Adventitious Bud

Last updated: March 30, 2021

What Does Adventitious Bud Mean?

In most flowering plants, including cannabis plants, buds are classified by their various positions on the plant. Adventitious buds refer to buds that emerge in areas where they do not usually develop. Other types of buds are the terminal buds located at the tip of the stems; the apical buds located at the top of the plant; and the axillary buds located in the axils of the leaf.

In older plants, adventitious buds tend to develop from the plant’s meristem or secondary tissues, which normally arise from mature organs.

Adventitious buds can occasionally form new plants that sprout directly from the roots.


Maximum Yield Explains Adventitious Bud

The word adventitious comes from the Latin root advenire, which means "to come to". In English, the meanings also translate to "accidental/casual occurrence", "arising from without; supervenient, accidental, casual".

According to botanists, adventitious buds can emerge at any moment in a plant’s life, regardless of its age. In some cases, these buds have been known to boost the plant’s growth and overall health if the apical meristem is damaged.

They can develop from anywhere aside from the shoot apical meristem, which is at the tip of a stem or the shoot node. Adventitious buds can also develop as new growth on shoots. When there is considerable secondary growth, adventitious buds might develop. On some plants, these are typical on the roots and they are called suckers.

Tree stumps have been known to produce a whole new tree from adventitious budding. Additionally, dormant buds can emerge if the plant’s stem receives any kind of injury. This often happens from the plant’s upper stem after pruning. Mature trees can produce adventitious buds if a usually-shaded trunk is suddenly exposed to sudden sunlight on a daily basis.

In cannabis, adventitious buds contain THC. However, they are not going to be as well-developed as the cola or secondary buds. You can harvest, dry and smoke these, but, depending on the strain, growers may prefer to use these smaller buds in a concentrate and focus on smoking or distributing the larger buds.

See also: Adventitious Root




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