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Cannabis Flowering: Mastering Photoperiod Switching

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Dear cannabis cultivation enthusiast, you may have already heard that the timing of the photoperiod change during the flowering phase is one of the secrets to a successful harvest, right? Switching the photoperiod too early or too late can drastically affect your results. But remember, each grow is a unique experience, and replicating methods may not be the path to success. It is essential to delve into the knowledge and understand the critical factors that influence the right time to transition to flowering.

So, before taking the next step in your cultivation, carefully consider the five main factors that can influence the ideal time to change photoperiod:

1. Plant Age: The age of the plant is a crucial point to consider. Some guidelines suggest that plants grown from seeds should have at least 60 days of vegetative growth before entering the flowering phase. However, this rule is not set in stone, and it is important to watch your plants closely. Clones, for example, can be an exception as they already carry the age of their mothers, meaning that once they establish a solid root system, they can be targeted for flowering.

2. Plant Height: Plant height is essential, especially if you are dealing with space limitations in your cultivation. Make sure to keep your plants a safe distance (usually about 30cm) from the lights above them. This varies depending on the lighting used. Inadequate height may result in burning and loss of quality.

3. Plant Genetics: Genetics plays a fundamental role. Indica cannabis strains tend to be shorter and stockier, while sativas can grow much taller during flowering. However, most strains today are hybrids, so it is vital to understand your plant's genetic makeup to predict growth throughout the cycle.

4. Clones or Seeds: The choice to plant from clones or seeds also affects vegetative growth time. Clones have an advantage by starting with an established root system, allowing for earlier transition. On the other hand, plants germinated from seeds must grow in the vegetative state for about 60 days before transitioning into flowering. Again, pay attention to the needs of your plants, which will dictate the right time.

5. Cultivation Techniques: Different cultivation techniques, such as Lollypopping, Super-cropping, SOG (Sea of ​​Green) and ScrOG (Screen of Green), can affect the vegetative growth time. These techniques aim to direct growth and maximize yield. However, each technique has its own ideal application time.

Now, grower, you are more prepared to decide when to change the photoperiod for flowering. Remember that knowledge is your best ally and that close observation of your plants is the key to success. By mastering the art of photoperiod switching, you'll be one step closer to a quality cannabis harvest. Grow wisely and harvest with pride!


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