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Growing cannabis flowering stage

Sometimes you’ll need to harvest your plant early due to life situations, or because the plant is unhealthy and buds are starting to look burnt or discolored. If your buds look completely done, and you’re seeing leaf symptoms getting worse, it’s often better to harvest a little early to ensure the best possible quality given the situation.

As your plant continues through the flowering stage, it’s normal to see a few yellow or discolored leaves near the bottom of the plant, especially in the places where the leaves are no longer getting light. This isn’t anything to worry about if it’s just a few leaves as the plant is putting its energy to the top of the plant and the buds.

The Dance of the Flowering Cycle

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Although most of the pistils will probably still be mostly white by the end of week 6, the buds are getting bigger and denser every day!

Once you’ve reached week 8, buds are fattening quickly. Trichomes and pistils are maturing, though new pistils may continue to develop on the buds as they grow.

Many growers do a final flush, which involves giving only plain water to your plants (for a few days up to a few weeks) before harvest.

Be especially aware of leaf symptoms, for example: discolored/yellow leaves, or if your plant starts rapidly losing leaves. It’s completely normal to lose a few leaves at this stage, especially leaves that aren’t getting light (which often look like they may have a nutrient deficiency and then fall off, but it’s just your plant cannibalizing the leaf since it isn’t getting any more light). That being said, overall your entire plant should still be lush and green in week 3-4 while your budlets are forming.

Since you don’t get many more new leaves, you need to think of your remaining leaves as armor – insurance against any nutrient or leaf problems.

Growing cannabis flowering stage

Sativa plants are characteristically tall and thin. Some outdoor varieties of Sativa plants have been known to grow as tall as 20 feet! This is due to the fact that Sativa varieties of cannabis are native to regions that surround the equator, so they experience the same day length throughout the whole year. This leads them to have shorter growth periods compared to other types of cannabis. The average growth time of Sativa plants is about 6 months in total.

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Hybrid Grow Time

Indicas can be easily spotted because they are pretty much the opposite of Sativas as far as appearance. The flowers of Indica plants are typically shorter and stubbier than their tall, thin counterparts.

Sativa Grow Time

They also have short flowering stages, which makes them a popular choice for experienced cannabis breeders or anyone who wants a quicker cycle. Indoor growers enjoy raising them because their shorter flowering periods mean they can produce more per year, while outdoor growers can cultivate them without worrying about climate issues or early winters. On average, Indica strains have a flowering state that lasts 8 to 12 weeks.