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Understanding The Growth Stages

Cartier April 3, 2023

Cannabis is a versatile plant cultivated for centuries for medicinal and recreational purposes. With legalization sweeping across the globe, more people are turning to cannabis for its potential health benefits, including pain relief, anxiety reduction, and sleep improvement. Understanding the different growth stages of cannabis is essential for cultivating healthy, robust plants that yield high-quality buds. In this article, we’ll explore the different growth stages of cannabis and provide tips on how to care for your plants at each stage.

Stage 1: Germination

The first stage of cannabis growth is germination. Germination occurs when a seed sprouts and grows into a small seedling. During this stage, you must provide your seeds with the right moisture and warmth to ensure they sprout. You can start your seeds in soil or using a hydroponic system. Once your seeds have sprouted, it’s time to move them to the vegetative stage.

Stage 2: Vegetative

The vegetative stage is when your cannabis plants start to grow leaves, stems, and branches. Your plants require much light, nutrients, and water to grow during this stage. You can use different training techniques, such as topping or pruning, to control the shape and size of your plants. The vegetative stage can last anywhere from 2 to 8 weeks, depending on the strain and growing conditions.

Stage 3: Flowering

The flowering stage is when your cannabis plants start to produce buds. During this stage, your plants require a change in the light cycle to induce flowering. Most strains require 12 hours of darkness and 12 hours of light to start flowering. During this stage, plants require less nitrogen and more phosphorus and potassium to support bud development. Depending on the strain and growing conditions, the flowering stage can last 6 to 12 weeks.

Stage 4: Harvest

The final stage of cannabis growth is harvest. This is when your plants are ready to be harvested and dried. You can tell when your plants are ready for harvest by examining the trichomes, which are small resinous glands on the buds. When the trichomes turn from clear to cloudy or amber, harvest is time. Once you’ve harvested your plants, it’s essential to dry and cure them properly to preserve their flavor and potency.

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