Originally Posted by Superauto
I’m a newbie so please explain the 12/1. I know 12/12, 14/10, 20/4 and 24/0
Never heard of 12/1, how does it work?
Great thread, keep on posting
12/1 AKA the gas lantern technique.They use this trick to keep poinsettias from flowering until the Christmas season was Christmas.
Before electric lighting hence the gas lantern for light.
Being they use this to trick plants that are photo induce to go through their life cycle.
Meaning you can keep some plants in a constant state of vegetativeness forever.
Our favorite is one of these plants.
Most growers do a 18 on and 6 off some will do a 24/7.
With the 12/1 you supply a constant light source for 12 hours ,say from 6 am to 6 pm.
Now you have 12 hours dark which 1 hour is lit up right at the 1/2 way .
In this case 11.30 pm to 12.5 am will give you the 1 hour right in the middle of lights out time.
This light on time stops the plant from releasing its flowering hormone keeping it in a vegetative state.
My plants love this and show much happiness.
I have never seen and hermaphrodite induced in using this style for like 4-5 years now.
I would never go back.
Once you want flowering to start just stop with the 1 hour of lights on time in the middle of its dark cycle.
I have my main light a 400 W MH then i have 2 60 W compact florescent set up on their own timer.
I then just use my main light and set it to start @11 on 13 off to start flowering and reducing lights on by 1/2 hour every two weeks until 9 on 15 off is reach to finish.
The absolute best thing is money saved.
Say you veg for two months .
Saving 6 hours daily adds up to 48 hours in a two month period.
Say your running a 400 watt that's 19,200 watts pretty substantial savings i think.'
Even more if running multiple lamps and wattage's!!!