The duration of a complete cycle of indoor cannabis cultivation may vary. There are several factors that influence the total length of the cycle. From germination to growth, then flowering to harvesting, it takes on average between two to three months. The total duration of the cycle depends on many factors such as the cannabis strains, environment in which the cannabis plant grows, the nutrients brought to it, and most importantly, the lighting exposure period. Here is an overview of the total duration of each phase that will allow you to estimate the total duration of indoor cannabis cultivation.
Equipment needed for successful indoor cannabis cultivation
Before you get your cannabis cultivation underway, start by making sure that you have the right equipment. Your cannabis plant will not grow on its own, to ensure optimal growth you need to make sure you have the right nutrients, an adequate environment and plenty of light. A highly performant LED light, a suitable indoor culture tent, a specialized ventilation system, and a humidifier are essential accessories to successfully carry out the indoor cultivation of cannabis.
Step 1: Germination of cannabis
Germination can take between a few hours up to 7 days before a tap root emerges. There are several methods for sprouting seeds. You can put the seeds between two wet cotton balls and put them in a dark, warm place. As soon as the seeds germinate, you need to plant them in the soil and play the waiting game for a few days. We recommend using Piverto potting soil specially designed for indoor cannabis cultivation. Continue moistening the seeds during germination. Custom nutrients have been developed by agronomists to optimize the germination and growth of cannabis. It doesn’t get much easier to get growing than this.
Step 2: Growth in Cannabis Indoor Cultivation
The growth phase is the longest in the process of indoor cannabis cultivation. Having the right humidity and temperature encourages healthy growth. At the same time, it is important to give the right nutrients to your cannabis plant. During the growth phase, the cannabis plant must be exposed to light for at least 18 hours a day. The growth phase should last at least 3 weeks but can extend up to 6 months in indoor cultivation. The more your cannabis plant is exposed to light, the bigger your plant will become. Make sure you have enough space and bags of growth spacious enough to give maximum space to the roots.
Step 3: Flowering in Cannabis Indoor Cultivation
In indoor cannabis cultivation, you get to decide when the flowering phase starts by adjusting the lighting timeframe. When the cannabis plant receives less light, 12 hours of light for 12 hours without light, you reproduce the arrival of fall and the cannabis plant will focus on reproduction. Flowering generally lasts on average between 6 weeks to 3 months.
Step 4: Harvest
How do you know if your cannabis plant is mature and ready for harvest? Take a closer look at the heads of your plant. One of the first signs of cannabis maturation is the browning of pistils that change color. Make sure they are milky and amber rather than clear. As soon as more than half of the pistils have turned to a brownish color, the cannabis plant tells you that it is starting to reach the optimal point and that it’s time to break out the trimming scissors and get harvesting.
Step 5: Drying
The custom made place for drying is your indoor growing tent. The space used for drying must be dark, have a moisture content of about 50% and a stable temperature between 15 and 20 degrees Celsius. The combination of these factors will ensure that your crop will be of better quality. Let the cannabis dry slowly and you will see that the flavor and its quality will be better. Normally, this period takes between 1 and 2 weeks.
We recommend keeping your cannabis in mason jars. Your cannabis will remain of good quality if you keep it in an airtight container, in a dry place and dark place.