Flowering early

Dear Ed,
My garden has 14 plants which I grew from seeds. I’m in the 3rd week of vegetative growth under 24 hours of light. The babies are 5 inches tall and are healthy. I am using the sea of green method. Now I’m planning to begin flowering and sexing. Is that a good idea?

Winter Park, FL

Yes. However, the yield will increase substantially if you allow the plants to grow another two or three inches.

In this first crop, you might also think about branching the plants out a little since about half of them are going to be sexed as males and therefore tossed. This will leave a lot of space available in the garden. Figure that each branch or lead requires a space approximately 6 inches x 6 inches, each square foot can hold approximately 4 staked leads.

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