Last week we removed 1 of the Bubblelicious for space concerns, it was a good call as growth during our first week at 12/12 is looking great! The branches have suddenly shot up with aggressive vertical growth. I wouldn’t call it “stretch” as the nodes and spacing are tight & plentiful, though.
On Saturday, I had to raise the lamp up about 3 inches (I’ve maybe 6 to 8 inches more of space to the ceiling), keeping the canopy at a 26″ distance. From here, I’m just letting the plants grow and bud up towards the light. I am concerned that anything too close will get light bleaching, but I need to find out how close matured plants can/should get to the LEDs on the X5.
I also did a quick trim & thinning of the lower, and inner growth. But not too much though, I do want to see how far the lighting penetrates the canopy to produce dense inner growth. I trimmed both Bubblelicious quite differently, one has a lot of inner & lower growth, the is trimmed a bit higher.
At 24′ – 26″ above the canopy, the light coverage at canopy height is about 3 ft x 2ft. At the floor (about 54″ below the X5) , the footprint is about 3.5 x 3.
Even with 6 feet of grow height in the space, as the plants continue to push upward, head room becomes a concern if I need to raise the light another 6 – 8 inches before all is said and done.
I am impressed with the X5 LED grow light’s abilities to keep growth fast & aggressive and keep node spacing tight, even deep down. Now as we transition into bloom, the X5 LED will really be put through the paces. I expect no less than stellar results!