This post blends the end of last week (Week 1) into the start of this week, week 2(Duh!).
Our first few days of getting to know the parameters of this new light was met with much satisfaction and a little concern. All the plants responded well to the new lighting and showed instant results with booming new vegetative growth in all directions; White Widow bushed out like mad, and continues with dense inner growth, all three Bubblelicious cuttings shot up a good 4 – 6 inches, almost instantaneously.
Potential issues arose when the canopy got within 16″ of the lamp. Growth was still rapid, but the leaves began curling and showing signs of stress. Raising the lighting up to 24″ alleviated the overzealous growth and potential light bleaching problems. As I said, these LEDs are intense!
My next concern was space. Having just transplanted 3 of 4 plants, I hadn’t anticipated a big growth spurt for at least a week, but the plants responded much sooner. Seeing as how I needed to keep at least 18″ – 24″ between the plant tops & the light, I opted to move the ladies and the light to an open 3.75′ x 3.75’area at the room’s end, where there is plenty of vertical & horizontal growth space.
One thing I have noticed is the improved light saturation. Looking down into the canopy, with exception to the deepest areas there are no solid shadows. Light of varying spectra coveres individual leaves down low under the canopy.
Week 2 (6/4/12)
As week 2 begins, the ladies are in a larger space with room to grow & bloom. The two Bubblelicious in 1 gallon pots will be transplanted to 3 gallon pots later in the week, meanwhile we’ve began supercropping & LST to keep heights in check and bush those bag-girls out.