The 4 Distinct Growing Stages of Cannabis
Cannabis is one of the most popular plants used for both medicinal and recreational purposes. It has been used for centuries for its healing properties, but it was only recently introduced as a legal crop for commercial purposes in certain countries. While growers understand the basics of the cannabis cultivation process, there are a few distinct growing stages that define the overall maturation of the plant. In this blog, we will discuss the different cannabis plant maturation stages, from germination to harvest.
The Germination Stage: Is the first stage of the cannabis plant’s life cycle is the germination stage. Germination is the process of initiating a seed’s growth, and it requires the perfect combination of light, water, and temperature. During this stage, the cannabis seed is exposed to water, and prepared to absorb nutrients that will help kick-start its growth process. The seedling will slowly begin to sprout from the seed and a root and stem will begin to emerge.
The Vegetative Stage: The vegetative stage is the period of a cannabis plant’s life cycle where it obtains its height and width. During this stage, plants require substantial amounts of light and nutrient-rich soil, both of which provide the foundation for optimum growth. During this stage, the cannabis plant’s stem and branches grow out and foliage becomes more prominent.
Flowering Stage: The flowering stage of a cannabis plant’s life cycle occurs when it begins to produce flowers. This includes both male and female plants, with female plants growing buds that contain trichomes, the resinous glands of cannabinoids and terpenes. During this stage, the cannabis plants need more light and the right temperature and humidity.
Harvest Stage: Harvesting is the most exciting stage for many cannabis growers. As a general rule of thumb, flowering should last for between 8 to 10 weeks before harvesting. This can vary depending on the strain, but at the end of the harvest stage, the cannabis plant will be ready for consumption or processing.
The cannabis plant has four distinct growing stages, each of which requires careful consideration and attention. From germination to flower, the cannabis plant’s growth process can take anywhere from 8 to 10 weeks before it is ready to be harvested. Proper timing, with the right temperature, humidity, and light, can help ensure healthy growth and high yields. Understanding the different stages of cannabis growth is necessary for any grower to experience success.