Q&A with Jorge
9 Fingered Leaves
My boyfriend and I are growing indoors. We have 5 plants that are 3 months old. They have been on constant light until last week. Now they are on 20 hours and off 4. The plants tops have 9 leaves. I thought seven was the target number?
This big fat marijuana leaf comes from an Afghani-type plant that is known for having broad leaves. Normally these leaves to not have more than 7 fingers.
Keeping the lights on 24 hours a day might make plants grow a little faster. But I think you will be doing fine with 18 hours of light. Plants need a bit of time without light. It is when they process a lot of the chemicals in their cells.
Leaves with 9 blades are normal for plants that are strong healthy and growing well. The number of “fingers” on your leaves means they are growing well. Also look for a healthy green color and the margins of the leaves should not be discolored or distorted in any way. Discoloration and distortion signify fertilizer imbalance and are generally treated by flushing out excess fertilizer salts.
This huge Afghani leaf came from Tom Hill´s garden in Northern California. As you can see, it only has seven fingers too!
A hemp leaf from France shows 7 blades and it yields minimal THC.