In previous blog posts about the cannabis plant life cycle, we’ve discussed the seedling stage (when seeds sprout and produce small leaves that begin absorbing energy from light) and the vegetative stage (when plants rapidly develop their visible infrastructure of roots, leaves, and stems). In this post, we’ll discuss the final stage of your cannabis plants’ development: the flowering stage.

When growing outdoors, your plants’ flowering stage begins when the summer days shorten and your plants start receiving less than 12 hours of light a day. Your plants will develop budlets that begin fattening before ripening. Before your harvest your buds, you should flush your plants with water to remove salts and minerals that may affect your buds’ smell and flavor profile.

During the flowering stage, your plants will be particularly sensitive to any errors that could severely damage your plants’ yield. Your plants will no longer produce new leaves, which means you have to be mindful of potential nutrient burn or deficiency. As discussed in our last blog post (What Does it Mean to be Nutrient Rich?) nutrient burn results from providing your plants an overabundance of nutrients that cause their leaves to turn yellow or brown and could affect your plants’ yield.

Your plants can also experience nutrient deficiency if their pH balance is off. As discussed in a previous blog post (Best Soil Ingredients for Growing Cannabis) because cannabis plants prefer a more acidic soil, their pH balance should remain between 6 and 7. If your plants’ pH balance falls outside that range, your plants’ leaves could wrinkle, curl, or discolor.

It’s extremely important to maintain sufficient nutrient levels during your plant’s flowering stage without overdoing it. At Forest Floor Organic Soils, our living soils cultivate the microorganisms — the fungi, algae and bacteria — that transform organic matter into nutrients that plants can not only access but regulate intake of. Our soils are composed of recovered and recycled bark, dirt, moss, and organisms pulled from abandoned Pacific Northwest log yards then amended with other natural ingredients to create our custom-blended soils.

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.