OUTDOOR GROW TIPS

If you haven’t started your outdoor grow yet, the best tip is to just start growing. Otherwise, here are some great tips to help you make your outdoor grow successfull!  

Climate

If you are growing in a more northern climate, or a higher altitude, chances are that the temperatures are going to be lower and days shorter. You need to understand how the length of day changes throughout the seasons in your area. Understanding the amount of sunlight throughout the year is crucial to causing plants to “flip” from the vegetative to flowering stage, when they start to produce buds. 

It’s crucial to have a good understanding of the climate in the area you’re going to grow. Cannabis is highly adaptable to various conditions, but it is susceptible to extreme weather. Always pre-grow your plants indoors if outdoor temperatures are below 15°C at night times.

Sustained temperatures above 27°C will cause your plants to stop growing, while continued temperatures below 17°C can cause damage and stunting to plants, even death. Heavy rains and high winds can cause physical damage to plants and reduce yields, and excessive moisture can lead to mold and powdery mildew, especially during the flowering stage.

 

Situation

Consider the situation you are in: Do you have nosey neighbors? Can you move your plant around? Do you have water at your disposal in your outdoor grow? Can you put the plants in direct soil or do you need containers? Can the plant grow tall or should she stay low and disguised? All factors to keep in consideration when you are starting up a new grow for the first time.

 

Genetics

It’s tough to grow top quality weed in the outdoors, but it can be done! It all starts with the right genetics. Like, you can grow some bagseed and just hope for the best. But you already know that’s not going to be the dankest bud you ever smoked. You need something better. You need seeds with good genetics from a reputable seedbank. Which we have plenty of here at Amsterdam Seed Center!

Just switching to better seed stock can dramatically increase in yields without any other changes. But even more importantly, the quality of harvests will also drastically improve. Not to mention the freedom of being able to choose which strain you want to grow. These are all plus points.

 

Strain

Choose the right strain that is suitable for your situation. There are thousands of strains out there from green to blue to red to purple. Do you want a plant that can grow tall or does it need to stay short? Do you want a plant with high THC content or rather an ultra-high yield? Some strains are perfect for LST and SCROG. These are all factors to keep in consideration when choosing a strain to grow. 

If you want to do some breeding of your own, then you need some regular seeds to also grow some males to maturation. But if you only want nice buds without seeds then definitely choose feminized strains. If you want to have an early harvest, then choose an auto flower strain, these will go into flowering after a few weeks regardless of the amount of sunlight hours.

Grow location

Pick a location in your growing area were conditions are optimal for your plants. Especially if your planning to grow in direct soil instead of containers. Because you can’t move your plants in a later stadium if you find out conditions are not good. A slight breeze which keeps the leaves and stem moving is ideal. It will make for a nice sturdy plant. Not to much wind though, there is such a thing as windburn. It has to be in balance. Luckily you can always block some wind if necessary.

 

Light

The location you pick must also have a maximum amount of sunlight hours directly on the plant. This will ensure that the plant can turn that direct sunlight into precious trichome production to protect itself from UV radiation (and to help us get high as a kite).

 

Darkness

When growing in a backyard, it is for your plants to fail to receive a proper light/dark ratio. It is important to remember that the access to darkness is just as important as access to the sun. To ensure darkness, do not place your plants near windows. The light from your house will interrupt the dark period. If your property has street lighting, consider covering your plants at night.

Growing outdoors can be beneficial for a large number of people as long as you plan ahead and stay safe. Plus, it is better for the environment and can produce higher yields. If you’ve been considering growing outdoors purchasing some high-quality seeds and learning everything you can about growing marijuana is a great place to start.

 

Timing

A cannabis grow usually takes around 3-5 months from seed to harvest. After that, you need to account for 3+ weeks to dry and cure buds if you want to enjoy your buds at “full strength” (some growers cure their buds for even longer). 

It’s common to see growers start a grow without thinking about how long it will take to harvest. They’ll end up with an upcoming vacation or some other event that takes them away from their garden.

It’s important when starting a new grow to consider whether you’ll be able to be there for your whole plant’s life.

 

Water & nutrients soil

It’s important that you have direct access to water at your outdoor grow. Just rain isn’t going to cut it buddy. Your plants will be SUPER thirsty when flower kicks in, so you will have to be able to provide them with lots of water. In peak season, your plants will typically drink as much water per week as the pot size they’re in. If there is no water supply at your outdoor grow, you need to fix that first. 

You can grow your outdoor plants in direct soil or in containers. For either it is best practiced utilizing a good quality medium. This will provide the roots of your plants with something to hold onto. Depending on what growing medium you chose, coco coir or organic soil, the nutrients you use will vary. Growing in organically amended soil is the recommended and easiest medium outdoors. With organic soil, it’s helpful to spike your soil with potent worm castings and compost throughout the growing cycle. Aside from that, you “just add water.” 

However, if you have chosen coco coir or other mediums that aren’t organically amended, you’ll need a constant supply of base nutrients and bottled supplements. Be mindful that growing outdoors means that there are environmental consequences for using pesticides and/or chemical nutrients that don’t work harmoniously in your local ecosystem. If you’re growing outside and need to use bottled nutrients, choose an organic nutrient line and carefully examine the ingredients. The more conscious you are of your environment, the more it will help your plant thrive throughout the growing season. One of the best parts of growing outdoors is that you have a balanced ecosystem to help ward off pests and disease.

 

Cleanliness

Clean the area you want to grow in. Make sure it has just soil and no other rubbish. Arrange pots in neat, tidy rows. Keeping all your plants together will give the area a cleaner look, but it also gives them equal access to light and air.

Prune your cannabis plants and remove dead leaves. Dead and dying leaves decay, prevent good future plant growth, and can also be a breeding ground for bacteria. Clean up any old leaves that have fallen

 

Pests/bugs

Perhaps one of the biggest threats to a healthy and abundant harvest for outdoor growers are pests. Pests can come in all shapes and sizes, and many of them attack or affect different parts of a plant’s anatomy in varying detrimental ways. Outdoor grow operations are far more at risk to pest invasions than indoor ones, primarily because they are far more exposed to the elements and the critters that inhabit gardens, fields, and forests. 

Sure, you can always go down the conventional route and apply a variety of chemicals to stave off such an invasion. However, many pesticides have been proven to be unsafe for both the environment and human consumption. Plus, you risk contaminating your hard-earned cannabis stash with chemicals. 

Companion planting has proven to be an excellent, holistic, and natural way to fend off uninvited pests within your cannabis garden. Plus, this strategy is a perfect excuse to add other species to your garden to boost diversity and add aesthetic appeal.

Beneficial insects can be introduced into cannabis gardens to act as pest management. These predators feed on many of the insects, that have an appetite for weed and may end up damaging your crop. Parasitic wasps, lady bugs and praying mantis’ are some of the little critters you can look into.

Sticky pads, netting and fences are all other methods to keep unwanted visitors at distance from your precious crops.

 

Stealth

In many areas, outdoor growing must stay discrete. The best way to do this is focusing on finding a private spot. It should have access to water and at least six hours of direct sun each day. If using your backyard, install a tall privacy fence and keep dogs in your yard. The dogs will keep cats and rodents away.

The first and most basic measure that can be taken to help hide cannabis plants is to not plant it where casual onlookers or passers may see or smell it. This means not planting near footpaths, parts of your garden that are on show or near your fence, in a highly populated place, or anywhere that may seem suspicious.

Sometimes marijuana plants are hard to hide, but there are many ways to disguise them. To keep plants small, choose auto flowering strains. You can also plant them next to bright flowering plants, large bushy trees or trim the leaves so that they do not look like weed plants. To hide the smell, choose low-odor strains or plant next to fragrant flowers.

We could have written you an entire article on each of these subjects. And we will in time. But for now, this Outdoor Grow Guide should provide you with a good base to start growing some nice and dank buds in your garden!