Kyle Kushman

Transition Stage Feeding

Published by Kyle Kushman


Here’s a tip that will help keep your plants foliage GREEN all the way to harvest. It’s called transition stage feeding. You might have heard of this, or used examples from manufacturers feeding charts.

Transition refers to the changeover from vegetive growth to flowering. It begins when you initiate flowering and typically lasts 1-2 weeks. Transitional feeding should last longer for Sativa’s than Indica’s, as they take longer to complete budset.

In the first weeks of flowering the plant still needs the same levels of Nitrogen because the plant is still vigorously growing new shoots, leaves, and branches. Not flowers, which is the reason it doesn’t require the ratio of a flowering fertilizer until after budset.

For week one of flowering I suggest continuing the exact diet that got you there. In week two I suggest going 50/50, grow and bloom diets. For week three it’s usually discontinue the grow and pump up the bloom. Except for the Strawberry Cough.

When the Strawberry Cough is growing at her most vigorous, I’ve seen indoor colas as big as pineapples, I’ll give her full strength grow up to the 4th week. On top of full strength bloom!

By not depriving your plants of a HIGH NITROGEN diet as soon as you turn the lights out they will grow stronger and heartier. Having a chance to store a little more nitrogen in plant tissue will help them stay green and healthy to the end. Green foliage is the only way plants get the chance to come to full fruition. By still having the ability to photo synthesize during the ripening process.

Then you’ll see FALL COLORS TOO!

This advice can be applied to all nutrient programs.

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Mendocino Mike  (19 posts)
Monday, May 2 2011 at 5:42a
Excellent advice, beautiful flowers.
Sunday, May 8 2011 at 8:58p
Makes great sense,thank you for the advice.
Friday, May 13 2011 at 3:05p
That is killer advice. I've had issues from trying to keep all nitrogen out once flower cycle begins, so as not to slow bud growth. Sounds like that was my mistake. Thanks for the great tip!
Medicinalcultivator  (5 posts)
Tuesday, Jun 7 2011 at 1:12p
Hey Kyle I was wondering if I should also keep my enviroment like veg. for the first two weeks, with slightly higher temps and humidity? Mahalos for spreading your great knowledge...
Friday, Jun 24 2011 at 1:28a
your posts are amazing my friend, every question I've always wondered but never really got a chance to ask is being answered, post by post!
PatMarijuana  (6 posts)
Saturday, Jul 2 2011 at 2:03p
if you transplant into a new nitrogen rich soil, do you still have to suppliment extra nitrogen during preflowering?
wickedsnail85  (2 posts)
Wednesday, Jul 13 2011 at 7:23p
does this work for outdoors as well?
modestgrower  (4 posts)
Tuesday, Jul 19 2011 at 3:24a

Lol I've been trying to tell people this for a while and they never want to listen. I'll just send them this link for now on.

The Mad Hatter  (5 posts)
Thursday, Aug 4 2011 at 10:02p
Great info and I can't wait to use it. Thanks Kushman
phate  (9 posts)
Wednesday, Sep 14 2011 at 10:48a
im already seeing the results of this after 2 weeks into flower. Never seen my plants do this well at this point Thanks Mr. Kushman : )
JohnLee  (2 posts)
Tuesday, Oct 2 2012 at 12:59a
Kyle, how long should I transition stage feeding for blue dreams for? Should I give it full grow 1st week then 2nd weeks full grow on top of bloom?
ErikB  (2 posts)
Sunday, Oct 7 2012 at 11:48a


   It is all based on the plants genetics.  For indicas your transitional period will be around 5  to 7 days. If its a short flowering strain it will be around 5. For Sativa's I recommend going 7 to 10 days but nothing over 10.

JohnLee  (2 posts)
Monday, Oct 8 2012 at 9:49a
thanks for the reply ErikB
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Thursday, Aug 21 2014 at 9:45a
Some growers keep giving their plants grow fertiliser in the first and sometimes in the second week of the flowering phase, because it is a kind of transition period. This transition feeding makes the plant grow a bit taller.
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