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How to Grow Marijuana Outdoors

How to Grow Marijuana Outdoors – Growing Weed

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Growing Weed Outdoors

With marijuana being legalized or decriminalized in a number of US states and other countries around the world, there are many people who wish to grow their own weed. Indoor hydroponic systems are becoming easier to master and can produce some very satisfying yields, but there is something about letting cannabis plants flourish in an outdoor environment that can be incredibly rewarding. Left to grow naturally marijuana can produce even better yields than indoors and flavors are often said to be more intricate. For those people who prefer things more natural, it is also possible to grow marijuana outdoors in a 100% organic way.

Site selection and preparation – This is the real key to growing outdoors. Getting the right light, soil and access to important water is crucial and if you are doing a guerilla grow then security is paramount.

Seed germination - For an outdoor grow it is best to think ahead and get the seeds germinating indoors so that you have strong seedlings ready for the first good frost free night of Spring.

Seedling and vegetative grow outdoors - Getting you marijuana off to a good start will keep hem healthy and strong right through to harvest.

Marijuana sexing – When you are growing outdoors and using regular seeds you need to get rid of those pesky males plants as early as you can, here we have a guide on how to do that.

Crucial outdoor visits - This is more if you are growing away from home, you will have some crucial visits to be planned.

Harvesting marijuana outdoors – This is the end game, the result of all that hard work. Get it right and you will have achieved what many think is the most satisfying smoke out there, organic, sunshine filled marijuana grown by nature herself.

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So, for all you budding guerilla gardeners out there, this guide will cover the basics, giving you all the information you need to start growing your own top grade weed outdoors.

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The first thing you will need to consider for your outdoor marijuana grow is location.

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Geographic location

Lots of people think that you require a hot, sub tropical climate to grow marijuana outdoors. This is not the case. If you think about the high areas of Central Asia where cannabis originally comes from, the climate can be harsh and often cold at altitude. There are also cannabis strains bred specifically for outdoors in colder climates, such as Early Skunk. Strain selection is a crucial part of a successful outdoor grow, read about it more in the section about cannabis strain selection.

With some care and planning you can grow cannabis outdoors from the hottest tropical regions to as far north as Alaska or Scandinavia.

Site Selection

Selecting the right site for your outdoor marijuana grow is of the utmost importance. When considering a potential site you will need to think about the basic requirements of your marijuana plants as well as how you are going to get to and from the site and whether the plants are going to be hidden from view. We have a full section on outdoor growing site selection.

Stealth

Even though you may live in a place where it is not illegal to grow marijuana outdoors, weather you are growing in your backyard or elsewhere stealth is still one of your primary concerns. Growing marijuana is still a contentious issue to many people, possibly including your neighbors, and some people just don’t like it. There’s always the danger of theft too. Any smoker who happened to stumble upon your lovely ripe plants while out walking in the woods or seeing it over your back fence one day might be likely to help himself to some.

If you are growing in your garden, after you consider the best locations in terms of sunlight start thinking how you will conceal the plants. Usually the best way to do this is with other plants such as tomatoes as they grow quickly like your weed will.

If you are growing in the woods consider locations that are far away from tracks or paths used by walkers. You might need to get your hiking boots on and head across country, away from people. Dog walkers and hikers get everywhere so look out for signs of their passing and look for places that they might think too awkward to get to.

If you live somewhere where there is dense ground cover, it is sometimes possible to worm your way under the foliage to clearings within. Using ‘fox holes’ like this can be an excellent idea as their entrances are easily concealed with branches and leaves.

Choosing a site near a stream or brook means that it may be accessed via the water. This is a good way to avoid leaving paths or tracks that clearly show to others where you have been.

Farmer’s fields can be useful if you know the area well and know which bits are regularly visited and which aren’t. Field margins are often overlooked and can provide good locations for outdoor grows. However, be careful if there is any chemical spraying going on in the area.

Industrial sites should not be ignored either, especially derelict or run down sites. Sometimes these locations can go for years without being visited at all. They often contain hidden away bits of scrap land that are all but forgotten by everybody. There is a more extensive guide to picking a spot in the woods in our guerilla grow guide.

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Sunlight

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Once you are satisfied with the security of your chosen site, you will have to then consider if it offers all of your plants’ natural requirements. The first of these is sunlight. The more sunlight your cannabis plant gets, the more it will grow. As an absolute minimum, cannabis plants require around six hours of sunlight per day. More would be much better.

When selecting a site try to envisage or calculate with a compass how much light it will get throughout the day, and throughout the summer. Note where the sun rises and sets and imagine the arc that it makes, both now and at high summer and into fall. Will your plants get enough light throughout their entire life cycle?

Watch out for surrounding plants and if they will shade out your babies now and in the future when they grow, can you cut them back. Remember, if you are checking a site out in spring, there will be a whole lot more foliage come the summer.

Water

If you live in a climate with adequate rainfall then water shouldn’t be too much of a problem. However, if you live somewhere that experiences long dry seasons then a good supply of water is crucial.

Near to a river or stream is ideal, but remember that they may flood in spring or autumn. Is there a strand line that shows you where the high water has been?

If you are able to, situate a water tank nearby on a slow drip or try stashing some large containers of water nearby so that you can water the plants easily in times of drought.

Be sure to keep an eye on the weather forecasts during your grow. You should know if any adverse weather like a late or early cold snap or long days of hot weather – know beforehand and not get caught out by surprise to find your babies dead.

Soil

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Check the soil of the site first. Good soil should compact when you squeeze it, be dark brown in color and but should break apart again with only a small amount of pressure. You should know good soil when you see it really; if you have any doubts take a look online for what it should look like. You need the soil to be well drained, try to avoid places with patches of standing water, clay or rocky soil. Cannabis does not like being waterlogged.

Look at what else is already growing at the site. If there are plenty of grasses, weeds and nettles then chances are that the location is already blessed with decent soil and water.

A soil pH meter is relatively cheap to buy. This is not essential, but the more effort you put in now, the better your weed will be. Cannabis likes a very slightly acidic soil, pH 5.5 -6.5 is ideal.

You will be very lucky if you find the ideal soil, but don’t despair. It is easy to improve soil, try digging in a mix of some potting compost, well rotted manure and Perlite or vermiculite to improve drainage and aeration. Cannabis roots need plenty of oxygen so try to lighten heavy, compacted soils.

Having selected your site, clear the area completely of weeds. When your plants are young they can easily be swallowed up by indigenous plants so you need to give them a head start.

If you are able, dig a hole out for each plant approximately two feet deep and two feet in diameter and line the base with two inches of gravel to enable good drainage. Now fill the rest of the hole with your prepared soil/compost mix. This is a lot of work and to fill it with good potting mix and gravel will take plenty of trips with a heavy backpack.

Your site is now ready to take your plants but you still have some more decisions to make.

Strain selection

Indica or Sativa

As stated earlier, the cannabis strain that you choose is going to be crucial to the success of your grow. This is an area where it is worth doing a bit of research. If you live somewhere frost free with an incredibly long growing season you can pretty much choose whatever strain you want. This includes nearly all the indicas and the old school sativas, like the Hazes which have a long flowering period but which can produce immense yields.

Climates which are less tropical, but otherwise sunny, like the Mediterranean or the southern states, have less choice. However, you can still grow most indicas and, with modern breeding techniques, you can grow some hybridized sativas such as Silver Haze #9, which is a Haze with a shorter flowering cycle.

Those millions of us without the luxury of such an environment, who live in colder, damper environments, need to be a bit pickier. Although it is mostly indicas that can be grown in these environments, again, some modern hybrid strains allow you to get sativas such as Bangi Haze. Or, you could just work with what you have and select a good indica strain such as Sensi Star, or Holland’s Hope which has been specifically bred for growing outdoors in northern climates.

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Autoflowering cannabis strains

The ever increasing amount of autoflowering cannabis strains available is of great interest to the outdoor cannabis grower. Their fast finishing time ensures missing any untimely frosts and their diminutive stature makes stealth much easier. Auto strains get their autoflowering qualities from Cannabis ruderalis genes and many of them are suitable for growing outdoors in cooler conditions. Consider Auto Frisian Dew or Snow Ryder.

Bag seeds

Of course, we are not all granted the luxury of being able to pick and choose which strains we grow. Lots and lots of people have great success with growing seeds found in bags of purchased weed. You might not even know what type of cannabis it is, but it’s always worth giving it a go. Nothing ventured – nothing gained.

If you do grow bag weed try and identify it as soon as you can. If it grows with thin fingered, light green leaves and long internode lengths it could be sativa dominant and take longer to finish flowering. Dark, thick fingered leaves and a short, squat structure can indicate an indica dominant plant which should flower more quickly.

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Clones or seeds?

If you have access to clones then this is nearly always the best decision to make. Clones have guaranteed genetic traits, particularly if you only require female plants. They also give you a head start over seeds by being more developed with existing leaves and a root system.

On the other hand, buying seeds from a shop or online resource gives you much more choice over which strain you grow. Buy your cannabis seeds from a reputable source and try to buy the best you can afford.

If you do use clones, be sure treat them with care and make sure their roots are properly developed before planting them out.

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Germination


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If you are growing your plants from seed you have the choice of either germinating them at home and then planting them out, or sowing them directly in their final location. The choice is yours and each has its benefits. Germinating them at home gives you more control over the very delicate early stages whereas sowing them directly avoids possible damage when transporting and transplanting them.

There are a number of ways of germinating cannabis seeds. Everyone has their own way of doing it. Perhaps the simplest way is to place your seeds between layers of moist (not soaking) tissue paper and put them somewhere warm and dark. Your seeds should crack their shells in just a few days.

Let your seedlings develop a small web of roots before potting them on. When they have, get a small pot full of fine potting compost and make a hole in it with the end of a pencil. Carefully place your young seedling into it, making sure that the roots go down into the hole.

Sometimes the roots become woven into the fabric of the tissue paper. If this is the case, do not risk damaging them by pulling them apart. Simply cut a small circle out of the paper, around the roots, and put the plant in the pot with the paper still attached.

Some people just plant the seeds directly into a small pot and let them sprout naturally. If you do this, try soaking the seed for 24 hours before planting to soften up the shell.

If you are going to sow your seeds directly into the ground at your chosen site, simply make a tiny hole in your prepared soil, about ¼” to ½” deep, and pop the seed in it, pointy side up. Make sure that the soil is watered and clear all other plants from the area to give your baby a chance to get going.

Planting

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If you have started your seed off at home, which is recommended, you will want to plant it out when it is around six inches tall with three or four internodes. Make a hole in your prepared soil that will accommodate the whole contents of the pot without disturbing the roots. Remove the cannabis plant from the pot by turning it upside down and tapping the base. Now place the root ball in the hole and firm it in. Make sure you give it a good drink at this point.

Once established your seedlings will soon enter a vigorous vegetative growth stage. From such fragile beginnings plants quickly become full and robust. Unlike growing marijuana indoors, you have no control over the duration of the vegetative growth stage and over the course of a summer plants can become huge. It is a good idea during this phase to feed your plants well with some quality, nitrogen rich, fertilizer.

Your cannabis plant is now growing in your carefully selected site. If stealth is important to you, you will want to keep visits to the site to a minimum. If it is safe to visit your site then keep looking and clearing away any plants that begin to encroach on your babies.

If you want to grow only female cannabis plants there is one visit that you will not be able to avoid. At some time, probably between the fifth and sixth week of vegetative growth, your plants will display their gender and you will need to act accordingly.

Sexing Your Marijuana Plants

Why sex your marijuana plants?

Whether you remove the males from your grow or not depends on whether you want seeds or sensimilla. Sensimilla literally means ‘without seeds’ and is obtained from female plants that have not been pollinated by males. Instead of putting their energy into seed production, these ‘virgin’ plants put all their resources into THC production and produce weed that is more potent and has no seeds.

Of course, you might want seeds to provide for next year’s harvest. If this is the case then you do not need to worry about removing males. Weed with seeds is fine to smoke too.

However, if you are like most people you will want to remove those pesky males as soon as possible. To do this you will need to sex your cannabis plants.

How to Sex Marijuana Plants

Before we start talking about preflowers it is worth mentioning that cannabis plants often exhibit their gender before the appearance of preflowers. Male cannabis plants tend to be taller and leggier than females with sparser foliage. Males also have fewer leaf nodes and are often lighter in color than females. If you have plants that fit these descriptions chances are that they are males.

The 100% sure way of sexing your plants is by the appearance of preflowers. Sexing is often considered to be one of the trickiest parts of growing your own marijuana, like a lot of things however it is easier than you think and will become easier as you gain more experience.

Usually the preflowers will start to show between the fifth and sixth week and appear around the fifth or sixth nodes. Ideally you will need a magnifying glass to get a proper look at them. Female preflowers are small with delicate white hairs protruding. Male preflowers appear as small bumps right on the node. These bumps are the beginning of the male pollen sac.

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If you have positively identified male plants at your site and you want to produce seedless weed, remove them immediately.

Common Problems

Growing marijuana outdoors means that your plants are open to all the pests and problems associated with outdoor growth. A lot of problems are specific to your locality but there are two major problems that affect marijuana growers everywhere.

Bud Rot

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Bud rot, AKA grey mold, is properly known as Botrytis cinerea and is a fast spreading necrotic fungis that can destroy a whole cannabis garden in just a matter of days. Most commonly bud rot affects plants during the flowering phase when kolas get big and fat and damp. The first sign is often when a small leaf sticking out from the kola begins to wither and die. A small, localized clump of mold will quickly appear at this site and this can very quickly infect the whole plant. Left untreated bud rot will turn all your flowers to slime.

The best way to treat bud rot is prevention. Try to ensure that your growing area is well ventilated with good air circulation. Some people like to spray their plants with an organic fungicide as a matter of course, whereas other seek to avoid this. If you do spray, only do so before the flowers have began to form. Smoking fungicide is dangerous and to be avoided at all costs.

If you find bud rot on one of your plants you need to act immediately. Carefully remove the affected section of bud from at least an inch below the mold with a pair of sterilized scissors. Be very gentle with it, shaking it about will spread the millions of spores to other parts of the plant.

Place the infected material in a plastic bag and remove it from the site completely. You will now need to check your plants daily, looking carefully for further signs of mold. Try bending the kolas so that you can see the stem underneath. This is where the bud rot starts. If you see any signs of mold remove the affected part of the plant immediately.

Because bud rot tends to affect plants during the later part of the flowering period it is sometimes worth cropping the plant early to avoid further contamination. If you only have a week or so to go before your planned harvest date you might want to consider this.

Spider mites

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The other universal problem associated with growing weed outdoors is spider mites. These tiny arachnids generally live on the underside of leaves and puncture the leaf cells to feed. They can cause a great deal of damage and an infestation can quickly get out of hand.

Small brown and yellow dots and a scorched look to leaves is the first sign that you may have a spider mite infestation. If this is the case, place a piece of white paper underneath the leaf and tap the leaf gently. Are there small, slow moving specks on it? If so, chances are you have spider mites.

Spider mites have many natural predators so there is no need to worry too much at first. However, if the problem appears to be getting worse you will need to act.

Spider mite infestations on cannabis plants are fairly easy to control with insecticides. You can choose whichever you prefer although most cannabis growers favor the organic ones. There are also lots of recipes for homemade sprays which can help. You can try spraying with a diluted detergent mix at around five tablespoons of detergent per gallon of water. Be sure to spray the undersides of the leaves as well as the tops.

Nutrient deficiency

There are also a number of nutrient deficiency problems which are less common to outdoor marijuana cultivation, but worth mentioning nonetheless. This table will help you to identify major nutrient deficiency problems and how to cure them.

SYMPTOM

CAUSE

CURE

Larger leaves turning yellow – smaller leaves still green. Nitrogen deficiency Add nitrogen rich fertilizer.
Older leaves will curl at edges, turn dark, possibly with a purple cast. Phosphorous deficiency Add commercial phosphate.
Mature leaves develop a yellowish cast to least venial areas. Magnesium deficiency Add commercial fertilizer with a magnesium content.
Mature leaves turn yellow and then become spotted with edge areas turning dark gray. Potassium deficiency – Add potassium rich fertilizer..
Cracked stems, no healthy support tissue. Boron deficiency Add any plant food containing boron.
Small wrinkled leaves with yellowish vein systems. Zinc deficiency Add commercial plant food containing zinc.
Young leaves become deformed, possibly yellowing. Molybdenum deficiency Use any plant food that contains molybdenum.

Harvest

When to Harvest

As you approach the end of your grow and summer turns to fall you will start thinking about harvesting and sampling your handiwork. Don’t get impatient now and spoil it all. Exactly when to harvest your cannabis plants is a subject on which a lot of different people have a lot of different opinions. With some experience and careful observation it is possible to choose the best harvest time to suit your own personal preferences and whether you like an upbeat smoke or a sitting down smoke. Read this article on [the best time to harvest].

It may be that you don’t have the luxury of daily visits to ascertain the exact best moment for you to harvest. If your access to the site is limited you may just have to take them when you can. If the flowers are sticky and swollen and shine with resin and the opportunity for future site visits is in question, then take them. What could go wrong?

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How to harvest

This is just about the easiest and most enjoyable part of the whole process. Having decided that it is now time to harvest your weed, simply cut each plant off at its base with a sharp knife. If you have to transport the plant to your house, turn it upside down and place it in a bag until you get home.

Drying and curing

To dry your hard earned cannabis you will need a dark space with good air circulation. Cut off each branch. Trim off all of the fan leaves and the smaller leaves quite close to the buds. Hang the branches upside down, ensuring good air circulation all round.

Cannabis will take around a week to dry out properly, depending on the air circulation in your drying area. Some heavy kolas may take longer. Don’t be impatient and smoke your weed when it is still too wet. That harsh, chlorophyll taste doesn’t do justice to the time and effort that you have put into your grow.

Once you are happy that your weed is dry, place it in glass jars to cure. You should remove the lid from the jar for around twenty minutes per day for a further week, making sure that your weed is not too cramped in the jar. This final process will cure the weed; improving flavor and making sure there is no danger of mold spoiling your bud.

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82 thoughts on “How to Grow Marijuana Outdoors

  1. I live in the UK I was wandering what is the perfect strain to plant and when, and what techniques will come in usefully, any comments be appreciated

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  2. Is there any way that anyone could send me some seeds? I’m in the middle of Mn, and is super difficult to find quality seeds

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  3. Hey everyone I am a new grower (first time) I live in northern WA. What would be a good outdoor strain?
    Thanks for the help

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  4. I grow Swazi seedless. I remove male plants as soon as I detect any. The bigger leaves are removed from the growing female plants and sometimes the top growth is nipped off to allow the plant to spread out more branches. Removing large leaves allows for more body to the kola hence more to smoke. Although I have removed the males I still get the odd seed for next years planting and when cutting down these seeds also fall to the area where they were planted and therefore the planting starts with the reaping. I still keep dark seeds for replanting. Once my plants have started forming beautiful kola I reduce water as the sticky stuff is made to prevent the plant from drying out so you need to up this sticky production by eliminating almost all water towards the end. I grow both in winter and summer, we have very mild winters here.
    When I reap I pull out the plant with the roots and then during the day they are indoors and at night I place them where they are covered by dew. This slows down the curing period and this allows the final product to remain sticky and is then classed as a number 1 strength.
    I feed the bigger leaves that I nip off with my thumb nail to my chickens and pigs. There are at least 20 plants per season. I do not sell but prefer to share what is available.

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  5. Live in south fla. Raines like every day or every other day this time season. Plants little over a foot. Got rid of males a d one hermie. Need to repot my girls. Will it put to much stress on them? And thought they would flower close to the same time males started to get balls. Getting 10 hr direct sun but no flowers yet. Am I doing something wrong or bein inpatient?

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  6. Live in south Florida. Growing out doors. Hot and rains every day or at least every other day this time of season. My babies are about ft tall. Got rid of males one hermie. Need to repot to bigger did I wait to long or will it put to much stress on them? No flowers yet. Getting 10hr full sun every day is that enough.?

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  7. what is the best seed to grow in New Brunswick Canada ? Thanx Rick

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  8. Canadian stoner

    Hey guys! So I live in central Canada in Saskatchewan and I was wondering what the best kind is to plant up here?

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    • I live in Washington in the US, I picked Swiss Cheese because its able to stand the winters here and probably Canada as well.

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  9. Hey any experts grows have any knowlege to share,, growin heavy indicas outdoors, i only seem to get a QP a bush.. i i droped in quality from the bubbsOG to Mastodon an i got the same overall results with one exception,, a ten oz beauty.seems to be rare?any high yielding indica strain?? NO Beginner BS!!

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  10. can someone help me please, i have alot of seeds from different types of weed. i want to grow this but live in northern ontario and only have the bush in my back yard to grow. keep in mind this is my first time, someone help!!

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  11. I live in Kwazulu Natal in South Africa. I have a sativa plant that grew in my garden by accident from seeds thrown out when making a choof. It was a very small weak plant in my vegetable garden and I just let it be with no special care. It subsequently grew to about 6 feet high and because it was starting to get higher than the garden wall and I live in a small complex of town houses I bent it over. It started to flower about a month ago but an outside light at night seemed to slow the flowering down. As I have to go overseas in a weeks time and I couldn’t leave it, about two weeks ago I switched off the outside light which has definitely resulted in quicker bigger buds. Because of my trip I have started to harvest it very early and the buds are very sticky but not yet densely formed.

    I took some buds directly off the bush and dried them slightly in the microwave and really enjoyed the mellow long lasting high I got. Was like picking my own organic vegetables, AWESOME!

    The reason I have written this is to maybe confirm that light sources outside at night does inhibit flowering and that an early harvest can still get you goofed.

    I’m 71 yrs old and have smoked choof for 50 years with NO ILL EFFECT TO MYSELF. I am still fit and most people think i’m under 60 when they see me. Long live the tree of knowledge.

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  12. tyler williams

    so this is my first time doing this so ummm it has to get atleast 6 hours of sunlight but how many times do u water it a day and does it have to have sunlight every single day somebody please help forreal

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  13. I have a plant in some shady woods with around one and a half hours of good ligght, is this good?

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    • No, more than six is the best. If twelve hours of light are possible the better.

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  14. I just germinated a few seeds.

    The only space I have to plant them outdoors is on my balcony which shouldn’t be a problem until they grow to about 3 1/2 to 4ft tall.

    If they start growing too tall, could I use some wire to train them to grow out horizontally rather than vertically or should I bring them inside when it comes to that point?

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    • You can start trimming the tops and they will slow up on growing up and will start growing to the sides. You can bend them too. Some growers bend it all the way and get some great results. Trimming, cropping or bending are all tested and work when properly done.

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  15. Hi I just planted my seeds about a week ago and it has already come out probs 2 inch and it’s in a pot maybe 15 to 20 inches round and 35 to 45cm depth I planted three and only one came out just wondering how long does it take to grow fully

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    • Hi there
      The total length of time your plants will take kind of depends on what strain you are growing. If you are growing outdoors then it is the total amount of daylight that will determine flowering time and, consequently, harvest time. Most strains are ready to harvest outdoors during late September/October, regardless of when you planted them. Some of the big sativas take a little longer. You should consider what to do if you live in an area with early frosts.

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    • From three months to a whole year depending on light, water and fertilizers. I’ve done it in 3 to 4 months using clones.

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  16. Last year I grew 12, pulled 6, kept 6, all females, mid-winter here, first time I done that. Do I stand a chance to see them come back this coming year?

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    • dennis h. cowan

      hey ed, i have left a few of my plants out all year just to see for my self what would happen. first i harvested most of the buds, left a few just thinking it might help. my plants were partially protected from the winter frost. here where i live in san joaquin county, middle of the state of california [where we grow the san joaquin green] we normally receive about 10 days of frost. usually no colder than 28 degrees and it warms-up generally quickly in the mornings. so low and behold come early march i checked in on my project to find that they had fresh growth showing. i figured if nothing else i had an early start with my garden. my plants was about 30 to 48 inches tall when i let them go for boom or bust. so ed, give it a try. sincerely dennis…manteca ponderosa

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      • When I was younger I lived in Merced and I tried some San Joaquin green It was the best I have ever had can you tell me What strain it is or how I can get seeds to grow some? Thanks Rich

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    • Hi there. Depends on the severity of the frost where you are. You could certainly swing things in your favor with some frost protection. Try some horticultural fleece to keep the worse of the frost off. As long as the cold is not too harsh you have a definite chance of success.

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  17. I have deer where I plan to grow,will deer be a problem eating my plants?if so what do you sugest

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    • I have experienced deer problems before. I used chicken wire rolled into tubes to make cages around my plants. It kept the deer off until the plants were big enough to handle a bit of predation.
      Do a Google search on keeping deer out of the garden, this is a common gardening problem and not restricted to guerilla cannabis gardeners.

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  18. I live in PA its fall could I plant outdoors now or is it too cold and will die?

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    • Yea bro i live in pa too, an my plants booming
      But make sure your plants dont have fungus on it

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    • Yes difloiate the sucker leaves and any yellowing fan leaves during flower stage.

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  19. We were having a party on memorial Day and we threw some seeds different kinds in a pot where an ivy had been taken out and now we have a nice plant budding been watering it and its dry in texas what do I do to keep it flourishing like it is

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    • Looking at the date on this post, you must have either had some success or lost the plant by now. I wonder what happened here…?

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  20. The way hydroponic and soil growing works is that you have to have a good nutrient line. I suggest Canna and using an additive called Golden Tree that is produced by Humboldts Secret. The benefits of using Canna is that well, I have used it and my friends have used it and it works and is quality. Canna used to have a nutrient called Canna-Boost but it got banned. It was expensive anyway. There is another additive called gravity, but it is very expensive. Bloom-bastic also makes an additive, but they are really expensive like gravity. I suggest once again, using a Canna base line nutrients in addition with the additive Golden Tree. Golden Tree is a little less pricy than the other two additives and it gives the same or better results. Good luck.

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  21. What nutrient’s is needed for outdoor growing if there is juglone in the soil?

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    • You can, although you should hold back on the manure until the plants are well established with a root network and a few leaves. Too much manure when the plants are young and delicate can burn the roots and ultimately may kill your plants

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  22. Christopher S.

    I have been growing my three plants since are last frost in April, my plants are waist high, bushy, and nice size leaves. How can i find out if they are females?? Please help..thanx..

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    • on a female plant, the branches or nodes growing off the main stock are going to be even. they will be growing off the main stock in the same spot. on a male plant, the branches are going to be staggered up the plant, like a ladder going all the way up the plant.
      also, with female plants, at the base of each node where it grows out of the main stock, there will be another leaf growing out. typically on a female plant it will just be a single leaf that is pointing downward. on a male plant there will be a leaf pointing upward an/or have little balls with the leaf. that is the pollen sack that the male plant uses to pollenate the other female plants.
      be careful to watch your plants, even if you have sexed them already because there is still the possibility that a plant can hermaphrodite and pollenate itself. keep an eye on the sacks and how the nodes grow from the stock. you normally want to get rid of any male plants in your garden and correct and hermaphrodite plants before they start to pollenate any female plants you may have.
      pollination will stop vegetative growth and female plants will start to seed which will affect your yields and the quality of bud that you take from your baby when she’s done.
      Hope that helps. I am also in my 3rd week of growing my first season and I feel like I cant know enough about the plants. I put a lot of my time into my babies and researching any possible way to optimize my grow. good luck.

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  23. new grow friend

    A seed accidently got put in a pot when we trans planted another house plant.
    I noticed it and transplanted it. Its been growing about 2 weeks total now. I live in northern maine is it to late for it to bud before our first frost??

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  24. correction to previously posted question.
    Is there anything one can do to cover up the Oder from a flowering plant that is growing OUTDOORS?

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  25. is there anything one can do to cover up the smell of a flowering plant

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  26. My larger leaves are yellowing. Younger leaves are green. Added organic fertilizer with nitrogen but leaves are still yellowing. Should I add more nitrogen?

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  27. I live in ottawa ontario , would it still be okay for me to start growing outside NOW or should i wait til next year ? Please read

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  28. dalia charlie

    I have a female just starting to flower. Should I cut it back or leave it alone? She only six weeks old.(outdoor)

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  29. Hi, I live in west Virginia, I’m just now starting to grow my own plant, and I was wondering how money times do you water it and how can you get it to bud like I said I just planted 3days ago..
    Please help
    Xoxo
    Emmy

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    • Let your soil be your guide. Stick your finger in the soil, if it is dry down about an inch, add water. (Try to use non-chlorinated water if possible.) There’s no set rule for frequency as soil types and weather conditions will determine how often the soil dries out. Also, your plant will require less water at first and more as it matures.

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  30. READ THIS: i live in AZ,,,,, got 32 plants growing outdoor.. there all beautiful. jus need a lil advice on how to make my buds come out nice and lime green.. n also need advice on how to get rid of pest problems. reply ASAP

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    • What strain are you growing? Check for strain characteristics which is what determines bud color. One thing to keep in mind, when drying your buds be sure they are out of direct sunlight as strong light will bake your buds brown. A dark place with good ventilation will help insure your bud’s the “right” color.

      What kind of pests? In general, a mild solution of soapy water sprayed on the plants will smother soft body insects such as aphids. There are also lots of commercial products out there for pest control.

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      • I would not suggest spraying a mild (or strong) soapy mixture on your plants (any plants) I did do this ealier in the season and every spot that the soap was sprayed, the plant material died! It simply turned various shades of brown, crumpled up, and fell off. Deader than hell.

        I am a new grower in Washington State. I’m starting my plants right in my vegetable garden. Everything looks great so far. 3-4 feet high. Got my seeds from cleaning a friends stash. kinda bushy (and no more soap).

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        • Did you use actual soap?? there is a difference between your regular hand soap, and actual soap. If a product actually contains soap, that should be the first ingredient on the back, if its not. its useless

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    • Get some organic garlic squeeze. Mix with water shake it up. Strain all garlic peace’s out rub on hands rub on bottom of your leaves ever time you water.

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  31. HGTM forum its my first year growing so I need some help I found some seeds and I don’t know what they are and people are dieing to know

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    • so you know if whatever state you live in and its legal to grow marijuana go online and type medical marijuana and get seeds from internet researches. I went online and purchased blueberry and white widow and since may I have some beautiful babies growing in my yard or connect with others who are legal and they can get u better aqquainted with the weed industry I learned so much from my caregiver that I didn’t need him after a while and its now fun and rewarding to see what the outside can really do with plants good luck

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  32. i live in puerto rico how many times should i water the plant a day n how long will it take to grow i planted five days ago???

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  33. I’m doing my first grow and I just got my green house and put my plants in their. Now I’m sure if it has turned to male or not what am I supposed to look for? I purcahsed 2 plants from a grower and they were fine up till now. I think it may be the heat but I’m not sure. Any thoughts?

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  34. so im in the uk, started my first grow, and need some really good advice on what the best way to grow is.. or a site name or something, i have a fantastic location, 27 acres of private land. ive just started germination, so ive obviously got some time to go, but im desperate for some good advice. great to hear from anyone who can help//

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  35. stoner steve

    im not going to beable to plant a seed untill around the middle of may will this be to late i wont have the seeds untill then

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  36. would reeds be nice cover for it…also i live in a marsh, is that healthy for the plant?

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  37. we are ready to put plant into ground but just learned our new neighbor behind us is a local deputy. now we have to find some fast growing corn. any other suggestions?

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    • Weed is pretty pliable just stake it down nd as it grows bend it over perallel to the ground good for cammo and will increase yer bud production plant something around it with lots of foliage. Then leave some good brownies on the pigs doorstep welcoming him to the nneighborhood

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  38. I started growing about a month ago, I keep the plant on the suns natural cycle of light, I need to know if this is good or not for the plant and I need to know when should I transfer the plant to a bigger pot? Right now the stems looking rather thick, I can’t tell weather its male or female, My main concern is my ignorance, last thing I need is for my plant to die because I don’t know what I’m doing. So hopefully some one on here can give suggestions of what to do. Also I’m afraid that my plants not receiving enough light from the sun, if I were to switch to artificial light would it damage the plant? Or can I slowly introduce it. At first I was strictly sunlight only. I would close my curtains to cover the plant from my rooms light at night seeing as my plant sits on the windowsill, it wasn’t an issue but thinking now it’s going to grow pretty big and the windowsill will no longer be an option I’m stuck. My goal is to keep it all natural, I’m not using any fertilizers, and any other chemicals at that just water and the seed. I got the soil from a local store. So whats a natural way to ensure my plants ultimate success??? Please help.

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  39. Okay.. Im no farmer or grower but ive decided to give it a shot. I stared by germinating my seeds n a plaatic bag and soaked paper towls. Was that a good idea?

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  40. growing in the halfmoon bay hills, plenty of fog in the morning, will this be an issue?

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  41. Been growing outdoors for about 4 weeks…looking good, about to move it from a pot to the ground and will be harvesting and chieffing it up in about 5 to 7 months. Just leave ur plant alone except for the times u have to water it or fertilize it and itll grow faster. Make sure it grows straight so the thc is distributed equally a mounds the buds and when u dry the buds hang them upside down and let them dry. after harvest just cut the plant to where only a couple of branches are left so it rejuvenates then make hash with the leaves and all that

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  42. Dalton Fredrichsen

    What would be the best option for after harvest is it fine to leave the plant or what should I do since I am just startng and I am growing outdoors

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  43. Can i plant a seed under a bush? It still gets light around the area where i want to plant it and the stem of the bush is far away!

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