Still, undecided on planting marijuana thinking how long to grow weed it would take you forever before getting your fruits of labor? Don’t you worry, it does not. Like any other crops you’ve known, in average about 3- 6 months you are going to enjoy definitely your marijuana. Though the timeline depends on some factors like the type of marijuana strains you’re using, the climate and location you have and the attitude that you’re going to display when handling things. As related, this article will help you gain knowledge regarding the specifics on the time it takes to grow, harvest, store and getting it down ready for utilization.
1. Preparation of the Location and Materials Needed ( 1 day – 4 weeks)
Generally, procurement of equipment and evaluation of the site does not take much time. This step also includes cleaning and purchasing your equipment necessary for your marijuana plantation. The amount of time that is needed on this depends on how large your marijuana plantation is and how complicated the planting would be. Often, indoor marijuana planting takes less time than the outdoor one. Though no matter where you cultivate your marijuana, it could take a month if there are unexpected situations and accidents that come in your way. Also, when the soil from the probable site is not ready, you’ll need to buy longer time for it to get fertile for planting.
2. Purchasing Seeds ( 1 day to 4 weeks)
If you don’t have available seeds, then you’re going to buy time on purchasing it. Most likely, this part of the process poses a challenge especially to those living in countries or states where marijuana cultivation is completely illegal. The best way to purchase marijuana safely is to get it online. The period of purchasing depends also on the variety of marijuana seeds you want. The hybrid which is usually the rare and expensive ones takes the most time on purchasing its seeds.
**Cloning (Alternative – 3 to 4 weeks)
-This refers to duplication to a parent cannabis plant variety by cutting off a piece of it to plant it again, giving an opportunity to make its own roots.
3. Seed Germination (8 hours to 8 days)
If you have clones or seedlings, then you could skip this stage. But it usually takes an average of 3-5 days to germinate but some seeds could give it as much as one day to sprout a tiny root on it. Though this varies according to a number of seeds to use for planting and the method that is applied on seed germination.
4. Seedling Stage (1 week to 4 weeks)
This is the post sprouting stage of your cannabis and ends when the roots fully develop and the leaves are starts to grow more. The duration of this stage depends on the variety and the environmental factors that influence its growth like sunlight and soil nutrition. Also, be careful on molds that could occupy to the leaves of your plant.
5. Vegetative Stage (3 weeks to even 6 months)
This refers to the stage where the plant is starting to fully develop indicating the maturity of its roots and leaves. Subsequently, this ends when the plants start to bear flowers. This stage takes a long time depending on how you take care of your plant. This is also a critical stage where pests are starting to infest your plants. This is also the point at which you increase the water that you’ll need to pour on it. Always take note on your plant’s condition to avoid damaging your plant. Though most cultivators prefer to spend more time in this state because it will get them more yields later on. At this stage, it is also important to keep your plant exposed to sunlight in order to flower more buds later on. Further, it is recommended for 18 hours of exposure of sunlight per day and even as much as 24 hours for specific strains of marijuana. Though this is quite impossible cause we have only 12 hours exposure only to sunlight but considering grow lights this could be possible.
6. Flowering Stage (6 weeks to 3 months)
This stage refers to the point where your plants start to bud and flower and end when you want to harvest it. This stage usually happens during autumn where plants start to receive less amount of light. For indoors, this is done by altering the duration of light exposure to 12 hours. At this point, the plant requires less nitrogen and thus, a subsequent increase need for other nutrients such as potassium and phosphorus should be given. A P&K fertilizer would be helpful in addition to keeping the plant flower. Also at this period, you could identify now the sex of your plant. Just looking for the two white hairs on the nodules of the pistils, this indicates that your plant is a female. The flowering duration depends also on the variety and strain of the marijuana. Indica strains could go around 8 weeks to flower while Sativa strains could take 12-14 weeks. Thus, this stage is highly critical and really needs careful examination to avoid your flowers to get damage. This is the fruit of all your efforts. Of course, you’ll never go waste any of it.
7. Harvesting Stage (1 to 3 days)
At this point, you’re going to reap what you sow and harvest your plants. Be careful on harvesting your cannabis. Make sure to harvest your flowers indicating that it’s fully developed to get high-quality marijuana.
8. Drying (3-10 days)
Normally, drying takes only 3 days but to have quality buds, it could take for at least 10 days. It should remember to not over dry it to avoid chances of mold accumulation in your dried buds.
9. Storing (2 weeks to 4 weeks)
This is done to make the effects well suited and applicable as a medicine to anxiety, stress, and depression. This is also done to eliminate harsh taste and undesirable characteristics that it has during harvest and drying. Also, storing it increases its potency which makes it more desirable to its users. You could get a good marijuana for just two weeks of curing but for best results, it could go for months.
There’s no really a definite time on getting your marijuana seeds ready but as they say the longer it is, the sweeter it could be. There’s no need to rush. Take your time. Be patient and eventually, you’ll get the marijuana what you will deserve.