The Vegetative Stage in Cannabis
Cannabis plants can grow for years, but the vegetative stage is really the time when most of the plant’s growth occurs. The vegetative stage is when the cannabis plant needs a lot of nutrients and light to grow. Without proper nutrition and light, the plant won’t be able to reach its full potential. The cannabis vegetative stage lasts 4-6 weeks, depending on the strain and the growing conditions. The longer the vegetative stage lasts, the bigger the plant will be when it starts the flowering stage. For a quality harvest, you’ll want to ensure that you have the right conditions and enough time to properly nurture the plant during this important stage. The most important factors to consider during this stage are light and nutrients.
Light: Cannabis plants require 18-24 hours of light per day. The best type of light for this stage is any type of high-intensity discharge (HID) light. HID lights are the most efficient type of lighting and provide the best light spectrum for this stage.
Nutrients: The cannabis plant needs balanced amounts of nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K) to reach its maximum potential during the vegetative stage. If there are not enough of any of these nutrients, the growth of the plant will be stunted. Learning how to provide the right environment and nutrition can be difficult. New growers should talk to experienced growers and research the best practices for growing cannabis using methods like hydroponics or soil. When the cannabis plant enters into the flowering stage, it’s time to start thinking about harvest time!
A longer vegetative stage will mean bigger buds come harvest time. With the right environment and nutrients, you can ensure that your plants reach their full potential during the vegetative stage.