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How critical is 100% total darkness during 12/12?

Iguana Man

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I'm just curious to know if any and all ambient light has to be accounted for when switching to the flowering stage.

Is 100% darkness absolutely required and if some minor ambient light does occur during the 12 off of the 12/12 cycle, what effects will it have?
 

Lester Freeman

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It's not really absolutely required as much as it is ideal, in my outdoor grows at night a neighbor has a porch light that shines from a distance, and I know damn well it's not 100% darkness especially with the moon and stars.

Even if there is a tiny little light leak inside a tent, there's no guarantee it will go hermie. But we strive for ideality :)
 

Major PITA

Member of the Month: Oct 2015, June 2016
Absolute darkness is not required. Consistent darkness pretty much is. Plants are able to deal with cycles like that of a full moon to new moon, and back, as well as other less natural sources of light during their dark periods. I've never seen a study that shows how much light is needed to trigger problems.
 
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