Flowering stage[ˈflaʊərɪŋ steɪʤ]
The flowering stage of a cannabis plant is its last stage of development. The plants begin to produce resinous buds during this stage, and all of the hard work in cultivating them will now be rewarded. Most strains flower in 8-9 weeks, but some, particularly sativas, can take even longer.
For indoor-grown cannabis, the triggering of the flowering stage happens when the plant receives less light each day, from 16 hours a day to 12 hours. Naturally grown outdoor cannabis, on the other hand, enters its flowering stage usually when there is a change of season, such as summer turns to fall. Again, less sunlight is received by the plant.
There are three substages in this state of blooming:
- Flower initiation – Weeks 1 to 3
- Mid-flowering – Weeks 4 to 5
- Late flowering – Weeks 6 and so on