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Light deprivation

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A simple light dep setup. (Amy Phung/Leafly)

A technique used in outdoor cannabis cultivation to force plants to come to harvest early. Light deprivation is the technique, and greenhouses or crops that utilize it are called “light deps” for short. Light dep greenhouses can be covered to block out sunlight, which shortens the daily light cycle, forcing cannabis plants to flower early. Growers use light deprivation to split up harvesting into multiple small harvests throughout the growing season, instead of one big harvest at the end of the season.

“I got some killer light dep at the end of August for cheap.”