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Understanding the plant’s life cycle

Cartier April 3, 2023

Understanding the life cycle of a cannabis plant is essential for successful cultivation. Each stage of the plant’s life requires different environmental conditions, nutrients, and care. Here’s a breakdown of the four stages of a cannabis plant’s life cycle.

Germination is the first stage of the plant’s life cycle, and it begins when a seed is planted in soil or another growing medium. The seedling emerges from the seed, and the first set of leaves, called cotyledons, develop.

Vegetative Growth: The vegetative growth stage begins when the plant starts to grow its first true leaves. The plant focuses on growing stems, branches, and leaves during this stage. It requires long days of light and specific nutrients, such as nitrogen, to grow healthy and strong. Vegetative growth can last from a few weeks to a few months, depending on the strain and growing conditions.

Flowering: The flowering stage begins when the plant develops buds, which are flower clusters containing THC and other cannabinoids. The plant requires 12 hours of darkness and 12 hours of light to transition from the vegetative stage to the flowering stage. The plant requires specific nutrients, such as phosphorus and potassium, to support bud development during this stage. Depending on the strain and growing conditions, the flowering stage can last anywhere from six to twelve weeks.

Harvesting: The final stage of the plant’s life cycle is harvesting, which involves cutting the plant and drying and curing the buds. Harvesting should occur when the buds have reached their peak potency and flavor. The drying and curing process can take several weeks and involves hanging the buds in a dry and cool place to remove excess moisture and improve flavor and potency.

Understanding the life cycle of a cannabis plant is critical for successful cultivation. Each stage requires specific environmental conditions, nutrients, and care. It’s essential to monitor the plant’s growth regularly and adjust the growing conditions accordingly to ensure it grows healthy and strong.

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