With medical and recreational marijuana becoming legalized in varying regions around the world today, learning how to grow your own for either personal or business use may be a helpful and rewarding experience.
But the process associated with growing your own marijuana can also be a very difficult and rigorous process. Not only this, but many people choose to grow the plant outdoors instead of indoors because of the stench it releases. There are multiple tips to remember when growing marijuana outside.
Because of this, here are 7 things that you may find helpful before growing marijuana outdoors.
When you’re planning on growing your plants outdoors, you should first consider what type of climate surrounds the location as well as the particular location of the garden. More specifically, the amount of sunlight that your plants will be getting is extremely important. You’re advised to grow your plants in an area that receives a maximized amount of sunlight. In addition to sunlight, you’ll need to ensure that your plants are growing in a location that contains little wind, healthy soil, a healthy amount of water, and in a location that’s easily accessible to you while still remaining secure from the public.
In addition to this, you’ll need to consider how tall your specific marijuana plants will grow and reflect that knowledge in the planning of your location. For example, some plants have the potential to grow up to 12 feet tall. Because of this, you need to make sure the location you choose to grow your plants is tall and wide enough. Some examples of popular locations for marijuana gardens are on a balcony, a roof terrace, in an open field, a forest, a backyard, a greenhouse, or various other types of locations.
Type of Secure Area
Depending on where you live and where you’re planning on growing your marijuana, sometimes the law requires you to grow your plant in a fully enclosed area. For instance, you’re recommended to plant your marijuana in either a greenhouse, a shed, a tent, a garage, or other forms of enclosed structure. If this poses a problem to your situation, then you can easily build a greenhouse on your own in order to grow your plants in there. The materials tend to be cheap and the process isn’t very physically demanding.
If the law in the area that you reside doesn’t require this of you, then you should also consider the location of where you’re planning on growing your plants. For example, you should consider who will have access to your garden and secure it from the public as well as other strangers or neighbors. More specifically, you’re advised to at least surround your garden with a fence or other barrier in order to prevent unwanted people from having direct access to your plants.
Growing your marijuana plants outside requires various levels of equipment. The type of equipment you need varies on the specific type of location that you’re growing your plants. For instance, if your marijuana garden is located in an open field you’ll need to consider farming equipment for growing hemp. Some equipment for open field farming may include a shaper, mulch layers, drip applicators, mulch retrievers, and other forms of equipment.
For other common types of equipment required for growing marijuana may include growing pots, grow lights if in an enclosed area outside, nutrients, and healthy soil.
Soil and Fertilizer
Since you’re growing your plants outside, the health of soil outside in your garden is extremely important. You’re advised to used organic fertilizers in order to ensure that your plants are receiving the correct amount of nutrients from the soil. Some popular types of fertilizers that can benefit your plant’s soil include worm castings, compost, kelp meal, or other organic fertilizers. Compost is the most popular form of fertilizer because it’s cheaper and gives off beneficial nutrients. Furthermore, you’re advised to add fertilizer to the soil before you begin the planting process in order to ensure that the fertilizer is dispersed fully throughout the soil.
Since your hemp garden is outdoors, you’ll need to ensure that it’s protected from unwanted weather, pests, and other animals. You can’t change the weather in your garden’s location, so you’ll need to protect your garden when there is inclement weather. For windy locations, surround your garden with a barrier like a wall or a secure tent. For rain, cover your garden with a tent or add a strain to limit the amount of rain that comes into contact with your plants.
For locations that have cool temperatures, hemp plants rarely survive in temperatures below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Because of this, consider installing heat lamps or cold frames for protection. And for pests or other unwanted animals, surround your garden with a wired fence or by walls. When all else fails, simply secure your garden with a tent to prevent animals from entering.
You’ll have to choose what type of growing system you want to grow your plants in. Generally, there are 3 different types of growing systems: coco blends, soil mediums, and hydroponic systems. Coco blends involve absorbing nutrients similarly to the soil, but the nutrients are quickly spread to the plant’s roots. Soil mediums are more lenient in allowing you to give your plant more or fewer nutrients than needed. And hydroponic systems don’t involve any soil and allow you to mix nutrients directly with water when you give it to your plants. All of the systems differ in the amount of care you give to your plants.
Keeping track of the amount of water that your hemp plants consume is important because they require a perfect amount in order to grow perfectly. More specifically, if you live in a climate that rains a great amount, then you’ll have to install strains that restrict the amount of water that gets consumed by your plants. Additionally, you may be able to grow your plants in raised beds in order to boost the amount of drainage that occurs. But if you live in a dry climate, you’ll need to water your plants manually. You’re advised to purchase a soil moisture meter in order to control the amount of water you hemp plants need.
Overall, growing your own marijuana plants can be difficult. And it gets even more difficult when you choose to grow them outdoors where they’ll constantly be exposed to the outdoor climate’s weather and animals. But outdoor marijuana gardens are not impossible to create and maintain with the right advice.