At Budzu we get asked these and similar questions all the time and unfortunately the answer is not set in stone.
The answer to these questions depends on a lot of factors, some you have control over and some you do not.
The range can be from 8 weeks to over 8 months
Unfortunately this is not a very precise answer is it?
This large range is the reason that most growers cannot give you an accurate answer without knowing a bit about what you are trying to achieve and to give an accurate answer they also need to know a bit about your situation.
But to start with, lets give you an answer that will give you a good starting point in your mission to grow.
A cannabis grower can in 12 to 17 weeks sow seeds, veg the plants, flower the plants, harvest and cure the buds aka flowers ready for use.
The important thing is to time the whole process to suit your circumstances and to help you do this I am going to go over the different stages and factors that you can control. This way you can plan out your pot grow so you can achieve the times you want.
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Time needed: 1 hour - 6 weeks
Lets break it down:
The strain you grow can have the most impact on how long it is before you have weed to smoke, strains can be ready to harvest in as little as 6-7 weeks for an autoflower to as long as 20 weeks for a long flowering landrace sativa.Flowering Length: Different strains flower for varying lengths of time and this ranges from 6-7 weeks to around 20 weeks with the most common being from 8-10 weeks flowering. Typically Indica dominant strains flower for shorter periods than Sativas. We suggest that you research strains of interest in our strain guide where you can search via length of flowering period.
Below is a list of some popular strains based on flowering time6-8 week flowering
C998-10 week flowering
Girl Scout Cookies
Chocolope10-12 week flowering SSSS SSSDH
Kali Mist12 plus weeks flowering
Most strains have a moderate flowering range of 8-10 weeks, if you are interested in a strain just find out what the flowering time is and factor this into your grow.
It is worth remembering that the rule of thumb is the longer you veg the larger your yield should be, however we have found that this is also strain dependent.
Starting with Seeds If you have seeds then this takes no time but if you want to buy seeds this can take 2-6 weeks with an average of 3 weeks when ordering seeds from a seed bank, it can also take as long as 6 weeks. Depending on where you live you may be able to go to a local seed bank and buy them that day.Time breakdown:Payment Times: 1 min if paying by CC or cash at a local dispensary 1 min if paying by CC on a breeder or seedbanks website 2 weeks to 4 weeks if sending in cash or a money order to a seed breeder or seedbank.Order fulfilment: 0 hours to 1 week, some breeders only fill orders once a week.Sending order: Some breeders only send seeds once every 1-2 weeks so this is very breeder dependant.Shipping Time: 1 week for local and up to 4 weeks for internationalStarting with Clones
If you want to buy a clone this can take 1 day to 5 weeks, again depending on your location and access.
Buy a clone from a grow op clone breeder or a dispensary that has the clone in stock- if the local dispensary or cannabis breeder has the strain you want in stock then all you need to do is go pick it up.
Buy a clone from non local seller or waiting for clone to be in stock- If you want a particular strain then you might have to travel further or put in an order and wait till the seller has some clones ready - this can take 1 day or upto 5 weeks.
All these factors effect the veg time you want to use. Marijuana growers generally allow the plant to be in a vegetative state for 2-3 weeks minimum up to a few months from when the plant has 2 -3 sets of leaves, this allows the plant to get big enough so that when you switch your weed plant to flowering it will produce enough buds.
Next lets go over another factor to consider when working out how long it takes to grow your weed.
Harvesting a few plants does not take long but harvesting 50 plus plants does, as most people will advise this is a crucial time. We suggest that you get yourself prepared with any items that you need ahead of time. See what is suggested here: ( link to a page where we can list items and sell them )