The growth stages of Cannabis Light
The cannabis crop requires different cycles for development and flowering, and in today’s article we’ll examine all the stages of growth, so you can learn about the value of legal cannabis flowers, their production and finally their harvest. An excellent secret to obtaining the best possible cannabis is not only providing the ideal care or meticulous sowing, but also identifying the perfect time and the appropriate technique for harvest. On the other hand, unlike the sowing, growing and development of the plant, this is the most exhilarating moment of all, because it’s the culmination of the entire process, and you get to see the end result.
The buds, i.e. flowers of these cannabis plants are rich in cannabidiol, with all its beneficial effects for the body. They are relaxant, useful for the prevention of convulsions and epileptic seizures, help the immune system and prevent ageing and disease, and are even anti-inflammatory. The birth cycle of cannabis is extremely important because during this stage the buds are covered with pistils and trichomes, and without these the plant would be at risk. In fact, a cannabis plantation without pistils and trichomes would suffer during growth and, in addition to developing very few flowers, may also struggle to continue flowering, until the plantation eventually dies. In this case the flavour and aroma of cannabis light are changed. So the grower’s crop would be lost, and it is therefore essential that the grower observes every step of these various vegetative phases and is also highly focused on what could cause harm.
Many varieties of legitimate cannabis germinate at around 7 or 8 weeks, but there is also another type of variety that requires a few more days to become stronger and begin to produce flowers. Whether grown inside, outside the home or in a greenhouse, legitimate plantations need 12 hours of light and 12 hours of darkness in order to start flowering. When this phase begins, growers need to know exactly how to care for their plants every day of the week, as the needs of cannabis are constantly changing.
Here are the basics on the phases of cannabis light harvesting:
First week: the plants grow explosively, almost doubling in size. At this stage the plants require good fertilisation in the soil, since their energy consumption is high.
Second week: the first female reproductive organs, i.e. the pistils, are fertilised. When these are premature they have a light colouration, almost white. At this point you need to increase the amount of fertiliser, to create perfect flower development.
Third week: the development of the plants starts to slow down, while the trichomes begin to increase in quantity, although they are still few. In this situation you need to attend to any deficiencies in the cannabis, because these may be serious enough to damage the development of flowers, and therefore crop yield.
Fourth week: the plants pause their development, using 100% of their energy for flower growth. During this stage, the trichomes enlarge very quickly, together with cannabinols and aromas.
Fifth week: the inflorescence covers the entire plant, particularly concentrated on the tops, which become heavy. Tiny flowers may appear scattered among the branches, but the most voluminous flowers are at the top of the plant. At this stage the flowers are approximately ready for harvesting.
Between the sixth and eighth week, buds usually begin to develop and, once fully mature, these are removed for selection. The growth of cannabis flowers can be clearly seen with a convex lens, used specifically to enlarge the image.