This week, our slice of the Pacific Northwest experienced temperatures breaking the 70 degree threshold for the first time this year. We’re certainly noticing the change in longer days and warmer weather and no doubt your plants are too! With the noticeable transition into spring, now is a great time to discuss the vegetative stage of your plants’ life cycle as light becomes the most determinant factor.

During the vegetative stage-your plants rapidly develop their visible infrastructure…

During the vegetative stage, which is between the seedling and flowering stages, your plants rapidly develop their visible infrastructure of roots, leaves, and stems. The longer your plants remain in this stage of development, the stronger this infrastructure becomes allowing them to withstand harsher external pressures such as wind and rain and to produce larger yields. What keeps your plants growing during the vegetative stage is copious amounts of light. When growing outdoors, long and dry summer temperatures naturally sustain your plants’ development during this stage. Indoors, of course, you can artificially control light levels. Once your plants start experiencing a significant decrease in light levels, they naturally transition into their subsequent flowering stage.

The vegetative stage can last either a few weeks or a couple of months. The general idea is that the longer your plants stay in this stage, the larger they become and consequently the larger their yield as the size of the plant determines how much extra weight its infrastructure can support.

As your plants grow larger, you should increase the amount of water you provide them…

Although light is the most significant factor during your plants vegetative stage, other key factors include water, space, and nutrient levels. As your plants grow larger, you should increase the amount of water you provide them while being sure to allow enough time between waterings for your plants to soak up the water and prevent the soil from becoming soggy.

If you’re growing your plants in close proximity to each other, be sure to allow enough space for light to penetrate beyond the top surface level so that your plant yields fruit on all its branches. Keeping enough space between plants also helps inhibit mold from developing.

As for nutrients, if you’ve been following the advice we provided in our previous blog posts — Best Soil Ingredients for Growing Cannabis, What Soil Should I Seed With?, and Living Soil — you’ve probably anticipated the change in your plants’ soil needs. Whereas high levels of nutrients were cautioned against during the seedling stage, the opposite is true during the vegetative stage when nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus are needed for healthy development. The upside of using a “living soil” — that cultivates the microorganisms that transform organic matter into nutrients — is that the plants can control how much they intake.

Whether for indoor or outdoor grows, Forest Floor Organic Soils repurpose organic matter recycled from abandoned log yards to produce custom-blended and living soils for all stages of your plants’ life cycle. We completely recover and recycle the bark, dirt, moss, and organisms that have fallen from those forest logs and revive, screen, and blend them into our premium soils. We’ve tested and perfected our formula to release needed nutrients over time so that they are easily absorbed by plants for healthy and vibrant growth. Have questions about how best to adjust your soil to meet your plants’ needs during their vegetative and subsequent stages of development? Call or email us to speak with one of our reps and learn more about our process and how our soils can deliver stunning results for your grow operation.