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best time to start growing weed outdoors in california

Flowering stage length: 8-11 weeks

The first marijuana plant stage begins with the seed. A cannabis seed should feel hard and dry, and be light- to dark-brown in color. An undeveloped seed is generally squishy and green or white in color and likely won’t germinate.

Everything should be cleaned up, dried, and curing well before the Winter Solstice. Now’s a good time to make your own cannabutter, topicals, or tinctures with all that trim from the harvest. Kick your feet up, relax, and hunker down for the cold, it’s been a long growing season!

Harvest happens sometime between September and November. This depends on your local climate, as well as the weather that particular year—one year it could be the end of September, the next, end of October, and growers in the Pacific Northwest will have to pull down their crops earlier than those in Northern California.

Vegetative stage

Seed germination length: 3-10 days

There are a number of changes to consider once plants go from the vegetative stage to the flowering stage:

At this stage, the plant is vulnerable to disease and mold. Keep its environment clean and monitor excess moisture. Be sure to give it plenty of light.

Notes on marijuana growth phases

It’s important to know these stages and how long each lasts to know what the plant needs and when. Knowing where your cannabis plants are in their life cycle will dictate when to prune, train, and trellis your plants, and when to harvest.

The growth stages of marijuana can be broken down into four primary stages from seed to harvest:

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Benefits of growing weed outdoors

Soil also varies in:

Silt soils

There are also commercially available soil blends that already contain the proper mix of these types of ingredients.