How Long Does It Take for Cannabis Clones to Bud in the Hydroponic System?

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How Long Does It Take for Cannabis Clones to Bud in the Hydroponic System?

How Long Does It Take for Cannabis Clones to Bud

How Long Does It Take for Cannabis Clones to Bud

Here is a simple, straightforward answer to “How long does it take for cannabis clones to bud in the hydroponic system?” Genetics (type of strain or cultivar) and environmental factors (especially light cycle) dictate when your weed clone will start flowering or making buds.

For example, normal fast flowering strains like Lemon King and Jamaican Dream will start making buds in 48 to 53 days and 42 to 45 days, respectively. 

Also, you can induce flowering in the vegetative (phase) clone as early as you want by switching the light cycle from 18/6 hours (18 hours light and 6 hours darkness) to 12/12.

This sounds interesting, doesn’t it? However, this is not true for auto flowering marijuana strains as they start making buds automatically regardless of the amount of light they receive.

Timeline of Bud Development for Cannabis Clones in Hydroponic Systems

Timeline of Bud Development for Cannabis Clones in Hydroponic Systems

Timeline of Bud Development for Cannabis Clones in Hydroponic Systems

If you are looking to grow your weed with hydroponics, you are in for a treat. Here at Big Daddy Clones we divide the timeline of growing weed into five stages. In general, a cannabis plant will take about 14 to 25 weeks to grow, which translates to anywhere from four to eight months.

  • 6 days to 4 Weeks: Start Rooting: Vegetative cannabis cuttings (around 7” tall) typically create roots within 14 days in a hydroponic system, also referred to as an aeroponic cloner or aero cloner. However, it is normal for some strains, like Durban Poison, to take 4 weeks to start developing root systems.
  • 7 to 8 Weeks: Keeping in Vegetative Stage: Did you know you can force your cannabis plant to start flowering as soon as it has established a solid root system? However, to maximize yield and to let your plant acclimatize to growing conditions, you should keep it in its vegetative stage for 7 to 8 weeks (or 50 to 60 days).
  • 1 to 2 Weeks: Pre-Flowering: After you have switched from vegetative phase to flowering phase, your plant will not immediately start making buds. It may take 1 to 2 weeks to start flowering.
  • 6 to 8 Weeks: Flowering Stage: This stage may last from 6 to 8 weeks, depending on the type of strain and environmental conditions. For example, keeping light below 12 hours will speed up the process of bud formation.
  • 1 to 3 Days: Harvest: Once buds are mature, your cannabis crop is ready to harvest.

Tip for First Time Growers: Plant many cuttings and keep only those cuttings which root first, which tend to be the fastest growing weed plants!

Here are examples of two basic cultivars, cannabis sativa and cannabis indica, growing in a hydroponic system.

Cannabis Sativa

Cannabis Sativa

Cannabis Sativa

Compared to Cannabis Indica, it will take longer for Sativa cultivar to flower. In total, you can expect your Sativa plant to take anywhere from 8 to 16 weeks to finish flowering.

Cannabis Sativa clones are very unique in that they grow lanky and tall with airy buds and higher intermodal spacing. When it comes to growing indoors, you’ll need ample space, as these plants grow very tall.

After planting Sativa cuttings, you want to wait for your clones to root before you start installing them in the vegetative room. After eliminating the vegetative cycle, you can adjust lighting to start the slow-flowering process.

Cannabis Indica

Cannabis Indica

Cannabis Indica

Cannabis Indica adapts to symbiotic rotation quite nicely. Most of the time, you will find that Indica strains are actually hybrids, though they are the same in many ways. Starting with the clone, your plants will grow up to around 12 inches tall. Of course, the height will depend on your cultivar and genetics, as well as the intermodal length.

Indica clones might take anywhere from 7 to 21 days to begin the rooting process. When they’ve reached the flowering point, you want them to be anywhere from 12 to 19 inches tall. They don’t take as much time in flowering as their Sativa counterparts.

7 Simple Tips to Make Your Buds Bigger During Flowering Phase

1. Use Best Weed Strains:

Use Best Weed Strains

Use Best Weed Strains

Some cannabis strains/cultivars naturally grow bigger and heavier than others. Use top-shelf genetics to get massive buds. You can grow various marijuana strains from either seeds or clones.

2. Maintaining Optimum Water Level: If you notice the water level in your hydroponic reservoir is getting low, gently top off with plain water. Pour clean water down the sides of the inside of the cup (if you are using the cup method).

3. Keep Clones Warm & Humid:

Keep Clones Warm & Humid

Keep Clones Warm & Humid

Root systems grow much slower if you provide them with cool or dry.

4. Filtered Natural Light: Give filtered light by installing a light filtering window covering for the first 2 days so they have time to adjust (if you are growing clones indoors).

5. Arrange for Artificial Light:

Arrange for Artificial Light

Arrange for Artificial Light

Make sure your weed plants get artificial light (like a fluorescent bulb) after the sun goes down for about 18 hours of light a day during vegetative phase.

6. Use Bloom Boosters: Give your clone a proven, cannabis-specific bloom booster to help it grow bigger, denser, heavier and more potent buds.

6. Maintain Proper pH:

Maintain Proper pH

Maintain Proper pH

Your clone plants will be unable to absorb nutrients if they are not at the proper pH. For marijuana, the sweet spot is pH 5.5 to 6.3.

FAQs

How long does it take for cannabis clones to bud/flower?

You can induce flowering as soon as your weed clone has developed a solid root system. However, for better yield, you should keep your plant in vegetative phase for 6 to 8 weeks. In this way, it will take 8 to 12 weeks for a marijuana cutting to flower.

How long is the hydroponic grow cycle?

A hydroponic or aerocloner grow cycle, on average, lasts for 14 to 25 weeks.

Do clones finish faster?

Yes. Compared to seed plants, clones start and finish flowering faster. They enable cultivators to quickly produce a batch of genetically identical cannabis plants.

Further Assistance

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Summary

  • Weed clones bud in a hydroponic system based on strains and the light cycle.
  • Fast flowering strains like Jamaican Dream bud in 42 to 45 days.
  • You can induce flowering by switching the light cycle from 18/6 (light/darkness) hours to 12/12 for vegetative clones.
  • Autoflowering marijuana strains bud automatically regardless of light.
  • Bud development timeline: rooting (6 days to 4 weeks), vegetative phase (7 to 8 weeks), pre-flowering (1 to 2 weeks), flowering phase (6 to 8 weeks), and harvest.
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