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average grow time from seed for cannabis

Within the flowering stage, there are three subphases:

If you need to determine the sex of your plants (to discard the males), they will start showing sex organs a few weeks into the veg stage. It’s imperative to separate males so they don’t pollinate the females.

Marijuana light cycle: 16 hours a day

Flowering stage

The biggest variability in how long a marijuana plant takes to grow will happen in the vegetative stage—after the seedling phase and before flowering.

Marijuana light cycle: indoor—16 hours a day; outdoor—at least 6 hours of direct sunlight (“full sun”), plus several hours indirect sunlight

Marijuana light cycle: 16 hours a day

If you buy a clone from a grower or breeder it will be a seedling, so you can skip the seed germination phase.

• Time after harvest (2–4+ weeks) – After you’ve harvested your plants, you still need to dry and cure your buds before you can enjoy them.

• Seedling stage
Time: 10–15 days

THE GROWING STAGES OF CANNABIS

How long you can keep your cannabis plant in the veg stage will primarily depend on how much space and energy (electricity) you have. Obviously, you want your plant to grow as big as possible so you can enjoy a big harvest, but you also don’t want it to get so tall that it outgrows your tent or grow space. Having an approximation of your plant’s final height is essential in this case, as some spindly sativas can easily double their height during the flowering stretch. The same goes for some modern hybrids and even indicas.

• Germinating your seeds
Time: 1–7 days

How long it takes for cannabis to mature its buds can vary greatly depending on genetics. Some indicas bred for speed can be ready after 5–7 weeks of bloom. However, the average flowering time for most indicas and hybrids is usually 7–10 weeks depending on the strain.

These factors have the greatest impact on total time:

Once your plant is harvested, there is a drying and curing process which takes about a minimum of two weeks before your buds are “ready” for use.

Long Anwer:

In order to achieve the shorter 8.5 weeks, you need to choose a fast-finishing strain like Northern Lights and even still, at the low range, you’ll be growing tiny plants that produce just a few grams of smokable harvest.

Additionally, many growers prefer to ‘cure’ their buds for longer than the 2-week minimum for added flavor and bag appeal, which accounts for why some grows could take several months from seed to smokable harvest.

Important Milestones in the Marijuana Plant’s Life