All the energy now is going into bud growth and you start to smell that tell-tale aroma as the buds get bigger and juicier. This smell is down in no small part to the trichome growth. The rest of the plant will have stopped growing completely now and you don’t have to worry about training the stems.
There’s no doubt that the flowering stage is important when it comes to producing a great crop of cannabis. Over the next several weeks, you’ll find those buds developing and it’s a pretty exciting time.
The initial thing to do is get the large fan leaves out of the way so that you can see the rest of your plant clearly. These don’t have much value except for compost and can be discarded. The smaller bud leaves, however, have trichomes on them and are great for making edibles and hash oil. Carefully remove these and put them safe, working around the bud until you reach the sugary coating.
Most strains come with their own nutrient schedule so it’s important to check this and keep to it to avoid over or underfeeding your crop. If it isn’t provided with the seeds you bought, you can always check online.
It’s worth doing your research beforehand if you are growing your first crop. Taking a look at the following images will certainly set your mind at rest and confirm that everything is on the right track. Learning the various parts of your plant can help you identify changes easier and it’s worth doing a little bit of homework.
This is about the time you may spot a few white pistils popping up if you have female plants. Males will tend to produce the first rudiments of pollen sacks which are different. Some seeds come with a mix of male and female so you’ll now be able to tell which is which. It’s important to separate the males from the female so they don’t start to pollinate. Of course, the female buds are the ones that you are going to be most interested in as these contain all the THC goodness.
There will be variations from strain to strain so don’t expect you crop to follow our example here 100% accurately. Certain phases may come on quicker or even take longer depending on a range of factors. Don’t let it worry you too much, every plant and environment is slightly different.
Next it’s time to change this completely with 12 hours of light and 12 hours of dark. From now on, your flowers should start to develop the buds that are going to make up your next cannabis harvest.
To help you out, we take a long, hard look at flowering week by week in pictures. While plants can vary slightly in how they look, this should give you a great idea of what to look out for. It can help you plan better for harvest time.
There’s no doubt that the flowering stage is important when it comes to producing a great crop of cannabis. Over the next several weeks, you’ll find those buds developing and it’s a pretty exciting time. Of course, it’s vital to know what to look out for as things develop so that you know when …