How big should my plants be after 2 months? Here we will look at the factors affecting plants height and offer estimates on what the average size of a cannabis plant should be after 2 months of growth..
Cannabis plants may grow small or tall depending on how much control a farmer has over their height. This is particularly true for indoor cultivators, where you have complete control over almost everything. You still have some control over plant height while cultivating outdoors, but you are still at the mercy of the sun and the environment. Some strains develop tall and thin, while others grow short and squat; however, when cultivating cannabis indoors, you may compel your plant to develop differently. In reality, you have a lot of control over the form and size of your plant.
How long does it take for a cannabis plant to mature?
Growing a cannabis plant from germination to harvest can take anywhere from 10-32 weeks or around 3-8 months. Starting with a clone or an autoflower seed will speed up the process. The most variation in how long a cannabis plant takes to grow occurs during the vegetative stage, which happens after seedling and before blooming. Indoors, you may push a cannabis plant to blossom after only a few weeks if it’s little or after several weeks if it’s large. When growing outdoors, you are at the mercy of the seasons and must wait until the sun sets in the fall for plants to blossom and harvest. However, outdoor producers may manage the blooming cycle by adopting light deprivation tactics.
Breakdown of cannabis growth stages
When growing cannabis is broken down into the four basic cannabis development phases, the procedure appears to be simpler. These are the stages of cannabis seed germination, seedling, vegetative growth, and bloom. The requirements for cannabis nutrients, light, and water will differ at each stage. An expert cannabis grower will understand how to provide the proper environmental conditions at each stage of cannabis growing. However, cannabis plants will always teach you something new to help you improve your growing techniques.
Cannabis germination phase (2-10 days)
Cannabis seeds are tiny, hard and dry. The colors range from light brown to dark brown. The early phases of cannabis plant development occur after the seed has germinated. The wet germination conditions initially weaken the seed shell during germination. To get optimal germination rates from your precious seeds, create moist but never drenched conditions for cannabis seed germination. Also, cannabis seeds should sprout in the dark and not require any fertilizers. For the first several days, water will suffice. The tap root will develop downwards from the cannabis seed.
The initial set of cotyledon leaves will appear, signaling the start of the cannabis growth cycle! These leaves lack the ‘typical’ serrated edges you will observe on all following leaves. All of this is causing the cannabis root system to develop. Seed germination takes about 2 to 10 days. Cannabis seeds might take up to two weeks to germinate. The first set of ‘genuine’ cannabis leaves with serrated edges will develop eventually. This marks the conclusion of the cannabis germination stage and the beginning of the seedling stage for many producers.
Cannabis seedling phase (2-3 weeks)
When your cannabis plant matures into a seedling, it will sprout the traditional cannabis fan leaves. As a sprout, the seed will grow only one ridged blade of leaves. When new growth appears, the leaves sprout extra blades or “fingers” (3, 5, 7, etc.). A mature cannabis plant will contain 5 to 7 blades per leaf, with some plants having more. Cannabis plants are termed seedlings until they grow full-fledged fan leaves with all of their blades. A healthy seedling should be bright green.
In the seedling stage, avoid overwatering the plant because its roots are so small that it doesn’t require much water to grow. The plant is susceptible to disease and mold at this stage. Maintain a clean atmosphere and keep an eye out for excess moisture. Also, make sure it has enough light. Even if they grow outdoors, many producers may start their seeds indoors under artificial light to aid them through this delicate period of cannabis growth. Additionally, a clone purchased from a grower or breeder will be a seedling, allowing you to bypass the seed germination step.
Cannabis vegetative phase (3-15 weeks)
Vegetative development is the stage of indoor cannabis growth in which roots, branches, and leaves grow, but no buds emerge. Indoor growers frequently employ 18-24 hours of daily light, regardless of whether they use autoflower seeds or photoperiod feminized cannabis seeds. Cannabis plants expand in both height and breadth during vegetative growth. Nitrogen-rich nutrients are especially beneficial during the vegetative development stage. The first cannabis leaf sets become steadily larger, and new leaf sets arise. The plant’s needs for nutrients, water, and light will all rise as it develops. You may raise light levels from 200 PPFD to 400-600 PPFD – your light equipment manufacturer should be able to describe the PPFD levels at different hanging heights.
Cannabis flowering phase (7-14 weeks)
During the blooming stages of cannabis, the female plant produces buds and resin. The blooming phase follows the vegetative development stage. The change from the vegetative to the flowering stage occurs automatically while producing autoflowering cannabis seeds (hence the name autoflowering). Bloom occurs inside when the daily light hours are reduced to 12 12 light cycle while growing photoperiod feminized cannabis seeds. As autumn or fall approaches, feminized strains detect the shorter daylight hours and begin to flower. However, plants in tropical climates can detect short days instantly.
During the cannabis flowering phase, the plant’s nutritional and water requirements will steadily rise. As plant biochemistry evolves, phosphorus will be required in larger proportions. The plant biomass can increase considerably during the cannabis flowering period. Intense light levels can be applied in bloom, often with PPFD values ranging from 600 to 900. More light can result in higher yields. Some professional cannabis producers employ PPFD levels of around or over 1000 and may supplement with carbon dioxide to increase yields even higher.
How long does it take for the blossoming stage to complete?
The length of the blooming stage varies across strains. The flowering period lasts 8 to 11 weeks, depending on the strain. It is generally separated into three parts or weeks. Flowering time for Indica strains is normally eight weeks but can take up to 10 weeks. Sativa strains might take up to 10-12 weeks to mature. Hybrid strains might take up to 6-10 weeks to mature completely. The blossoming phase is divided into three subphases:
- Flower initiation (week 1-3): The plant will continue to grow, and females will generate pre-flowers—pistils, or white hairs, the beginnings of buds, will grow out.
- Mid-flowering (week 4-5): The plant will stop developing, and the buds will begin to plump up.
- Late flowering or ripening (week 6 and on): Trichome density will rise, and plants will become very sticky; watch the color of the pistils to determine when to harvest.
When should you grow your cannabis plants?
Growers in the Northern Hemisphere often get their seeds between February and April and begin germinating seeds by the end of April. Because seedlings are more sensitive, many people start growing them indoors in a more controlled environment and transplant them outside once they’re bigger and the weather is warmer. If you are cultivating clones or autoflowers, you have another month or two. Plants should be outside and in the ground by the end of June.
Harvesting occurs between September and November. This is determined by the local climate and the weather that year—one year, it may be the end of September, the next, the end of October; producers in the Pacific Northwest will have to harvest their crops sooner than those in Northern California due to cold weather. You can grow cannabis whenever you want if you cultivate it inside. Remember that the outside environment will impact your grow space—you may need to install heaters in the winter or fans and air conditioners in the summer.
How to maintain a consistent cannabis growing timeline?
The development timeframe for photoperiod feminized cannabis seedlings is entirely up to you. You can provide little veg growth for a SOG growth or several months for an SCROG growth. However, autoflower seeds have their own cannabis growing cycle. They determine when to begin blossoming. Good quality auto seed providers can tell you if they likely have a growth lifecycle as short as 9 weeks. You should note that the autos that take longer to mature may provide very high yields.
Outdoor cannabis farmers should be aware that the varied places they dwell in might also affect how many daylight hours they get daily. This will significantly impact your outdoor cannabis lifespan (or growth stages). Almost the year, equatorial cannabis producers enjoy 12/12 light (or close to it). This implies that if you grow outside, you will only have a little veg time.
Although it isn’t the be-all and end-all of size, strain is something to consider when it comes to height. Although plant training allows you to control the exact height and form of your plant regardless of strain, various strains develop differently, and you want a strain that makes it simpler to attain the desired results. You only know what to anticipate when growing using bagseed (seeds found in buds) once the plant starts developing. For instance, some strains (known as “Indica” tend to stay short, while “Sativa” tend to develop tall).
How big should my plants be after 2 months? Well, now you know!