If you are thinking about cultivating cannabis, one of the first things you will need to determine is whether to cultivate cannabis inside or outdoors.
If you are growing outdoors, you are victim to the seasons that are occurring under the sky. As a result, it’s important to time your garden carefully, as this plays an enormous role in the life cycle of a marijuana plant. There are certain times of the year when marijuana is known to flower best, and in order to have it reach the flowering period at the correct time, some work has to be done in advance. You must make sure that you plant your marijuana in the garden with enough time to vegetate before reaching the flowering stage. Unlike with indoor operations, there is no real control over how long the vegetation stage takes with outdoor plants, which means they can grow to be enormous.
Some growers will be beginning from seeds, in which case they will require a little bit more time to grow. Others will be starting their garden from clones, and in this case the long nights will induce a flowering period very early, meaning they should be planted a little bit later into the summer.
Those who are starting their marijuana garden with seeds should begin in the spring. The flowering period should occur after the summer solstice, in which the plant begins using its energy to make flowers rather than for its vegetative growth. Depending on where you are in the world, the springtime will be a different month in the year. However, it is important to make sure that the cold nights are behind you and that the nights are getting shorter.
If you are growing from seed, you will want to germinate the seeds at least 6-8 weeks before planting.
It takes about 3-7 days to germinate a seed. A lot of growers will do this indoors because seeds are delicate and it’s easier to control the temperature and climate inside. But if you live in a warmer climate, by all means, start growing them from seed outside.
When you start growing your seeds depends partly on how big you want your plants to be for harvest. If you’re going for high yields, the earlier you grow your plants, the bigger they’ll be. But keep in mind that smaller plants are more manageable and easier to top and prune.
A way to cut down on the prep time is to use a clone if you are able to. Clones are often harder to find than seeds. Each route provides its own advantages.
Growers can get a head start by letting their plant grow indoors for a few weeks prior to putting them inside. This obviously requires a greenhouse or indoor garden.
By allowing your plant to grow in a controlled environment while the air and soil outside is warming up, you give your plant some additional growth time, resulting in a larger plant.
Understanding the amount of sunlight throughout the year is crucial to causing plants to “flip” from the vegetative to flowering stage, when they start to produce buds.
It’s good to utilize local resources, as experienced gardeners in your area will have a wealth of knowledge about growing flowers and vegetables, and that information can also be applied to growing cannabis. If you have some experience gardening and growing veggies, you will probably find that growing cannabis outdoors is a fairly easy endeavor.
What a grower needs to try to avoid is planting the plant too early in the year, which could result in the plants dying due to the soil and air being too cold.
Also, the grower needs to avoid planting the plant too late in the season so to ensure that the plant has enough time to go through a full growth cycle.
Generally speaking, you want to plant your plant in the ground outside in early to mid-May, similar to when it’s recommended to plant tomatoes.
The success of your outdoor cannabis grow will also depend on choosing the right strain to grow for your particular climate and location. If you live in an area with a history of cannabis growing, chances are good that many strains will successfully grow there, and some may have even been bred specifically for your climate.
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