Two rounded cotyledon leaves will grow out from the stem as the plant unfolds from the protective casing of the seed. These initial leaves are responsible for taking in sunlight needed for the plant to become healthy and stable.
The Spring Equinox is a good reminder that it’s time to kick off the outdoor growing process and start germinating your seeds.
What are a weed plant’s growth stages?
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.
Harvest happens sometime between September and November. This depends on your local climate, as well as the weather that particular year—one year it could be the end of September, the next, end of October, and growers in the Pacific Northwest will have to pull down their crops earlier than those in Northern California.
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!
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.
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.
What factors determine how long it takes to grow a marijuana plant?
Many novice growers ask us: how long does it take to grow marijuana? A logical question if you have such plans!
Your weed is dry when you try to bend the stem where the buds are. Do you hear crackling without the stem breaking? Then your buds are dry enough for the next step, which is ripening
To briefly answer the question. Growing a photoperiod cannabis plant takes an average of 4 to 6 months. If you grow an autoflower, then it is usually ready to be harvested within 3 months. This does not include drying and ripening which takes about 1 to 2 months.
First, you’ll have to differentiate between drying and curing; the first thing you’ll need to do with your freshly-cut harvest is dry it.
This process can take a while depending on placement and terrain; from two to four weeks. The sign of a properly dried bud is being able to bend it without breaking it, but while also hearing that nice crispy sound.
After the drying process comes the curing process, like a good cheese.
Drying and Curing:
Saplings tend to take around 24-72 hours to sprout, although sometimes it can take 5 days and in extreme cases it can take up to 15 days. Make sure to pay attention to the water and humidity conditions, as well as the temperature which should be at around 21-24ºC.
Indoors, autoflowering strains will generally finish up at around 8 weeks of flowering, and feminized versions can take longer depending on the growth period, and it’s normal for them to take anywhere between 10 to 12 weeks, and in a lot of cases even more.
Firstly, we’ll begin by dividing the plants’ life cycle into a series of phases:
It simply involves placing all of your buds in a container and leaving it to sit with a periodic opening to let the air flow. Curing can be done in different containers; plastic, glass or wood, although wood is faster than glass and glass is the most recommended as it doesn’t emit or contain any sort of toxic substances.