The Vegging Stage of Growing Cannabis
There are four main stages in the growth of Cannabis. The vegging or vegetative stage is the 3rd stage. At this stage, it would take about 3-16 weeks to reach to flowering stage and this is the stage where the plant needs a lot of nourishing from water and sunlight so the leaves can start developing. Within that timeframe is the growth of the plant from seedlings to its initial flowering.
You will notice that the plants’ stems are thicker which helps protect and assist the plant from easily breaking because of environmental factors, like the wind. However, the height and thickness of the stem of the seedlings vary on its strain and varieties. There are some strains that are long, short, thin or thick.
The size, shape, and wideness of its leaves also varies based on the genes of the variety or strain. Like, Cannabis sativa, the leaves of this plant appear to be narrower because it helps the plant breathe better in humid locations. The Indica strain, which grows in more harsh conditions like deserts, have wider leaves which helps protect the sprouts from being scorched from heat and also being able to contain more water. Let’s see what other factors affect the growth of Cannabis during this stage.
Characteristics of the Ideal Growth of Cannabis
Cannabis growers would always want to have the best quality, in other words, its ideal growth. Once your plant reached the period when it’s about to flower and it doesn’t affect the development of other plants, the is the ideal growth that you are looking for. The area where you grow the plants should be filled with plants, leaving no extra spaces while making sure that the plants don’t affect each other’s nutrition.
If the plants have too many gaps between them, then it grows too big. If you put too many plants in the area, the plants are less nourished than they should be. The right spacing for plants is not too crowded with plants, giving enough space for its leaves and branches to expand. If it were too crowded, it will allocate its nutrients to the height of the plant instead of placing the nutrients to its branches and leaves’ expansion. When this happens, the development of the branches from top to bottom will not be equal. Specifically, the branches below will be feeble and wouldn’t grow good buds. The quality of the plants’ end result depends on the development of the buds.
If the problem is just getting a really good bud, then there are a lot of ways to do it. The thing here is getting the plants equally nourished from top to bottom. If you only intend to grow a small number of plants, then use this information as a reference for planting small scale. A square meter of soil and a lamp with 600 watts will be good enough to fit in about eight seeds that have undergone pre-growth for three weeks. Lighting is considered as an essential part of growing cannabis. It has been recommended that plants should receive approximately 18 hours of lighting at this stage and to use full spectrum lights to increase the speed of growth.
The reason why a plant shouldn’t be too big nor too small is because of the light distribution. If the height of your plant is too tall, then the light from the lamp will not be able to reach the lowest branches causing smaller buds. You are only wasting effort, energy and time if you grow plants like this. So, again if it’s too tall, then it’s the top part of the plant that only gets to meet their light requirement for photosynthesis. By allowing as much light to enter as possible without jeopardizing the spacing requirements, you’ll be able to reach the full potential of the buds’ development, either on top or the lowest branches. It is during this stage where you’ll find out the plants’ height, size and how much the yield is. In a square meter, which is the standard measurement of area, a lot of plants can be planted. The best thing to remember is that when growing cannabis, the plants grow more when there is a lesser number of plants. However, you wouldn’t want your plants to increase much in size as there is a tendency that they restrain other plants. So, try not to provide too much time for growing. Constantly measure the height and observe if the flower of the plant is about to bloom.
Clone, a part of the plant that is acquired from the mother plant and its genes are the same with its original plant, grow differently from plants that started with seeds. Clones grow faster since they are considered as adult plants and so they need lesser growth time than plants that started as seeds. The speed of growing a seed to an adult plant depends on your skill and experience as a grower.
You’ll be able to identify on when to give your plant lesser or more growth by looking at the side branches of your plant. Inspect a side branch of a young plant and you’ll notice that its branches are straight. But if you’ll look at the side branches of a clone plant, you’ll notice that their branches run stepwise. So, not only is your plant growth dependent on time. Through these, you’ll be able to you’ll find out your plants’ height and size. However, bear in mind that it doesn’t mean that you’ll get a bigger harvest when your plant is big.
You will know if your plant is unhealthy when you see that the color of your plant changed to yellow. The nutrients that plants need most at this stage are potassium and nitrogen. You may want to purchase a soil mix that has these nutrients so that you don’t need to put fertilizer on your soil not until it’s the flowering stage. They may be a bit expensive but in the long run, the plants’ nutrients are already secured. There is nothing wrong with buying cheap soil. But you must know how to add the right nutrients into your soil to make sure that your plants are properly nourished. However, the downside of using cheap soil is that your plants are prone to deficiency and you might overestimate, putting too much fertilizer which will also have a factor in the growth of your plants.
And also, make sure that when you add nutrients manually, you will follow the directions as written on the product labeling. There should be no room for mistakes a slight error affects the growth and yield of your plant. However, if your errors are made, you can always learn from them and do better next time.
Another thing, the amount of fertilizer you’ll provide depends on the size of your plant. More fertilizer is provided for bigger plants. When your plants are growing and you constantly give the same amount of fertilizer, leaves will also turn yellow which means that the plant is demanding for more nutrients. It’s either you increase the dose or the frequency of providing nutrients.