However, growing indoors does give you a little more control over how you grow your plants. And if you want to get to harvest time quickly, we have some sound advice for you.
If you’re growing your weed outdoors, then unfortunately, you’re stuck with the rhythms of nature. There’s no real trick out of that one.
If you’re waiting eagerly for a delicious harvest of buds, then the average timeframe of 3-4 months for growing marijuana can seem like a lifetime. It’s easy to grow impatient with marijuana’s long growing time and you might be wondering how to speed things along.
Start flowering ASAP
Depending on how impatient you are, you could stagger your growing operation so that while you have flowering plants, you always have vegetating plants. This would result in a possible harvest every 60 days. But in this article, we’ll be focusing on techniques for speeding up the growing process of a single grow.
The time between seed and harvest will depend on the strain you are growing, along with several other factors.
Let’s take a look at the Northern Lights strain, which has a total flowering time of about 8 weeks. If you turned your seedlings straight over to flowering from the moment of germination, you’d be harvesting in less than 12 weeks.
Growing weed can seem kind of tedious when you think about the fact that it can take up to 5 months to enjoy your hard work. Speeding up the process doesn’t come without some sort of compromise on quality or yield, but it absolutely can be done. If you absolutely must have your buds faster, this article will tell you everything you need to know.
Just make sure that you pick reliable lighting equipment. Hanging so much electrical in a confined space requires bullet-proof engineering that you trust.
When farming cannabis vertically, LED lighting is required. Whether you choose a white (broad) or targeted pink spectrum, the most important thing will be matching your light levels for optimal growth.
Vertical farming space is limited in most vertical grow systems, so you’ll want to keep plants short. This is like the Sea of Green (SOG) method. Only instead of a “Sea”, you will have many “Ponds” of Green. Your plants should not get more than 4-feet tall and will remain in their vegetative stage for a short amount of time.
Step 2 – Select Your LED Grow Lights
There are certainly many options for heating and cooling your environment. In such a dense space, automation is more than ideal, so investing in sensors may be a good bet.
So, for indoor cannabis operations that want to expand their business, growing up can be quicker than growing out.
Think of your grow system as a manufacturing facility. Speed becomes even more valuable once you’re producing twice the amount of product you were before.
How to Start Vertical Cannabis Farming
We’ll be honest, vertical farming is not for the faint of heart – it takes commitment, passion, and skill. This production method is a change of pace for many growers. But luckily, there is enough automation and quality equipment on the market that these systems have become more plug-and-play than ever before. So what are you waiting for? It’s time to get growing!
As for airflow, simply push your air down the open areas of your racking system while pulling it out from the other end. This method is similar to small greenhouses known as hoop-houses.
But the desire to get my grow on also has a lot to do with how I grew up in rural Vermont.
I planted my first seed on Oct. 19, 2020, opting for an easy-to-grow strain called Lowryder. Considered one of the first autoflowering strains of marijuana — meaning the plant flowers after a set period of time instead of taking its cue from seasonal light changes — Lowryder is a cross of Cannabis ruderalis, ‘Northern Lights No. 2′ and ‘William’s Wonder’ that yields a compact, indica-heavy plant. Based on the grow guide included in my kit, my plant would be ready to harvest just before Christmas. In a nod to the holiday season timetable, when the first green sprout popped out of the soil a few days later, I nicknamed her Mariah in honor of the chanteuse whose 1994 album “Merry Christmas” seems to flower like clockwork year after year.
For almost as long as I’ve known about the cannabis plant, I’ve wanted to grow my own weed. This is partly because I like everything about it; not just the psychoactive effect of combusting and inhaling it, but also the way it looks, from the slender serrated fan leaves to the densely packed flowers shimmering with a crystal-like dusting (called trichomes, these tiny, hair-like structures are home to the high-producing compound THC). I like the skunky smell of a live plant, and I appreciate the fact that it’s only the female of the genus that will get you high.