Our simple guide to growing marijuana covers everything you need to know.
We’ll go into more detail on how to speed up the process below. First, let’s try to answer the primary question as best we can.
If you are starting with seeds, you will need to germinate them first, before they can begin growing. Whether you germinate them in something like a rapid rooter, on a paper towel, or directly in soil, it generally takes a day or two for the tap root to emerge from the seed.
Vegging in one room and flowering in another allows you to harvest twice as often. While one set of plants is in the flowering stage moving toward harvest, you can have the next group vegging in a separate area. Then you can move them to flowering as soon as the group currently flowering has been harvested.
Provide Ideal Conditions
You also have to remember that your plants will approximately double in size from the beginning of the flowering stage to the end. This means you want to take them out of vegging when they are about half of the final desired size.
You could also run your lights 24 hours per day. This speeds up growth, but also has negative effects on your plants. We do not recommend this either.
The length of the bloom stage varies greatly. The primary factor that determines how long a plant takes to reach harvest time is the strain.
You should cure your buds for at least 2 weeks, but ideally a month or more. Drying generally takes a week to 10 days, though you could do it in 4 or 5 days.
Sativa strains generally take longer, with an average flower time of 10 to 16 weeks. Indica strains generally complete this stage in 7 to 9 weeks.
Keep an eye on your plants during the growing season. Increase your feeding schedule if the plants have light green leaves. Cut it back if the leaves have brown edges and its tips start to curl back. Home growers can also add compost tea to plants to aid bud growth.
If you want big buds, increase the lighting intensity and the level of CO2 your plants receive. The trouble with indoor growing is that the air tends to have lower CO2 levels than outdoors.
2 – Achieving the Perfect pH
Above all, make sure there is never more than an 18 degree Fahrenheit difference between day and night temperatures. For example, if the temperature is 72 degrees during the day, it should not go below 54 degrees at night. Also, use the lower end of the temperature scales above if you live in an area of high humidity.
5 – Carbon Dioxide
There is no point in adding the ideal amount of nutrients if your plants cannot absorb them fully. You must check the soil regularly to ensure it is at the right pH level. Keep the soil between 5.8 and 6.5 on the pH scale; the perfect pH for cannabis is 6.0. The soil’s pH level impacts your cannabis plant’s ability to absorb nutrients. In most cases, a pH imbalance is the cause of toxicity or nutrient imbalance.