Lunar Calendar 2024: Cannabis Growing According To The Moon

Last updated: 29 December 2021

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Sunlight exposure is so important to an outdoor grow that the other half of the day often gets forgotten: night, when the moon is (usually) out. By using a lunar calendar during your cannabis cultivation, it’s possible to maximize the productivity and potency of your home plantation. Here, we explain important terminology you need to understand to use a lunar calendar for cannabis.

First, Some Lunar Terminology

Before diving into the various ways our moon can influence your cannabis garden, it’s best to supply you with some definitions. In this case, the moon’s cycles and phases, tidal effects, and constellations come into play when growing cannabis by the moon.

Moon Cycles

Your first thought might very well be, “How does the moon affect cannabis cultivation?” The first factor to consider is the moon’s cycle. The moon’s distance from Earth varies, which is visible when the moon is ascending and descending. Not only is there the visible component that the moon’s position at a specific time differs by the day, but this movement also affects moisture within plants. Throughout the moon’s cycle, moisture within plants moves up and down.

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Moon Phases

Lunar phases (not to be confused with cycles) refer to the changing appearance of the moon throughout a 28-day period. What we see from Earth is how the moon is lit by the sun, from unlit to fully illuminated. Just as moon cycles can affect a grow, growing cannabis by moon phases also reveals an effect on plant growth.

Tidal Effects

Aside from waxing and waning throughout its cycle, the moon also has a gravitational pull that affects the Earth’s tides. High tides happen when the moon is closer, and low tides – when it’s further from the Earth. Each day, there are two of each, transitioning every 6 hours. When growing cannabis with the moon, the tides also need to be considered.

Zodiac Constellations

During its journey across the night sky, the moon passes over the constellations of the zodiac. Some believe that each constellation’s elemental energies affect parts of the cannabis plant that are associated with that sign, and that planting according to the zodiac can therefore make all the difference when it comes to harvesting.

Putting Knowledge into Practice

With the basic terminology covered, let’s move on to the various ways that the moon’s cycles and phases can influence cannabis growth. The moon, tides, and stars all come into play, so paying attention to these factors can have some serious benefits when growing cannabis according to the moon!

Cannabis Growing According to the Moon’s Cycles

One can note the ascension or descension of the moon by observing it at a specific time one night. The next night, at the exact same time, observation of the moon will reveal whether its position is higher or lower in the sky than the night before. Keep in mind that the opposite of what is seen in the Northern Hemisphere is observed in the Southern Hemisphere! Careful observation of the lunar cycle can have some positive effects on cannabis gardening.

Ascending Moon and Descending Moon

Ascending Moon

During the ascension of the moon, liquids also rise to the upper parts of plants. This means that the upper half of a cannabis plant will be more heavily saturated with moisture. An ascending moon is the perfect time to cut clones from healthy plants. However, harvesting cannabis should be avoided at this time because of the excess moisture that will need to be dried out of the buds.

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Descending Moon

It makes sense, then, that a descending moon is accompanied by a downward flow of liquids. Root production and activity are increased during this time. This moon phase is ideal for seed germination, root care, and enrichment of the soil base. In contrast to ascension, descension is a good time for harvesting plants.

Cannabis Growing According to the Moon’s Phases

The phases of the moon are: new moon, waxing moon, full moon, and waning moon. Similar to ascension and descension, the way the moon presents itself while waxing and waning is flipped between the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. The moon in the Northern Hemisphere illuminates from right to left (waxing), becomes a full moon, then recedes (waning). In the Southern Hemisphere, this occurs from left to right.

Cannabis Growing According To The Moon’s Phases

New Moon

When there’s an empty space where the moon usually is, you know it’s a new moon! A new moon lasts until the right half of the moon (from the Northern Hemisphere) is fully illuminated. During this short time of the moon’s cycle, it’s not recommended to do much gardening! It’s best to do no more than some slight pruning and defoliation, especially for diseased plants.

Waxing Moon

The moon phase following a new moon is the waxing moon, also referred to as the crescent moon. The moon is waxing until it becomes full. During this time, there is a sharp increase in the internal activity of marijuana plants, and they become more strongly resistant to disease and pests. At this point, it’s best not to trim or prune cannabis plants.

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Full Moon

Ah, the full moon – the time of the month when the moon is fully illuminated. Like the new moon, this is a brief stage of the moon’s phases. Again, while the sap is concentrated in the upper parts of the plant, it’s not recommended to prune or harvest plants. However, the full moon is a wonderful time to germinate seeds!

Waning Moon

As the moon reverts from full to a new moon, it’s referred to as the waning moon, or sometimes the dwindling moon (not to be confused with descending). During the waning phase, sap inside cannabis plants moves down toward the lower parts. This is a perfect time for harvest, as the terpenes and cannabinoids in the flowers won’t be weighed down by excess moisture.

Cannabis Growing According to the Tides

The tides, in response to the moon, come in and go out several times a day. When tidal effects are considered in relation to the moon’s cycles and phases, there are a few ways that the potential of a marijuana grow can be maximized.

High Tide

During high tide, there are multiple ways to care for your plants depending on what part of the growth cycle they’re in. Cloning and grafting while the tide is rising will help ensure success. It’s also the right time to compost or harvest plants if high tide coincides with a waning moon.

Low Tide

As the tides ebb lower, this is the ideal time to sow seeds, especially in combination with an ascending moon. Other activities appropriate for low tide include fertilizing plants, working and improving the soil, and transplanting indoor clones to outdoor gardens.

Cannabis, the Moon Cycle, and Constellations

As the moon moves across the sky, it crosses paths with the constellations of the zodiac. It’s believed (by some) that when the moon passes through certain constellations, the elemental energies (fire, air, water, and earth) of those constellations can also have an effect on your cannabis plants.

Fire Constellations

The fire elementals of the zodiac are Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius. During moon cycles involving these constellations, it’s best to focus on cannabis seeds in particular. The germination process can certainly benefit from the relationship between the moon and fire signs.

Air Constellations

Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius make up the air constellations. Developing marijuana plants can really find their time to shine during this period. Air constellations are better suited to aid in the development of flowers. Coinciding your grow schedule so that your outdoor plant’s flowering stage takes place during Libra, for example, could help maximize harvest. That means more and bigger buds!

Water Constellations

The constellations of water are Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces. During these stages of the moon cycle, structural growth is booming! Leaves, stems, and branches grow stronger, building the foundation for a healthy marijuana plant. During the vegetative stage of a cannabis plant’s life, it’s important that the plant structure develops in order to grow quality flowers.

Earth Constellations

Last but not least, the earth constellations: Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn. Not to be forgotten about is the deeply complex root network that cannabis plants develop. During moon phases with these constellations, it’s the best time to pay attention to what’s below the soil. Root health is incredibly important to the overall development of weed plants, and giving extra care during this time can help identify any issues.

Let’s Wrap Up: The Cheat Sheet on Growing Cannabis With the Moon

Growing cannabis according to lunar, astrological, and tidal forces can have truly magical results. By paying extra attention to the influence of the moon, your harvest could benefit! In short, here’s a little cheat sheet for growing cannabis according to the grower’s calendar that relies on the moon:

  • Ascending moon: cloning
  • Descending moon: seed germination, soil care, harvest
  • New moon: pruning, harvest
  • Waxing moon: fertilization, germination, repotting
  • Full moon: germination, pest control
  • Waning moon: harvest, root care, pruning, training, cloning.
  • High tide: harvest (with waning moon)
  • Low tide: germination, seed sowing (with ascending moon)
  • Fire signs: germination
  • Air signs: flowering stage of growth
  • Water signs: vegetative stage of growth
  • Earth signs: root health and development

We can also put things the other way around and find the perfect moments for different phases in cannabis growing:

  • Best time for germination: descending moon in combination with waxing and full moon, low tide, and fire signs.
  • Best time for seed sowing: ascending moon in combination with low tide
  • Best time for soil and root care: descending moon in combination with waning moon and earth signs
  • Best time for harvesting: descending moon in combination with waning moon, new moon

Below, you can find a handy cannabis grower's calendar that relies on the moon’s phases.

lunar calendar 2024 for cannabis seeds

If you’re ready to growing cannabis by moon phases or stars but are not sure what strains to cultivate, here are our top suggestions for universally adored seeds:

Strawberry Banana Auto (FastBuds)

Strawberry Banana Auto (Fast Buds) Strawberry Banana Auto (Fast Buds)
  • Autoflowering
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  • 450 - 600 g/m² indoors
    50 - 250 g/plant outdoors
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A balanced Indica and Sativa blend, 27% THC Strawberry Banana Auto is an easy-to-grow sweet strain with mouthwatering fruit and berry flavors. Its effect provides powerful euphoria and an instant motivation kick.

Shiskaberry (Barney’s Farm)

Shiskaberry (Barney's Farm) Shiskaberry (Barney's Farm)
  • Photoperiod
  • Complete harmony
  • 600 - 700 g/m² indoors
    1500 - 2000 g/plant outdoors
  • 26 %
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A pure Indica with enormous yields, Shiskaberry is a 26% THC powerhouse with a strong, electrifying body buzz. It has pungent, berry-like aromas and is best reserved for evenings or the weekend because of how hard-hitting it is.

DDoS #33 (Herbies Seeds)

DDoS #33 (Herbies Seeds) DDoS #33 (Herbies Seeds)
  • Photoperiod
  • Straight into a happy headspace
  • 600 - 800 g/m² indoors
    1500 - 2000 g/plant outdoors
  • 27 %
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A masterpiece created with all-star US genetics, 27% THC DDoS #33 is a crowd-pleaser that growers love for its hardiness and stable performance, and smokers keep coming back for complex flavors and dream-like soothing effects.

With our strains and tips in mind, along with our cannabis moon calendar for 2024, you’ll be well on your way to enjoying some moon-grown cannabis this year!

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Good morning, will you make the 2023 lunar calendar for cultivation!?? Big hug
Hello Alê! We haven't made the lunar calendar for 2023, but we're planning to do it for the next year. Please stay updated :)
The Farting Flea
High guys. I've been learning about growing cannabis by the moon, and this is by far the most comprehensive article I have read to date. Thank you for all the info!
I still don't understand what it means when the moon ascends and descends in the phases of waning and waxing, I just want to take some clones...
Hello Nono,The moon accending and decending affects the liquids in the plants. During the ascension of the moon, liquids also rise to the upper parts of plants. This means that the upper half of a cannabis plant will be more heavily saturated with moisture. For the clones we would suggest this article: https://herbiesheadshop.com/blog/how-to-clone-cannabis-plants
it would be nice if you could post a moon calendar so we know where to moons falling in line with which ever constellation
Hey can we get a 2022 one?
Should come out soon :)
Hey guys I’ve been using an Almanac to plant by for 40 years using the moons phases and astrological sign. Some of your “when to” days are not in the same sign as in the Almanac. It says “watery” signs for planting and transplanting in order of effectiveness are Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces, Taurus, Libra , Capricorn. The “barren” signs for destroying noxious growth/cultivating in order are Leo, Gemini, Virgo, Aquarius, Aries, Sagittarius. Harvest in the signs of Sagittarius, Aquarius, Aries during waning. As you can see a few are total opposites. I’ve always had tremendous success using the Almanac. What gives?
Hello Jones,Thank you for your feedback. There's different opinions and methods, and it's great that you've shared your experience with us. It is great to know that this method worked for you, and the feedback you've provided will be very useful for those who searching for more variations of the process
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