In general, most strains (besides auto-flowering strains) are in the medium range as far as how long they take to flower.
Here’s the breakdown…
Drying: 4 – 10 days
Good marijuana buds can be dried in as little as 4 days, but ideally, drying should be a slow process taking up to a week or more. Making sure your plants have been thoroughly dried (but not over-dried) will lower chances of mold during the curing process.
Vegetative Stage: 4-8 week average (but if you want big plants it may take longer)
The length of this stage is a matter of personal preference. Most cannabis plants won’t start flowering until they’re at least 3 or 4 weeks from germination, but after that you get to choose how long your plant spends in this stage (except auto-flowering strains, which automatically start flowering in 3-4 weeks from seed). Except for auto-flowering strains, you have total control over the vegetative stage because you’re the one to ‘flip the switch’ and get your plant to enter the next life stage: flowering.
Time Needed to Grow Weed, From Seedling to Harvest
Short (6-8 weeks)
If you choose the right strain, you could be smoking your own buds as soon as 3 months from germination!
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?
Before You Start Growing Weed
It’s actually a really good question! Every new marijuana grower should know how much work they’re signing up for! The short answer is…
The size your plant achieves in the vegetative stage has a very large effect on your final yields since bigger plants produce more bud sites than smaller plants. However, you need enough light to cover all the bud sites or they will never develop properly. Light is like food for bud growth!
Since only females are grown to produce marijuana, all male plants will have to be eliminated when the plants flower. In comparison, feminized seeds produce a greater percentage of female plants.
This guide is about growing hydroponic marijuana indoors. Where to grow your marijuana depends on what space you have available. An attic, closet, or similar space is ok. But a room, or portion of a room, strictly for growing is preferred.
Hydroponic System For Growing Marijuana
You could start mh or hps for germination, clones, seedlings, vegetative stages. But as was mentioned, don’t wait any longer to introduce mh or hps than when the 12/12 light cycle is initiated.
Where To Grow Hydroponic Marijuana
For this reason, both the light reflector and your hydroponic system should be roughly the same shape. Some hydroponic systems allow the containers the plants are grown in to be moved, this means you can adjust the position of the plants to optimize light availability.