A Beginner’s Guide to Grow Marijuana Outdoors

Jul 30, 2019 12:50 PM ET


Marijuana also called cannabis, is now being used for many medical purposes, and the trend is shifting towards growing them at home. If you have an outdoor garden, marijuana seeds can yield plenty of quality marijuana without a large monetary investment. If there is a sunny spot in your lawn, terrace, balcony, or rooftop, you can successfully grow marijuana. Here are some factors to consider for creating bets growing environment for marijuana.

1.      Consider the Weather Patterns:

Marijuana is adaptable to various climatic conditions, but it is vulnerable to extreme weathers. Therefore, you should have a good understanding of the climate in your area. Constant temperatures above 86oF will stop the growth of your marijuana plants, while continued temperatures below 55oF can cause damage and even death of the plants. High winds and heavy rains can cause physical damage and reduce yields.

2.      Pick a Space for Growing Seeds:

If you are planting marijuana directly in the ground or large immobile containers, it’s important to choose a space where your plants will receive maximum sunlight, especially during the midday, when the quality of light is best. As the season changes, your plant may get less sunlight, which will trigger the flowering stage. Also, choose a space where the privacy and security of your marijuana plants are ensured. It’s also a good idea to plant in containers placed in balconies or rooftops where they are shielded from view. Outdoor marijuana plants can grow to almost 15 feet tall.

3.      Decide on Seeds:

The success of your marijuana growth will also depend on selecting the right stain to grow in your particular climate. Plants grown form marijuana seeds can be heartier as young plants as compared to clones. You can plant the seeds into the soil of your garden during early spring, even in wet and cool climates. If you want buds, go for feminized seeds as only female plants produce buds. Auto-flowering seeds are a popular choice for outdoor growing as they grow quickly. You can also buy other special strains, view more here.

4.      Acquire Healthy Soil:

Soil is made of sand, silt, and clay. Marijuana plants thrive in soil rich with organic matter. If you wish to plant them in the ground, you’ll need to understand the composition of your soil. Soil with heavy clay doesn’t retain oxygen well so it will need to be amended. At least a month before planting marijuana, dig large holes in your soil and mix in large amounts of manure, compost, or other decomposed organic matter. This will provide aeration and nutrients for the plants. Sandy soil doesn’t hold the nutrients well and should be mulched to retain water. Therefore, silty soil is ideal for growing marijuana. The best silty soil is the dark loam because it’s fertile and won’t need amending. You can also opt for fertilizers to amend your soil.

It’s also important to protect your plants from pests and any other infestation. You can use organic pesticides designed specifically for cannabis and marijuana plants

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