All these resources can be overwhelming to the casual gardener, as they’re often geared toward those who are willing to invest lots of time, space, and money to harvest the highest yield possible: High Intensity Discharge lighting! Grow tents! Exhaust fans!
The resources for prospective pot growers today are incomprehensibly vast.
More than 16 hours a day of light will keep plants in their vegetative state, when they’re growing stronger and bushier without producing flowers. So if you wanted your outdoor plant to get a little bigger before it flowers, you might prolong its vegetative state by bringing it into a warm closet with the lights on every night.
A wealth of resources
“You don’t have to have a gigantic grow room, or a huge outdoor cannabis farm,” says Grace Olivia Hicks, the co-founder of Green Carpet Growing, a San Diego, CA-based cannabis cultivation consultancy. “Cannabis doesn’t have to be far away—it’s within reach now and it’s also legally acceptable.”
Less than 12 hours of light a day will trigger the plant’s flowering phase. So, if you wanted to force a plant to flower, you should time its exposure accordingly. Or, just wait a few months until the days grow shorter, and let nature run its course.
The minimalist’s setup
“It’s like a recipe,” says Hicks. “There are certain parts that have to be done correctly and at a certain time to get you from point A to point B to have product at the end.” (See: Willamette Week’s accidental “Pot Massacre of 2017” due to heat and over-fertilization.)
If you live in a place where it’s legal, here are some basics to know before you get started:
It’s very important to keep the grow area neat, clean and tidy during the entire process. Bits and pieces like leaves, roots or pruning leftovers could call the attention of thieves and nosy neighbors.
It would be advisable to use pruning techniques that promote lateral growth rather than vertical growth; like for example SCRoG or Supercropping. Hereunder, we are going to mention different techniques aimed to hide marijuana in a discreet and efficient way.
Outdoor marijuana grows have been increasing over the past few years, but unfortunately, their robbery has also increased, which means outdoor growers have to prepare themselves to prevent their plants from being stolen.
Training branches with strings makes them more homogeneous and promotes light absorption throughout the entire plant, improving their yield and compacting their flowers.
Other Forms of Hiding Marijuana Grows Outdoors
As a general rule, when growing marijuana plants outside, whether in a balcony, terrace or garden, it’s best to choose strains that don’t grow excessively large. For this reason, it would be a good option to germinate seeds for a longer period of time in order to shorten their growth cycle, or even better, opt for autoflowering varieties, which normally don’t grow past 1 m tall.
White nets offer similar characteristics; but are more frequently used for shadow purposes rather than for concealing because their coloring doesn’t camouflage plants as much as their green counterpart. However, they are especially effective for building terraces as they block the vision of higher floors.
These types of grows need to be pruned in an apical way, as this technique provokes a sudden development slowdown of the plants’ stem, promoting only branching growth, which is perfect for this cultivation system.
These fabric pots are also a great option for guerrilla grows because their coloring helps them go unnoticed between bushes. This facilitates the task of starting to grow on the surface, and once marijuana plants have reached a certain height, bury the pot as deep as possible into the ground, thus considerably reducing the plant’s total height.
Camouflage nets are a very popular item to hide marijuana plants outside as they are suitable for balconies, fields or chalets and conceal plants very efficiently. These nets were initially used to separate fields or perform agricultural or gardening tasks, but over the years, they’ve become very popular to increase the privacy of fences and short walls as they offer great intimacy and sunshade.