If you’ve been cultivating cannabis for a while now, one of the terms that you’ll probably encounter during your research is “regeneration”. Plant regeneration basically refers to the repair, renewal or replacement of the plant’s tissues. This method is not widely known in the world of cannabis cultivation, but it does have its own advantages. Read on to find out what are the pros and cons of cannabis regeneration and whether it’s worth applying this method to your plants.
Understanding Cannabis Regeneration
Most cannabis growers cut down their cannabis plants after harvesting in order to end their life cycle and produce fresh and more potent cannabis flowers. However, there’s another method practiced by some growers that can give you more yield from only one plant. This technique is known as plant regeneration and it basically means putting your cannabis plant back to the vegetative state.
In some cases, the process of regeneration can be really useful. For instance, if you cannot obtain new seeds or clones and you want to use the same plant again to grow some crops of a certain specimen that has shown nice characteristics, then you can rely on regeneration.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Regeneration
There are lots of advantages that come with cannabis regeneration for as long as the method is done correctly. With this method, there’s no longer a need for new clones or seeds. Thus, you’d be able to save some time. Furthermore, the growth of the plants that you’ve re-vegged will be much bushier. In addition, this method may actually preserve certain genetics of which characteristics you like.
Unfortunately, the process of cannabis regeneration is not that easy. In fact, there are many things that could go wrong during the process. Also, regenerated plants have the tendency to yield less in every successive harvest and could show some hermaphrodite tendencies.
Most of the time, the plant’s potency and quality are reduced and the stress that comes with this method could trigger the plant to take a much longer time for recovery. Furthermore, the process of regeneration is not really suitable for all specimens and strains of cannabis.
The decision of whether to apply regeneration or not will mainly depend upon your personal choice. Some experienced growers may be able to benefit from re-vegging but as mentioned above, things could go wrong along the way if you’re not really knowledgeable with the process.
What Happens When You Re-Veg Accidentally
There’s really no need to worry if you end up accidentally re-vegging your cannabis crops. What you should do is to address the lighting problem and allow your plants to recover. Remember that the longer that the plants were re-vegged, the longer it will take for them to begin flowering again. If you want it to recover faster, simply leave the plants in complete darkness for at least 24 to 48 hours.
Take note that some of the plants may not handle the stress well and could grow some male pollen sacs during the process. So have a closer look at your plants and pinch them off immediately, right before they start to open and release pollen.