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What to Feed Cannabis in Late Flower For Bigger, Flavorful, More Potent Buds

Welcome to the fourth and final article in the Advanced Nutrients Cannabis Life Cycle series.

You’ve read the first three posts, and with your fully grown plants, it’s time to Hit your Final Shift into pure, undistracted bud production.

In this article, we’re covering your cannabis in late flower, which is typically weeks six to eight of your bloom cycle (with the final week being your flush week).

This is the period when you’re going to ramp up terpene and cannabinoid production and add some serious potency, flavor, and weight to your flowers.

You’ll be feeding with Advanced Nutrients, the only complete cannabis growing system of fertilizers and additives that optimizes all phases of your plants’ development from seed to senescence, helping bring your crops to their true genetic potential.

Now, when you look at the pH Perfect® Connoisseur® Master Recipe Feed Chart, you can see that mid bloom and late bloom share many similarities.

However, there are some key differences when you approach the end of flowering cannabis.

During late bloom, the physical nature of your plants still changes a bit. It’s the ripening stage, which means you can expect high levels of cannabinoid and terpene development. You’ll see the trichomes, hairs, and resins. It’s when the aroma becomes the strongest.

Keeping this in mind, we devised the…

Ideal Nutrient Lineup For Cannabis in Late Flower

In weeks six and seven, you’re going to carry on with the pH Perfect® Connoisseur® Bloom A+B base nutrients, providing your plants with the basic building blocks they need to thrive.

You’re also going to keep running Bud Factor X®, so its bioactive ingredients can continue to increase production of terpenoids and cannabinoids, leading to higher quality, more valuable buds and extracts.

You’ll still run Rhino Skin®, so its silica can keep your plants strong and focused on producing cannabinoids and terpenes instead of holding themselves up, as well as B-52®, whose kelp, humic acid, and B-vitamin complex will help improve your upcoming harvest.

And you’re going to keep Nirvana®, now known as Tasty Terpenes™. This one-of-a-kind yield booster is loaded with pre-digested whey protein, bag guano, a surfactant, and other all-natural ingredients to maximize flavor, aroma, bud size, and quality.



But There’s One Big Change…

In the last 2 weeks of flowering cannabis — right before your flush week — you’re going to transition OFF of Big Bud… and ONTO Overdrive®.

Now, Overdrive is an extremely unique product. This powerful late-season bloom booster turbocharges cannabis during late bloom.

And that’s a HUGE benefit for growers who are trying to maximize bud bulk, because this is typically when cannabis transitions downward as they complete their life cycle.

Here’s how it works…

Overdrives slows the senescence of your plants and breathes new life into them, revitalizing them and adding a measurable degree of late stage flower weight.

Growers who don’t use Overdrive are used to seeing a plateau in late flowering cannabis.

Use Overdrive though, and you’ll blast right past any notion of a plateau and pack on some serious additional bud weight…

Which results in a large yield of sweeter, stickier, fuller buds with increased cannabinoid and terpenoid levels.

Now, you’re also going to continue with Sensizym, whose enzymes keep your root zone healthy, and Bud Candy®, whose beneficial carbohydrates provide fuel for your late flower cannabis and microbial friends.

Of course, some growers will stop there. They’ll see those beautiful milky white and amber trichomes right where they want them and will harvest their crop.

However… If you want to maximize the value of your buds, you want to perform a “flush” to remove salts and minerals from your flowers that can make cannabis taste harsh and burn poorly.

Cannabis plant end flowering stage

How to Flush Cannabis

Here’s what you’re going to do to perform your flush…

At the end of your seventh week in the bloom phase, cease everything you were running.

However, rather than running just water, which is far from ideal…

You’re going to run just ONE thing — Flawless Finish®.

This unique chelator will help your plants purge as much of the remaining sals and minerals as possible, giving you an overall cleaner, smoother product.

Typically, when growers don’t perform a proper flush, they end up with harsh flavors and black ash. But with Flawless Finish, your cannabis will go down smooth, the flavors will be rich, and your ash will be pure white — and your buds will be in higher demand in the marketplace.

After your cannabis’ final flush, you’re ready to harvest!

The Bottom Line On The End of Flowering Cannabis…

If you’ve followed the recipe we’ve covered in this article series, this is when you’ll be able to look at your crop with pride, knowing you gave your plants exactly what they needed to help them express their true genetic potential.

Imagine how great it’s going to feel to gaze at your crop of big beautiful buds at the peak of their genetic potential…

To inhale a giant whiff of those sweet flowers, each perfect and ready to be harvested.

Now, post-harvest flower care is essential. The last thing you want is to grow fat, potent, sticky buds with Advanced Nutrients and then not dry, cure, manicure, or package them properly.

So be sure to follow the guidelines for those steps.

And remember, if you have any questions about nutrients or ANYTHING that has to do with cultivation — simply contact Advanced Nutrients Grower Support at 1-800-640-9605 or support@advancednutrients.com. We’re happy to help.

As you can see, cultivating heavy yields of high-value buds is a lot easier than people think. You just start with quality genetics and follow the recipe we’ve outlined in this series.

In fact, time and again we’ve seen new growers follow this recipe and blow away cannabis from growers who’ve been at it for decades but aren’t growing with Advanced Nutrients.

And we guarantee you’ll be thrilled with your final results, too.


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Over time, components within the nutrients settle on the bottom of the bottle. When you pour a bottle without shaking it, you can potentially be pouring out an unbalanced solution. Shaking up the nutrient bottle ensures you are pouring the right blend into your reservoir, giving your crops the nutrition they need.

Usually, it’s not a problem. But some products are incompatible with each other and can damage your plants when they’re used together. For example, bloom boosters with high PK numbers or low-grade silica products can destabilize your nutrient mix and cause nutrient lockout.

Nutrient manufacturers design their products to be used with each other. In doing so, they include specific portions of each nutrient in each product, so crops receive the right nutrition through each stage of the grow cycle. When you stick with one manufacturer, you don’t have to worry about inadvertently destabilizing your nutrient mixture. One example of why you need to stick with only one manufacturer’s products is Advanced Nutrients’ pH Perfect line. These products are designed to keep your crops’ root zone within a specific pH range. When you use them alongside products from another manufacturer, we can’t guarantee your root zone will maintain its optimal pH level.

Yes! If you’re growing with Advanced Nutrients products, you can use our easy nutrient calculator to generate the correct nutrient chart for your crops in seconds. Check out Advanced Nutrients’ nutrient calculator here. Another great resource is our library of free custom-growing recipes. Try our expert grower-tested nutrient schedules here.

You can also download our official BudLabs app to generate nutrient schedules and receive real-time notifications for specific tasks, including feeding your crops. Upgrade to BudLabs Pro to maintain profiles on an unlimited number of crops.

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Just call 1-800-640-9605 or email support@advancednutrients.com. For Spanish-speaking growers, email spanishsupport@advancednutrients.com.

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Advanced Nutrients has spent many thousands of man-hours developing a technology that automatically balances your pH for you — putting it in the “sweet spot” and holding it there for one week.

And the technology is so “smart” that it can account for many of the aforementioned variables in your grow room. Our proprietary pH buffering agents and stabilizing mechanisms became the foundation of a new system aptly called pH Perfect® Technology. Learn all about it here.

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