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how to grow weed outdoors for dummies

How to grow weed outdoors for dummies

Deciding whether to start with seeds or clones will change the timing and manner by which your plants are introduced to the outdoors.

Organic sources of nutrients include alfalfa meal, bone meal, kelp meal, bat guano, fish emulsion, dolomite, and earthworm castings. Each contains different ratios of nutrients that can be used for different phases of the plants’ growth cycle.

Planning your garden

Daytime temperatures between 75 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit (23.9 to 25.4 degrees Celsius) are ideal for cannabis, while temperatures above 88 degrees Fahrenheit (31.1 degrees Celsius) or below 60 degrees Fahrenheit (15.6 degrees Celsius) can delay growth. Cannabis is considered heat-tolerant, but sustained highs and extreme lows will usually lead to complications that could eventually kill your plants.

Planting directly into the ground or a raised bed requires a bit more preparation but has its benefits as well. Without a container to restrict growth, roots can grow deep and thick to support a strong plant. The added surface area also allows the plant to access a greater quantity of nutrients and water in the soil, compared with a container garden. The major downside is that the plants cannot be moved and could require additional structures to protect them in the case of extreme weather.

Containers vs. in-ground

For a small garden, hand-watering is the easiest, cheapest way to go. It also allows you to get familiar with each cultivar’s needs, and gives each plant the exact amount of water it requires. Irrigation systems can be convenient for a large number of plants or for times when you cannot be in your garden.

How to grow weed outdoors for dummies

During the vegetative phase, your plant will require plenty of water and care. If the top 1 inch of your soil feels dry, water it. Otherwise, avoid over-watering to reduce the risk of mold and disease formation.

Cannabis plants need to grow in an area that has enough space for its roots and has good drainage. Generally, a 5-gallon container/pot with drainage holes can do the trick. You may also use a similar sized and shaped container such as a bucket, fabric pot, etc. As long as it has the right drainage system, you won’t have issues with mold and root damage.

Every cannabis plant starts from a seed. There are hundreds of variations you can choose from including feminized, regular, and autoflowering seeds. Each has a different growing requirement but feminized are easier to work with for beginners. Buy cannabis seeds from a licensed retailer or shop from online seed banks that ship to your location.

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Growing weed is easier than ever, especially with a strong cannabis education. If you want to learn the ins-and-outs of growing huge yields and high-quality buds, enroll in Cannabis Training University’s online cannabis program. Learn from master growers how to grow indoors or outdoors on a budget. You don’t need super fancy equipment to get started on your new hobby or career. All you need is a small investment and a desire to learn.

After the drying stage, the curing stage helps bring out the strain’s flavors and aroma. All you have to do is keep your buds in an airtight jar, preferably UV protected. Check back every day and open the jars to “burp” them for a few minutes and let the moisture evaporate. After a few weeks or months, your buds will have released the excess moisture and reached their peak freshness.

Make sure to check your local ordinances to ensure you are legally allowed to grow outside. Most towns that do allow outside gardens require growers to keep them in an enclosed and secure space. A greenhouse is a great way to harness the power of the sun and maintain a slightly climate-controlled environment.

Cannabis Plant Container

In addition, consider the height of your plants. Will your grow tent be tall enough to accommodate them?

After all those months of waiting for your bud growth, it’s time to harvest your crop and refine the buds’ taste and aroma. First, you’re going to cut the bud branches from the plants and remove any excess foliage. You’ll need to hang the buds to dry in a cool, dark, and dry space. Check up on them every day to see if their stems are soft or firm and dry. When you can hear an audible snap from your branches when broken, it’s time to cure.