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 growth stages of marijuana can be broken down into four primary stages from seed to harvest:
Important dates for growing marijuana outdoors
As the sun reaches up high in the sky, your cannabis will want to as well. Make sure all of your plants are outside by the Summer Solstice.
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.
As roots develop, the stalk will rise and you’ll begin to see the first iconic fan leaves grow, at which point your cannabis plant can be considered a seedling.
The growth phase of a photoperiod variety when grown indoors can be limited by making the plant think that it must flower. How to do that, you will read below.
Once your weed is dried and cured you are ready to enjoy!
This step is all about placing each cut bud in an airtight container. All you have to do is open the jar or container for a few minutes every day so that the little remaining moisture gradually evaporates.
Phase 3 – Flowering stage
Growing cannabis depends on the type of plant you grow. Each plant has its own characteristics that influence the life cycle. Which characteristics these are exactly you will read later in this article, but think about when the plant starts flowering. Do you want to grow with autoflowering seeds or with feminized seeds and also issues such as whether you want to grow weed indoors or outdoors play a role.
Many novice growers ask us: how long does it take to grow marijuana? A logical question if you have such plans!
As the name suggests, this is the phase in which the plant will grow and reach a significant part of its final size. The growth phase, also called the vegetative stage, is crucial for the development of the plant. It begins immediately after you have obtained your seedling and carefully transplanted it.
During this phase, as a grower, you apply a light cycle of 18 hours of light and 6 hours of complete darkness. A proper balance of light and dark without interruption is the key to a perfect growth phase.
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.
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This human-sized plant (one of my very first plants) spent a little more than 3 months in the vegetative stage before I realized I needed to turn it over to the flowering stage. It then spent another 12 weeks in the flowering stage before it was ready to harvest because it was a long-flowering strain. It got way too tall for its space (taller than me!) and started falling over. However, despite the huge size and more than 5 months of growth, it only ended up yielding about 6 ounces. This is because it was under weak CFL grow lights. Though there were a lot of buds, the lack of strong light made them airy, without a lot of weight. Click the picture for a close-up. 🙂
The Average Indoor Cannabis Grow Takes 3-5 Months