The Different Stages of Your Cannabis Grow
Cannabis is a well-known and widely used substance for both recreational and medical purposes. As such, it’s important to understand the various stages of its plant life cycle. Knowing the stages of cannabis growth can help growers ensure their plants are at their healthiest, most prosperous state.
The life cycle of cannabis is divided into six stages: germination, seedling, vegetative, pre-flower, flowering, and harvesting. Each stage has its own distinct qualities, needs and characteristics.
Germination marks the very first stage of the cannabis plant life cycle. It is the process in which a seed begins to sprout and develop a root system. This stage typically begins indoors in a controlled environment, such as a greenhouse or similar structure. Increasing the temperature and humidity levels in the environment will speed up the germination process. Once the seed has sprouted, it can then be moved to a different environment as it progresses through the other stages.
The seedling stage is when the plant continues growing and is typically just a few days old. The seedling will start growing its first set of true leaves, which are different in shape and size than the cotyledon leaves, which are the first leaves that the plant grows during the germination stage. The seedling will also begin to develop its root system and needs plenty of light and water during this stage.
The vegetative stage is when the cannabis plant will transition from growing short and narrow in height to longer and wider. At this stage, the cannabis plants will be strong and healthy, and can be fed with different nutrients. This is also when they start producing the bud sites that will produce the flowers in the next stages.
The pre-flower stage is when the plants start forming the flowers that will eventually become the buds and the leaves in the next stage. The pre-flowering stage is usually when growers will begin to use more advanced growing methods and techniques such as topping and training. The flowering stage is when the cannabis plants start to produce the buds for harvesting. This stage usually lasts for several weeks, depending on the strain of cannabis. Once the buds have reached full maturity, it is time for the plants to be harvested.
The harvesting stage is when the cannabis plants are cut down, dried, and then processed for consumption. It is important to ensure that the drying and curing of the cannabis plants is done properly in order to maximize the quality of the product.
Knowing the stages of cannabis growth is important for growers who want to produce the highest quality product possible. Taking the time to understand and observe each stage throughout the cannabis plant’s life cycle will provide growers with the best possible results.