Don’t be surprised if your plants leaves alternate between “reaching up” towards the light and “sloping downwards” towards the ground – this is normal. Leaf color will range from an intense, deep green to a light yellow-green or “lime” color. What isn’t normal is yellow leaves with stunted-looking new growth, patches of brown or browned edges, dark spots or a mottled look to the leaves, or leaves curling up into a sort of “taco” shape.
Naturally, anyone putting their time and effort into a project wants to have a point of reference against which to judge their own progress (or that of their pants, in this case). The answer is:
This plant has the same soil, lighting, and music (yes, these plants seem to dig the new QOTSA album…) as the others, it’s just not doing well. The green thumb in me wants to try to save it, but I want to keep this little 100Watt grow under wraps so I can focus on our larger medical grow, so this plant will not make the transplant roster:
Plants will vary in size and appearance depending on a variety of factors: Genetics, soil, lighting, nutrients, temperature, handling, and the elusive “green thumb” factor. As you can imagine, a plant growing outdoors under full sun in June (northern hemisphere) will be a lot bigger at 2 weeks old than a plant growing in a converted computer case running 50 watts of lighting!
For comparison, here is a plant that is not doing well. It is one of the three “Afghan Kush x Double Gum” cross plants in the grow. This plant has lagged behind from the start, although the others are exactly the size of the RQSxDG pictured above. Sometimes a “runt” does show up! This is one of the reasons I always recommend that first time growers grow two plants and then pick the strongest of the two to take into flowering.
Here are some shots from our current 100 Watt CFL grow. A two-week old Dinafem Critical + plant. She’s (yes, “she” – this is the only feminized seed in this grow) looking quite healthy and of good size for the humble 100Watt grow. She’s ready for transplantation into the larger final grow pot.
Next is a picture of a 10-day-old “Royal Queen Seeds Automatic x Double Gum” cross breed. Both of these plants are looking healthy, and have a particularly strong aroma so far:
Notice the stunted look to the leaves – they don’t have the length and width of the previous pictured plants, and the color is a pale greenish yellow. In particular, the new growth leaves at the top look wrinkled and “mini”. Hey – this happens! In the wild, this plant would simply be overshadowed by taller neighbors and eventually just fade away. Why did this happen to this plant? My guess is simply that the genetic “roll of the dice” wasn’t particularly kind to this specimen. As this grow progresses, the different traits of each plant will become apparent – it will be very interesting to see how the “daddy” Double Gum plant’s offspring look with both the Afghan Kush mother and Royal Automatic mother plants. And all this under 100 watts – get yer popcorn ready!
One of the most common questions asked by novice growers is “What should my plants look like at x days/weeks old?”
One of the most common questions asked by novice growers is "What should my plants look like at x days/weeks old?" Naturally, anyone putting their time and effort into a project wants to have a point of reference against which to judge their own progress (or that of their pants, in this case). The answer…
There are a number of changes to consider once your plant goes from its vegetative stage to flowering:
The life cycle of cannabis can be broken down into four primary stages from seed to harvest:
Buds typically grow the most toward the end of the flowering cycle, around week 6-7. You probably won’t notice much budding out at the beginning of flower, and it will slow down toward the end of the cycle, when buds become fully formed.
Trevor is a freelance writer and photographer. He has spent years in California working in the cannabis industry.
Light cycle: 18 hours of light
At this stage, the plant is vulnerable to disease and mold. Keep its environment clean and monitor excess moisture.
Light cycle: 18 hours of light
The vegetative stage of cannabis is where the plantвЂ™s growth truly takes off. At this point, youвЂ™ve transplanted your plant into a larger pot, and the roots and foliage are developing rapidly. This is also the time to begin topping or training your plants.
Vegetative plants appreciate healthy soil with nutrients. Feed them with a higher level of nitrogen at this stage.
ItвЂ™s important to understand the changes a growing cannabis plant undergoes during its life cycle, as each stage of growth requires different care.