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The Final Stages Of the Flowering In Cannabis Plants

How to Tell If Your Weed Plants Are Flowering

Written by Neal Brown . Updated: July 18, 2022

The Final Weeks Of Flowering Cannabis Plants

The Final Stages Of the Flowering Stage for Cannabis Plants

As a cannabis plant develops, it will pass through several stages on its way to full maturity. Beginning as a seed, it will grow into a seedling after establishing roots and its first leaves. Then, it will begin growing foliage as it becomes more capable of absorbing nutrients and minerals directly through its roots. As it begins to reach its full size is where the plant will decide that it soon needs to reproduce. This is done by growing buds, which are the exact things that humans have learned to harvest from these plants, creating our weed. The flowering stage is where the plant uses all of the bud locations it’s grown during the foliage growth phase to start creating flowers. As a natural result of biochemical functions, the cannabis plant produces a chemical called tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, in the buds. However, this process only really happens in female plants. Male plants do have trace amounts of THC, but only enough that you would have to extract an entire plant to get an oil of any potency. In place of buds, males produce pollen sacs, which contain nearly no THC and only exist to pollinate female plants. Though when a female plant becomes pollinated, it will no longer grow its buds any larger as they’ve already contacted pollen, and it will instead begin growing only seeds inside its smaller buds. Thus, when female plants are beginning to fully mature and grow their large buds in an unpollinated state, humans can harvest them for natural psychoactive consumables.

How to Tell Your Plants Are In The Flowering Stage

As your plants begin to mature, even in the foliage growth stage, they’ll start growing areas for their buds to sprout once they begin the flowering phase. This happens on both males and females, so if you have males around, you’ll have to get especially familiar with what this looks like in order to prevent any accidental pollination from occurring. Luckily, there’s a specific spot that both males and females grow their reproductive parts in, called the bract. This is where the flower stems from in most plants, and they’re found in the same place on both females and males. In females, these will sprout buds, and in males, pollen sacs. You’ll be able to tell that your plants have entered the flowering stage when they slow their accelerated foliar growth and begin growing larger bracts. When the buds sprout and grow to their full size, you’ll be able to harvest them for the intended effects. If you’re growing photoperiod seeds, you will likely already be able to tell that they have begun flowering, because this type of variety requires you to dim their lighting to begin the flower stage. You can do this really any time you see fit, though there are certainly limits to this freedom. Start the flowering stage too early, and your yields will likely be reduced, as there’s less space for buds to form. Begin the budding stage too late, and you may experience reduced potency or put your outdoor plants in danger as the season begins to change before they can be harvested.