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Site Selection and Preparation for Outdoor Marijuana Grow

Growing Marijuana Outdoors Site Selection

Marijuana plants are literally weeds and in many parts of the world you can see them growing wild on the side of the road in India for example where they grwo with out any care at all. But to really get a good crop it is best to follow some simple steps.

We discuss growing marijuana outdoors in areas outside of the home below but much of the information is useful for outdoor home and greenhouse grows. If you do grow outside at home it might be best to grow other similarly fast growing plants next to it to help the marijuana blend in.

What ever you do. Do not tell anyone

Marijuana seeds choice is fairly crucial, you want hardy varieties that develop long roots and are the right strain for your area, tropical strains that like heat and humidity don’t work too well in Canada for example and vice versa. We would also recommend buying feminized seeds, these are chemical treated so that they have a 95% to 99% strike rate at growing into females. The other option of course are marijuana clones.

A good supply of water is crucial. A site situated by the side of a river or stream is ideal, but remember that they may flood in spring or autumn. Look for high water marks, debris in trees or water marks on rocks.

Soils that are acidic like areas of pine need to be avoided, instead look for the grassy areas. We would recommend that you think about marijuana pHLook at what else is already growing at the site. If there are plenty of grasses, weeds and nettles then chances are the location is already blessed with decent soil and water. Woodland sites may also be worth investigating, but bear in mind the levels of light that the plant will receive will be reduced significantly under the canopy. When inspecting the site try to envisage it throughout the entire growing season. In the summer, the sun will be higher in the sky baking your plants.

Site selection is crucial to the survival of your plants, you don’t want them detected by humans and even other animals. If there are tracks leading to your site then you might find your plants disappear one day near the end of the grow just before you were about to harvest them! Yes it happens often. If you do plant them near a stream then walking through the water to access it will hide tracks brilliantly. Think about planting off the beaten track in hard to access areas. Watch out for areas near overhead power lines, railroad tracks and anything man made. Grow marijuana outdoors where it is hard or annoying for people to trek through. Some outdoor marijuana growers monitor their plantation using camouflaged outdoor wildlife cameras take photos when triggered by movement. There is also another option of using large buckets to grow your plants in and placing them on inaccessible rocky outcrops however they still need water supply.

Consider where the sun will hit the plant in the morning, throughout the day and into the evening. Morning sun is better and the sun will change location as the days turn from spring into fall. An outdoor marijuana plant should receive a minimum of around 5 hours of direct sunlight and of course, more is always better.

A good supply of water is crucial

Marijuana Site Preparation

Having selected the site a little preparation will be needed. If you are looking to grow say 12 plants then for best results each plant should be given 10 clear feet between the next, this ends up being quite a large area to organise but it does only give each plant a 5 foot diameter for the bottom leaves to grow into. You can of course start with a far less optomistic number let’s say 6 plants based only 5 feet away from each other it might not be as big a crop but it will be far easier to start and operate. Over the season marijuana plants should grow between 3 and 5 feet tall (depending on conditions) with one main cola of buds at the top.

Clear away any weeds in the immediate vicinity and dig some decent size holes, some say 4 foot deep holes by 4 foot wide but we know you haven’t got an earth-mover out there and we have seen nice outdoor grows using holes 2 foot deep by 2 foot in diameter. It is best to replace the original soil with your own ‘clean’ soil from the garden supply shop which should include compost and fertilizer. The original woodland soil will usually harbor a number of pests and diseases and may not be of the best quality anyway. It is a good idea to add a thick layer of mulch to the top surface of the grow area to help keep moisture in the ground below.

Site PreparationIf you do use the original soil add some fertilizers and polymer crystals. When choosing soil additives at your garden supply shop, and you need to ask questions then pretend that you are growing tomatoes, the requirements are very similar. But don’t think you are ever fooling anyone! We suggest using polymer crystals mixed into any soil you use as they will expand and hold moisture and gradually release it, meaning that you plants have less chance of dying simply by drying out over a spell of hot days.

Watering outdoor marijuana plants is crucial. One of the best solutions is to have a stream, river, lake etc near by and hook up a small solar powered pump with a timer on it. Think about watering the plants early morning and then early evening. Another solution is to cut a small half pea size hole into the bottom of a 5 or 10 gallon (or more) bucket or plastic container. Place the bucket near the plant and use a cloth or cotton rope ‘wick’ system to funnel the water (or nutrient solution) from the hole in the bucket to the soil near the plant. Watching and monitoring the water supply is fairly crucial, too much water and you will drown your plants (leaves turn yellowish), too little and they will grow very slowly and produce far less weed.  Plants will take 20 to 40 gallons of water each during a season – the vast difference will be dependent on the soil type, marijuana seed strain and quantity of sun.

If possible, construct a little fence of chicken wire around your growing area to deter rabbits and deer. The smell of urine will also help keep inquisitive wildlife away so make a point of peeing in the area every time you visit.

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36 thoughts on “Site Selection and Preparation for Outdoor Marijuana Grow

  1. Dorsey Delavigne

    I live in Boulder CO and it’s getting cooler at night. My plant is covered with immature buds. Is there anything I can or should do to protect the plant from cold? This is my first time growing pot.
    Thanks,
    Dorsey

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  2. I have several seedling i have planted way too early and its the start of winter now, Will they be stunned by the time i get them out in the bush

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  3. i have a new grown plant outside in a bucket its gets a lil chilli outside i poked a few hole in a clear plastic cup and put over it.. was that a smart choice or should i just let nature take its course? its about three weeks old and about 2 inches tall and has 6 baby leaves on it

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  4. Living in the “motherland” of colorado I’ve decided why not grow my own!!! So I just started my first seeds and I’m going to grow them in my back yard. This may be a real dumb question, but, do I put only one seed in each hole, or can I do two or three?

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    • Just stick with one Steph. You should join our forum where you can ask the other questions which will inevitably arrive. There are many exoerienced growers there who will be happy to help you out.
      http://forum.howtogrowmarijuana.com

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  5. when would be the perfect time to plant a seed.. i planted a big island duck web aka three leafs seed in january and its over 6 feet.. has a little hairs and small buds.. i want it to have big fluffy buds.. when would i be able to plant and harvest within three months??

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  6. I want to grow in north florida, i’m 17 and live with my anti-weed parents so i have to grow outside. the only bad thing is pine trees are EVERYWHERE. will weed grow if i clear the ground from pine needles and plant them in potting soil? i want to know before i spend a ton of money on seeds.

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    • won’t grow…you willl die from toxins if you smoke in pine country

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    • you are going to fail! first of all sounds like your under the canopy. your platnts will receive 0 hours of direct sunlight. and also probably cause your parents quite a bit of grief when THEY get busted for possesion of your shitty 5 piece nug plants. go far from home. where normal people dont go, get creative. in your sitution spread them apart. good luck not geeting caught.

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  7. I am 15 and want to start growing outdoors, but I don’t know how to hide it well. What are some fast growing plants that I can grow around the weed plants. I only want around 2-3. Is it easy to grow and hide them in my backyard? Any help is appreciated.

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  8. this is my first time growing and i have 9 plants right now they are seedlings and ineed to know how to remove them to the outdoors they are about 1 1/2 inches in height what should i do

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  9. best time to harvest is after the second frost. plant em forget em was the rule in Maine, not sure what it is in Kentucky..LOL but the frost rules still holds

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  10. Northern lights is a good strain, well proven in New Hampshire but best in Maine.
    I grew mine weaved between by tomato plants in my garden last year. In late Oct on a rainy day after the failed harvest had long since withered i spied a glorious site a shiny sticky purple bud the size of my hand staring back at me. Sweet thank you pot gods i said.

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  11. I bought some weed from nimbin (lots of seeds, and was bush so less likely microwaved so less likely sterile) afriend planted a couple seeds just before Xmas and has had some luck in a small pot, no electrical lights etc. They’re still not great plants as we had heaps of rain here (Brisbane area). I’ve planted four small pots only a couple weeks ago, same deal but nothing sprouted yet.

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  12. hey first time grower nd i planted my bud right beside a creek and dug a big ass hole and put a bunch of potting soil in it my plant is about 2 inches tall after 2weeks any tips

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  13. i am really new to the growing part of marijuana and really would love some tips i am 17 and living with my parents and they also grow it. i dont know where so i need some tips or suggestions of where i coul plant mine without them knowing?? and where can i get seeds and how much do they cost?, i also live in Australia if that helps?

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  14. Why do I always get male plants and not females. I just want to grow 2 trees.

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  15. I am 19 have grow out doors for 2 years to see what it is like (experiment)and i love it.
    but now i wanted to try indoor and all i have is 2 white rhinos about 2 weeks old and i think they will died with in the next week. was hoping to get clones but i dont have the right lights. because my last Hps light died and i was not expecting it. i dont get paid inn tell 2 weeks from today. and frost will be on the ground for the next 9-10 weeks. so planting outdoors is a no go.
    any suggestions on how to keep them alive inn tell my next pay would be alsome and super helpful for future grow.

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  16. me an my freind are growing some plants indoors im 17 and he is 18 ive tried this before but they died i dont wnt that to happen agin and would love some advice.

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  17. I had a problem last year and had to kick it in the butt with a good gopher trap. It was pulling some pretty large tomato plants down in the ground and I got worried his voracious appetite would leave me fruit free. I was sure happy when I pulled the trap out and the gopher was attached.

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  18. How long will it take to harvest if i plant the seeds in late april? Any reccomended sites to buy from? What is a good strain that grows quickly, and will grow in 3000-4000 altitude? Thank you

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  19. thank u so much for the tips i put my 5 th crop in of your advice and ready to pull in the next day very big net weight this time i figuered whats the point of growin 3 4 plants and get caught you may as well find your self a good grow site prepare for a month study your enviromite and never use the same track in to ur heaven more than twice and you will pull great amounts off aw yea one other thing find a good seed keep as a mother in your closet clone it every 2nd week take them out to your site plant sit back and watch the money grow happy plANTING AND ALL THE BEST.

    Admin – glad the advice on this site proved so helpful.

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  20. 1st plant how many times should i water it b4 the plant start grow’n

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  21. Kathryn scholes

    can you just keep transplanting from small pot to bigger pots. I’m 59 and I’m growing my own medical marijuana and this is all new to me… Thank you

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  22. i just got a seed and me and my friend r planting it in my back yard hidden so my dad don’t find it. i’m 13 an we r using it to get money and high were sprouting it in a cup with soil and its outside the we r gonna put it in the ground after its been sprouted and water it every day till it’s ready. and it’s our first time

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  23. First time grower. I need to know about pest control, “ie” gophers.

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  24. I grow indoors and it is a pain in the ass… wanna grow outdoors in a park or something so i dont spend so much money on electricity and fertilizers plus i want some of those fat ass nugz ive seen growing outdoors

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    • Careful where you pick to grow, a park is almost like a school yard, if caught authorities might get you on other more serious charges.

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  25. @”pascual 2323 Says: June 3rd, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    i got me a lil project and its doing pretty good but i have to move it how do i dig it up and do that without killing it ?”

    …. ok well im 15 and i grow bud for money … well i live with my parents duh.. so i have to keep this shit hidden.. to dig them up make sure u water them throughout.. [not the plant] the soil up to 3 feet from them.. then a day after u have watered the soil dig around the plant at-least 1 foot from/around the roots.. then replant with that soil in a different area— add fertilizer to the soil you are replanting them in [before you plant them]… also make sure the soil is not compact.. and i’ve found out the cheaper the fertilizer the better .. tbh 3/4 days before u re-plant dig up the area and soak it with water then on top add the fertilizer then let it sit till a day leading the re-plant then make sure good sunlight and a steady environment and ur all good

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  26. i got me a lil project and its doing pretty good but i have to move it how do i dig it up and do that without killing it ?

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  27. Always keep in mind sprout it before planting it it helps it bunches and try and save money for a preying mantis kit. they will populate the around the cannabis and protect it till death. And don’t dry the buds directly in the sun light try a fan with the buds upside down. It gives it a nice after finish green and red

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