The trick is to water just before the plant starts to wither. Once you’ve grown several plants, you will know when to water the plants at the right time. If growing indoors, it’s even more important to not over-water the plants since they don’t dry very quickly.
On the other hand, organic nutrients tend to stimulate the soil and help the plants grow naturally. For example, if you include mycorrhizae in your soil, you encourage a symbiotic association between the plant and the roots. It’s natural, and your plants will appreciate the natural progress rather than being bombarded by chemicals.
There must be an easier way, after all. And, there is. Growing cannabis is easy. There’s no need to make it complicated. But, to harvest the buds faster? Is that even possible? Yep. Very much. And today, I’m going to show you how.
3) Use training techniques
Fertilizers are amazing for your plants. They help your plants grow bigger and stronger. However, some fertilizers contain synthetic ingredients. If you don’t flush your plants at least a week or two before harvesting them, you are bound to taste the fertilizers in your buds.
Another method to check when to water the plants is to weigh them. Just lift the pots. If they feel too heavy, they have too much water and you’ll have to wait. On the contrary, if you can lift them easily, it’s time to water them – as simple as that.
Another important reason that sets autoflowers apart from photoperiod plants is that you can harvest your buds faster. With photoperiod strains, the vegetative period where the plants grow require at least 10 weeks. Growers provide 18/6 hours of light/darkness in this cycle. Once they switch to 12 hours of darkness, the flowering begins. This period requires another 8-9 weeks.
Not to mention that fertilizers are super expensive. Most commercial growers use fertilizers to help the plants absorb the minerals and salts as quickly as possible. But, you can’t ignore the fact that it can make the soil toxic. You can also over-fertilize the plants and kill them while actually trying to nurture them.
You can force photoperiod strains to mature almost as fast as autoflowering cannabis by putting them in 12 hours of darkness every day from the time they germinate. It works, but your plants will not get nearly as big or yield as much as if you had allowed them to veg for the normal 4–6 weeks.
Cover your outdoor plants with a tarp or other light-proof cover in the early evening and remove it the next morning. This works just like a grow tent to give your plants 12 hours of darkness each day to force them to bloom. As a bonus, you’ll end up with bigger, denser, more resinous buds when you’re done because the sunlight they do get, during the height of summer, will be much more intense than what they would receive during the fall months when outdoor cannabis plants normally bloom.
GIVE YOUR PLANTS LESS THAN 12 HOURS OF LIGHT PER DAY DURING BLOOM
This doesn’t mean you’ll ruin your grow with a bunch of seeds. Pollinate by hand about a week before you want to harvest. As soon as the buds are fertilised, the plant will switch its energy away from flower formation to seed production and the maturity rate will escalate. The next week, when you harvest, the seeds won’t even be noticeable because they haven’t had time to form a hard shell.
If you want to grow cannabis as fast as possible, choosing a seed that’s been bred to mature quickly is key. It’s only common sense that it will be easier to hurry along a strain that will finish on its own in 7 weeks than one that prefers 12. Luckily, fast strains have been bred to meet every need and preference.
This is a hotly debated topic, but you can leave your lights on 24/7 and your cannabis plants will be just fine. Unlike some other plants, they don’t need a dark period each day to be healthy. In fact, they’ll stay shorter, grow faster, and get bushier under a continuous light period.
The light cycle will need to be changed during the flowering phase depending on the genetics being used. Autoflowering strains don’t require a change, a topic we’ll delve into later in this article. However, traditional photoperiod strains require extended periods of darkness to begin flowering. This trait is due to the rhythms of nature; plants evolved to begin flowering when the days begin to get shorter and the harsher conditions of autumn approach. Lack of light is a signal for them to begin reproduction.
Regardless of whether you intend to speed up cannabis growth indoors or outdoors, genetics will play the most fundamental role. Some cannabis varieties have been selectively bred over generations to strengthen the trait of faster growth and flowering. Autoflowering strains in particular are famed for their speed, with most emerging from seed to harvest in a couple of months or so, without any intervention at all. Here are some of the fastest-growing autoflowering and photoperiod genetics you might want to consider for a lightning-fast harvest.
LIGHTING DURING THE FLOWERING PHASE
Vanilla Ice Autoflowering is a speedy lady that will explode from seed to harvest in as little as 55 days, without any of the above methods being implemented. She was created using the original Vanilla Ice, which was then infused with ruderalis. This indica-dominant specimen provides a giggly, happy, and relaxed body high with flavours of vanilla and sugar.
Vanilla Ice Autoflowering has an average THC content of 13%. She’ll yield up to 350g/m² indoors and reach a peak height of 90cm.
Another trick to speed things up massively is to avoid the vegetative phase altogether and begin flowering your plants immediately after germination has occurred. This can be achieved by applying a light schedule of 12/12 immediately and throughout the entire grow cycle. Although a rapid way to produce flowers, yields will be sacrificed for speed. Plus, this trick is only compatible with photoperiod strains.