Flowering time is the phase within a plant’s lifetime wherein it produces buds, or flowers. In almost all plants, flowering time arrives when a plant gets exposure to around 12 hours of light. After plants have begun flowering time, they are exposed to around 12 hours of darkness followed by 12 hours of light. In this way, plants begin to flower on a regular basis. The flowering time occurs only after the growth stage, or the vegetative phase. Flowering time is also called the flowering stage within the context of a cannabis plant.
Artificially, horticulturalists alter the flowering time of the plants to increase the number of blooms at a faster pace. The 12-12 light and dark cycle of a plant may be affected by factors such as nutrients, exposure, environment, and air quality.
A cannabis plant faces four periods of flowering time. The 1st period is called the pre-flowering stage, and it is where the female flowers start to appear. This is followed by the early flowering period where hairs start to grow. This continues for 1-3 weeks. During the 3rd period, the actual flowering period, the flowers begin to develop more hairs and tend to become dense. After this, the peak period occurs, and buds and mature flowers are developed. It is after this 4th and final period that buds begin degenerating.