Plan Your Outdoor Cannabis Garden
For many folks, growing outdoors will provide the easiest option. You can take advantage of Mother Nature’s free bounty of sun and water to help your plants grow. Also, growing outside means you won’t have to invest in building or buying an appropriate structure. To help you achieve success, we here at DripWorks are happy to provide this primer on how to grow marijuana outdoors.
Your first and most important decision will be deciding where exactly to grow your plants. Cannabis plants like lots of sun and prefer temperatures in the 70s or low 80s Fahrenheit. Try to plant them in a sunny spot where they won’t be shaded by trees, buildings and other sun-blockers. Too much wind can damage plants, but a gentle breeze can help aerate them and prevent disease, mold and fungus.
Water, Soil & More
Water is a crucial component to growing healthy cannabis plants, so plan accordingly. Low-lying spots can hold excessive amounts of water, especially if the soil is clay, while high spots may lose most of their water to runoff. Mother Nature won’t always cooperate with a suitable amount of rain. You can ensure the right amount with maximum efficiency by watering with a drip irrigation kit.
Soil is important too. As mentioned above, clay soils don’t drain well, so you will need to add compost and other organic matter if clay is a problem. Sandy soils drain well but don’t hold fertilizer efficiently. If your soil has lots of sand, you should also augment it with organic matter.
Before planting, you will need to decide between using seeds and clones. If you do opt for seeds, try to get feminized seeds, which will produce the flowers and buds’ folks want to smoke. Whatever you decide to plant, go for the best genetics possible. A little extra paid for the best stock in the beginning will produce big dividends in growth and quality bud in the long run.
Plant your seeds or clones when the weather is sufficiently warm. This will depend on where you live, of course, but cannabis plants will generally thrive when other annual vegetables and flowers do in your region.
Fertilizing & Setting a Schedule
In addition to regularly watering your pot plants when they need it, make sure to fertilize them properly. Marijuana plants need the proper mix of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium to thrive. Many fertilizers premixed for cannabis are on the market. If you prefer, you can mix your own with fertilizers you purchase or have on hand. Feed and water your plants throughout the growing season, making sure not to overdo it. With drip irrigation in particular, fertilizer injectors will help you with this.
How long does it take to grow marijuana outdoors? That will vary depending on climate, genetics and many other factors. Generally, you should expect to wait for three to four months before your beautiful, bountiful buds are ready for harvest. We hope this information on how to grow a marijuana plant outdoors has been helpful. For answers to any questions, feel free to contact us on the phone or by email.