Growing cannabis outdoors isn’t as complicated as growing it indoors. To grow cannabis plants indoors, you must but lighting fixtures and grow tents. Apart from cost, indoor cannabis growing limits you, you can’t grow as much weed as you want.
Growing cannabis outdoors should be the first step for cannabis fans looking to produce their weed. It is not as expensive as growing indoors. Keep reading to the end to know all the tips and steps for successful outdoor cannabis growing.
Plan Your Garden Space
Choosing where you’re going to plant your cannabis plants is a decision that needs critical thinking. You need to consider water and light supply. A cannabis plant requires light for four to five hours per day. Low lighting reduces your plants’ growth rate. The place should also be private. If you’re in a state where marijuana is legal, intruders might interfere with your plants even before they mature. If you’re in a state where marijuana is still illegal, you might be arrested and charged.
Selecting the Strain You Want
There are those strains that will do well in your climate and those that will end up disappointing you. You can get information about the cannabis species that will do well in your zone from friends who are already growing cannabis or ask the online marijuana family. When buying cannabis seeds or seedlings, choose those that have been bred specifically for outdoor.
Only female cannabis plants produce buds. Feminized cannabis seeds are the best as they have a 95% chance of becoming a female plant. The seeds also have a germination rate of 80%.
Planting Containers and Soil
You can either plant your cannabis plants directly in the soil or transportable containers. Growing plants in a container limit the roots. You should use high-quality soil that is made with organic matter. Planting your cannabis plants in good healthy soil ensures higher performance and eliminates the need to add fertilizer frequently.
Cannabis plant does well in soil with higher drainage. You need to do some adjustments if you’re planting your cannabis plants in clay soil. Sandy soil is also not the best as it isn’t rich in nutrients. A loam soil made of silt is the best for cannabis growing.
A cannabis plant requires constant potassium, phosphorus, nitrogen, and other soil nutrients. Nutrients in the ground soil get depleted. Failure to add fertilizers into the soil makes your plants suffer from plant nutrient deficiency diseases.
Planting Cannabis Seedlings
After your cannabis plants have germinated, they are ready to be planted directly in the soil, or a container. Handle the germinating seeds gently. The radicle is very delicate.
Plant your cannabis plants 0.8 to 2.5cm from the soil surface. Planting the seeds too deep into the soil makes it harder for the developing plant to continue growing as it may lack oxygen and moisture.
When the seedlings are still weak, use a shelter to prevent heavy rain from damaging them. At this stage, your plants need frequent watering. Adding fertilizer to the soil at this stage will cause a nutrient burn.