Will neighbors bright light hermie my outdoor plants?

Discussion in 'Outdoor Growing' started by sunandsky, Feb 28, 2018.

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    sunandsky

    sunandsky Well-Known Member

    I am growing legally and my yard is mostly private but i have a next door neighbor with a ridiculous bright back porch light that lights up part of my backyard. My garden is back there. Will this hermie my plants and cause me issues?
     
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    Roger A. Shrubber

    Roger A. Shrubber Well-Known Member

    probably not, but if you can put something between your plants and the light, it couldn't hurt. put up some kind of trellis for tomatoes to grow on, or a couple of big potted shrubs. or just a big ol' privacy fence....
     
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    Warpedpassage

    Warpedpassage Well-Known Member

    It will more than likely cause it to not mature and flower probably. Depending on how bright it is it might never flower and finish properly. And yes depending in the the strain, the pheno, it can absolute herm on you. Good luck.
     
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    Roger A. Shrubber

    Roger A. Shrubber Well-Known Member

    i've had plants grow to finish outside fairly close to street lights, it can be done, but it's better not to if you aren't forced to.
     
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    sunandsky

    sunandsky Well-Known Member

    hmm, i was thinking maybe i'd build myself a cheap little greenhouse. seen some built on youtube for 75-100 bucks. not bad. how good is greenhouse growing vs outdoor?
     
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    Roger A. Shrubber

    Roger A. Shrubber Well-Known Member

    can be better than just straight outdoor growing, you don't have to worry as much about bad weather, and if it's not finished when the frost comes, who cares, throw a small heater in there and keep growing.
    just get a tarp and cover the neighbors side of it at night
     
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    too larry

    too larry Well-Known Member

    Outdoor plants are not as touchy as indoor. Many grow in back yards with streetlights nearby with no problem.
     
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    Dendrophilly

    Dendrophilly Well-Known Member

    I had friends that grew in their backyard and their buds barely developed at all from the ambient light of their neighbors. I suggest growing automatic varieties to counteract this issue.
     
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    waterproof808

    waterproof808 Well-Known Member

    I would attribute that to inexperience.

    I have a small "greenhouse" in my backyard, and a bright porch light that reaches it. Havent had anything herm in years. Outdoor plants are less touchy like Too Larry said.
    If you think its an issue, you can just stretch some privacy screen between 2 stakes to block light and prying eyes.
     
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    waterproof808

    waterproof808 Well-Known Member

    Greenhouse is a game changer compared to full sun, unless you get very little rain. If you light dep it, you can get multiple harvest in a year depending on where you live vs. just one full term season.
     
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    sunandsky

    sunandsky Well-Known Member

    Hey can you elaborate on this a bit? How exactly do you achieve light deoravation in a greenhouse? Why is it a game changer? I would think full sun is better?
     
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    ANC

    ANC Well-Known Member

    If the plants grew out there (as opposed to being carried out out flower), they will be fine.
    I have a street light that casts light over one of my outdoor spots.
     
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    too larry

    too larry Well-Known Member

    You pull tarps twice a day, making the day shorter and the night longer, thus inducing flower early so you can finish before weather fucks you up. Or something like that.
     
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    Dendrophilly

    Dendrophilly Well-Known Member

    A little light coming through your greenhouse window is a lot different than an open yard with brightly lit neighboring yards. It really depends on how close and how powerful the light pollution is.

    True automatics are unaffected by light pollution and allow you to multi crop effortlessly.
     
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    waterproof808

    waterproof808 Well-Known Member

    Keeping plants out of the rain is the biggest benefit of a greenhouse. You can run fans or a dehumidifier and greatly reduce crop loss to mold and rot. It rains a shit ton where I live, some kind of cover is pretty crucial for growing outdoor here. Full sun is fine if you have good weather. Do both if you can.
     
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    MonkeyGrinder

    MonkeyGrinder Well-Known Member

    Hmmm. Well if you're cool with your neighbors and vice versa then maybe you could work something out with them through the flowering cycle?
    You could just politely ask that they leave it off for a couple weeks during late summer/early fall.
    If not offer to throw them an ounce or so if they smoke?
    If it's your property (you're not renting it) If you don't want to toss up a privacy fence then toss up a wall of white pines. Work the ground where you planted them. Make sure it's nice and fertile. They'll turn into monsters quickly.
    They'll do the job of blocking out light no problem.
     
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    MichiganMedGrower

    MichiganMedGrower Well-Known Member


    We have seen plants flower on one side and not on the spotlight side. From seeds planted in back yard. The light side basically continually revegged with the weird single deformed leaves all over by ripening.

    Maybe it is strain/ breeding dependent?
     
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    ANC

    ANC Well-Known Member

    I mostly grow african landrace seeds outdoors.
     
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    Roger A. Shrubber

    Roger A. Shrubber Well-Known Member

    light will do that, but a porch light usually isn't strong enough, you must have a very bright porch light
     
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    sunandsky

    sunandsky Well-Known Member

    Hmm, not sure what to do here. There is an area of my yard that is behind their shed, no light reaches there. Yet it doesn't get that much sunlight during the day either. I'll have to go out there once the snow melts and see what I can do. Maybe I'll end up building a little greenhouse and putting half my plants in there and letting the other half go, with some bumper crops of autos. ooooh can't wait to grow my mi5 and my midnight express crosses outdoors. should be pretty fucking great!
     
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