Female: Two pistils (the pistil contains the reproductive parts of a flower) will be growing on the buds (flowers grow above these leaves, one cluster on each side).
The quality of your plant depends on your knowledge of the cannabis growth stages and the lifecycle of your plants.
1. Germinating: 1-7 days
2. Seedling: 2-3 weeks
3. Vegetative: 2-8 weeks
4. Pre-Flowering: 1-2 weeks
5. Flowering: 6-8 weeks
Cannabis growth is made up of a series of stages that plants undergo during their lifecycle. Each stage during the cannabis cultivation process requires its own unique demands, including different levels of light, water, and nutrients.
Male: Small green sacs full of pollen will be seen on the node areas.
2. Seedling Stage
Cannabis Growth Timeline
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During the stage, maintain temperatures between 70 and 85º F. Make sure your vegetative plants get the right amount of fertilizer. Follow the nutrient brand’s directions or use one-third or one-half of the recommended dosage and moderate as you see fit.
A hydroponic system is an alternative to the traditional soil-based method. Hydroponic gardens use an inert growing medium and nutrient-water solution to grow. These systems may be more expensive and complex than the simpler soil-based system.
Check out our growing weed for dummies guide for an in-depth look at how to grow cannabis for the first time. If you’re a complete gardening beginner, you can still learn how to grow weed fast and on a budget. All you need are the right tools and growing techniques to get your garden off the ground.
During your plant’s growth cycle, you will need to ensure it has the right amount and quality of nutrients. Buying high-quality fertilizer made for cannabis plants is your best bet. You can also create your own nutrient mix as you gain more experience feeding cannabis plants.
The Vegetative Stage of Cannabis Plants
Most new growers start off with a pre-made organic potting soil mix. This is an easy way to get started with a growing medium that has all the right nutrients for your plant. Organic nutrient sources include earthworm castings, compost, bat guano, and more.
Cannabis plants need to grow in an area that has enough space for its roots and has good drainage. Generally, a 5-gallon container/pot with drainage holes can do the trick. You may also use a similar sized and shaped container such as a bucket, fabric pot, etc. As long as it has the right drainage system, you won’t have issues with mold and root damage.
During the vegetative phase, your plant will require plenty of water and care. If the top 1 inch of your soil feels dry, water it. Otherwise, avoid over-watering to reduce the risk of mold and disease formation.
Good Seed Makes a Good Weed Crop
In addition, consider the height of your plants. Will your grow tent be tall enough to accommodate them?
Let’s start with the basics. In order to start your own cannabis garden, you’re going to need enough space to house 1 or more plants. This could be an unused closet, corner of the bedroom, garage, or backyard.