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Another drawback to clones is they can take on negative traits from the mother plant as well. If the mother has a disease, attracts pests, or grows weak branches, its clones will probably have the same issues.

Germination is the process in which a seed sprouts and begins to grow into a new plant. Also referred to as “popping,” germination is the very first step in starting your weed grow.

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If you’re ready for a more serious approach, make sure you have the space for a proper garden and pop the seeds to see what fruit they bear.

Autoflowering strains require some preparation, as they will grow quickly and start to flower whether or not you’re ready for them.

Some varieties of cannabis can produce male parts alongside female flowers on the same plant, especially if exposed to environmental stressors. These plants are known as hermaphrodites, and sometimes they can self-pollinate to create seeds.

Most growers choose to wait until their vegetating plants reach a respectable size, and this varies from strain to strain. Some plants—mostly those intentionally bred for speed—mature quickly. Others take longer to reach a good height, especially large sativa specimens. If you want to wait for these large plants to mature in the vegetative phase, you’ll inevitably be waiting longer for flowers.

Before you worry about your plants not flowering, you first need to give them adequate time to make the transition. After shifting the light cycle in your growing room, you’ll need to wait patiently over the next 2–3 weeks for your plants to start showing visible signs of flowering.

Why Do Some Plants Take Longer Than Others?

You’ll also notice a change in the rate of growth after initiating flowering. Before putting out any buds, cannabis plants stretch towards the light and put on some impressive size. In particular, sativas can potentially double their size during that time. Indicas grow significantly as well, but not to that extent. Generally speaking, though, if you notice your plants growing in this manner, you’ll know you’re on the right track.

Your indoor plants flourished through the vegetative phase, but why aren’t they flowering yet? Several factors can underpin later or stalled flowering, from the type of strain you’re growing to the sex of your plants. Find out why your weed isn’t flowering, and some environmental tweaks you can make—from humidity to lighting—to help them along.

But what’s the internal response like when cannabis plants notice a specific light pattern? Well, during the vegetative stage, they know to use their sunlight energy to focus on building hefty stalks, wide-spanning leaves, sturdy branches, and strong stems. When the light shifts, however, they understand it’s time to spend that same energy on developing the buds that will cover said branches and stems.