While I wouldn’t recommend 12-12 from seed, and no longer ever use this technique myself, there are growers who are going to do it anyway.
Growing extremely tiny marijuana plants is fun, but honestly you’ll get the biggest yields by instead investing a little more time in the vegetative stage to train your plant to grow into the exact shape you want. Or just grow an auto-flowering strain.
Plant Training Techniques – Make your plants grow how you want
Some growers are attracted to the idea of 12-12 from seed, because it means that harvest will come sooner. How long does it take to grow a plant from seed to harvest?
The other disadvantage to overly small plants is their inability to recover well from problems: you have fewer leaves as a ‘buffer’ so the plant can’t bounce back when something goes wrong such as a pest attack. In a too-small container, as roots get more root-bound, cannabis plants have a harder time using nutrients efficiently, and may start showing nutrient problems.
I have grown a few plants from seed to harvest just in a solo cup container. I was able to do this by flowering a plant from a young age – giving the plant 12-12 lighting when it was only 3 weeks old (pictured here).
But it’s possible.
With such small plants, you don’t have the time to train your plant, which gives you much greater control over the final shape and size of your plant, improving yields without adding much time.
But does the 12-12 from seed technique work to give you a faster harvest, and if so, what are the results?
Learn what it means to give your plants "12-12 from seed" to force them to start making buds early.
Our next strain has been especially bred by Philosopher Seeds for outdoor growers, being one of the earliest genetics in our shop. Indeed, the origins of the one and only Early Maroc are found in Morocco; after a selection process looking for the fastest plants, it has proven to be one of the fastest strains for outdoor cultivation on the market. She is harvested in August (Northern hemisphere) and, not surprisingly, she produces the finest old school Moroccan hash, which will doubtless delight many resin connoisseurs. Since Early Maroc is exclusively adapted to outdoor environment, she is not recommended for indoor grow rooms. Available in packs of 1, 3, 5 and 25 feminised seeds.
The spectacular Old Time Indiana Bubble Gum
In many occasions, the path followed by breeders to develop their genetics is similar, looking to fix certain traits in the offspring. Thus, today we’ll present a list of strains known for their early flowering trait. As you’ll see next, all varieties listed here have a bloom period no longer than 8 weeks, something that – on the other hand – doesn’t question their quality at all.
Last but not least, Early Widow was developed after a tough process of selection performed by the guys at Elite Seeds, who were looking for an outstanding specimen with high potency and early flowering. Thus, they crossed Speed Skunk with White Widow and obtained compact and dark plants with very intense effect and a bloom period that only takes around 50 days. Her high resistance to pests and diseases is also outstanding, being suitable for novice growers or for those who just look for an easy to grow strain.
What happens when a skillful breeder like Biovortex develops a hybrid with two of the most sought-after clones of the West Coast of the USA? An astounding strain like Black D.O.G. from Humboldt Seeds, a cross between the popular Blackberry Kush and the also renowned Emeral Headband, a true classic from the Californian Emerald Triangle. Her average yield is compensated by the high quality of her flowers, which provide awesome grape and wild fruits notes on a diesel background. And it is ready in just 7-8 weeks! Available in packs of 3 and 5 feminised seeds.
Early Maroc by Philosopher Seeds, the fastest strain for outdoor crops
Sometimes, you may not be sure about which cannabis strains to purchase for your next grow. Your personal taste and circumstances will greatly determine your decision, so while some of you may be looking for high yields or certain effect, others may prefer strains resistant to moulds or with the shortest possible flowering period.
Some cannabis strains complete their bloom cycle really fast
Let’s take a look now at some of the most poular strains in Dinafem‘s catalogue of cannabis seeds, Industrial Plant. Born from a massive selection of the legendary Northern Lights – one of the very first hybrids ever developed – her parents are a pure Afghani line and a Sativa from Thailand. The resulting strain grows compact and bushy, with awesome yields, devastating effect and a flowering period that doesn’t take more than 45-50 days. Available in packs of 1, 3, 5 and 10 feminised seeds.
In this article we take a look at some of the fastest cannabis strains on the market. While also taking into account other traits like yield or qualit