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Growing with T5 HO lights

by SanBoisLee about June 17 - report

Hey portal pals, I'm needing advice for a friend who wants to put some t5s into service while they are not being used for seedlings. He has several 4 ft, 6 bulb units and wants to do an auto grow with them. Any suggestions on which autos would work best would be appreciated also. Thanks in advance!

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    ChAs420 7.436 points - June 17

    i grow my photoperiod plants with T5 HO 4ft eight bulb fixtures with bloom bulbs always get nice grows with hard sticky buds..so seems like any auto would work..ive grown autos with them too a few times several years ago..one time was an auto bubblelicious and once was a couple bluetooth autos and once 2 OG Kush Auto from nirvana..all was fine

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    • SanBoisLee
      SanBoisLee
      12.216 points -
      June 17

      Thank you sir! I told him he could tie them down to improve penetration. I experimented with putting two in a 7 gal bag, planted on opposite sides, then tied down all around the bag and that worked good. That was outdoors so not exactly the same but I fi...  more

  • 13.105

    stick 13.105 points - June 17

    He can grow any of the Auto's under them.Photoperiods as well. Be sure and give him the growweedeasy link so he can learn techniques like LST.

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  • 1.838

    Screwstick 1.838 points - June 17

    I have seen pictures on here of some pretty nice grows under T5's and CFL's so it can be done for sure. 

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  • 4.760

    justme 4.760 points - June 17

    Yes, with the right training and nutrient regimen T-5 bulbs will produce great flowers. Maybe not as tight as some of the brighter lights but very nice flower anyway you look at it. You can keep them very close in flower. That and lsting will definitely help.
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  • 6.341

    SubterraneanHomesickBooze 6.341 points - June 17

    though i cant recomend what auto strain to pick best suited for T5s,  Ill agree with Screwstick that there are some very impressive grows being done under T-5s right here on the portal. Most notably ChAs420 and Texasbob! Hipoldman also kicks some ass with CFLs

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  • 12.216

    SanBoisLee 12.216 points - June 17

    Thanks for the feedback guys! I did a little reseach and it seems a lot of folks use the veg bulbs thoughout the grow. I have a 4ft 6bulb in my seedling cabinet with 3 each veg and bloom and that grows some very nice plants. I think his all have veg bulbs now so I think I'll suggest he go half and half.

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    • hipoldman
      hipoldman
      9.647 points -
      June 18

      I agree with 50/50 light cycle, 3 each and it should be a good grow.

  • 19.354

    harley24 19.354 points - June 18

    I grew for quite a while with T5 HO units. Just about any auto will work, but you have to expect some of the auto's not to flower for you. These lights work great for veg and flower imo. I had some really nice grows of both auto's and photo period plants. Just keep them close and use plenty of them for side lighting because they do not penetrate very far. As long as the entire grow is covered the grow should turn out really good.  Peace

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    • SanBoisLee
      SanBoisLee
      12.216 points -
      June 18

      Thanks Harley, I had thought about sitting some cfl's in amongst them. I need to ask him more about how he will handle the heat. If you see this, what do you think in terms of yield and potency? I'm advising NL and OGK for now.

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