Are Cannabis Plants Perennial?

December 6, 2016

Perennial plants, by definition, are plants that grow for more than 2 years. As a cannabis grower, the appeal of perennial cannabis is obvious. If you could have one cannabis plant grow for many years, you could avoid the time-consuming process of germinating seedlings, finding out their sex, and getting them ready to harvest.

Traditionally Annual

Annual plants undergo one growth cycle in one growing season and within one year. Because cannabis reproduces by a seed and not a root system, cannabis by definition is an annual plant.

The traditional life cycle of the cannabis plant begins as a seedling in spring, flowers in the summer, and is harvested in the fall.

Because cannabis plants are only made for one growth cycle, prolonging their life can affect their health in the long run.

Perennial Seeds

There is a company called BC Seeds that has a genetically modified seed named Forever Buds which purportedly grows for decades, but given that there seem to be no actual legitimate reviews on the product's page, and its hefty price tag at a whopping $100,000 USD per seed, we're going to reserve confirming whether or not it actually exists.

The $100,000 "perennial" strain

Perpetual Harvest

One way to have cannabis year-round without changing your plant’s basic biology is staggering the growth of your seedlings. This will be more likely possible to growers that have larger grow spaces.

All you have to do is begin the germination period of your first seedling, wait six weeks, germinate your second seedling, wait six weeks, and continue that process for as many seedlings as you would like to grow.

Staggering the growth of your cannabis plants will allow you to have a new batch of cannabis every six weeks after your first batch is finished.

Make sure that you know how much cannabis you intend to consume, however, as one batch of cannabis harvested from a plant is enough to last even heavy cannabis users many months.

Different cannabis strains may benefit from following different staggered growth cycles depending on their rate of maturation. For instance, some plants take over 90 days to be ready for curing, while other strains are ready to be cured in only 45 days.

Closing Thoughts

Until recently, growing cannabis plants perennially seemed like a distant fantasy. But with the onset of genetically modified foods, it's only a matter of time before we start to see that technique applied to cannabis.

Although it may seem attractive to have a perennial cannabis plant, most cannabis users are likely to find that they will produce much more cannabis than they actually use. As cured cannabis flowers degrade over time, it's often best for personal growers to stick to annually flowering cannabis plants anyway.

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