Usually, new cannabis cultivators wonder how long it takes to grow cannabis—an overview of the cannabis life cycle and what to expect from the plant.
The time it takes to grow a cannabis crop is one of the most critical factors for new cannabis farmers. The quickest answer is 3-4 months, although it depends on several factors, including genetics, location, and production methods.
It takes around six months to flower marijuana in a 12/12 light/dark cycle in optimal climatic conditions.
Let us discover more about the variables that influence the length of cannabis growth. You should use as many credible sources as possible to learn about the cannabis life cycle. Use the best skills, and don’t be scared to experiment. Here is our essential step-by-step guide.
Before you begin:
- Make a plan.
- Select a strain to cultivate, then buy the essential supplies for cannabis farming.
- If you order online, remember to take in the shipping date.
Online shopping is popular due to its convenience and value.
When buying seeds, only buy from United Strains of America. After all, you don’t want lousy weed.
Outdoor growing requires a simple kit and essential fertilizers, while interior cultivation can be difficult. Because grow tents, lights, hydroponic systems, and nutrient packs are all expensive, look for bundle discounts from reputable shops to save money.
LED systems now dominate the market, making them more expensive than HPS and MH bulb sets. They last longer and convert more energy into light than heat.
Germination is a simple process. The most common way, using paper towels, yields effects in 24-48 hours. After this, taproots will appear, indicating that your beans are now cannabis seedlings. During the next 7-14 days, the baby plants in a grow room with 18-24 hours of light (ideally white, CFL lights work great) and 50-70 percent humidity.
A 12-12 light-dark cycle is suitable for the cultivation of all cannabis strains. Here’s what we’d suggest:
Sativa strains may need a week or two more under 18+ hours of light before blooming; otherwise, plant height may become problematic subsequently in the bloom cycle. Indica strains, on the other hand, usually take 4-6 weeks. Beginners may prefer hybrids, growing into robust branchy creatures in just 2-3 weeks with 18+ hours of light.
Suppose you intend to apply techniques such as topping or FIMing. In that case, you will need to give your plant a more extended vegetative period because it will need to recover to respond to those practices if high production is your primary goal, SOG for indica and LST trimming, followed by ScrOG for sativas.
Different strains respond differently. Hybrids have been found to perform well in a variety of systems.
The reduced light will assist photoperiod cannabis strains in entering the bloom phase. Crops ripen in the autumn for outdoor cropping since this occurs more gradually in nature. To stimulate flowering indoors, set your timers to 12/12. Read the breeder’s description of the cannabis strain you are cultivating to discover more about the estimated flowering time, growing features, and genetic history. Indica-dominant strains usually flower in 7-9 weeks, hybrids in 8-10 weeks, while primarily Sativa strains, such as Neville’s Haze and Amnesia Haze, take 12+ weeks to blossom. If you are impatient and want to shorten the bloom cycle, you can lower the light to 10 hours. This has a disadvantage in that it reduces harvest weight.
You don’t want to harvest cannabis too early or too late. Harvesting too early reduces yields and potency, while harvesting too late might destroy the high. Pay special attention when removing leaf material because you don’t want to ruin the buds. Throw away the fanned leaves and keep the excellent trim in a paper bag for the later creation of the hash.
Marijuana must be dried in a dark, dry environment. It will take 3-5 days for the popcorn buds and cut leaves to dry. You can use plain brown paper bags that you keep in your closet for this. For 10-15 days, dry the majority of your harvest slowly and carefully. You can add more impact by using drying nets. Don’t forget about humidity; it needs to be low, which means 40 percent or less.
After two weeks of drying, sampling is possible. Curing might take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months.
Autoflowering seeds are the fastest developing flowering type. Because they aren’t photoperiod-sensitive when it comes to blooming, autoflowering seeds will enter the bloom cycle within 4-6 weeks of seedling growth, independent of the light process. They can make significant growth in 18+ hours of light. Some can be harvested in as little as eight weeks from seed and generate good yields of potent marijuana with 15% or more THC levels.
Whatever you choose to grow, make sure to learn and prepare, create a strategy, put up your best effort, and remember that practice is essential.