Sometimes with clones or from seed, you will encounter a cannabis plant with irregular growth. Stress is the primary cause for a one leaf or three leaf weed plant. It usually is the result of a plant that started flowering, stopped and reverted back to vegetative growth. Photoperiod fluctuation will not only stress your plant out, but it will diminish your harvest potential dramatically.
Three Leaf Weed Plant
Single blade leaves and three leaf plants reveal fluctuation with photoperiod lighting. Other factors such as heat stress and bugs can lead to this phenomenon, but are rare and unlikely. In most cases, it occurs when plants are indicative of photoperiod stress. Certain strains are more prone to irregular growth. OG’s and Skunk’s tend to demonstrate this characteristic most often.
Always take clones from healthy, stable mothers! Gardeners looking to clone a plant with one or three fingered leaves should wait for normal vegetative growth to resume before doing so. To increase the odds of your plant resuming regular growth, place in a stable environment. Some gardeners claim that plants that are forced to re-veg never quite get the yield of the original. One leaf plants tend to produce stringy loose buds.
Here at Balance, we avoid this problem by maintaining a stable photoperiod environment. We employ the Gas Lantern Routine when vegging our plants outdoors. This trick works great for almost all strains, but we have experienced the occasional exception. Although very rare, some plants are more prone to flowering than others and will flower despite using the Gas Lantern Routine.