I have a plant that is taking a long time to ripen. What is the best way to get the plant to ripen?
Equatorial varieties, which receive about 12 hours of darkness all year, use other cues as well as light regime to determine flowering and ripening time. They seem to respond to increasing dryness and cooler temperatures as well.
Increase the number of hours of uninterrupted darkness to 14 and lower the temperature about 5? F (3? C).
Some varieties never seem to ripen. For instance, ruderalis and ruderalis hybrids, which start producing flowers early, never develop big buds and the flowers never ripen. Instead, the stigmas die but the ovaries never develop. Some equatorial varieties also produce flowers as they grow, but never develop flower heads under indoor conditions.
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