Even if you’re feeding good quality nutrients and growing under a full-spectrum LED your plant may still underperform or just not reach your goals; You can definitely start with the same base for all your plants but make sure you adjust every aspect of the growing environment, from the substrate to temperature (when possible), this will allow you to get the best results and you will see a huge difference not only in plant growth but in yields and trichome production so whenever possible, try to get to know your plants and how they grow, this is the only way to go from a good harvest to a perfect one.
More experienced growers can experiment with different light schedules, some growers even saying they got the best results by giving their autoflowers 24hs of uninterrupted light. We encourage you to experiment also, but be aware that too much or too little light may stress your plants.
For example, in California, we have the following light schedules throughout the year:
Light Spectrum For Plants In The Vegetative Stage
The cannabis vegetative light cycle is super important. In this stage, cannabis is building up strength to be able to support all the buds in the flowering stage. There’s nothing as the best light cycle for the vegetative stage, the light cycle will depend on a lot of factors that are individual to each grow room. It is crucial that you give them the amount of light and nutrients they need so they can develop properly and be ready for the next stage. Even though it mostly depends on genetics, the amount of light your plant will be able to receive is a decisive factor in the amount and quality of flowers it will produce.
Adjusting and controlling them closely is the best way to provide ideal conditions for your plants to grow but if you’re looking to get the most out of every single plant you should adjust the growing conditions according to how your plants react, and this can even happen with plants from the same seed pack because, as mentioned, all plants are different.
Unlike autoflowering cannabis, photoperiodic plants indoor can vegetate for a long time and will only flower when we change the light cycle. This allows us to vegetate our plants as long as we want and then flip them to the flowering stage when we have met our goals in the vegetative phase.
Not always giving them more light is going to result in faster or more development and you can harm or really stress your plant by doing this, making them turn into hermaphrodites or showing other heat stress symptoms.
Autoflowering cannabis will flower independently of the amount of darkness they get. Obviously, giving them too little light like a 5/19 light schedule will make them seriously underdevelop but they will flower either less.
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How to tell if your plant is a male or female
The quality of your plant depends on your knowledge of the cannabis growth stages and the lifecycle of your plants.
Cannabis growth is made up of a series of stages that plants undergo during their lifecycle. Each stage during the cannabis cultivation process requires its own unique demands, including different levels of light, water, and nutrients.
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1. Germinating: 1-7 days
2. Seedling: 2-3 weeks
3. Vegetative: 2-8 weeks
4. Pre-Flowering: 1-2 weeks
5. Flowering: 6-8 weeks
It can take anywhere from 4 to 8 months to grow a cannabis plant, this varies based on where you’re growing. If you have an indoor grow room, your plant has the ability to flower after only a few weeks!
Female: Two pistils (the pistil contains the reproductive parts of a flower) will be growing on the buds (flowers grow above these leaves, one cluster on each side).