Ready for the Flowering Phase?
Growing hydroponically for beginners. A number of weeks have passed now and your plants have grown well. Some plants will need some extra growth time and the next phase will have to wait a while longer. Nevertheless it’s almost time to start flowering!
Are you ready?You don’t need to do much in preparation of the flowering phase. The plants do most of the work. But it is important that you are able to recognize when the flowering phase begins. The visual cues for this differ between species and we don’t need to cover that in detail right now. What you will need to prepare is the nutrition for the flowering phase.
What you need to know about flowering.In the flowering phase, a plant makes flowers and fruit. Why do they do this? It’s basically a reproductive system. Flowering consists of a number of phases. It starts with a transitional period, which is more or less the plant’s puberty. In this period, the plant goes through a growth spurt and can double in size! Only after this spurt will they really start forming fruits and flowers. At this point, the plant is making your end product. You get the best results if you ensure good levels of humidity and temperature. Giving your plants flowering fertiliser also helps, such as Dutch Pro Soil or Hydro/Cocos Bloom A+B.
Just like humans and animals, plants have sexes. Both of these bloom in different ways. Female plants form flowers with pistils, that catch pollen from the air. Male plants pollinate the female plants, which then start forming seeds. When the seeds end up in the ground, they can germinate and become a new plant. As a grower, you want female plants that are not pollinated during flowering. This leads to the best quality yield on harvest.