How long does the vegetative stage of cannabis take on average?

How long does the vegetative stage of cannabis take on average?. Cannabis grows well in completely different climates, but growing it is not as easy as it might seem at first glance. It has different stages during which plants change their needs for lighting, watering, and fertilizer. To get large, trichome-covered buds, you need to monitor the plants both when germinating seeds and during the growing season and flowering.

vegetative stage of cannabis

How long does the vegetative stage of cannabis take on average?
How long does the vegetative stage of cannabis take on average?

As soon as the seed germinates and the first leaves and roots appear on the shoot, the vegetative stage of cannabis begins. Most growers consider it to be the first stage in the life of cannabis. At this time, all the forces of the plants are spent on getting stronger and preparing for flowering.  

During the growing season, cannabis will grow foliage, stems, and roots quickly. Healthy plants can stretch up to 5 cm per day. In order for the root system to grow in breadth, you need to water them at some distance from the main stem, gradually moving away from it more and more.

Also, the life cycle of cannabis largely depends on how much light it receives per day, so in order for photoperiodic varieties to bloom, you just need to change the lighting schedule.   Cannabis can be brought into flowering after 4 weeks, but the buds that grow on it will be very small. Basically, you’ll have to compromise and either force the cannabis to bloom earlier in order to harvest faster or wait until it matures and can support heavier buds.

How long does the vegetative stage of cannabis last on average?

The growing stage is extremely important for cannabis, especially if you do not need the seeds for further cultivation, but the buds themselves. For plants to be able to maintain their weight, they need strong stems, a well-developed root system, and many large leaves for photosynthesis.  

On average, the growing stage for cannabis lasts 4-8 weeks or more, depending on how large the bushes you want to get and how quickly you plan to transfer them to flowering.   Indica and hybrid varieties tend to grow slightly longer than sativas. The reason is that sativa varieties were originally grown in regions close to the equator, where the length of the day remains practically the same regardless of the season.

Because of this, they grow little by little, but constantly: both during the growing season and during the flowering period. As a result, these plants can grow up to 6 meters in height outdoors and are rarely chosen for growers.   After a grower has planted a cannabis seed in the soil, it will take some time for it to sprout and sprout. During this time, it will have a taproot and the first pair of large fan-shaped leaves. It is believed that from this moment the vegetation stage begins.  

Before transplanting the cannabis into a larger pot, pluck out any seedlings that have stopped growing and discard unspotted seeds so that they do not compete with healthy plants for resources. Whether you want to train cannabis or do top trimming, vegetation is the best time to do it.   Outdoors, make sure your plants are nutrient-dense and fertilize the soil as needed. In a hydroponic system, be sure to check the pH of the solution.

Indoor light

 On average, the growing stage for cannabis lasts 4-8 weeks or more
Indoor light

Growing cannabis indoors gives you better control over this process, especially the lighting. The amount of light that plants receive determines how quickly they grow and move on to the next stage. On average, cannabis needs at least 18  hours of light per day during the growing season, but many varieties grow faster on a 20/4 schedule.  

At the same time, keep in mind that there should not be too much light, otherwise the plants will get burned. However, it should not be too small, since in this case photosynthesis will deteriorate, and growth will slow down. If the cannabis receives less than 12 hours of light per day, it can bloom early.  

Indoors, the average growing time will depend on the grower’s preference. To get larger plants and buds, you will need to wait a couple of weeks longer.

Influence of external factors on outdoor cannabis

Influence of external factors on outdoor cannabis
Influence of external factors on outdoor cannabis

Outdoor plants are highly susceptible to environmental conditions. By and large, you will only be able to control the quality of the soil but practically will not affect the same lighting in any way. The cannabis will bloom on its own when the daylight hours get shorter.    If you are planting potted plants indoors and want to transplant or relocate them outdoors, make sure they get at least 14 hours of sunshine a day or they may bloom prematurely.  

Also, outdoors there is little to do with humidity, temperature, and wind. In the worst case, cannabis can get into extreme weather conditions, for example, if the air temperature rises above normal, there are prolonged rains or hail begins. Cannabis can also be attacked by insects and diseases. You will need to ensure that the male plants do not pollinate the female plants, protect them from theft, and check the irrigation system and other equipment for malfunctions.  

Some of these problems, such as unfavorable weather, pests, and diseases, can completely destroy the crop. To reduce the likelihood of their occurrence, carefully choose a place to grow, take into account the peculiarities of the climate and prepare for possible troubles. Fortunately, outdoor has undeniable advantages: cannabis will have unlimited access to bright sunlight, and if the soil is of good quality, then a huge number of microorganisms, beneficial mushrooms, and minerals.

Why is the vegetative stage important?

Cannabis can be transferred to flowering after 4, and in some cases even 3 weeks after the start of the growing season. However, you can do not mean you need to. Even if the growing season may not seem like the most interesting stage to you, it is extremely important. This time is necessary for the plants to grow stronger – this is the only way they can support a large number of heavy buds during flowering.  

This plant did not have time to grow. He was transferred to flowering almost immediately after the seed sprouted. It almost did not grow, and it was never transplanted from a plastic cup but was illuminated by ESL. The crop weight was 21 g.

flowering almost immediately after the seed sprouted  The crop weight was 21 g.
flowering almost immediately after the seed sprouted The crop weight was 21 g.

For stems, roots, and leaves to develop well, try to leave the cannabis grown in the growing season for longer, up to 18 weeks. If you don’t want to wait long, it may be better to choose an autoflowering strain instead of flowering early.   These autoflowers spent approximately three weeks in the growing season before blooming. They grew to a height of approximately 30 cm and were ready to harvest in 5 weeks. Each plant produced 56 g of buds.

Each plant produced 56 g of buds
Each plant produced 56 g of buds

How large and dense the buds will grow depends largely on the germination conditions of the seed and the stage of the growing season. If the plant does not get enough light, water, or nutrients, it will not yield a good harvest. For best results, the growing season should not be shorter than four weeks, otherwise, the fruits of your labor will not be worth the effort.

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