If you start from a rooted clone then the plant will be in "veg." Veg really just has to do with the light cycles. Anything longer than 12/12, 12 hours on and 12 hours off, is considered veg. Some growers veg for 16/8 or 18/6. Some do other variations as well.The article is about starting from seeds which I don’t have, I’ll be using cuttings. So, where would the clones be in these stages of life described ? Sorry to be so clueless
Anything with the light timed 12/12 or less the plant is considered in "flower."
If you get a clone with no roots that is called a "cutting." These you will have deal with differently than a rooted clone.
Fyi, this info is just for photo period strains, not autos, but I assume if you're getting a local clone it will be a photo.
Auto growers typically run them like a plant in veg since they flower on their own regardless of light schedule.
Hope that helps!