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when to start growing weed outside

When to start growing weed outside

There are a variety of ways to section the different regions of the United States. For this guide, we’ll break it down into a few of the broader sections to provide a general idea of the country’s climate regions. Since the climates can still vary quite a bit within each region, we’ll sometimes include state-specific details as well.

In general, if there is still a risk of frost, it’s not a good idea to plant yet, or you will be majorly risking your plants. However, if you plant too late, you might end up with a disappointing end result. Luckily, this state-by-state guide can help.

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The Best Time to Grow Cannabis Outside

The difficulty of growing cannabis can vary based on the type of plants you choose to grow. Non-autoflowering (photosensitive) cannabis plants depend on the specific timing of daylight (and darkness) to grow properly. Autoflowering strains, on the other hand, have their own internal clocks, so to speak. No matter how much sunlight they receive, they will go through their seedling, vegetating, and flowering phases as usual. This means you don’t have to worry quite as much about the timing of the seasons. As long as your plants receive adequate amounts of sunlight, water, and have good enough levels of humidity and nutrients, they will do just fine.

For many, the idea of outdoor growing paints a mental picture of working in your backyard or a community garden, tending lovingly to your plants every day. But this is not always possible, either because you want to keep your plants discreet or because you simply don’t have space for it. Even if you don’t have the best place to grow cannabis outside, a Pot for Pot Complete Kits can help. Simply set your potted plant on your balcony or patio. Of course, you don’t need a kit to grow a potted plant. However, if you choose to ‘do-it-yourself,’ you’d have to plan, buy, and assemble everything yourself as well. With that comes the opportunity to make critical mistakes that could ruin your entire investment. If you’re only going to grow one or two plants, don’t you want to ensure that they succeed and produce something worth your effort?

Note: This information is based on climate rather than laws. It’s still a good idea to check into your state’s local laws to see if and what you can grow.

How Long Does A Cannabis Plant Take To Grow Outside?

States that are higher altitude and/or have colder winters, such as Colorado, Montana, the Midwest, and the Northeast, also benefit from the shorter growing season of autoflowering plants. The best time to plant might not be until April or May, and that’s okay; the plants will still be ready to harvest before the weather starts getting too cold. In general, it should be safe to bring your plants outside by the time the end of April rolls around. This applies to the majority of states in the North, although you might want to bring them indoors at night when the risk of nighttime frost still exists.

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Weed plants will need full, direct sun for at least 6 hours a day. You may have a backyard, but it might not be great to grow there if it doesn’t get full sun every day.

You can plant directly into the ground, using the preexisting soil, but you’ll need to understand your soil’s composition and amend it accordingly. If you go this route, we recommend getting your soil tested, which will minimize headaches, and it’s easy and relatively inexpensive. A soil test will tell you the makeup and pH of your soil, any contaminants present, and will recommend materials and fertilizers to amend your soil.

Sunlight

Once you have an understanding of the climate in your area, you’ll need to consider a few things before planting your weed.

Silt soils

Soil has three basic consistencies, in various ratios:

Even if growing outdoors, a lot of growers will start their seeds inside under an artificial light to help them through this delicate stage of marijuana growth.

The Spring Equinox is a good reminder that it’s time to kick off the outdoor growing process and start germinating your seeds.

As roots develop, the stalk will rise and you’ll begin to see the first iconic fan leaves grow, at which point your cannabis plant can be considered a seedling.

Seed germination

Outdoors, flowering occurs naturally when the plant receives less light each day as summer turns into fall. Indoor growers can trigger the flowering cycle by reducing the amount of light marijuana plants receive from 16 to 12 hours a day.

If you need to determine the sex of your plants (to discard the males), they will start showing sex organs a few weeks into the veg stage. It’s imperative to separate males so they don’t pollinate the females.

When should you grow marijuana?

The vegetative stage of cannabis is where the plant’s growth truly takes off. At this point, you’ve transplanted your plant into a larger pot and the roots and foliage are developing rapidly. This is also the time to begin topping or training your plants.

If you’re growing indoors, you can force a weed plant to flower after only a few weeks when it’s small, or after several weeks when it’s big. If you’re growing outdoors, you’re at the whim of the seasons and will have to wait until the sun starts to go down in fall for it to flower and then to harvest.