Cultivation 101: The Veg Cycle
Small to mid-sized growers with indoor home-grows will tell you to pay close attention during your plants’ ‘Veg Cycle’. It is the time that your young seedlings or clones need the most care. Therefore, having a top notch regimen is crucial.
From the nutrients that you use, to the amount and type of light that you give, every little detail matters. Experienced growers with many harvests under their belts will agree. Yielding those sticky, smelly, & potent buds depends completely on a hearty veg cycle.
WeGrow is here to help guide you to a fruitful harvest. Keep reading for some exclusive cultivation tips, tricks and hacks!
Firstly, the most important nutrient tip we can give to growers is to “start small”. By this we mean that because your plants are just starting their lifespan, you always want to start with the lowest ppm (parts per million) levels of nutrients.
While your first instinct may be to jump start your plants by drenching them with food, this is wrong. Too much nutrients too soon will shock the plants and set them back greatly.
Our next tip to ensure proper ‘vegging’ is to have some supplemental nutrients to help your plants overcome deficiencies. Be sure to include low levels of CalMag (calcium-magnesium) in your regular feedings. Increase as needed.
As plants develop above their medium, their roots need to be nourished too. Use some Rapid Start with each feeding to ensure healthy root systems.
Next, indoor growers need to pay special attention to their light sources during the veg cycle. We recommend the VividGro GroBar. These lights will ensure that your plants get full coverage while being extremely energy efficient.
Growers also need to be careful about how large or small they make their plants’ photoperiod. For plants to remain in the vegetative state they need at least 18 hours of light per day. 24 hours of uninterrupted light is the industry standard, but it is not necessary.
Lastly, successful growers need to control the heat index of their gardens. Cannabis plants cannot survive extremes swings of temperature. Be sure to stay on top of this factor, especially during the cold of the winter and the heat of the summer. Indoor grows depends on electricity. And because power outages and equipment failures are common, it pays to be careful.
Keep your vegging plants at a temperature around 72 degrees Fahrenheit. Dropping below 60 degrees or reaching above 84 degrees is not conducive to proper growth.
The ‘Veg Cycle’ of your cannabis plants is a crucial time. It is a period in which they grow, strengthen and develop into mature plants capable of robust flowering. Following these tips will make your harvests soar!