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Stages of Growing Cannabis

Cannabis, weed, marijuana, kush, ganja – whatever you want to call it, it’s now legal to own and grow in the state of Virginia. So what does this mean for those interested in growing it?

Growing Cannabis for the first time can be quite overwhelming. A quick Google search will lead you to hundreds of results with more information than you can ever sift through. There’s so much to learn – lighting, pH, soils, training methods, curing, and so much more. Where does one start?

It’s really easy to fall down the rabbit hole of information online. The sheer amount of information can almost hinder you when you’re first getting started. I think it’s easiest to just get started and learn as you go.

Starting with gaining a general understanding of the stages of growing Cannabis is a great place to begin before you try growing for the first time. It will help you have a decent idea of what to expect along the way.

How long does Cannabis take to grow?

How long Cannabis takes to grow can vary based on the variety of the plant and conditions it is grown in. On average, from seed to harvest, it takes anywhere from 10-32 weeks (about 3-8 months). It’s a quicker process if you start with a clone (rooted cutting) or an autoflower seed. 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.

Stages of Growing Cannabis

Every plant begins with a seed. Cannabis seeds should be germinated just like any other seed. They can take anywhere between 3-10 days to germinate, although it can happen in as few as 24 hours or as long as 2 weeks. To germinate, you can place the seeds in a damp paper towel, which you should then place in a dark place, such as inside a drawer. Check on them after a few days to see if the primary root, called the radicle, has emerged. This will look like a little white “tail” coming out of the seed. Once germinated, move them to damp soil.

Alternatively, you can place the seeds directly in damp soil to germinate and grow, without having the trouble of moving them. For this method, I would recommend a seed starting mix. These are usually lighter and fluffier than traditional potting soil, which gives your fragile germinating seeds a start on the right foot. We carry Coast of Maine Sprout Island Blend Organic Seed Starter Mix. It has additional perlite that aerates the soil and helps prevent damping off. It also has mycorrhizae, worm castings, lobster meal, hen manure, and kelp to get your plants off to a healthy start.

2. Seedling Stage

Once your seed has germinated, it’s now time to move the germinated seed from its paper towel to a growing medium. If you started them in a seed starting mix, you will want to move them from the seed tray to a larger pot with a high-quality potting mix, such as the Coast of Maine Stonington Blend Grower’s Mix. This is a super soil, that works especially well for growing Cannabis. It contains mycorrhizae, kelp, alfalfa meal, fish bone meal, worm castings, perlite, manure, peat, coir, and lobster compost that feed your plant throughout the growing cycle, with no need to use additional nutrients.

Plants are considered seedlings for about 2-3 weeks after germination. During this time, the plant should be moved to a spot with direct sun, if growing outdoors. If growing indoors, set your grow lights to run for 16 hours a day.

3. Vegetative Stage

After the seedling stage, Cannabis plants move to a vegetative stage. This is the time when the plant focuses on leaf production. It will not produce flowers at all during this stage, as the plant needs to grow plenty of leaves to take up enough photons (sunlight) to create the necessary energy to produce large flowers. The vegetative stage can last anywhere from 3 to 16 weeks, depending on the variety.

During this stage, indoor plants need 16-18 hours of light per day, and outdoor plants need at least 6 hours of direct sunlight (“full sun”), plus several hours of indirect sunlight. They will also need plenty of Nitrogen during this point, as Nitrogen is the nutrient that promotes healthy leaf growth.

4. Flowering

The flowering stage is the last stage of the Cannabis plant life cycle. This is the time when your plant will stop putting as much energy into leaf growth and will instead focus that energy on creating the flowers (buds), which are used for medicinal and recreational purposes.

Stages of Flowering – Source: Katie Plummer

Cannabis is triggered to flower when the hours of light it receives are reduced. 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 harvest. If you’re growing indoors, you get to play mother nature and can force your plant to flower at any point. When you’re ready for plants to start the flowering stage, change your lights to a 12/12 cycle ( 12 hours with the light on and 12 hours with it off ). You will see signs of flowering in 1-3 weeks . On average plants will be ready to harvest after 8-11 weeks of flowering.

5. Harvest

Your plant will be ready to be harvested once flowers are compact and the pistils turn orange/brown. These pistils look like “hairs” coming out of the flowers.

6. Drying

To dry your Cannabis, hang sections of the plant upside down in a dark, cool space, such as a closet. You want to aim for 55-65% humidity and 60-70°F in the spot that you’re drying your plants in. Prolonged periods of light, friction from handling, and humidity/dampness can degrade resin glands, so you will want to avoid all of these.

During the drying process, plants lose roughly 75% of water weight, which increases the cannabinoid to weight ratio. It also helps equalize moisture content, preserve cannabinoids, and shed chlorophyll.

Cannabis is ready to trim once the stem snaps when bent, typically after 3-7 days of drying.

7. Trimming

After your plant has dried, it’s time to trim! Trimming makes your fingers very sticky, so wear gloves if this is something you want to avoid. Simply trim off the larger leaves and stems. You can leave smaller sugar leaves if you’d like, as these still contain a good amount of cannabinoids and terpenes that provide the medicinal properties of Cannabis. It’s all personal preference of exactly how much you trim off. And you can save all the trimmings to make edibles, tinctures, salves, and more.

8. Curing

Curing is an essential part and the last stage in growing Cannabis. It helps the buds achieve full aroma. Curing is as simple as placing your freshly trimmed buds in a glass jar with a lid, like a mason jar. You’ll then want to place the jar in a cool, dark place, such as inside a drawer or in a cabinet.

During the first week of curing, you will want to “burp” your jars. This means you should open the containers once or twice a day for a couple minutes to allows moisture to escape and replenish the oxygen inside the container. After the first week, you only need to burp containers once every few days.

You should allow buds to cure for at least 2 weeks, but some people choose to cure for as long as 6 months. This helps stop the loss of moisture and to preserve flavors and aromas.

HOW LONG DOES IT TaKE SEEDS TO SPROUT

12-24 hours to crack if the seeds are fresh but can take up to 2 – 3 weeks for older seeds.

if they are in soil then it deppends how deep they are?? give them 7 days im sure they will break through the soil in that time.

ActinUhFool420
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yea your being a little impatient. When u germinate seeds in a paper towel it usually take 1-4 days for the seed to crack, and another 1-2 days before u see any decent taproots, then u plant them and another1-3 days they will pop from the soil. You just don’t see the work going on beneathe the surface. Keep it watered. Give it about a week. If ya don’t see anything in a week, week in a half, then ya have something to be worried about.
Until then. your gonna need time and patience, expecially if your working outdoors. You got til September-October buddy.

Mr. Pif
Active Member

I hope so. Im ready to get it poppin. They cant be more than an inch deep. Im not sure if they’re old seed or not. All different types of weed tho, and different shapes and sizes. Some brown, green, black. Preciate it

NationalForest420
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Canna*Nation
New Member

The paper towel baggie method takes me 2 days to see a tap root.

Ph’ed water all over a paper towel placed in a baggie. throw the seed up in the thing and close the damp paper towel over the seed. DON’t close the bag. Place the bagggie on top of a warm place like a cable box or p.c. Place a bowl over the bag to trap heat. Over night the seed will POP. The tap root soon follows. 100% germ rate for me.

I’m not new to the board. Just a new name is all.

Watch that GT and FDD. hahaha

Mr. Pif
Active Member

All i did was sit them in at cup of water and i waited to all of them stopped floating and hit the bottem. I fretilized the ground/soil 2 days before hand then i planted the seeds and watered the dirt. They’re in a place that gets good shade and very good light depending on where the sun is

Canna*Nation
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lehua96734
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All i did was sit them in at cup of water and i waited to all of them stopped floating and hit the bottem. I fretilized the ground/soil 2 days before hand then i planted the seeds and watered the dirt. They’re in a place that gets good shade and very good light depending on where the sun is

Mr. Pif
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ActinUhFool420
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I hope so. Im ready to get it poppin. They cant be more than an inch deep. Im not sure if they’re old seed or not. All different types of weed tho, and different shapes and sizes. Some brown, green, black. Preciate it

Your probably not gonna get all 20 seeds growing. The seeds you wanna use are the thick, “beefy” ones. usually brown in color with “tiger stripes” on them. also most regular brown seeds pop too. But defiantly not the lil green ones. Those are immature seeds

yes the soil will be to hard. You best bet to assure outdoor growth: dig a big enough hole to fit a large pot. Dispose of the dirt u dug up and fill the hole with a top soil mix or organic mix from your local nursery or hardware store. Make sure the area you plant the seeds in is an area that has loose soil that becomes spongey when wet, holds water well, and drains well.

But then again pot will almost grow anywhere if the conditions are OK. But anything to make it more suitable for the plant, the more chance of maximum growth with maximum yield.

If ya got anymore questions hit me up on AIM: S/N “ActinUhFool420”

easygrinder
New Member

for me it takes approx 36 hours to properly germinate and then 24 hours to sprout and start showing some greenery

ActinUhFool420
Well-Known Member

for me it takes approx 36 hours to properly germinate and then 24 hours to sprout and start showing some greenery

yea 36 hrs hrs and 24 sounds about right if u purchased the seeds from a vendor, but if im not mistaken he said he had bag seeds and he didnt know if they were old.

I’m on a grow process now, growing bag seed also, and it took from February 26-March 7th before i seen anything pop from the soil (after i germinated in a paper towel and buried the taproot)
I’m just stating from my experience.

420weedman
Well-Known Member

the best thing would be to start them in little cups with good potting soil

SickboyDilligaf
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yea your being a little impatient. When u germinate seeds in a paper towel it usually take 1-4 days for the seed to crack, and another 1-2 days before u see any decent taproots, then u plant them and another1-3 days they will pop from the soil. You just don’t see the work going on beneathe the surface. Keep it watered. Give it about a week. If ya don’t see anything in a week, week in a half, then ya have something to be worried about.
Until then. your gonna need time and patience, expecially if your working outdoors. You got til September-October buddy.

Old thread but Incase of a search like me. Takes 1 day to soak. 24-36 hrs to crack. I’ll let you know on the soil pop once planted. Been 24 hrs hopping in am it will be sprouted.