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If you want to get huge yields with your outdoor cannabis growing then these outdoor growing techniques will help take your garden to the next level.

Pruning and other low-stress and high-stress cannabis training techniques can focus your cannabis plant’s energy on growing huge and tasty buds.

Growing marijuana outdoors comes with its own advantages and disadvantages. These cannabis plant training techniques take practice and will get easier over time as you continue growing.

Choosing the right seeds and knowing how to deal with outdoor climate are also important when growing weed outdoors. We recommend trying these advanced outdoor growing techniques when you’ve mastered the basics of cannabis cultivation.

Advanced Outdoor Growing Techniques For Cannabis

1. Topping Cannabis

Cannabis plants s usually have only 1 stem that grow out of it upwards. By using the training technique called topping you would remove the top of the plant. But, why would you want to purposely damage and stress your cannabis plant?

Although it might seem counterintuitive, cutting off the top of the main stem causes a cannabis plant’s 2 lower growth tips underneath to grow into their own stems and, eventually, into nice buds in the flowering stage.

2. Fimming Cannabis

Similar to topping, fimming is a type of high-stress training (HST) technique that removes the top of the plant. Fimming requires removal of about 50-75% of the stem instead of the whole stem like topping doe.

Fimming could be thought of as a botched topping technique and can result in four new stalk growths compared to 2 when topped. In addition, both techniques can spur lateral branch growth over vertical growth so your cannabis plants grow nicely outward, side to side, not just straight up and ends up bushy and full of buds.

3. Super Cropping Cannabis 

Super cropping is a form of high stress training (HST) that involves gently crushing (without completely breaking) a part of the top branches from your cannabis plant to create an even canopy. Crushing the inner core of a healthy branch makes it easier to bend in whichever way you want.

At the site that's been compressed, you can bend the stems at a 90-degree angle away from the weed plants to allow the lower bud sites to get enough light. You can do it to all the plants in the grow.

4. Monster Cropping Cannabis

Monster cropping involves taking healthy cuttings from a mother plant during the third week of the flowering stage instead of during the vegetative stage, which is the traditional method of cloning.

By taking the cutting during the flowering stage, the plant re-enters the vegetative stage and may produce many more branches full of nodes. If done right, monster cropping yields extremely bushy plants with tons of new bud sites on top of your mother plant’s buds.

5. Screen of Green (SCROG) Cannabis

The screen of green (SCROG) method is an effective way to increase your cannabis yields. In this advanced technique, you stretch out and weave the cannabis plants branches through a trellis netting using posts to hold the netting in place.

You use the netting to train the plants to grow sideways, which increases air flow and provides light for the whole cannabis plant. In addition, SCROG can help support heavy branches and buds from breaking off due to weight.

6. Flushing Cannabis

Flushing is a method of removing as much of the nutrients from the cannabis plant as possible. By only feeding your plant water, you can improve the quality of your buds right before harvest.

Growers can flush their cannabis plants of nutrients starting anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks before harvest. Flushing cannabis can also be performed when nutrients are locked out from overfeeding or during the transitioning of the growth and feeding cycles. Overfeeding and overwatering are very common mistakes made by beginner cannabis growers.

7. Lollipopping Cannabis

Lollipopping cannabis involves removing most of the lower and underdeveloped branches of your cannabis plant and leaving behind the top and most productive branches.

In the end, your cannabis plants will have a lollipop look with a thin lower stem and a bushy upper part.

This removing if the branches and leaves that don't get enough light allows the plant to focus growth on the bud sites on top of it.

8. Main-Lining Cannabis

Main-lining cannabis combines LST and HST techniques such as lollipopping and topping to create a manifold of branches directly connected to the main stem.

When a young weed plant has developed about five or six nodes you can start to top the plant above the third node and remove all foliage under that node to focus growth on everything above.

In addition, the new branches are gently tied down for them to grow at a 90-degree angle. Subsequent topping and tying eventually creates 8 colas at the very least on an even canopy.

Advanced Outdoor Cannabis Growing Methods

Growing Cannabis Outdoors FAQ's

How much light do outdoor cannabis plants need?

Cannabis plants grown outside need to be exposed to direct sunshine for a minimum of eight hours per day. The amount of flower they produce is directly related to the amount of sunlight they are exposed to.

How should I choose a location for outdoor cannabis growing?

Choose a location that offers enough space, plenty of sun exposure, good air circulation, and provides shelter from severe winds.

What is the right soil for outdoor cannabis growing?

Soil that is high in organic matter and has adequate drainage is great for outdoor cannabis growing. You can work with sandy or clay soils if you amend them adequately, but silty soil is the ideal type of soil to work with when growing cannabis outdoors.

When is the best time to start growing marijuana outdoors?

First make sure that temperatures are between 65 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit, and then plant your cannabis seeds in May for a harvest around September or October.

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Luis Cordova
Luis Cordova

Luis Cordova is a distinguished author, and renowned expert in cannabis cultivation, who possesses a Master's degree in Plant Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Science. As a valued contributor to highly esteemed publications such as Cannabis Training University and Maximum Yield Magazine, Luis has emerged as a trusted source of guidance and knowledge in the cannabis industry. Having written thousands of informative articles, Luis is widely recognized for his comprehensive expertise on cultivating cannabis, both indoors and outdoors.

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