As a beginner, you will more than likely be looking for advice for growing marijuana outside, so we thought we would offer our top tips. It can be a difficult undertaking growing cannabis without experience, and it does require practice in order to harvest a good yield. But, to maximize the chances of a successful grow, making use of autoflower seedsis the best way to start off your growing process.
Grow Indoors, Then Outdoors
If there is a way you can grow your cannabis indoors first before moving the plants outdoors, this is the best way to do it. So, our top tip is to germinate your seeds inside. This will allow your plants the chance to grow with the light given off from your lamps. This has the added benefit of preventing birds from eating your little plants when they are first growing.
After 14 days, you can then transfer the seedlings outside. It is important to complete what is known as a “hardening-off” period. This is needed to ensure your plants acclimatize to the new outdoor conditions, which are often a lot more severe than indoor growing conditions.
The way to make the plants get used to the conditions is to take your plants outside for a couple of hours per day, and gradually build up the time they spend outside. Central to the success of the hardening off period is to ensure your plants are well protected from any birds and animals who may interfere with your plants. We would recommend a period of 1 week for the hardening off process.
Make Your Soil Cannabis Ready
You may be wondering how to do this, but all you need to do is to check the acidity or the alkalinity of the soil and add some lime to the soil if it is too acidic, or add sulphur if the soil is too alkaline. Whilst the pH of the soil is crucial, you should also check the consistency of the soil. For example, if you find that the soil is too clay like, the water contained within the soil won’t be able to drain away. A good ratio to aim for is 40% silt, 40% sand and 20% clay.
Choose the Right Strain for Your Growing Conditions
Not all strains are able to be grown outside, so if you have a particular strain in mind that you’d like to grow, make sure it is able to survive being grown outdoors. The viability of a strain to be grown outside will depend on the climate where you live. If you live in a climate that is warm all year round, there will be a lot more strains to choose from compared to someone who lives in a cooler climate.
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