How to grow weed outdoors for beginners
In 2016, there are several states where you can legally cultivate marijuana outdoors. In Oregon, you can cultivate marijuana outdoors as long as it can’t be smelled in public. In Colorado you can cultivate out of the public’s eye and in the District of Columbia cannabis can be cultivated on one’s private residence. Alaskan marijuana laws don’t forbid residents from cultivating marijuana outdoors either. More and more states are allowing their residents to grow weed outdoors. In the past, most information and equipment for growing marijuana was focused on indoor growing marijuana due to the plant’s illegal status. Most grows were small and hidden in the United States.
For the first time, however, Americans in several states are allowed to grow weed outdoors. Growing weed outdoors can lead to a higher yield than indoor grown marijuana. There are also flavors present in outdoor grown weed that can’t be replicated with controlled indoor conditions. We’ve put together Growing Weed For Dummies. You can quickly start taking advantage of the higher yields and distinct flavors when you grow weed outdoors. Make sure you’re aware of the 10 Most Common Mistakes When Growing Cannabis before you get your garden going.
Grow Weed Outdoors Guide: 10 Simple Steps
Step 1: Site Selection
One of the most important steps when it comes to an outdoor grow is the site you choose. An outdoor marijuana plant needs at least 5 hours of direct sunlight so you’ll want to think about this before planting your seeds.
Morning sun is better for plants so consider where the sun will hit the plant in the morning, throughout the day, and into the evening. Areas of pine have soils that are acidic and should be avoided. Optimal pH levels for marijuana in soil are between 6 and 6.8. Areas with grasses, weeds, and nettles must already have decent soil and a water supply.
Step 2: Select Seeds
Seed selection is important when it comes to outdoor growing because certain strains grow better in certain environments. Find out the best seeds for your local climate and order from an online vendor.
Step 3: Soil Mix
If your site doesn’t have dark brown soil that compacts when squeezed and breaks apart with small amounts of pressure, you need to get soil mix. You’ll need to get the right soil mix for your outdoor cannabis grow.
Soils that have a good mix of nutrients like coco fiber, compost, earthworm castings, bat guano, peat moss, and kelp meal can help your plant grow better than inorganic potting soil mix. Avoid anything “extended” or “slow release” because that will throw off the plant during its flowering stage.
Step 4: Plant the seed
Plant the seed or seeds 1/2 to 1-inch deep into the soil with plenty of space between each one. Water until the soil is thoroughly moist.
Step 5: Water Your Baby Sprout
A baby sprout will begin to form with leaves that don’t look much like marijuana. This is the first step in your plant’s life, soon it’ll be sprouting recognizable marijuana leaves.
With outdoor marijuana plants, you’ll want to water them in the early morning and early evening. Plants will take 20 to 40 gallons of water during each season. This will vary depending on the soil, seed strain, and quantity of sun.
Step 6: Fertilize
During your plant’s growing phase, you should feed it high-quality fertilizer. Go for plant food that’s been specifically formulated for the needs of a cannabis plant. You can also feed your plant things like wood ash, compost, vinegar, baking soda, and even urine.
Step 7: Sex your plants
If you’re looking to have your plants put all their resources into THC production, you’re going to want all female plants separated from male plants. This will also prevent any seeds from forming in your end product. Male preflowers appear as small bumps on the fifth or sixth nodes of the plant.
Female preflowers are small with delicate white hairs protruding. If you see any small bumps, remove those plants from your site to prevent getting seeds and less potent marijuana in your grow.
Step 8: Beware of mold, spots, disease or fungus
If you spot any mold, spots, disease, or fungus carefully remove all damaged leaves.
Step 9: Harvest
Once your plant has produced its buds, you can begin to harvest. Cut buds away from the plant and remove and big stems or leaves.
Step 10: Dry and Cure
Find a place to hang your buds out to dry for a few days. Once the smaller stems begin to snap and the thick ones are bendable you can move onto your curing stage. Place your herbs in mason jars and keep them in the dark place checking on the moisture content. If it is too moist, let some air out until the buds become perfectly sticky.
That’s it if you’ve completed those ten simple steps you’ve got marijuana that’s ready to be rolled up and smoked!