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weed from seed to flower

Weed from seed to flower

A good rule of thumb…

These cannabis plants were vegetated for about 8 weeks before being flipped to the flowering stage. Although they were grown in the exact same conditions from seed to harvest, their final heights are remarkably different because their strains had vastly different genetics. The smaller plant produced 6.6 ounces, while the big plant produced 9.3 ounces. Strain can make a big difference! Learn about growing different strains together.

Here’s the breakdown…

Time Needed to Grow Weed, From Seedling to Harvest

Note: When growing cannabis indoors, it takes 3-5 months on average to go through the life cycle of a plant. When growing outdoors, the total time depends on your local climate as most strains are ready to harvest in mid-to-late Autumn.

The length of time needed to stay in the flowering stage depends heavily on the strain. Once you have switched your plant into the flowering stage they will stretch (the ‘flowering stretch’), form buds and then fatten.

Before You Start Growing Weed

I personally recommend at least 4 weeks in the vegetative stage with 18+ hours of light each day for the best results. Plants that are forced to start flowering sooner than 4 weeks don’t yield much compared to how much work you put in. That being said, keeping plants relatively small does have some benefits!

Short (6-8 weeks)

Weed from seed to flower

The germinated seed can now be placed carefully into the growing medium. The plant will start to grow and force its way upwards.

Only now can the sex be determined with any certainty. While male plants produce pollen, the female plants pour their energy into producing flowers or buds. Most growers want to prevent their female plants from getting pollinated, because then they start to produce seeds. That is why male plants should be removed from the growing area.

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Once the plant produces the full count of leaflets for each new leaf, the seedling stage is over.

How to Harvest Cannabis Plants

Cannabis passes through a series of stages in its life. The most important of these are the germination, seedling, growth and flowering stages. Each stage brings its own challenges. Novice growers need to be aware of these, to be sure of giving their plants the attention and care that they deserve.