Buds typically grow the most toward the end of the flowering life cycle. You probably won’t notice much budding out at the beginning of the flowering stage, and it will slow down toward the end of the cycle, when buds become fully formed.
If you’re growing indoors, you can force a weed plant to flower after only a few weeks when it’s small, or after several weeks when it’s big. If you’re growing outdoors, you’re at the whim of the seasons and will have to wait until the sun starts to go down in fall for it to flower and then to harvest.
Be very careful to not overwater the plant in its seedling stage—its roots are so small, it doesn’t need much water to thrive.
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!
If you’re growing weed indoors, you can grow whenever you like. Keep in mind that the outside environment will affect your grow space—you may need to add heaters in the winter or fans and ACs in the summer. Other than that, you can start seeds whenever you like and flip them into flower whenever you like, depending on how big you want the plants.
When your marijuana plant becomes a seedling, you’ll notice it developing more of the traditional cannabis fan leaves. As a sprout, the seed will initially produce leaves with only one ridged blade. Once new growth develops, the leaves will develop more blades (3, 5, 7, etc.). A mature cannabis plant will have between 5 or 7 blades per leaf, but some plants may have more.
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.
What influences the size of marijuana plants?
Of course, how much sun your plants are getting determines how much water they should get as well. If they are getting tons of direct sunlight and the weather is quite warm, you’re probably going to water them more frequently. However, it’s important not to overwater marijuana plants, as that can lead to problems with mildew or mold development.
California doesn’t have the same four extremely distinct seasons that other geographic areas might have, but the seasons are worth thinking about all the same. Of course, it makes a big difference if you’re living in Southern California or Northern California. NorCal’s weather is a bit gloomy, with rain and cooler temperatures. SoCal is a sunny and warm desert, which means dry air and toasty temperatures. In the South, winters can be warm and sunny, much like summer, but with heat that isn’t as oppressive. However, there is less daylight in the wintertime, making summer a better season for growing .
Cover crops and companion plants
If you’re growing in Northern California, you might want to take better advantage of the direct sunlight when you have it. Keep your plants out in a spot where they can make full use of the sunlight that they get.
Growing your plants outdoors means that they will have no shortage of access to direct sunlight. Marijuana plants require a balance between maximum sunlight and indirect sunlight(shade) for maximum productivity.
Companion plants can also be planted to help keep the soil free of pests of all kinds. Planting basil nearby, for example, will keep away whiteflies, mosquitoes, asparagus beetles, and aphids. Parsley, on the other hand, attracts beneficial insects and birds that pollinate plants (which will at least help the plants around your weed to thrive, which in turn boosts your weed’s ability to thrive).
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Next, you’ll need to decide how you will be growing: in soil directly outdoors or in pots/beds outdoors. Keep in mind that attempting to grow directly into the dirt on your property can present a series of problems for the roots, especially if the base of your property is clay. If you plan on planting directly into the ground, it is important to find a flat area to do so, that will allow for good drainage.
If you decided to go with soil beds or pots, you will need to make some decisions on your soil selection. What do you want in your soil? The most important thing is that your soil has good aeration (perlite white balls are a good example) because with no aeration your soil will compact too much when watered. Clay and hard-packed soil will stunt your roots, preventing them from growing, and absorbing water and nutrients.
KNOWING WHEN TO BEGIN
When selecting cannabis strains for your outdoor garden there are some things to consider. How big will your plants get? If you have a low fence or nosy neighbors you may not want to grow a Sativa as it can stretch to be fairly tall.
Our clones save you roughly 3-4 weeks of time spent over seeds because that would be about how long it would take for your seedling to become the size of one of our clones, and for it to be ready to begin its vegetative cycle.
If there is a spot on your property that stays shady for the majority of the day, don’t put your plant(s) there.