Growing Marijuana Outdoors

Getting started

The first thing to consider when growing marijuana outdoors is the location. The chosen location must have proper sunlight and sufficient warmth to assist in the growth and development of the plants.

H2O is another essential of course. When considering growing, make sure to think about how dry the climate is.

What to grow?

There are several different types of marijuana varieties to consider when planting. The most common types are Sativa and Indica. There’s also a huge variety of hybrid options to consider as well.

Sativa plants are generally taller and heavier while Indica plants are shorter and denser.

Feminine seeds VS regular seeds

This small point can have an enormous impact on marijuana plants. There are big differences between feminized seeds and regular seeds. Regular seeds produce some male cannabis flowers, which are identifiable by their small banana shape.

Male plants are not harvestable and can actually damage the crop by fertilizing female plants. Feminized seeds produce all-female plants, so make sure to look out for these when buying seeds.Growing Marijuana Outdoors vs Indoor

Reaping the harvest

Most marijuana growers harvest their plants too early, when the tiny droplets of resin on the flowers turn color from clear or cloudy, to amber. If harvested too soon, the buds will not have the full potency of ripened flower clusters.

If harvested too late, there’s a risk of oxidizing the THC component. If oxidation takes place, the marijuana plant will go bad and could cause users to feel nauseated or quite sick. So it’s better to harvest a little early rather than a little late.

Once the flower clusters are harvested, they need to be cured carefully or they could mold and lose potency. Curing should be done in small batches, hanging buds on racks to dry, and then stored in Mason jars to retain potency.

Important Factors

  • The potency of the strain can help determine which varietal to grow
  • Ensure the plants have enough UV lighting and warmth
  • Make sure they are protected from scavengers like rabbits and deer
  • Be aware of the weather: obviously growing marijuana outdoors exposes plants to more danger than indoor growing because they are subject to the whims of weather. A sudden frost or prolonged drought can spell disaster for the crop

How to combat challenges

  • Use seeds that are hardier and more resistant to pests
  • To minimize the effects of frost, place special pots outside to generate warmth to push off cold temperatures

Once you’ve successfully grown and harvested your first crop of marijuana, you’ll be able to start refining your process, and grow plants that get better and better.

What Not to Do – Growing Medical Marijuana

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Careful Growing Your Own

When it comes to growing and using medical marijuana for chronic pain treatment — particularly for those suffering from cancer — there are some things you should consider before jumping into this hobby. People tend to fail to do their homework thoroughly enough before setting out on this endeavor and therefore overlook a few crucial mistakes. As part of our three-part series on what not to do when growing medical marijuana with hydroponics for cancer/chronic pain treatment, we take a look at some of those mistakes and how you can avoid them. First off, medical grade marijuana comes from two strains: Cannabis sativa and Cannabis indicawhich provide more potent benefits to cancer patients over other recreational types, according to Pain Management of America.

Here are four things you shouldn’t do in regards to misuse of equipment and the wrong kinds of seeds:

1. Picking seeds willy-nilly. Just getting seeds from the right marijuana strain will not ensure the creation of a medical-grade marijuana. To become an expert, you have to have the exact type of seed, along with the right combination of light temperature and water, usually through a hydroponic system. With more than 60 cannabinoids present in the plant, it’s important to note that not all cannabinoids provide the same benefits to patients. Also, cannabinoids interact differently with one another, offering up distinctive benefits when combined the correct way, so knowledge of these interactions to produce the most beneficial result is key.

2. Failure to understand the strains. Two of the more popular strains — THC (sativa) and CBD (indica) — both have distinct effects on the user. Sativa’s high content of THC, for example, has more of a potent effect in regards to lessening nausea, pain, headaches and even depression, ideal for cancer patients going through chemo. CBD tends to be more calming overall, ideal for those suffering from other types of chronic pains, such as muscle spasms, anxiety and inflammation.

3. Ditching the patience. The process of growing medical marijuana — like recreational marijuana — is not one that can be rushed. The old adage “if it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right” definitely applies here. Sit back, have patience, don’t check your plants a million times a day, and don’t rush the process.

4. Forgetting about maintenance. As an add-on to the above recommendation about having patience, you can’t become TOO lax about keeping up with your plants. Failing to conduct some basic maintenance can result in disaster for your plants, and you want to avoid that at all costs. Of course, it’s important to do the required maintenance, which includes trimming, pruning, feeding, watering and ensuring your plants are getting sufficient ventilation, light and CO2.