The cannabis grow cycle features two distinct phases: the vegetative phase and the flowering phase. Manipulating the light cycle during both of these phases can result in a faster pace of growth. During the vegetative phase (when plants feature only fan leaves and have not started to bloom), indoor plants are usually vegged under 18 hours of light and 6 hours of darkness per day to provide the best conditions for photosynthesis and respiration to occur.
Vanilla Ice Autoflowering has an average THC content of 13%. She’ll yield up to 350g/m² indoors and reach a peak height of 90cm.
LIGHTING DURING THE VEGETATIVE PHASE
Vanilla Ice Autoflowering is a speedy lady that will explode from seed to harvest in as little as 55 days, without any of the above methods being implemented. She was created using the original Vanilla Ice, which was then infused with ruderalis. This indica-dominant specimen provides a giggly, happy, and relaxed body high with flavours of vanilla and sugar.
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.
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.
As you can surmise, photoperiod plants require at least 5 months from seed to harvest. However, there is no distinction between the vegetative and flowering cycles for autoflowers and they flower irrespective of light and darkness. Most autoflowering strains such as C4 Auto and Blackberry need only 8 weeks to flower!
Plastic containers are good, but they don’t suit indoor grows much. When you water the plants, plastic pots tend to hold more water since they are designed that way. Eventually, the roots are waterlogged and you can see the water pooling at the top whenever you water.
2) Go organic, if possible
Airpots contain many holes that aid the roots to receive oxygen. The idea is to prune the roots of the plants. Many gardeners prune not only the stems but also the roots of the plant. This requires a lot of experience, though. Pruning forces the roots to grow aggressively and this inadvertently helps the plant.
Cannabis plants love fabric pots. Fabric pots like Smartpots are best for all plants, but when growing indoors, it becomes an important factor. In fact, you should stick only to fabric or Airpots when growing indoors because it takes a while for the soil to dry. This doesn’t apply if you’re growing hydroponically, but if you’re using soil, you need all the help you can get.
Another important reason that sets autoflowers apart from photoperiod plants is that you can harvest your buds faster. With photoperiod strains, the vegetative period where the plants grow require at least 10 weeks. Growers provide 18/6 hours of light/darkness in this cycle. Once they switch to 12 hours of darkness, the flowering begins. This period requires another 8-9 weeks.
Another method is to switch your plants to 10 hours of light per day, which will encourage your plants to ripen more quickly. This method works best on Indica varieties which have a shorter flowering cycle than Hazes and Sativa’s, as well as higher yields.
When your cannabis plants receive less than 13 or 14 hours of light a day, they will automatically start to flower. In the natural world, harvest occurs in the autumn, when the hours of daylight begin to decrease. Indoors you can mimic this and speed up the time of harvest.
2. Speeding up the flowering phase
You could also give your plants a full twenty-four hours of daylight during the vegetative phase to encourage leaf and stem growth. This will enable you to reach the flowering stage a little sooner without compromising so much on the eventual yield.
It may sound obvious, but one of the easiest ways to reach harvest quickly is to choose seeds with short flowering times. Always buy seeds from reputable and established sellers who will display growing and flowering times on their websites. The aforementioned Northern Lights feature a two-month flowering phase, while others, such as Sour Diesel need to flower for more than 2,5 months. Strains with longer flowering times generally tend to perform better outdoors because they receive more sunshine. However, varieties with short flowering phases often produce cannabis of equally good quality.
You can speed up the flowering phase by one to two weeks by using a product such as Bushmaster. However, it will also stop vertical growth. The best option is to grow your plants to about the height you want to maintain while in the vegetative phase then start dosing it with Bushmaster. This can also increase yields, so it’s a win-win. Be very careful, though, as this stuff is potent and can cause root burn.