The cannabis plant flowering stage is one of the critical stages in which the new buds get germinated and require special care to make your efforts successful. After switching the photoperiod and later the vegetative growth, the flowering stage gets started.
When does the flowering stage begin?
If you grow the plant in an outdoor environment, the cannabis plant flowering stage starts in between shorter days. Autumn is the season in which the flowering stage gets started.
In indoor cultivation, the flowering stage starts once the photoperiod completes 12 hours of light and dark schedule. However, in autoflowering strains, there’s no need for photoperiod switching as it automatically starts after four weeks of the vegetative stage.
Process of the flowering stage
The process and the duration of the flowering stage are different in different strains. Usually, a cannabis plant requires 8-11 weeks to attain a flowering stage as per their strain type. The stage is divided into three stages and into a few weeks, and it can be variant, depending upon the strain type.
Indica strain usually takes eight weeks of time to attain flowering stages, and it can also go around up to 10 weeks as several growth factors affect its flowering stage. The time period of the flowering stage is different in Indica strain as it takes 10-12 weeks of time for the flowering stage. Conversely, hybrid strains reach onto the flowering strain in between 6-10 weeks and get completely developed.
Flowering stages of cannabis
It’s important to know the different stages of your plant so that you can provide them with a significant amount of nutrients.
- Week 1- The first stage of cannabis is transition and stretching. In this stage, the cannabis plant requires little water as the winter is about to arise, and it is also renowned as stretch phases as in this phase, the plant grows rapidly.
- Week 2- In this flowering stage, the female cannabis develops white pistils, whereas the male plant doesn’t produce hair and germinate small pollen sacs. In this stage, you get the sign of growing buds.
- Week 3- It’s the stage in which your plant grows more than 50%, but it doesn’t stop, and here you can get the signs of developing buds. Pungent smell from the plant glands gets started and also produces trichomes. At this stage, your plant requires more energy and nutrients, so provide it accordingly.
- Week 4- It’s the cannabis plant flowering stage in which the plant’s branches bend down as the load of the growing buds. You can easily notice the increased size of the bud and the strong smell of trichomes. White harris is still on the surface, but apparently, you can notice the buds growing, and the plant stops to increase more in this stage.
- Week 5- Lastly, your plant is ready to flush and harvest; however, it can also take one more week to reach this stage. So harvest wisely once the flowering stage cycle gets completed.