Stage 3 – Vegetative Growth
SUCH an important stage! Why? Because this is the stage where the plants really flesh out, and focus on maximum growth before they flower. During this time of their lives, cannabis plants will require a lot of energy, and need a lot of light and nutrition to produce it.
This is the stage where a plant really begins to look like a cannabis plant. Its grows quickly and produces a thicker stem with more branches and fully fingered leaves. With this growth comes the plant’s ability to produce flowers because now it has a larger surface area, which means more light exposure and structural integrity.
The sex of the cannabis will also begin to take shape towards the end of this stage. Male plants will need to be removed from the grow area before they have the chance to release their pollen. If male plants are left with the female plants, you’ll end up with seeds instead of bud! The entire vegetative stage usually takes anywhere between 1 to 5 months to complete.