While we are quite familiar with the term “regeneration”, let us understand what “regeneration” refers to, in the case of plants or high value crops after the harvest. It is the process of rejuvenating the plants after the harvest to their vegetative state for a second, or third or more, batches of harvest. And, this is possible because the life of plant is governed by the duration of exposure to light. When you keep your plants under the light for 18 hours or more post flowering, they will spring back to vegetative cycle.
Why regeneration of plants is needed
Regenerating your already bloomed plants has several advantages over growing from seeds. Here are they:
- By the time of harvest, you already know your plants in terms of potency and quality. So, you can go for a second or third season of harvest without worrying about those factors.
- The plant that you want to regenerate has already established its root system along with matured stem. Therefore, a regenerated plant will take less energy and time to produce new vegetative growth.
How to regenerate the plants or high value crops
- Your plant is ready for regeneration when roots have distinctly formed and buds pop out or it’s in flowering stage. Below are the steps to be followed to get the best harvest.
- Take off the top 1/3rd of the plant. Leave most health fan leaves in the middle of the plant, cuttings buds of branches carefully. On the lower 1/3/rd of the plant, take off end flowers, but leave several small flowers on each branch but leave several small flowers on each branch. These will be the part of the plant that is regenerated. The more buds you leave on the plant, the faster it will regenerate.
- Since the plant will be maturing, provide nutrient solution rich in Nitrogen. Make sure that your plant doesn’t starve for Nitrogen during the maturation stage.
- The best time to regenerate a plant is summer season. Outdoor plants will automatically receive natural sunlight for a long time in the day hours while indoor plants must be exposed to light continuously for 18 hours or more.
- You can observe non-flowering growth within 7-14 days. Lower branches come out first and then shoots sprout with single leaves. Proper growth of leaves occur after a couple of weeks.
- Often growers wonder how long to keep in the veg cycle. The rule of thumb is the longer the plants are kept in veg cycle, the better and bigger is the harvest. Until you see full grown leaves in the plant, keep the veg cycle ongoing.
Cool tips for regenerating plants or high value crops
- Prune the plants that you regenerate. Do this to the lower limbs in order to accelerate the air flow underneath the plants. The pruned limbs can also be used as cuttings for cloning.
- Clip the minor growth and fragile limbs while retaining the strong, robust and healthy branches on the top. This will make the plant more productive and invest its energy only on the regenerated growth.
- One quick thing you can try – trim the non-sprouting buds, collect them and smoke! So you can see that your regenerated plant will gift you smokable material as well.
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