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Those that flower as the days length decreases in length, as in the late summer, fall or winter. The flowering process is actually controlled by the length of the night. With proper use of the Flower-Initiator your plants will respond as if the night as if it is two hours longer than it actually is, Flowers then develop faster, with the urgency of being in a longer dark period.
Triggers the Phytochrome Pfr/Pr state to change or switch, Pfr is the Waking or Active State and Pr the Sleeping or Resting State. Far RED light causes a switch from Pfr to Pr rapidly. Your plants go to "Sleep" quickly, in moments, rather than in the normal two hours in nature, outdoors or indoors. This rapid state switch will provide for more rapid, accelerated, Flower development.
Use the Flower-Initiator during the entire Flower/Fruit Phase. Use with a separate timer, set to come at "lights out" and allow it to run for at least a total of 5 minutes. Flower at 13/11 hours to get even bigger yields and higher quality. You may want to begin flowering at 12/12 (for a rapid flowering start) then, after about a 1 - 1.5 weeks, switch to 13.5/ 10.5 until you are ready to flush nutrients, then back to 12/12 during the final flower/fruit development for a better "the end of long Indian Summer" type fully mature, DANK, finish. Some growers prefer to flower with the traditional 12/12 photoperiod throughout, these growers report being able to consistly finish 10 - 14 days earlier, dependant upon the strain used, while achieving better than average yields.
Get your Short Day crop in earlier! Use the an online service to determine the Sunset and Sunrise for your location, in the fall, a few days before your night reaches 10 hours in length, begin using the Flower-Initiator. Set your timer to turn the light on about 5 minutes prior to the indicated Sunset, set it to shut the light off about 5 minutes after total dark, perhaps for a total period of 30 minutes, as your sense of lighting suggests, and over time as your experience dictates for your location. You might want to adjust the timer to decrease the night's length to the optimum for flower development, for your specie, then lengthening the night further to fully finish flowers, if needed. This has been tested and proven accurate to push forward outdoor flowering forward at least one month. Next summer a test will be done to determine if this is appicable two months in advace. As the days shorten, readjust your timer settings to comply with your local Sunset, or keep it fixed at the current length if you like the productivity. Article by Ed Rosenthal.
Use the same suggestions as for outdoors during summer to fall to get your Short Day crop in a month or more earlier. Use your greenhouse to generate multiple crops during the year, with the addition of supplemental lighting and the Flower-Initator, your lit periods can be extended 2 hours longer than is normally required for your plant specie and latitude. Plants that exhibit sex, will began to show their sex sooner. With this approach your plants will initially receive 2 hours more light with higher final yields. As the days shorten, readjust your timer settings to comply with your local Sunset, or keep it fixed at the current length if you like the productivity.
When used with light deprivation shading, make sure to syncronize your lights with the actual sunset and sunrises, so as to not confuse the plants when the shades are no longer needed, as at the end of summer and into the fall. When the days are still getting longer, winter, spring and early summer, you will need to use light deprivations shades to complete the flowering process. The dark period must be at least 10 hours in length for the Flower Initiator to bring the flower on.
Long Day Plants:
The Flower-Initiator can be used alone, but, generally in conjuction with other lighting to extend the day to bring on flowering earlier than normal for the latitude, reulting in an earlier fruit harvest.
In All Environments:
Indoors, in the Greenhouse and Outdoors enabling flowering and fruit to form under longer light periods can result in higher yields, with increased carbohydrate production resulting improvements in yield and quality. A added benefit will be avoidance of many of the pests and required treatments, associated with negative conditions produced during wet weather.
The Flower-Initiator is a proven and tested device.
Posted by Unknown on 4th Jul 2016
use this baby to adjust males and females to be being at the same time
Posted by Unknown on 28th Jan 2016
I've been using the initiator on 13.5 hrs on and 10.5 off. I run for 5 min. at lights out. I really like what I'm seeing. There is a noticeable difference with the longer light time. Can't wait to finish up. I'll give an update.
Posted by Stephen Brewer on 16th Jan 2016
No grow room, or greenhouse should be without the Flower Initiator. Me myself could never imagine my life without one. Before this product, it would take anywhere from 10-15 days, to find the sex of my plants, now in only 4-5 days, all plants are indicating so I'm able to remove the males, and give the ladies more room to spread out. After one week of bloom I see buds that look as though they were over 2 weeks old. As far as yields, OMG the extra 1-2 ounces of bud, is really amazing. I have also noticed a Hell of lot more resin , the same frosty hybrids that I have grown before, are so much more frosty , that in looks like it snowed on em. I would highly recommend this product 100% , and think it deserves a much higher rating than 5 stars. Thank you William Boune, and GrowLightSource.com, your the best!
Posted by doc on 24th Oct 2015
Looking good, awaiting results as good as the customer service.
Posted by rumplestrip on 15th Aug 2014
On July 15th, in my latitude, there was 10 hours of near total darkness. On July 16th I stuck The Flower Initiator on the end of a pole, waited till it was pretty dark, about 25 minutes after sunset, and waved the light over my 6 plants. It took 15 minutes. Two days later, it was obvious, they had started flowering. Everyday for the past 30 days, 25 minutes after sunset, I have done the same thing. Yes it might have been their time to start flowering anyway but, a friend's Blue Dream still hasn't and he lives only a couple miles away.
Seller Note: Unless you have an area larger than the published coverage area a stationary mounting works fine. I also suggest starting the Flower Initiator 15-30 min. before sunset and let it run 30 minutes after sunset, this way you will get the longest possible "night" for your unique location.
Posted by Unknown on 18th Jun 2014
I bought the Indago light 2 1/2 yrs ago, about 1 1/2 yrs ago Bill email me and asked how the Indago light was working, he asked if I gave any thought to a flower initiator, I wrote back saying with my hanging lights, it be hard to use. Well, as luck happens, trying different feminized seeds for the last 2 years, my last try was bad, the strain doesn't produce cola's and if you cut fan leafs, almost no production. So since I had some clones going and wanted to get some production, I remembered what Bill told me about the flower initiator, so I thought, what the heck, I need production, so let's try one. I did, it came at the start of the third wk of flowering, went with 13/11, then 11/13 for the sixth week and brought in the crop in the 7th week. I had a increase in production with a crappy strain that doesn't produce cola's, to be frank, it saved my butt. I ordered another one about 3 weeks ago, plan on rotating them or will get a third one. The only down side, is with the Indago, since this light can be close to the plants, I have to move it out of the way every night and back every morning, am not sure how to solve the problem, but hope to come up with something, because no way am I ever going back to growing without a flower initiator.
Note from Bill: Place your Flower Initiators under the plants, on the ground/floor or on top of a small box if you want them closer, the customer using these for the longest time came up with this simple solution.
Others place the lamps on the sidewall just below their primary light source.
Posted by Unknown on 15th Oct 2013
The initiator worked wonders and i brought in 14 days early.
i need the blue blaster to identify which is which.
Hope your spring is busy
Posted by Jim on 8th Aug 2013
I use mine for 10 minutes at lights out with my light cycle at 12/12 for the first week then at 13+ hours of light for most of flower then back to 12/12 for the last 2 weeks and get great results.
Posted by Unknown on 12th Mar 2013
Once I understood Photochrom process I was sold on this product. The first day this light was used I went into the garden and thought my plants had died. They didn't die, they just went so deep into sleep they looked dead. When they woke up they were just as firm and happy. Simply amazed me that this like, using it only for 5 minutes, would have such an impact. BTW, using this light allows you to use a 14/10 light cycle from the beginning to 3/4 flower than I dialed my cycle to 12/12 for the final 2 weeks.
Thanks Bill for your knowledge and willingness to explain the process.