Cannabis Life Cycle

Water, air, light, food, and warmth are all essential growing factors. They all have to be in provided for or you will find that your plants won't grow as well as they could. Remember that you can't make up for the lack of one factor by overcompensating with another. If fact, this could harm your plants even more. More nutrients or watering will not make up for weak lighting. More lighting will never make up for lack of ventilation. All of these factors must be accounted for or you will never grow great marijuana.

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Next, you will learn about how the marijuana plant uses these five factors to complete it's cycle of life.

Marijuana Life Cycle

Cannabis is an annual plant, so in a single season (four to nine months)

it completes it's life cycle. The precise length of the life cycle is dependent on the plant's variety, but is also regulated by local growing conditions, specifically the photoperiod (length of day vs. night). Cannabis is a long night (or short day) plant. When exposed to a period of two weeks of long nights (12 hours or more of continuous darkness each night), the plants respond by flowering.

This has important implications, for it allows the grower to control the life cycle of the plant and adapt it to local growing conditions. Since you can control flowering, you can control maturation and, hence, the age of the plants at harvest. Other than for security, the ability to force flower marijuana is the main reason why indoor growing has become so popular.

The following sections describe each phase of the marijuana plant's natural cycle of life. If your plants were growing outdoors, they would most likely follow each phase of the cycle. Since you plan to grow indoors, you have the ability to speed up some parts, such as the vegetative phase, and eliminate some parts altogether, such as germination (through cloning mother plants) and seed set (through "sexing" your plants).