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It can be a learning experience and lots of fun to grow your own marijuana plants outdoors. However, it also can be quite frustrating, challenging, and expensive, especially if you are not sure what to do.
If you are growing cannabis for the first time and you only have limited resources, you may not want to consider indoor growing since it has already proven to be costly. For you, the good news is that a tiny outdoor cannabis garden is able to yield quality marijuana without having to put in a large financial investment.
Facts of Growing Cannabis Outdoors
If you have a private sunlit spot in your yard or on a terrace, balcony, or rooftop, you will be able to grow cannabis successfully. Below are tips about the top essential facts of growing cannabis outdoor and the factors that should be considered for a better outcome.
1. The Climate
The outdoor climate is an essential aspect of growing cannabis. You have to understand the climate that you will be dealing with. Marijuana is adaptable to multiple conditions. However, it is still vulnerable to extreme climate. If you live in sustained temperatures over 86°Fahrenheit, your plants may stop growing.
On the other hand, sustained temperature that is below 55°F can result in stunted growth and possible damage to the cannabis plant. High winds and heavy rainfall can result in plant damage and a reduction in yields. It can also cause excess moisture, leading to mildew and mold, especially during the flowering phase.
2. The Location
Choose the plant location wisely. When you are planting in a movable container or in the ground, you have to consider a location where the plant can receive substantial sunlight, but yet not too much. In fact, your marijuana plants should only receive up to six hours of sunlight each day, directly and ideally during the day when light quality is at its best.
3. The Privacy
Extreme privacy is also important as it facilitates high security. For example, you may want to keep your cannabis planting from the prying eyes of your neighbors and potential robbers. For that reason, you may have to build a tall fence or let your shrubs and trees grow higher.
If you still want more privacy, you may want to plant in containers and place them on the rooftop or available balcony. A marijuana plant can grow outdoors up to fifteen feet tall. So make your plans to accommodate this height.
4. The Soil
Use sandy soil because it is easy to work with and drains well. However, if you live in rainy weather, you should be aware that sandy soil can hardly hold nutrients. Dig a large hole for the plant and add nutrients such as peat moss, compost, or coco coir. If you do use sandy soil, make sure you add mulch to prevent the roots from overheating and to retain water.
5. The Fertilizer
Make sure you add organic fertilizer, if you want to minimize destructive runoffs and utilize the soil’s microbial life. You can find various types of organic fertilizers at your local garden store. Use natural fertilizers such as kelp meal, fish meal, bat guano, and bone meal.
Conclusion on Facts of Growing Cannabis Outdoors
If you live in windy or hot conditions, be sure to water your plants frequently. Educate yourself on how much watering is needed. You can get this information from the Cannabis Training University.