It’s early October, which is no time to start growing weed outdoors. However, if you have your cannabis seeds in the ground a little late and want to speed things up before the weather gets too cold, then there are a few things you can do to expedite the growing process. Similarly, if you’re just impatient and can’t wait several months to harvest your bud, give these express cannabis cultivation tips a try.
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Grow Weed Fast With FAST Genetics
Choosing the right genetics is vital to the success of a cannabis grow, so if speed is your objective, then there’s no point cultivating a lazy Sativa photoperiod cultivar. On the other hand, many autoflowering strains complete their life cycle in around ten weeks and are a great starting point for growers in a hurry. However, those who prefer photoperiod plants to autoflowers can still shave a few weeks off their grow by sticking to indica cultivars, as these generally reach the flowering stage earlier than sativa types.
It goes without saying that healthy plants with strong genetics grow fastest, so growers should always seek out high-quality cannabis seeds from a top seed bank. Many of the best banks have now developed super-fast versions of popular strains, so growing weed has never been less time-consuming.
White Widow FAST, for instance, completes its flowering cycle in around seven weeks yet bristles with trichomes like its slower-growing parent. Jack Herer FAST is the perfect strain for beginner growers who want to harvest dense buds loaded with THC in double-quick time.
Then there’s Bruce Banger FAST, which boasts Original OG Kush genetics and can be grown in all environments and any growing medium.
Grow Weed Fast Indoors
The outdoor growing season is governed by the forces of nature and largely beyond the control of mere mortals. On the other hand, growers get to play God when cultivating cannabis indoors and have total control over lighting, temperature, airflow and all other environmental variables.
An indoor grow offers more opportunities for growing weed fast and allows growers to decide when to switch their plants from the vegetative stage to the flowering phase. Assuming you’re working with photoperiod cannabis plants, you can initiate bloom whenever you like by switching to a 12-hour light cycle.
In theory, this can be done at any time, even when a plant is still just a seedling. Unsurprisingly, tiny plants give tiny yields, so flipping the lights too soon after germination can be counter-productive. To speed up vegetative growth, some cultivators keep the lights on 24/7 in their grow room, as this causes marijuana plants to get bigger faster. However, such a relentless light schedule gives plants no time to rest, which can sometimes lead to health issues.
An indoor grow also creates opportunities to increase the hours of darkness in the grow tent during flowering. Giving plants less than 12 hours of light can trick them into thinking that winter is approaching, causing them to get their skates on and complete their flowering cycle extra fast. Once again, though, growers should exercise caution when starving cannabis plants of lumens, as this can stunt yields and hinder the production of cannabinoids and terpenes.
Finally, indoor growers may find that their plants grow faster in a hydroponic system than in soil. Using a growing medium like coco coir or perlite, hydroponic set-ups allow for the targeted introduction of nutrients at specific times and can help cannabis plants to grow more efficiently during veg.
The Fastest Way To Grow Weed Outdoors
If you’re rushing to finish your outdoor plants, you could try blocking out the sunlight using a tarpaulin or a large opaque container. Doing so can trick plants into blooming early, especially if they are limited to just 12 hours of light per day.
Alternatively, you might want to bring your outdoor plants inside, where the light cycle can be controlled more easily. Relocating your weed is advisable if it’s late in the season and the temperatures start to drop.
Obviously, this is only feasible if your plants are in pots. It’s also worth bearing in mind that plants may need time to acclimatise to their new environment, especially if there’s a temperature difference. To help make the transition smoother, consider moving plants gradually, initially bringing them inside at night only but progressively increasing the amount of time they spend indoors. After a couple of weeks, they should be used to their new grow space and can be left inside permanently.
Some growers even go as far as pollinating their female plants if they notice the season ending. Doing so causes buds to mature faster, as plants direct their energy into ripening rather than growing more flowers once fertilising them. Just be sure to keep an eye on the development of your weed plants and harvest them before they produce new cannabis seeds. Otherwise, you’re sinsemilla dreams will be dashed.
The Right Nutrients At The Right Time
Whether in a rush or not, it’s always a good idea to feed your cannabis plants the right nutes at the right time. However, doing so becomes even more critical if you need to avoid delays, as weed grows fastest and most efficiently when it has the correct food.
After all, unhealthy plants need time to recover before they can start thinking about growing or maturing, so each time you fail to give them exactly what they need, you just hold up your grow. To prevent setbacks, always ensure plants have sufficient nitrogen during the vegetative stage before switching to a diet that goes heavier on potassium and phosphorus during the flowering stage. Giving plants the wrong nutrients at the wrong time leads to slower growth and smaller yields.
Similarly, the fastest way to grow weed is to ensure that health issues are spotted and addressed as quickly as possible. This might sound like a no-brainer, but the more severe a problem becomes, the more time a plant will need to recover, so if you’re in a race against the clock, you’d better pay attention and rectify any hiccups sharpish!