Ripening time

Dear Ed,
How long does it take for the plants to actually start getting buds on them?

Sonoma 58,
Knoxville, TN

The first signs of budding usually occur about two weeks after the plants are forced to flower. Marijuana is forced by cutting the number of hours of light per day from 24, continuous light, to 12, giving the plants 12 hours of uninterrupted darkness each day.

Stigmas start at the node where the leaf joins the stem. They also grow all along the tops of the plant. Plants usually mature 6-10 weeks after the first flowers.

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