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.
Following a short pre-flowering stage where some plants stretch significantly in length, your plant will stop vegetative growth and put all its energy into producing what you planted it for in the first place: big, juicy, aromatic buds!
1. Germination (1–7 days) – When your seeds “come to life” and begin sprouting.
PREPARATION TIME BEFORE YOU GROW
2. Seedling stage (10–15 days) – The “baby-phase” of your freshly sprouted cannabis plant.
Germinating your seeds is the first “serious” step when growing weed. If something goes wrong with germinating, such as low-quality or old seeds that won’t “pop”, there won’t be much to grow after all. But you needn’t worry if you get your seeds from RQS, as our cannabis seeds are among the best-quality specimens on the market with the best germination rates.
You may already be set with some seeds and your grow room is ready to go. Great! In this case, there won’t be much prep time needed to start your grow. Otherwise, this period takes into consideration how long it will take to order and receive your seeds, as well as source any equipment such as potting containers and soil. This period will therefore vary depending on what you need, where you are buying from, the speed of your mail, etc. Expect the preparation time to take anywhere from 0–4 weeks if you still need some equipment before you can get started.
Time: 8 weeks–7+ months
Important Milestones in the Marijuana Plant’s Life
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.
These factors have the greatest impact on total time:
How to grow marijuana as quick as possible:
One of the fastest grow methods is growing marijuana with bubbleponics, which shaves a few weeks off the total time and will actually increase your yields, but it requires a bit more equipment to get started.
The time from seed to smokable harvest averages 3-3.5 months for me with a strain like Northern Lights, where I grow the plants for 3-4 weeks in the vegetative stage, growing with cheap, regular CFL lights in coco coir, and with that setup I can get a few easy ounces per plant.
What if time is not an issue?