Buds typically grow the most toward the end of the flowering life cycle. You probably won’t notice much budding out at the beginning of the flowering stage, and it will slow down toward the end of the cycle, when buds become fully formed.
If you’re growing weed indoors, you can grow whenever you like. Keep in mind that the outside environment will affect your grow space—you may need to add heaters in the winter or fans and ACs in the summer. Other than that, you can start seeds whenever you like and flip them into flower whenever you like, depending on how big you want the plants.
If you’re growing outdoors in the Northern Hemisphere, growers usually get their seeds between February and April, and you should start your seeds by the end of April. Some growers will start their seedlings inside in a more controlled environment because seedlings are more delicate, and then put their seeds in the ground outside once they’re a little bigger. If you’re growing clones or autoflowers, you have a grace period of another month or so. Plants usually need to be outside, in the ground, by the end of June.
If you need to determine the sex of your plants (to discard the males), they will start showing sex organs a few weeks into the veg stage. It’s imperative to separate males so they don’t pollinate the females.
The weather will start to turn and the sun will begin descending in the sky as your plants fatten up with sweet, sticky buds. It might be tempting, but wait until around the Fall Equinox to start harvesting.
The vegetative stage of cannabis is where the plant’s growth truly takes off. At this point, you’ve transplanted your plant into a larger pot and the roots and foliage are developing rapidly. This is also the time to begin topping or training your plants.
If you’re growing indoors, you can force a weed plant to flower after only a few weeks when it’s small, or after several weeks when it’s big. If you’re growing outdoors, you’re at the whim of the seasons and will have to wait until the sun starts to go down in fall for it to flower and then to harvest.
When should you grow marijuana?
Vegetative plants appreciate healthy soil with nutrients. Feed them with a higher level of nitrogen at this stage.
There are a number of changes to consider once plants go from the vegetative stage to the flowering stage:
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2. Seedling Stage (2 to 3 Weeks) This is a great time to put the finishing touches on your grow rooms. Experts recommend creating two separate growrooms – a vegetative grow room and a flowering grow room. During this cannabis growth phase, you’ll be using light nearly 24 hours a day. You should see the marijuana plant take on some cannabis characteristics by producing new sets of leaves. Plants should have 4-8 new leaves before moving on to transplanting to larger containers for the next Vegetation stage.
3. Vegetative Growth Stage (3 to 16 Weeks) Now your plants really begin to take off – don’t be surprised if they grow two inches in one day! You’ll be utilizing lots of light, water and nutrients during this cannabis growth stage. Proper temperature, humidity and nitrogen levels are critical.
Your Cannabis Timeline: 4 Stages of Growing Indoor Marijuana Plants
4. Flowering Stage (6 to 12 Weeks) At this stage, when lighting is cut back, all focus turns to producing buds. Timing here can impact smell, taste, weight and potency of the final product. It is recommended that harvesting cannabis should begin when 70-90% of the pistils (small white hairs on the buds) have turned brown. Waiting much longer will almost be too late to guarantee plant quality.
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1. Germination Stage (1 to 10 Days) As you might guess, if this stage doesn’t go well, you won’t have a cannabis crop at all. The easiest way to germinate marijuana seeds is to soak seeds in water or a paper towel until a taproot emerges.
Knowing the stages of the cannabis lifecycle will ultimately help you cultivate a better yield and potency. Here we discuss the most common phases of weed growth. Of course, this cannabis timeline is greatly affected by the type of seed used, as well as the quality of your controlled environment. (It is important to note that auto-flowering strains will not follow the same rules or cannabis growth cycle.)
Cannabis seeds are male and female. To save yourself some added trouble and effort down the cycle, if at all possible start with feminized seeds to germinate. You will have the opportunity to separate the females from the males shortly after germination or just before the flowering cycle if you don’t catch them early. (The sex of cannabis seeds is another blog entirely!) After you’ve chosen your cannabis seeds wisely, the process begins.
These cannabis plants were vegetated for about 9 weeks before being flipped, in the exact same setup as above, and produced over 10 ounces each. Besides an extra week of veg, the biggest difference between this grow and the one above was simply the strains.
If you haven’t started growing your own weed yet, today is the day!
How to Grow a Pound of Cannabis – Step-by-Step Instructions from Seed to Harvest
Time Needed to Grow Weed, From Seedling to Harvest
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.
When you start with a seed, even with an auto-flowering plant, you will always have at least 3-4 weeks of vegetative growth before any buds start forming no matter what you do. Growers generally allow their plants to stay in the vegetative stage from a few weeks to a few months.
Before You Start Growing Weed
So often times, even though you could harvest at the shortest recommended time, waiting an extra week or two will give you 10-30% more yield compared to harvesting as early as possible.
Today I will show you how to plan your grow so it takes the amount of time you want!