Veg time.. does it start when they break soil, or after the seedling stage?

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    doobnVA Well-Known Member

    From everything I've read, the seedling stage of a cannabis plant's life lasts about 4 to 6 weeks. Do we start counting veg time AFTER this period, or is the seedling stage included in veg time?

    I hear people say they "veg" for 4 weeks before flipping into flowering. Does this mean 4 weeks from the end of the seedling stage, or 4 weeks from breaking soil?

    Gippy666 Well-Known Member

    |After the seedling stage i usuall start counting from two weeks after they pop up,or
    two weeks after i cloned them,just take it easy on the nutes for the first week!!

    doobnVA Well-Known Member

    Thanks Gippy666. Is this what most other growers do, as well? Or do most people just start counting from the time they break soil? 4 weeks in seems a little early to start flowering for me. I've got some plants that are 5 weeks after breaking soil and only about 6 inches tall! They're working on their 8th node now. Been keeping the lights very low so internodes are quite short and I just started some LST. I'm just trying to figure out how much longer I should veg them for. Height isn't really an issue since they're all tied down, anyway, and I'm thinking I might reveg them after the first harvest. Do you think I should go ahead and start flowering now, since I'm going to reveg them after harvest anyway? Or should I give them a little more time in actual veg, since they are barely out of the seedling stage now?

    Gippy666 Well-Known Member

    I'd let them get taller,i usually go for about 18" or so the bigger the plant the
    greater the yield,say 5 weeks after breaking the soil,i would count as three weeks veg growth,
    i usually aim for 5 or six i used to do 3 weeks veg,8 flower,but find vegging them big is the way to go,
    plus you don't have any height limitation so you are very lucky in that respect,i'd give them a bit longer though,
    but it's really a personal choice,either way i hope it turns out to be a kick ass grow for you ;)

    doobnVA Well-Known Member

    Thanks again, I'm leaning towards giving them another 2 weeks in veg before flowering, maybe even more. I was originally going to flower them once they reach one foot high, but since deciding to LST that's kinda thrown my whole op in a different direction.
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    Illegal Smile Guest

    I think when most growers say 4 weeks in veg they mean 4 weeks from sprout, and that's short. Either way, I would decide when to flower based on what you see in front of you not how long it took to get there. 5 weeks is usually it for me.

    doobnVA Well-Known Member

    Thanks. I'm a little impatient, so I probably won't wait much longer to change the lighting to 12/12. Like you said, I'm going by what's in front of me so I'm skeptical about flowering when the plants are still so short. If I can manage to stick it out, I'd like to wait until about the 14th node to flower them but we'll see =)

    fanya Well-Known Member

    I think most people are from sprout.

    I'm from sprout, at 25 days my plant is over 12 inches already, I want to veg for 5 weeks or 35 days but I'll flip the lights no matter what day it is when they hit 18 inches. Although I think they are already starting to show signs of wanting to flower, they are starting to go every other node on leaves I believe instead of 2 leaves per node. Or maybe its a sativa stretch thing.

    But GL with your plants!

    DoeEyed Well-Known Member

    Personally I begin my count from the day I germinate the seed. It doesn't really matter though - there is no set time for vegging, what matters is, how big you want it to be, and how much space you have to grow in. :peace:

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