Marijuana Vegetative vs Flowering Stage
Marijuana plants’ growth cycle can be divided into two stages: the vegetative stage and the flowering stage. These stages are controlled by the amount of light that a plant receives during the day. When the amount of light changes, the flowering stage is triggered.
The vegetative state is what the plant experiences when it begins to sprout. During this period, it receives around eighteen to twenty-four hours of light each day, if it is indoors. Outdoor plants will simply be exposed to the sunlight when it is available.
The vegetative stage is marked by considerable growth. This is because the plants’ main focus is to grow as many leaves and stems as possible. It is not uncommon to find that a plant has grown several inches within the span of a single day. During this period, the plants have another interesting characteristic – they are largely unaffected by various growing problems.
A marijuana plant will move to the flowering stage once it detects that winter may be approaching. This is done when the plants detect that they are getting less light than usual. For plants grown indoors, this means that they are switched to a schedule of twelve hours with light and twelve hours without. When this happens, the plants will go through a “flowering stretch” where they may double in height. It is during this period that it is easiest to determine whether the plant is male or female. Plants in the flowering stage aren’t as immune to issues as the plants were during their vegetative state.
These are the differences between the vegetative and flowering stages of marijuana plants.