If you plant ten different marijuana strains at the same time and expect them to flower and be ready for harvest together, you face disappointment. The genetics of the strain you choose plays a significant role in when they ripen. This is because each strain has adapted to its natural habitat over hundreds, or even thousands, of years.
In the modern era, breeders have found various means of growing weed faster than ever before. Even so, first-time growers should be aware of strains such as Colombian Gold, Dr. Grinspoon, San Francisco Valley OG, and Chocolate Thai.
Not All Marijuana Strains Mature at the Same Time
The art of marijuana cultivation has evolved quickly in the last few years. Just 25 years ago, there wasn’t a single U.S. state that had legalized medical marijuana. Fast forward to today, and there are 33 states (plus D.C.) that have legalized the herb for medical use. The growing acceptance (and legality) of weed means the industry has enjoyed exceptional growth. With higher demand came a need to improve cultivation techniques.
How Much of an Impact Do Cultivation Techniques Have on the Growth of Marijuana?
However, we have grown cannabis naturally outdoors for thousands of years. Outdoor-grown weed isn’t as aesthetically pleasing as its indoor counterpart. Also, you can only grow it once a year.
Like any farmer or gardener, cannabis farmers and gardeners typically get their plants in the ground as soon as the weather is warm enough and the days are long enough.
Why do growers plant and harvest cannabis at specific times of the year?
As the flowers fatten up, they might become too heavy for the branches to handle, and growers often give their plants some help with a trellis, bamboo canes, or another form of support. Extra nutrients like phosphorus are often given during the flowering stage.
Fall: flowering stage
Choose a strain for your region or microclimate. Some strains do better in some climates than others, and strain genetics will have a big impact on the growing season. In the northern half of the US where the season is cooler and shorter, growers might want to grow indica-dominant strains, whereas sativas will do well in the more hot and humid southern states that have longer growing seasons. Type of soil, volume of rain, and abundance of sun versus shade are other microclimate variables in your microclimate to consider when choosing a strain.