Planting weed seeds in august

August Is Your Last Chance To Start Growing Marijuana Outdoors

For marijuana growers in the northern hemisphere August is the last chance to start an outdoor grow. Autoflower marijuana seeds are special seeds that grow within 10 weeks from seed to mature plant despite the light schedule. August and September are often very sunny months so your plants get plenty of light to create some big fat quality buds

Regular marijuana plants grow when they get 18 hours of light (summer) and flower when they get 12 hours of light (fall). As the amount of light starts to decrease the plant understands that winter is coming and starts to produce buds and seeds to reproduce. Marijuana is an annual plant that does not survive the winter.

Autoflowering marijuana plants start flowering immediately and also grow for only a month. This gives you a nice sized plant that can produce some quality buds. Because they create little side branches you can easily put a lot of plants close together. 10 plants in 4 gallon pots on 10 ft2 can produce a pound of marijuana. In just 10 weeks!

White Widow feminized autoflowers are one of the most popular strains because it is a very strong plant that is suitable for both beginners and advanced marijuana growers. The yields are always very high and of good quality. Also among medical users it is one of the most popular strains. The seeds will only produce female plants that will not focus on the creation of seeds for reproduction but only on the creation of THC.

Weed seasons: understanding the best time to grow cannabis in America

Are you thinking about growing your own cannabis? New to being a plant parent? Wondering when you should plant your cannabis seedlings outdoors?

Let’s talk about what “weed season” means in the US, and how you can time your outdoor grow to get the best results.

Photo by: Damien Robertson/Weedmaps

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What is weed season?

Weed season is an affectionate term for the eagerly awaited outdoor cannabis growing season, a period that touches our spring, summer and fall seasons.

In the Northern Hemisphere weed growing season can kick off as early as April, when gardeners and farmers might start seedlings indoors. Cannabis plants typically flower in late summer through fall, and the season can run as late as mid-November in warmer climates where some cultivars take a long and luxurious time maturing their buds.

Why do growers plant and harvest cannabis at specific times of the year?

Like any farmer or gardener, cannabis farmers and gardeners typically get their plants in the ground as soon as the weather is warm enough and the days are long enough.

This, of course, varies by region. Farmers in California enjoy generally warmer growing seasons and can plant outside earlier while also harvesting later than, say, New York, whose growing season is shorter on both ends. Regardless of where you’re growing, the main goal is to time planting for maximum light during the summer and maximum growth before fall sets in.

For photoperiod plants, timing is everything. Photoperiod cannabis plants take their cue from Mother Nature (or more specifically the number of uninterrupted hours of darkness) to start flowering. As fall sets in and hours of darkness hit twelve per night, the plant will be triggered into its flowering stage.

There are also cannabis plants that aren’t light-sensitive, called autoflower varieties, that will automatically flower on their own at a particular point of their maturity independent of how much light they’re getting. These plants tend to have much shorter life cycles, which is appealing to some gardeners.

Harvesting happens when the plant’s flowers have fattened up but before the very cold weather comes on, typically by mid to late fall.

Phases of growth and timing for outdoor growers

Speaking of life cycles, let’s talk about the plant’s stages of growth and development. This is where we see the importance of timing once more, since outdoor cannabis growers try to map out the growing season and find the sweet spot for optimal plant development.

Early spring: germination stage Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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Early spring: germination stage

If you’re growing from seed, the first step in the life of your cannabis plant is germination. Once the seed has sprouted, it will immediately grow two little round leaves, called cotyledon leaves, that will be responsible for delivering energy to the seedling until it starts to grow the more familiar fan leaves we all know and love.

As far as timing when to sprout your seeds, a general rule of thumb is on or around the Spring Equinox. If you’re not growing from seed but instead buying clones, they’ll already be in the seedling stage when you get them so you don’t have to worry about germination.

Spring to early summer: seedling stage Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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Spring to early summer: seedling stage

Seedlings are baby plants. Whether you’ve sprouted your own seed or bought a clone, during this first stage of life the plants are delicate and sensitive.

Folks in cooler climates often elect to start plants indoors to keep them safe and warm, waiting to plant outdoors until they’re somewhere between 6 inches and a foot tall and strong enough to handle the environment outside. Even in warm climates, many growers like to start their plants indoors to give them a leg up since seedlings are susceptible to pests, disease, and mold.

In cooler climates, growers should wait on putting plants in the ground until there is no danger of overnight frost, and plenty of sunshine. As Bill Cook, master grower at Kanna-Wise eloquently put it, “a heavy freeze is killin’ your trees.” An old gardener’s rule of thumb is to move plants outside after Mother’s Day, and they should definitely be outside and/or in the ground by the Summer Solstice.

Of course, you could always grow your plants in pots or containers. Lots of outdoor growers elect to use pots and other containers, and they offer the added benefit of being able to bring the plants out during the day and inside if nights tend to be cold.

Summer to early fall: vegetative stage Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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Summer to early fall: vegetative stage

The vegetative stage is when the plant’s growth will really take off. For several weeks, it will grow more foliage, reaching ever upwards to that glorious summer sun.

During this phase, growers might consider topping and training their plants to encourage outward growth. This provides more even distribution of light to the leaves while also managing overall plant height. More water will be needed as the plant develops large root systems and additional nutrients like nitrogen are beneficial as the plant matures.

If you aren’t working with exclusively female plants, you’ll need to get rid of the males before they have a chance to pollinate the females (and wreck your harvest). “Even feminized seeds can have up to 10% males in the mix so it’s important to inspect your plants every day as they start to show their sex. Also important to note is that a stressed female plant can produce male branches or ‘hermaphrodites’, so even if you know she’s a girl, you have to check daily,” advised Sara Rotman, a veteran grower and founder of Wellfounded Botanicals.

A photoperiod plant will continue to live its best vegetative life until the light-to-dark ratio starts to tip in favor of darkness. When photoperiod plants start getting 12 hours of darkness, they will move into their final phase — and perhaps the most exciting for growers — the flowering stage.

Fall: flowering stage Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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Fall: flowering stage

For the final stage of a female cannabis plant’s life, most of its energy will be put into producing flowers. The flowering stage happens in three phases:

  • Flower initiation: You’ll start to see white, hairy pistils developing, hinting at the buds to come. The plant will continue to grow, but growth will start to slow down.
  • Mid-flowering: You will start to see the buds take shape, and the plant will stop growing.
  • Late-flowering/ripening: The flowers will really fatten up, becoming sticky and very covered in trichomes. When the pistils turn from white to brown, you can start to think about a harvest.
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As the flowers fatten up, they might become too heavy for the branches to handle, and growers often give their plants some help with a trellis, bamboo canes, or another form of support. Extra nutrients like phosphorus are often given during the flowering stage.

Mid-to-late fall: harvest season Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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Mid-to-late fall: harvest season

Timing the harvest is an art form in and of itself, though the general rule of thumb is on or around the Fall Equinox. Aside from brown pistils, a close inspection of the trichomes is helpful. Generally, growers look for trichomes that have an amber hue to them. When the plant is ready to harvest you’ll probably also see the fan leaves starting to yellow, curl, and dry out.

Tips for your outdoor grow

Use a grow journal. Tracking the details of your grow efforts, from germination to final cure, will help you become a better cannabis-plant parent. When it’s time for a new season, reviewing the successes and failures from the last crop will make your thumb greener — not to mention improve the quality and quantity of your final harvest. There are lots of ready-made cannabis grow journals out there, but really all you need is a pad of paper and an eye for detail.

Choose a strain for your region or microclimate. Some strains do better in some climates than others, and strain genetics will have a big impact on the growing season. In the northern half of the US where the season is cooler and shorter, growers might want to grow indica-dominant strains, whereas sativas will do well in the more hot and humid southern states that have longer growing seasons. Type of soil, volume of rain, and abundance of sun versus shade are other microclimate variables in your microclimate to consider when choosing a strain.

Plant companions. “Plant beneficial companion plants like marigolds, basil, lemon balm, or lavender. Not only do they invite pollinator insects into your garden, but they also invite beneficial insects like ladybugs and lacewings, which will prey on cannabis pests like aphids,” recommended Natalie Cox, a horticulturist and cannabis educator in Canada.

Keep learning. There is a lot to learn from your budding relationship with cannabis. There are also generations of growers who have shared their experiences, both online and in books. When it comes to cannabis, knowledge plus experience equals wisdom. We have a whole library dedicated to the plant for you to peruse. Luke Fletcher of Fletcher Farms Hemp Company added, “Talk to other growers and farmers in your region. You aren’t going to find all the answers on the internet. Good ‘ole fashion learning from others is a super valuable asset.”

Can you grow Marijuana in August and through out September?.

I asked my Dad a general question, I said “Hey Dad, Can you grow plants on August and through out September” He said No because it is getting colder out and the sun is going down earlier. However he thought I was talking about general flowers not Marijuana.

I am growing AK48 and White Widow. I would hate to make those seeds go to waste because the seeds are in the pots and ready to sprout anyday now. So will they grow?

LiveVibe
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I don’t see why not. As long as the sun is out and the weather is fair the seed will sprout and plants will grow. You may need to influence the dark period by using a tarp or a light proof cover. I figure as long as the plant gets 14-16 hours of good sunlight and is in at least 60 degree weather then there is a chance. I guess you never know until you try.

Iquios
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whulkamania
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thephantompain1990
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i dont know much about the outdoor cycles but you could veg for fairly cheap indoors then transplant outdoors for 12/12

tommyfergie1
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Muffie
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its way to late to start anything now. Marijuana has cycles these all take time to complete. Sorry, they’ll grow but no bud. Grow them anyways and do it again next year. It’ll give you awhile to read these forums.

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GarryFroker
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its way to late to start anything now. Marijuana has cycles these all take time to complete. Sorry, they’ll grow but no bud. Grow them anyways and do it again next year. It’ll give you awhile to read these forums.

That’s not so true when it comes to Texas. I be have a couple of seedlings I think will be done by November. Hell it’s not uncommon for it to be 80 degrees for Thanksgiving. or we could get a 2 inch ice storm.

Budda_Luva
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yea if weather conditions are good than yeah why not and it would be really good for flowering time to since the color of the suns rays start to change to the reddish color in august

LiveVibe
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Yeah it really depends on the weather/climate and you can manipulate the dark cycle to bud. As long as your plant is about two feet tall and you get it in complete darkness for at least twelve hours it will bud. As long as the temp is between 65-85 on average then you should be okay. Even way below and way higher – depending if the strain is used to the area – the damn plant survives just about anything really. One of the toughest plants in the world. You need to use good fert though as always. That will be a major key on your piano dude.

Sjerpsy
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Depending on where you live dude you could do it,Cold is your worst enemy as the frost is coming soon to Canada,Ontario. you’d get under half of what the plant should have achieved here. but where its warmer. with less damn snow you could get something at least!

subwayjaredsucks
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its way to late to start anything now. Marijuana has cycles these all take time to complete. Sorry, they’ll grow but no bud. Grow them anyways and do it again next year. It’ll give you awhile to read these forums.

I agree, the photoperiod outdoors is really different, where I live, we go from 13.5 hours to 10 hours in a strange timeframe. the classic “12 and 12” is a brief period of time for us outdoor growers. Its not worth your time to put them in the ground at that time of year. June 5th is usually a great/safe time to get fully vegged girls in the ground for giant monsters.

SPLFreak808
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I agree, the photoperiod outdoors is really different, where I live, we go from 13.5 hours to 10 hours in a strange timeframe. the classic “12 and 12” is a brief period of time for us outdoor growers. Its not worth your time to put them in the ground at that time of year. June 5th is usually a great/safe time to get fully vegged girls in the ground for giant monsters.

Budley Doright
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Where are you and whats the sun rise/set times. Its 13 hours of sun here now so she’d be a 12/12 from seed thing and yup the snow in october here would most likely kill it if not the bud rot in september . I would say waste of beans unless yup your in mexico lol.

Dr. Who
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I agree, the photoperiod outdoors is really different, where I live, we go from 13.5 hours to 10 hours in a strange timeframe. the classic “12 and 12” is a brief period of time for us outdoor growers. Its not worth your time to put them in the ground at that time of year. June 5th is usually a great/safe time to get fully vegged girls in the ground for giant monsters.

“12/12” is an indoor time period. Indoor plants will set flowering at 12/12.
True “outdoor” plants and grows “set” flowering at 14/10!
I run a few outdoor plants for personal.
They go out in the spring and run as late as mid October!
Hardy indoor or true outdoor strains can withstand a few light frost’s. When the heavy frost or freeze’s come – move them under “cover” and move them back out for day time.
I get amazing buzz quality from my outdoors. Deeper more intense and longer lasting as compared to the indoor cousin’s!