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Growing marijuana can be confusing, when you don’t know what to expect. You think you’re doing just fine until harvest comes around and you yield way less than you’d like.

As I have said, I love teaching others to grow marijuana. That’s why I’m going to teach you what to expect throughout a cannabis plant’s life. I will help you gain control of the situation through knowledge so that you can grow the best possible marijuana.

In addition to an overview of the marijuana plant lifecycle, I’ll also share some tips on storing seeds and harvesting. There are a few differences between growing indoors and outdoors, so I’ll discuss that as well. Keep reading to learn more about the various stages of cannabis growth.

Or, jump ahead to the section that interests you.

Your marijuana plant will go through a lot in its lifetime.

Unquestionably, there will be several major milestones. If you are familiar with them, you can better care for your plants. You’ll also likely notice health issues as they arise, instead of after it is too late.

When you know what the best-case scenario is, you’ll be able to recognize and fix problems. Be that as it may, sometimes you might run into a problem you just can’t fix.

Looking to buy cannabis seeds in Australia?

For one reason or another, a plant just won’t grow, and nothing you do can change that. However, knowing what to expect never hurts.

See the difference a few weeks makes?

Be prepared for every stage of your plant’s life by learning about the different needs and behaviors throughout their lifecycle.

Cannabis seeds

It all starts with the seed.

Cannabis uses sexual reproduction to create seeds and spread them. A single seed is produced by two parents and contains genes from both the female and male plants. There is an exception, however. That is when seeds are produced by a hermaphrodite plant, but that is a complex process at-home growers don’t need to worry about.

marijuana seeds
Marijuana seeds

Beneath its waxy coat lies a tiny dehydrated plant (comprised of the root, stem, and two leaves), just waiting to be exposed to moisture and warmth. Metabolically, the plant slows down and enters a static state, essentially putting itself into suspended animation. This allows the seeds to remain viable for long periods, but not indefinitely.

Once the plant receives water and heat, it sprouts. Otherwise, it grows too old and dies. This is why you can’t keep seeds forever (although some seeds keep better and longer than others).

Next to the tiny plant, inside the seed, is a tiny store of calories to start the plant on its journey. This is known as the endosperm.

Tip: make sure to download my free Grow Bible for more information
about the cannabis life cycle  

Cannabis seeds will lie dormant until they are exposed to water and light. The seeds themselves are fairly hardy, and should be able to survive well in a dark, cool place, given stable temperatures. A fridge or cellar is perfect.

Here’s why you need to protect your seeds:

They can die, meaning they never grow into a harvestable plant. You can keep this from happening by storing them carefully since extreme temperatures are the most likely way to damage seeds. A temperature below freezing can kill cannabis seeds.

Related article: What are marijuana seeds

Germinating seeds

When you’re ready to grow your plant, expose the seeds to light and moisture. That exposure will activate a series of hormones within the seed and kickstart the growth process.

Did you know?

A single root grows down and splits open the outer shell of your seed, then reaches downward into the soil in search of water and nutrients. At the same time (or just after), a green stalk will shoot upward, and two initial cotyledon leaves appear.

Germinating

This is when seeds start to vary as there are actually two different kinds of seeds. Cannabis plants are called cotyledons. This means they have two distinct leaves on their sprout, and they belong to the dicotyledonous group of plants. Read the article How To Germinate Marijuana Seeds for more info.

germinating weed seeds
Germinating seeds

As a sprout, the cannabis plant has two meristems— one at the crown which is known as the “shoot meristem” and one at the root, known as the “root meristem.” The former will become the stem and foliage while the latter will become the taproot.

Cell division occurs in the meristem cells of the plant. This is the foundation of plant growth.

The meristem is important because:

The highest concentration of multiplying cells resides here. Of course, there are multiplying cells throughout the plant, but they are heavily located in the crown and the roots. In other words, this is where the majority of plant growth occurs.

Germinating plant growth
Plant growth after germinating

Typically, as meristem cells mature, they will solidify into a single type of cell: that is, they will become buds, roots, leaves or stems, and will exclusively produce those cells. Once a meristem cell has begun producing roots, for example, it will no longer be able to reproduce leaves or stems.

But here’s what matters:

Meristem cells are essentially identical. It is only their location and the precise stimuli they are exposed to that make them react differently. This is an important distinction to keep in mind when cutting clones since the cells at the base of the cutting will become roots, and those at the top will grow into the rest of the plant.

You have to be careful, of course, but there’s a workaround if you mess up:

You could apply auxins like naphthaleneacetic acid to the plant. Auxins are rooting hormones which will help encourage root growth on new cuttings. That can help if your roots simply won’t grow.

Tip: make sure to download my free Grow Bible  for more information about germinating

But remember, sometimes your seeds won’t sprout.

All seeds are different, but, in general, cannabis seeds lose efficacy after a year or so. That being said, some could sprout even after several years.

Moisture and seeds

I can’t say this enough:

Moisture levels should be kept as low as possible when storing seeds. Moisture can allow fungus to grow or cause premature sprouting of the seeds, both of which are devastating if a grower has any intention of growing viable plants out of them.

“Over-watering is the biggest obstacle some growers face when germinating seeds and growing seedlings.”

Jorge Cervantes

When you do want to initiate sprouting, you’ll need moisture, but even then, be careful not to let the seeds absorb too much water, or molds and rot may become issues.

When you sprout marijuana seeds, moisture enters through micropyles. Micropyles are tiny porous openings. If they are misshapen or clogged with foreign material, it may be difficult to germinate your plants.

This is not a big problem though, because:

You can soak your seeds in a water bath. You can also scratch the surface of the seed using a process called scarification. To do this, nick the seed lightly with a sharp edge or use an abrasive surface.

Here’s the catch though:

You only want to do this if absolutely necessary for inducing germination. Seeds that require a great deal of extra effort to sprout could pass on their traits to future generations. It would be a shame to create extra work for yourself.

“Seeds do not need any extra hormones to germinate. Household water contains enough dissolved solids, food, to nourish seeds through their first few weeks of life.”

Jorge Cervantes

As the little plant hidden away inside the seed absorbs moisture, it will begin to swell and grow. Eventually, it will burst out of the shell, and leave behind its state of suspended animation. After that, it will require regular heat, water, and air. It will no longer survive in a dry environment.

Seedling stage

In the meantime, the seedling continues to grow breaking apart the seed coat that was protecting it. At the same time, the root systems at the base of the plant begin to develop, while leaves begin to spread out and grow out from the top of the plant.

seedling stage
Seedling Stage

Soon, new leaves will grow, and the plant will enter it’s first true growth cycle. From there, the plant will continue to grow bigger and bigger until the buds are triggered to flower.

After about 3-7 days of initial growth, a healthy seed should have grown into a seedling. This stage begins when a plant starts to develop a stable root system and an initial growth of “true leaves,” that is, leaves which exhibit the same form and characteristics as mature cannabis leaves. We are not talking about the cotyledon leaves that pop up right after germination.

Seedling

Your plant can remain a seedling for a while, anywhere from 3-6 weeks. The duration depends primarily on environmental factors and the particular strain that you are cultivating.

You’ll always want to pay close attention to your plants, but be especially careful to do this in the early stages of growth. Pay attention to the speed at which the foliage develops.

As the plant begins to develop foliage and a stable root system, it will transition into the vegetative stage of growth. This is especially important if you are planning on transplanting. If you want to move your seedling to a new container or environment, now is the time to do it.

People who successfully grow do this during the seedling stage:

  • Maintain a temperature of 77 degrees
  • Maintain proper humidity
  • Limit the number of nutrients

Nutrients can burn the cannabis seedlings; if you must use them, use very little. I recommend a fertilizer with nitrogen, such as Flower Power.

You’ll need white light (18 hours per day) as soon as you see those cotyledons, as well a temperature between 68- 77 degrees and humidity of approximately 60%.

CFL lights are perfect for seedlings because they don’t produce a lot of heat. You can place the seedlings as close as 2 inches from the lights – giving them plenty of light. Need lights? Check out the ones at this link.

Vegetative stage

This is when your cannabis plant really comes into its own, producing the sort of big jagged leaves you’ve been waiting for. Your plant can produce more foliage because it can now absorb and process much more carbon dioxide and other nutrients.

vegetative stage cannabis
Vegetative stage

During the vegetative stage of growth, the roots will continue to expand, and the plant will grow taller. This is when people say you can “watch your plant grow.” A healthy cannabis plant can grow up to 2 inches in a single day!

The duration of the vegetative phase is controlled primarily by light exposure. If you are growing outdoors, this means it will depend on what part of the world you are in. For indoor growers, it means you can keep the plant in a vegetative state for as long as you please, but it normally lasts 1 to 2 months.

Vegetative stage

A lot happens during the stage. To begin with, the plant essentially grows leaves and stalks. It also produces a solid structure that can support heavy buds. The plant grows taller and larger, with new layers of leaves being added. At this time, you should be able to notice the difference between cannabis varieties.

Read the article Vegetative Stage For Indoor Marijuana Plants  for more info

The temperature should be between 68- 77 degrees, with a humidity of around 50% to 70%, constant white light, (at least eighteen hours a day) and nitrogen-rich fertilizer as needed.  The stage lasts approximately 1 to 2 months.

This stage is fairly passive for the grower, but you should pay attention to your light exposure. We’ll have more on the relationship between light exposure and flowering in other articles.

Flowering stage

The last stage of the cannabis life cycle is the most important for growers (and everyone that gets to enjoy the harvest). The flowering stage begins after a period of reduced light exposure. It represents the period when a plant becomes sexually mature and ready to spread its genes. Both female and male plants have a flowering stage, but male cannabis plants usually mature earlier than the female plants, sometimes up to a couple weeks earlier.

Flowering stage
Flowering Stage

When the plant reaches the flowering stage, it will begin to produce large quantities of sticky resin on the outsides of the leaves. The resin is centered on the reproductive parts of the plant, also known as “the buds.”

This resin contains the highest percentages of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) that you will find on the plant. To emphasize its importance, THC is the active ingredient most sought after by smokers and medicinal users.

The specific potency of your plant (the percentage of active ingredient in the resin) will be determined by the amount of time a plant has spent flowering. It also depends on whether or not the plant has been pollinated and fertilized.

Length of the the flowering stage

By now, you are likely eager to harvest the forming buds, but you’ll want to wait, and it may be a while. The length of the flowering stage can vary depending on what cannabis strain you’re working with and how much control you have over your growing environment.

There are, however, some standards:

Most cannabis strains have a flowering period that falls somewhere between 6-10 weeks, although, given the right strain and the right conditions, this could go on for even longer.

For practical purposes, you can split up the flowering stage into a couple different sections. First is the phase that occurs right after your plant finishes the vegetative stage. During this time, you may notice some bud development. Many growers like to call this the pre-flower stage.

However, most growers start the flowering period with a change in lighting. After changing the light cycle to 12 hours on and 12 hours off, the cannabis development rate increases dramatically, and the internodes become shorter so they can form the construction that will carry the cannabis flowers. An internode is located on the stem. It represents the area between two nodes where leaves will emerge.

During this time, the temperature should remain between 68- 77 degrees, with a humidity between 50% to 70%, a light cycle of 12 hours of orange-red lighting per day and a nitrogen-rich fertilizer as needed. You should start to see bud-like structures just after the pre-flowering phase that probably lasted around two weeks. They will continue to develop, but not as fast as before. You’ll also start to see early flowers.

temperature flowering stage
Temperature flowering stage

When you notice buds developing, the cannabis is in bloom and will stop growing.

This is great because:

The plant will now invest everything into the growth of its buds, while also growing thicker and denser.  The buds are heavy, covered in resin and you can smell them. Some pistils turn brown, and some big leaves at the bottom turn yellow.

At this time, the temperature should remain between 68- 77 degrees, with a humidity of around 50%. There should be a light cycle of 12 hours of orange-red lighting per day. You can use a fertilizer with K (potassium) and P (phosphor) in normal amounts, but no more nitrogen!

Flowering stage

About 10 days before the plant matures, you should stop fertilizing. You can identify maturity when the buds are dense, glimmering and smelly.

Read the article Flowering Stage For Indoor Marijuana Plants  for more info

Until now, everything was green. However at this point, the pistils turn brown, the large leaves turn yellow in large numbers, the buds expand and gain weight, and the development of calyces slows down. Depending on the type of cannabis and on your taste, you can begin harvesting.  

Harvesting

Harvesting is not really part of the life cycle, but it is a crucial point in the life cycle of your marijuana plants. When you harvest determines the taste, smell, effects, and strength of your marijuana.

The best way to decide when to harvest is by looking at the pistils. The pistils are the little white hairs on the buds that slowly turn brown/red when your weed ripens.

Here is what to look for:

life cycle harvesting
0-49% of the pistils are brown – Not ready yet
life cycle harvesting 2
50-70% of the pistils are brown – Ready for harvest, but it’s still a bit young. Light taste and mellow high. Maximum potency not yet achieved
life cycle harvesting 3
70-90% of the pistils are brown – Ready for harvest. Taste and effect are at their peak. You’ve reached maximum potency
life cycle harvesting 4
90-100% of the pistils brown – Almost too late to harvest. Taste is heavy, and the effect is narcotic. Harvest right away and don’t wait any longer

I wrote a mini harvesting guide with everything you need to know about harvesting. Learn how to harvest based on flowering time, pistils or trichomes and get the mini guide at this link. It is a must-read guide for every marijuana grower!

Indoor life cycle

So, how long is the entire growing process?

It depends on whether you are growing indoors or outdoors.

On average, the indoor life cycle takes around 3 months from seed to harvest. If you start with clones, it will take between 2 and 2.5 months. The life cycle length also depends on the flowering time of the strain you grow. Some strains take 7-8 weeks to flower while others take 9-10 weeks. There are even strains that take up to 15 weeks to finish flowering.

Indica dominant strains have a shorter flowering time than Sativa dominant strains

The flowering stage begins as soon as you change the light cycle from 18 hours of daily light to 12 hours of daily light. This is an easy way to know when your buds are ready for harvest. Although environmental factors in your grow room affect the flowering time, it’s not by more than 5 days. While flowering time may not be the most precise way to determine harvest time, it’s a good guideline.

The vegetation time depends on the size you want your plants to grow before forcing them to flower. The more plants you place per square foot, the shorter the vegetation time. Above are some pictures of plants with their age.

It’s best to force your plants to flower when the leaf tips are touching each other. Seeing that the first 2 or 3 weeks of the flowering stage your plants will continue growing, make sure your plants don’t outgrow your grow room.

Outdoor life cycle

Want to grow outside instead?

Well, the life cycle of outdoor pants is a lot longer than the life cycle of indoor plants. This is because when growing outdoors, you cannot control the light cycle, so you have to let mother nature do her job. Depending on your local climate and the strain you grow, it will take 6 to 9 months from seed to harvest.

Marijuana plants react to the amount of light they receive. In the case of outdoors, the process can vary since the grower does not control the sun.

In August, when the days grow shorter, your plants ‘know’ winter is coming, so they start to flower. During the beginning of the flowering stage, the female plants get pollinated by the males so they can produce seeds to reproduce.

Outdoor mixed with males
Females get pollinated when mixed with males

From the day your plants begin receiving less light, it will take 2 to 3 months before they are ready for harvest. Most strains will be ready in October or November. Indica strains have a shorter flowering period than sativa strains.

Don’t choose a long flowering strain if you live in a climate where winter starts early

The outdoor season starts when the last frost is over. Seedlings don’t like frost. To get a head start, you can germinate your marijuana seeds indoors to start with strong plants and place them outdoors when the frost is over.

To get the most out of a short growing season, try this pro tip:

Germinate your plants 2 months before it usually stops freezing. Once you believe the freezing temperatures have ended, set your plants outside, but don’t transplant them immediately. Keep them in a container for a month. That way, when the weather is too cold or too windy, you can easily place your plants indoors for a day.

30 day old marijuana plant
30 days old – Could go outside

There is one exception to both the indoor and outdoor life cycle: autoflowering strains. These strains take 10 weeks from seed to harvest and are not sensitive to the light cycle. Read all there is to know about these strains in my article “What are autoflowering marijuana strains.”

Flowering for too long

Here’s the thing:

While you want your plants to flower for a good amount of time, it is definitely possible to let cannabis go for too long. In this over-mature phase, the cannabis plant loses medicinal value because it deteriorates.

Flowering too long
Flowering too long – Harvest on time

What happens when you fail to harvest?

The cannabis plant stops producing calyces, the stem swells, the calyces stretch themselves, and the leaves become yellow and fall off.

Each phase of the cannabis growing process has its own specific environmental factors such as humidity percentage, fertilization, light cycle, and temperature. Keep all of these in check if you want a great harvest with dense ‘medical-grade’ buds.

To summarize:

Once you understand the cannabis lifecycle, it is easy to start growing marijuana like a pro. No more rookie mistakes like freezing your seeds or transplanting at the wrong time. Instead, you’ll be ready to try more advanced growing techniques and practice new skills.

Don’t worry, I go into much greater detail on other things you can do to improve and control the growth and health of your plants elsewhere on this blog.  In the meanwhile, sit back and watch your flowers grow.

Thanks for reading. Please leave comments or questions below and don’t forget to download my free grow bible

Robert

Frequently asked questions

How much marijuana can I yield?   Your yield will vary based on many things. In addition to your level of experience, you must consider the strain, the conditions, and the amount of love you supply. For more on expected yield, read this article.

What happens when you stay in a veg or flower stage too long? Staying in the veg or flower stage too long can affect the quality of your buds. If in the veg stage, your buds will not get dense, in the flowering stage your plant may die before harvest.

Is it okay to harvest early? You can harvest marijuana whenever you want, but if you do it too early, your results may not be as potent. There is no hard rule on when to harvest, but you’ll find a good guide in this article.

If I start growing a plant outdoors in a pot, can I change my mind and bring it inside? Absolutely! Grow indoors or outdoors, but it’s best to choose one and stick with that. When you change the growing environment mid-lifecycle, it can shock the plant.

What should I do if a germinated seed isn’t thriving?  If your seed has germinated, but it won’t grow, it probably has less to do with the seed and more to do with the conditions. Learn how to create the best conditions for seedlings in this article.

Can you extend a cannabis plant’s lifecycle so that it can bloom annually? Cannabis is monocarpic. That means once it flowers it dies. You’ll only get one harvest out of a single plant; however, you could grow multiple plants in a single year. Learn how in this article.

The founder of I Love Growing Marijuana, Robert Bergman, is a marijuana growing expert that enjoys sharing his knowledge with the world. He combines years of experience, ranging from small-scale grows to massive operations, with a passion for growing. His articles include tutorials on growing... [read more]

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  1. By John Cox

    ,15 May 2015
    Thank you for them seeds .I will order some more this fall if all goes well .I have over a 100 or so and hope I get by with at least one-third of them .Thank you again .
    1. By James

      ,16 Mar 2016
      I waiting on my Bubba seeds too come in,how many days,before I switch to flowering??? Oh and I have a 400 watt led light I'm going to use,should I switch to a hps light once I start flowering ?
      1. By Mikeyt123

        ,28 Nov 2016
        If you need answers to that, you should do a lot more research b4 investing in the equipment needed. That's a basic question that you should not have to ask in a forum, the answer is everywhere you look regarding […]Read More
        1. By FreeBluntz

          ,13 Jul 2017
          instead of taking the time to call him out, you could have just given him the answer....
      2. By David

        ,30 Mar 2018
        "how many days,before I switch to flowering??? Oh and I have a 400 watt led light I’m going to use,should I switch to a hps light once I start flowering ?" All things being equal...begin flowering (12 hours day-12 hours […]Read More
      3. By Susan

        ,05 Oct 2018
        I put my seeds in paper towels for 6 days and when they had roots I planted them outside for 8weeks .I started them the end of July 2018 .and because the weather here in NY is still nice my […]Read More
    2. By Stephen Boehme

      ,14 Aug 2017
      Did you live in Australia as seeds only cm some time? ?? never tried this site
      1. By will

        ,28 Aug 2017
        do u send to Australia? an if thay dont get hear do you resend?
        1. By Roy ILGM

          ,29 Aug 2017
          Hi Will, you can find all our shipping info here
  2. By Rick

    ,17 Jun 2015
    Hi just a quick question You mention that it's good to transplant at 77 degrees is that right? You’ll always want to pay close attention to your plants, but be especially careful to do this in the early stages of […]Read More
  3. By latewood

    ,18 Jun 2015
    Sounds good Rick. Seems like you basically answered your own question.
  4. By lee&jo

    ,20 Jun 2015
    is it ok to re-pot when the plants are in there 1st stages of flowering ?.
  5. By diane

    ,20 Jul 2015
    about how much bud can one get from medium sised bushy plant
    1. By mjr

      ,19 Jan 2018
      4-6 ozs. When you have trimmed and dried and conditioned the buds, you will net about 4 0z off a typical 30" tall indica dominant hybrid plant.
  6. By latewood

    ,23 Jul 2015
    lee&jo, t is possible to replant in early flower; However, you must be really delicate not to disturb too much of the root zone, at this stage. I have done this successfully in the past. diane, It is virtually impossible […]Read More
    1. By Louis Lumley

      ,07 Apr 2016
      I had a plant once who espoused s6ch a condition all due to lack of light
      1. By cujo

        ,10 Nov 2016
        Can you start to plant outside in November
  7. By Lonnie Hunt

    ,14 Sep 2015
    A few years ago I grew a marijuana plant from seed indoors . one night I woke up and thought a skunk was under the house the smell was so strong. I went into the room where the plant was, […]Read More
    1. By Adolf Richter

      ,17 Jan 2018
      Question; Can the leaves be used for anything? Does it have any "Nutritional " value?
  8. By latewood

    ,15 Sep 2015
    I have no idea what caused that years ago. Sorry.
  9. By Growing Medical Marijuana Outdoors

    ,18 Sep 2015
    […] lengthening nights of the late summer trigger the plant’s flowering stage. Some varieties will cease growing vegetatively almost instantly, but others could continue growing […]
  10. By How To Grow Medicinal Marijuana –

    ,18 Sep 2015
    […] candidates need to also be aware that marijuana has somewhat of a seductive quality. It’s entire life cycle, from seed (or cutting) to ripeness and senescence, spans only about a quarter of a year. One day […]
  11. By steve

    ,11 Oct 2015
    what about pre-flower stage - know it is in flower stage - but many people start counting flower times when 12/12 cycle starts. but, it really starts when there there is 1st sign of bud development (pre-flower stage 1-2 weeks) […]Read More
    1. By pappy

      ,15 May 2017
      strongly recommend to trick those girls when ready to bloom total darkness for 36 hrs then 12 and 12 REMEMBER WHAT U GET IN ROOT SYSTEM U GET IN BLOOM been doing for 50 years call me pappy
  12. By latewoodl

    ,15 Oct 2015
    I agree. Very nice explanation. That would solve many growers misconception as to the length of time it takes to grow. Thanks. So we could say that; The pre-flower stage is the transition phase...basically.
  13. By Yodaoldschool

    ,28 Oct 2015
    To many growers do this your plants take about a week after you switch to 12/12 to realise they are in flower so you should never count week 1 same goes for flower feed don't give your girls this until […]Read More
  14. By james roberts

    ,03 Nov 2015
    Thanks for the free book, I would like to know if we can grow 2 strains in the same grow box. Thanks again for book I love it. When I start growing I'm getting my seeds from you. I need […]Read More
  15. By ak47luver

    ,03 Nov 2015
    Is it possible to harvest a super skunk female at day 42 of 12 and 12 it is showing what I a newby thinks is signs of being finished please enlighten me it has cloudy tricomes about half and half […]Read More
  16. By ak47luver

    ,03 Nov 2015
    Is it possible to harvest a super skunk female at day 42 of 12 and 12 it is showing what I a newby thinks is signs of being finished please enlighten me it has cloudy tricomes about half and half […]Read More
  17. By latewood.ILGM

    ,05 Nov 2015
    It is possible to harvest anytime you want. If you have no amber trichomes, then the plant is not ready. Potency will suffer.
  18. By Joan

    ,26 Nov 2015
    We have a plant that has been in bud stage for 12 weeks. Leaves are turning purplish on upper and lower buds are like pods that are not filling out. Very pretty buds. Lots of crystals. Any thoughts?
  19. By latewood.ILGM

    ,27 Nov 2015
    Joan, A plant that has been flowering for 12 weeks is probably ready to finish. At what stage is your trichome development? If you have 20%+ amber trichomes, I would think it time to flush and harvest in a few […]Read More
  20. By Joan

    ,08 Jan 2016
    Thank you for answering Nov. question. Appreciated! New plant in flower for 6 wks. Textbook. Now sweet leaves are wavy and twisty but very pretty. No brown spots. I looked at Boron but it's definitely not that. Would appreciate any […]Read More
    1. By James

      ,15 Jan 2017
      epsom sait fixs hafe the problems you have, good PH the other hafe
  21. By The Complete Guide to Growing Marijuana Naturally – I Love Growing Marijuana

    ,18 Jan 2016
    […] natural soil provides nutrients, the sun provides light, the rain gives the water and the entire life cycle of marijuana plants progresses naturally. This is not always possible, due to stealth concerns, climate and light […]
  22. By The Complete Guide To Growing Marijuana Naturally

    ,21 Jan 2016
    […] natural soil provides nutrients, the sun provides light, the rain gives the water and the entire life cycle of marijuana plants progresses naturally. This is not always possible, due to stealth concerns, climate and light […]
  23. By The Complete Guide To Growing Marijuana Naturally | Daily Dank Deals

    ,21 Jan 2016
    […] natural soil provides nutrients, the sun provides light, the rain gives the water and the entire life cycle of marijuana plants progresses naturally. This is not always possible, due to stealth concerns, climate and light […]
  24. By Diane

    ,23 Jan 2016
    Anxiously awaiting my seeds. Previously, I was given seeds from a friend which germinated. I was so excited. But then the stem grew and grew and grew and thinned out at the bottom; the tiny plant fell over and died. […]Read More
    1. By Gongalee

      ,08 Apr 2016
      Hey Diane" what's growing on. I have had success in rescuing a stretched out seedling that I did not want to go to waste. I simply scored one side of the excess stem, apply a little rooting powder to the […]Read More
    2. By jason

      ,04 Nov 2017
      Hi Diane. What kind of light are you using? Sounds to me like your plants are stretching due to insufficient lighting.
      1. By Victor

        ,24 Jul 2018
        Thanks for all your information,I'll be ordering some seeds from you before next growing season!!!
    3. By Happy guy

      ,25 May 2018
      You can stop that by taking the seedling and replanting it deeper in the soil , or you can just build soil around the stem so that it dose not thin out , I have used this technique time and […]Read More
  25. By DankFrank

    ,28 Jan 2016
    how many days of 12-12 lighting "flowering stage" does a raspberry diesel plant need to complete its budding.
    1. By latewood.ILGM

      ,03 Feb 2016
      DankFrank, There is not set amount of days for any strain. All finishing times are approximate and can be varied due to grow methods, and lighting. You induce flowering by setting lights to 12/12 photo period. After that you wait […]Read More
  26. By latewood.ILGM

    ,03 Feb 2016
    Joan, You would be well advised to join our support forum. Faster help, and many great members that can help you out.
  27. By latewood.ILGM

    ,03 Feb 2016
    Diana, If the seeds germinated, then there was nothing wrong with the seeds. If your sprout is growing tall and stemmy, and then falls over; It is because, you light is too far away, and/or you did not provide a […]Read More
  28. By phadre

    ,24 Feb 2016
    i am not a new grower but have a powdery mildew problem for the first time.my grow is in the house and i have to many animals in said house to use sulphur. my questions are, when using the vinegar […]Read More
  29. By latewood.ILGM

    ,24 Feb 2016
    phadre, It is advisable to treat your plants approx. once a week. Application should be done at 1st light and plants need to be completely covered, especially the underside of the leaves. Make sure to add some dormant horticultural soap, […]Read More
  30. By Mal

    ,28 Feb 2016
    Thanks Rob for the tips, and of course THE Book. Don't know if you can comment on this one, but here goes. My third grow, Master Kush feminized (sorry from Nirvana in Holland) but this time indoors, under 250Watt Full […]Read More
    1. By latewood.ILGM

      ,19 Mar 2016
      Mal, How did you start these seeds? What type medium and system are you using? This would give us a little more to go on. :) Sounds like you have a nice compact grow going, despite this issue
  31. By latewood.ILGM

    ,02 Mar 2016
    Mal , You gave us no info on how you are attempting to grow your seeds. I advise you to join our grow support forum ar ilovegrowingmarijuana.com where we have many knowledgeable members and experts to help you out.
  32. By D.J. Rollingwater

    ,19 Mar 2016
    Seems there is one hell of a lot of dis- information in some if not all of the pot grow books you all have read ..... study " the tomato plant " it requires all a pot plant requires so […]Read More
    1. By Amy420

      ,02 Apr 2017
      I took this advice and got a perfect yield thank you
  33. By David

    ,27 Mar 2016
    Is it OK to flush with tap water that is low PH ? The plants were grown with good PH water but I hate to waste it on a flush.
  34. By Robert

    ,07 Apr 2016
    Bizniss mate....Am hooked already,cheers MA man
  35. By pedro

    ,07 Apr 2016
    Dear. What happen when a plant is not flourishing even one month of induced to 12/12 and the other plants have no problem at all and they were raised together and all from good banks? Thanks for the good articles!!
  36. By latewood.ILGM

    ,08 Apr 2016
    Pedro, This is hard to answer when you have provided us with no more that I have a plant that is not thriving... I suggest you join our grow forum and share your methods in order for us to give […]Read More
  37. By Shae

    ,11 Apr 2016
    Great tips guys. I am attempting to download book ,but I am not receiving any emails.? Could I get some help please :(
  38. By Gongalee

    ,03 May 2016
    Hey Robert!! Thanks a bunch for the literature kind sir. And also for the Choco beans, which are so far growing nicely. Certainly more than I could say for TrueNorth, a waste of time and money, very dishonorable. By the […]Read More
  39. By latewood.ILGM

    ,04 May 2016
    ongalee We are so happy that you are succeeding with our genetics. We are not interested in disparaging other seedbanks. We can only guarantee our quality seeds. I also have no idea in regards to SS forums. Happy growing :)
  40. By Tennessee Steinmetz

    ,18 May 2016
    I have had some seeds from old school plants and have had them (new ones every year) for about 15 years. These are old school hardy plants. I plant 4 every year and one always produces viable seeds. A friend […]Read More
    1. By pappy

      ,15 May 2017
      could be u have hamorphidite seeds have indicated for seven years mommy no seeds ever but not quite ready to share with world yet soon gonna rock your socks pure indicated from hymilayas
  41. By latewood.ILGM

    ,24 May 2016
    thanks T. S. for4 sharing. I did not see a question so, I am just going to welcome you. Perhaps you shopuld jhoin our support forum. Happy growing
  42. By Rob

    ,09 Jun 2016
    Good stuff.. First year doing an outdoor grow and loving it. Much easier. 2 months in and my girls are all over 5 feet tall using. Mushroom compost and chicken manure.. Can't wait tell the end. Will visit this page […]Read More
    1. By latewood.ILGM

      ,17 Jun 2016
      Rob, Great to hear how well your grow is going. I advise you to join our grow support forum if you need help for faster and a wider range of answers from many knowledgeable growers, and staff experts. Happy growing […]Read More
  43. By Larry

    ,11 Jun 2016
    OK I have a question I'm a first time grower and my girl is in a planting pot she is big and I can see some roots through the drange holes should I put her in a bigger pot and […]Read More
  44. By Rony

    ,17 Jun 2016
    Hi all... I read the entire above article but as u mentioned two cotyledon leaves.. But the one which I am growing shows three..... Could anyone help me with this
  45. By latewood.ILGM

    ,17 Jun 2016
    Larry, I suggest you download and read our free grow bible. It has a section on pruning. You need to know what you are doing, so you asked the right question. Some growers prune new undergrowth at the bottom of […]Read More
  46. By Cynthia

    ,23 Jul 2016
    Question: Can I turn my outdoor plant into a indoor plant? I have a rep but the people next door don't like it I rather bring it in doors? Please HELP.
  47. By Michael

    ,25 Jul 2016
    Thanks for this information it's very helpful. I'm doing two outdoor plants on my deck in 5 gallon buckets. At what point should I put them into bigger grow pots?
    1. By latewood.ILGM

      ,27 Jul 2016
      It is hard for me to advise you as to when to transplant. In 5 gallon buckets they can get quite big. Maybe 2-3 feet high. Best bet would be for you to join our free support forum and start […]Read More
  48. By latewood.ILGM

    ,25 Jul 2016
    Cynthia, Is it in the ground or a pot? If it is in a pot then you can move it indoors but expect it to look rough for a few days. It is hard to create the Sun indoors. You […]Read More
  49. By DeDe Wilkinson

    ,30 Jul 2016
    I am growing 4 clones legally in Oregon. I have them outside in pots. Can I let nature determine the light cycle? 2 clones I had since April and 2 since June, all are doing well. It seems as if […]Read More
  50. By Budman

    ,03 Aug 2016
    I'm a new grower & want to now if I can have an outdoor plant but only get the buds when they're ready & was wondering if I can leave the plant where its at in the ground & come […]Read More
  51. By latewood.ILGMl

    ,05 Aug 2016
    DeDe Wilkinson, Yes You can let the Sun control the grow cycle. Your plants should be ready to show flowers. There is no exact time a plant is ready. You are supposed to judge the maturity of the Trichomes. Something […]Read More
  52. By latewood.ILGM

    ,05 Aug 2016
    Budman, I suggest you download and read our free grow bible, and then join our support forum. You must pay attention to and nurture your plants constantly, or you will get back exactly what you put into the grow; And […]Read More
  53. By David R. Thompson

    ,13 Aug 2016
    Thanks for all the info you have given. You are teaching me a great deal and you are appreciated for the time you have given . I am a novice, but with all you have given me I will experience […]Read More
    1. By Roy ILGM

      ,15 Aug 2016
      Thanks David! We have Dutch websites to calculate airfares from Dutch standpoint, you probably have similar websites for US outbound flights. Once you're here it's just the stay and excursions that will cost ya, the country isn't big enough to […]Read More
  54. By E.C.

    ,23 Aug 2016
    Growing out doors would like some information thanks
    1. By Roy ILGM

      ,24 Aug 2016
      Hey EC, we have some great guides and also a support forum where our grow mentors and fellow growers are there to help you out. Happy growing!
  55. By Nwgrower

    ,09 Sep 2016
    I threw a couple of seeds that I found in some buds out in my garden. I had a tomato plant in the same garden. I didn't even think about the seeds growing. I was more interested in my tomato […]Read More
  56. By bud H.

    ,04 Nov 2016
    started growing in the late 60s, they didn't have all the information now days, and not being legal. I like u info easy to follow & no sales pitch. just grow weed my retirement has just bloomed keep up the […]Read More
  57. By HarryOG

    ,18 Dec 2016
    Yeahh!!! So much info and so accurate!! Alohaaa
  58. By Paul

    ,11 Jan 2017
    I'm have some issues with the stock turning purple and the leaves are yellowing and dying
    1. By Roy ILGM

      ,11 Jan 2017
      Hi Paul, best hop onto the support forum and explain your situation in detail. Our experts there will help you out.
    2. By James

      ,15 Jan 2017
      magnesium give it Epsom salt, tablespoon per gallon
  59. By FlemingCountyFLOWERPOWER

    ,07 Mar 2017
    Hey yooo i got a quick question i lucked out and got a couple seeds in a bag of med i purchased and decided to throw em in a bucket, the grows going great with nothing more then some coffee […]Read More
  60. By Ted Davis

    ,31 Mar 2017
    Was wondering if anyone has used cow manure tea and diluted black strap molasses as fertilizer during the vegetative stage of growth...I am also in Thailand and my plants are growing tall, not short and bushy as I want them […]Read More
    1. By Ted Davis

      ,31 Mar 2017
      I forgot to mention that my plants are outdoors....Please see my March 31st, 2017 post...Thanks
    2. By latewood_ILGM

      ,03 Apr 2017
      Davis, Cow Manure has to be cured or aged. As of Black strap molasses; This too would have to be cured and allowed to develop into a compost, just like any manure. I suggest you join our support site @ […]Read More
  61. By Glen Fleming

    ,22 Jun 2017
    I have a plant I. A bucket. It's 4times bigger than all the rest. Starting to bud and it's just June. What do I do?
    1. By Roy ILGM

      ,07 Aug 2017
      Glen Fleming, Be happy. It is every growers dream to have a plant grow strong and flower quickly. Enjoy. This is an outdoor topic, so outdoors it does not matter when plants flower as long as they flower. I assume […]Read More
  62. By Frank

    ,28 Jul 2017
    Growing in a greenhouse with auto light dep want to use bubblegum kush I'm at 3200 ft in calif Need to get maximum yield is this a good choice or can you recommend a different strain
    1. By Roy ILGM

      ,07 Aug 2017
      Frank, That strain should yield fairly fast. I suggest you look into our seed bank and read descriptions of strains. I know I personally do not want someone else to pick the genetics I grow. :)
  63. By Anthony

    ,15 Oct 2017
    I've got plants out side that just started to flower and its starting to freeze at night , should I just start the harvest process or let it go for a couple weeks ?..? When I uncovered them this morning […]Read More
    1. By latewood_ILGM

      ,17 Oct 2017
      Anthony, I suppose you should get them indoors or harvest them. :) I hope they are ready.
  64. By phill

    ,24 Oct 2017
    my female plant is 70 days with big leaves when will it start budinng
    1. By latewood_ILGM

      ,30 Oct 2017
      phill, Budding starts when the photo period produces at least 12 hours of uninterupted darkness. Perhaps this would help you; Join our support forum. support.ilovegrowingmarijuana.com Happy growing
  65. By Brian

    ,08 Nov 2017
    Awesome Bible thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BWK
  66. By Gloria

    ,10 Nov 2017
    Hi -I’m 79 and want to try marijuana to see if I can improve memory, cognition, etc. Can you advise what plant would be best for juicing for this purpose?
    1. By latewood_ILGM

      ,17 Nov 2017
      Gloria, I am not usre what you mean by juicing. There are many ways to extract cannabinoids. Perhaps if you join our forum; Our members can help you out with many ideas . :) support.ilovegrowingmarijuana.com
  67. By drunkendog

    ,12 Dec 2017
    I am very grateful for all the knowledge that ILGM has shared hopefully I"ll be able to make it all work .
  68. By Tim OConnor

    ,15 Jan 2018
    Yeah, kinda struggling these days. timmy oh-see
  69. By Peck

    ,19 Jan 2018
    Thank you Robert & everyone at ILGM for your helpful advice & awesome seeds! I’m growing - Am haze, b/berry, N lights, WW & Gold leaf atm & they are all looking healthy & delicious. Thanks!
  70. By Richard Brehaut

    ,21 Jan 2018
    Thanks for what you do. I would like to see more about scrog method. How high off the floor of tent using five gallon pots. My two WW and one green crack are only 2 1/2 feet, bushy and lots […]Read More
    1. By latewood_ILGM

      ,22 Jan 2018
      Richard Brehaut, We are not really set up here in the blog for this type of support. Please join our forum, support.ilovegrowingmarijuana.com and witness all the different grow journals whereas our members are using the SCROG method. Thanks
  71. By semíš

    ,01 Mar 2018
    Hello I have a question to brush the time of flowering of the roslin from switch 12/12 or from the discovery of the first flowers
    1. By latewood_ILGM

      ,07 Mar 2018
      semis, If you rush flowering to much or too early; Your plants will be immature and your quality and yield will suffer. Not sure if this answers your statement/question. Happy growing
  72. By craiger

    ,05 Mar 2018
    when do you suggest to stop topping plant or not topping at all
    1. By latewood_ILGM

      ,07 Mar 2018
      craiger, Whether to top or not is a personal choice of each grower. Top if you have head room issues, Do not top if you want to learn how a plant reacts throughout the life cycle. Make a plan for […]Read More
  73. By Regan Donahue

    ,14 Mar 2018
    I like ready the information you send. I grow outdoors on my deck this will be my 4th season. My biggest problem is at the end when little caterpillers hatch a borrow out a bud what kind i use for […]Read More
    1. By latewood_ILGM

      ,15 Mar 2018
      Regan Donahue, For catepillars most growers start off with food safe insceticidal soap. Try that first. Also; You may want to join our forum where we are set up better to help you through your grows. See us at: ilovegrowingmarijuana.com. […]Read More
  74. By Jim

    ,19 Mar 2018
    My plants are in the early stage of flowering. The tips of the leaves are turning brown. What am I doing wrong?
    1. By latewood_ILGM

      ,18 Apr 2018
      Jim, Sounds like a nutrient toxicty; However, it could be caused by PH being incorrect. The only way to truly help you is if you join our support forum; Fill out a support ticket, and share some images of your […]Read More
  75. By J. R.

    ,28 Mar 2018
    I'm worried about ordering seeds to be sent to Missouri (USA) as it's illegal here. What can you tell me?
    1. By latewood_ILGM

      ,18 Apr 2018
      J. R. , I suggest you join the forum and chat with members in order to gain confidence to order. Thanks :)
  76. By Steve

    ,06 Jul 2018
    Hello. I’m a first time grower. I have chosen Grandaddy Purple strain for my grow. This Indica strain supposed to have good medicinal value. I’m 58 yrs old and smoked when I was young but never really grew any Cannabis […]Read More
    1. By latewood_ILGM

      ,13 Sep 2018
      Steve, Once your temps get into the mid eighties consistently, you can move your plants outdoors. You could grow outdoors almost immediately if you invested in some 50-60% shade cloth :) Hope this helps
  77. By Brian Mckinley

    ,12 Sep 2018
    I have a plant that is now 91 days of flowering, which followed 4 1/2 months of vegging. The buds never got very dense, lots of white hairs and a few red hairs. But it is a very healthy plant. […]Read More
    1. By latewood_ILGM

      ,13 Sep 2018
      Brian, You vegged too long. Lack of density in buds are generally attributed to lack of light intensity. When you beg too long you grow such a dense canopy that light penetration can be difficult. Without good light penetration, your […]Read More
  78. By datoneguy

    ,13 Sep 2018
    Hey I have had real good luck over the years growing outdoors, going to do some DWC this winter have everything I need and some nifty 1000 watt led's, Problem is I started two pineapple express in rockwool, and the […]Read More
  79. By susan wheeler

    ,24 Oct 2018
    Do you pinch out the tops to make the plants bushier?
  80. By Sephiroth777

    ,10 Nov 2018
    (this is directed at the person jumping on someone for a question)The only stupid question is the one not asked. Don't be some virtual elitest and down someone because your real life sucks. Suppose to be a tight knit community […]Read More
    1. By Wes Vaagen

      ,03 Dec 2018
      No doubt. The more information you get the better grower you will become. Only one way to get there is by asking questions. 1st grow is usually crap. Second is better..then better again each subsequent grow. All from asking questions.
  81. By Karen

    ,08 Jan 2019
    Thanks for the this info. As a beginner in a cold climate there are a few challenges ahead. Hopefully I am up to the task.
  82. By Glenn

    ,10 Jan 2019
    Thats was great reading thanks guys and girls. Robert Ur friend Glenn
  83. By Marii

    ,11 Jan 2019
    For how long I can keep my plant alive? After harvesting how can I keep my plant alive and readybfir next season?
    1. By Stacy ILGM

      ,11 Jan 2019
      Hey Marii, Cannabis plants are monocarpic, which means they flower once and then die.
  84. By john

    ,12 Jan 2019
    Great education very knowledgeable well laid out for beginners like myself well done Robert
  85. By Todd crouter

    ,30 Jan 2019
    My plant has fallen over after two weeks of starting what did i do wrong
  86. By Mick

    ,04 Feb 2019
    More great info love this site I am a long term grower using seeds cuttings whatever I could get to Grow. how great to find your site with seeds of great genetics and copious info to digest well done Robert
  87. By Kirk

    ,11 Feb 2019
    Can I only grow one plant outside
  88. By Donald

    ,13 Feb 2019
    Read follow directions Robert put in and you will grow great plants and get good genetics Roberts seed and your growing high quality buds , just saying
    1. By Donald

      ,13 Feb 2019
      Read follow directions Robert put in and you will grow great plants and get good genetics Roberts seed and your growing high quality buds , just saying
    2. By Donald

      ,13 Feb 2019
      Robert , I have a question? Is all your comments seeds have the same phenotype ?
  89. By miguel

    ,12 Apr 2019
    wen is the rite time to start using PH-water in the plant after it starts to grow im using clean fresh water rite now they just start it to grow wen is the time to start using PH-water

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