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!
Seedling stage length: 2-3 weeks
Important dates for growing marijuana outdoors
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.
Outdoors, flowering occurs naturally when the plant receives less light each day as summer turns into fall. Indoor growers can trigger the flowering cycle by reducing the amount of light marijuana plants receive from 16 to 12 hours a day.
Note: When growing cannabis indoors, it takes 3-5 months on average to go through the life cycle of a plant. When growing outdoors, the total time depends on your local climate as most strains are ready to harvest in mid-to-late Autumn.
Before You Start Growing Weed
This is one of the most common questions we receive from curious soon-to-be indoor cannabis growers: How long does it really take to grow weed? What’s the growing timeline?
Time Needed to Grow Weed, From Seedling to Harvest
These auto-flowering plants spent about 3 weeks in the vegetative stage before they automatically started flowering, and were ready to harvest just 5 weeks later. They were about a foot tall at harvest and yielded approximately 2 ounces each. Read the step-by-step tutorial to grow plants exactly like this.
Once the root has grown to 0.1 to 0.2 inches (3 to 5 mm), it is time to plant it in a growing medium like soil, if you did not germinate it directly in the medium. It then takes a few more days for the plant to sprout and the first leaves to grow.
The primary factor that influences how long it takes cannabis to grow is the strain. Choosing a fast-growing strain can shorten the time considerably.
Time Required: 5 to 10 days
But that is just an average. The time it takes for weed to grow varies greatly. As mentioned, it depends on a number of factors and can range from 8 weeks to well over half a year.
The amount of time it takes to grow cannabis can vary greatly, but there are things you can do to speed it up. Some, like shortening the vegging time, will have negative effects on yield, so you should always weigh the options carefully.
Length Of Each Stage Of Cannabis Cultivation
Note that low moisture content in the air can stunt growth and lead to longer vegging times, so you might need to raise humidity levels in your grow tent. Vegging time also increases every time you top your marijuana plants.