When looking to speed up a cannabis grow, there are differences and limitations to growing indoors or outdoors. Ultimately, growing indoors provides much more control over environmental factors that contribute to speed. However, if you prefer to grow outside, or that’s all you have to work with, there are a few things you can tweak to move things along hastily. First, let’s take a look at what can be done indoors.
Unlike indoor growers, outdoor growers have to deal with the sun. This constant light source is a great thing for those looking to grow all season long. However, those seeking a fast harvest will need to find ways to reduce light exposure. As mentioned above, altering the light cycle is perhaps the most powerful way to speed up growth. When it comes to achieving a 12/12 light cycle outdoors to initiate flowering from the get-go, growers can cover their plants with a tarp for periods in the morning and evening to avoid excess light exposure.
HOW TO SPEED UP AN INDOOR CANNABIS GROW
To initiate flowering and increase the speed of the flowering phase, a light cycle of 12 hours on and 12 hours off is usually recommended. There is, however, the option to run an 11/13 light cycle, which will make your plant hurry up in fear of the approaching change of seasons. Some growers do both, starting with 12/12 at the beginning of bloom, then moving to 11/13 at the latter half of the phase.
Pollination is usually something growers strive to avoid. When pollen makes contact with flowers, they become fertilised and seed formation starts. This means energy that would otherwise be directed toward flower growth is instead directed to the formation of seeds. However, by pollinating your flowers by hand approximately 1 week before harvest, you will force them to mature faster. Be sure to harvest them before seeds begin to form.
The ideal temperament of a cannabis grower is patience. However, sometimes things need to be stepped up a gear. To grow cannabis faster, it’s key to start with faster genetics and an understanding of light cycles.
You can force photoperiod strains to mature almost as fast as autoflowering cannabis by putting them in 12 hours of darkness every day from the time they germinate. It works, but your plants will not get nearly as big or yield as much as if you had allowed them to veg for the normal 4–6 weeks.
Most autoflowering hybrids will start to flower two weeks after germination, and can be harvested about 7 weeks later. Quick One, for example, completes its full life cycle in 8 weeks and still yields up to 150g/plant.
GIVE YOUR PLANTS LESS THAN 12 HOURS OF LIGHT PER DAY DURING BLOOM
If you want to grow cannabis as fast as possible, choosing a seed that’s been bred to mature quickly is key. It’s only common sense that it will be easier to hurry along a strain that will finish on its own in 7 weeks than one that prefers 12. Luckily, fast strains have been bred to meet every need and preference.
Starving a plant that wants to bloom for 9–10 weeks to force an early harvest can have a negative impact on yield. If you’re going to try this method, choose a cannabis seed with a naturally short finish time like Honey Cream. This is a high-yielding indica that only needs 6–7 weeks to complete its flowering cycle.
As a general rule, autoflowering cannabis will mature at a faster rate than photoperiod strains because they contain a percentage of ruderalis genetics. Ruderalis evolved naturally in cold places like Siberia where the summers are very short. They had to develop the ability to produce flowers and seeds quickly to ensure the survival of the species.
Out of the many questions by cannabis growers, the one that’s frequently touched upon is about how to grow cannabis fast. It’s a natural question and a very valid one at that. Growing cannabis requires expertise, knowledge, and patience. Yes, you need to be patient to get to those buds at the end of it all, but who wants to spend months at a stretch?
With this technique, light is distributed in a uniform manner and you won’t have to deal with popcorn buds. Also, marijuana plants tend to grow better when stressed. It’s a natural defense mechanism that makes the plant heal quickly. Autoflowers need to be trained carefully, but since LST is about minimally stressing the plant, it works pretty well.
1) Choose autoflowers over photoperiod strains
Another method to check when to water the plants is to weigh them. Just lift the pots. If they feel too heavy, they have too much water and you’ll have to wait. On the contrary, if you can lift them easily, it’s time to water them – as simple as that.
Photoperiod strains require light to grow, and the flowering cycle depends completely on the light. For example, growers provide 18/6 hours of light/darkness and switch to 12/12 hours of light/darkness to induce flowering. However, Ruderalis was different. Rather than relying on light, this strain started flowering automatically. And thus, the name “Autoflowers” became famous.
What exactly are autoflowers, you ask? Well, autoflowers are special types of cannabis plants. Cannabis plants can be divided into Sativa, Indica and Ruderalis strains. Out of these, Sativa and Indica became very popular while Ruderalis was somewhat left behind. However, in recent years, the importance of Ruderalis has been noted by thousands of growers across the world.