and some work too.
Hey Elephant Man!...
Dude! Welcome to the light my man. Lurking is a fine thing in my book...akin to the curious individual who is seen and not heard, but is listening intently the entire time. When that individual eventually speaks, they are possessed of wisdom that their comtemporaries value highly...no pun intended!
Sounds to me like you will be of HIGH value to this thread and growing method. You have genetics out the wazoo, and seem to really like the idea of growing this way, and also seem like you want to help educate the masses.
I'm sure I speak for us all when I say that I really look forward to your future posts.
I am interested in growing some sativas this way, so especially look forward to your sativa posts.
Atmosphere is the guy who deserves most of the praise...He introduced me and everyone else to this great method, and he is the one who really has the expertise, he is the GURU OF "BORN IN FLOWER". I really like that phrase you came up with, never heard it referred to that way "born in flower" has a nice ring to it.