The size of your buds depends on how you treat your plant in the vegetation stage.
So when is a plant in the vegetation stage?
The vegetation stage starts the moment your plant sprouts from the growing medium.
Wait, back up… What is a growing medium?
A growing medium can be defined as a substance through which roots grow and extract water and nutrients. Some examples are: soil, coco coir, perlite, rockwool, etc.
So your plant has sprouted and the little feeder leaves are showing. You’re off to a good start.
But what now?
Well, you wait… At this point you should have lights on your plant and those lights should be on a specific light cycle. You should be controlling your temperature and humidity so they are optimal for your marijuana plant to grow.
Light Cycle and Distance
Let’s take a step back to light cycle and let’s also talk about the distance your light should be from your plant…
When your plant is in the vegetation stage, it should be on a light cycle that replicates the spring season. Keep in mind that the sun puts out different spectrums of light. Cannabis doesn’t need the entire spectrum to grow but some growers will use lights with specific spectrums depending on the stage of growth the plant is in.
Your plant CAN NOT be too close to your marijuana plant or else it’ll burn it! There is a specific distance that your light should be from the canopy of the plant.
Hold on again… Now what do you mean by canopy?
Canopy, simply put, means the top of your plant.
If your light is too close to the plant, your plant will burn. If your light is too far from your plant, the energy that the light is giving off WILL NOT reach your plant.
So remember, the light cycle for cannabis plants and the light distance from the plants are both very important in the vegetation stage. Actually, it’s important in the flower stage too but we haven’t gotten there yet…
Cannabis plants need water just like us humans do.
But how often and how much water do marijuana plants need?
The amount of water you should give your cannabis plants will depend on the stage it is in. What you don’t want to do is over-water your plant or else it’ll look like this…
When your weed plant is in the vegetation stage, specifically the seedling stage, it doesn't need much water at all. Now as your plant grows in the vegetation stage, it’s going to need more and more water.
It can get REALLY thirsty!
There is a certain method that should be used to determine if your plant needs to be watered or not. There is also a certain way to water your plants to ensure you’re giving them enough!
Once you learn both of those methods, you can use them throughout the rest of your grow.
What should the pH of the water be BEFORE watering my marijuana plant?
What should the pH of the water be AFTER watering my plant?
What is pH? (I probably should’ve asked that first) ;)
Knowing what pH is and managing your pH throughout your grow is a major key to know.
Your cannabis plant needs to be given water that has a specific pH. Your plant WILL have problems if given water with a pH that is too high or too low.
If you’re measuring your pH before and after watering, then your success rate will be higher.
Weeks 3+ in the Vegetation Stage
So you’ve survived your first two weeks in the vegetation stage and you’re moving on to weeks 3+. Pat yourself on the back!
Many people fail within the first few weeks. Here are the most common reasons for failure:
Light too close
Light too far away
Being given water with the wrong pH
Environment temperature/humidity is not in the ideal range for cannabis plants
Be sure to pay extra attention to the above points so you won’t encounter them. If you dial those pieces in, your marijuana plants will be happy, healthy, and will grow BIG!
Plants need nutrients in order to survive. But how much and when should you be feeding your cannabis plant nutrients?
There are a few factors that it will depend on. What nutrient mix are you using? Does your growing medium already have nutrients in it?
Feeding your plants too much nutrients is toxic for your plant. On the flip side, not feeding your plant enough nutrients and it could end up with a nutrient deficiency.
Whether or not you transplant will depend on the type of seeds that you have.
Some seeds you can actually plant in its final container. Other seeds should be planted in a small container such as a solo cup and then be transplanted 1-3 times. It really all depends.
The transplanting process itself is actually pretty easy. Actually, it can be tricky if you don’t know a few certain tricks that makes the process easier.
If you don’t transplant at the right time, it could be a costly mistake. Your plant could end up root-bound which stunts its growth. Not good.
LST, Topping, Pruning
Low-stress training, topping, and pruning are techniques used in the vegetation stage in order to increase your yield.
Who doesn’t want a cannabis plant with MASSIVE buds? The higher the yield, the better. Right?
Just take a look at how big the buds on your marijuana plant can get with training techniques such as low-stress training, topping, and pruning…
Want to learn more...?
I provide details on everything discussed above and more in my book -> 7 Steps To Grow Cannabis.
I want to help people new to growing so they don’t make the same costly mistakes that I did when I first started. My book is written for beginners so if you’re on your first or second grow, you probably want to give this a read...
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