If you’re looking to trade your flowers for flower this spring, or spike your pre-existing garden, you’ve come to the right spot.
Growing cannabis outside can greatly increase your yield capacity. As states across the U.S. legalize the plant, shortages are inevitable for suppliers. Boosting your homegrown supply is the best way to ensure you always have enough.
But growing cannabis outside requires a lot of time, attention, and skill. It also requires a clear space with plenty of sunshine. Cannabis is a somewhat picky plant that needs proper nutrients and soil to flourish.
This is especially true if you want to grow high-quality, potent cannabis. Your plant’s THC and CBD levels are directly connected to growing conditions. Everything from the soil, nutrients, sunshine, and temperature can impact your plants. For instance, colder temperatures create higher THC levels.
But growing cannabis outside is far from impossible. You just need to strictly follow best practices when making your garden. Fortunately, we’ve got your back on that one.
Here’s how to create a perfect weed garden:
1. Know when to start your seedlings
You should start your cannabis seedlings by the first week of April, at the latest. Ideally, you should start them in February or March to ensure they have enough time to develop fully.
The cannabis garden should be ready to go before you start your seedlings. Your seedlings will only take about 48 hours to sprout and can be planted after a week.
The simplest way to sprout your cannabis seeds is in water. We recommend you start sprouting them inside your home in a cup of water beneath a light. This controlled environment will allow the seeds to germinate quickly.
2. Plant in a place that gets enough light (but not too much)
Cannabis requires direct sunlight for at least six hours every day. Trees or buildings should not obscure the place for your cannabis garden. This will ensure the plants get the early morning and afternoon sunshine uninterrupted.
Sunshine is not enough, though, if the temperature is not correct. Young cannabis needs moderate temperatures of around 70 degrees. After the first month or so, cannabis flourishes between 65 and 85 degrees.
3. Prepare your soil
The growing soil for your cannabis plants should be well aerated yet capable of retaining nutrients. Cannabis is an environmentally intensive plant due to its quality control needs.
Add peat moss or coco coir to the soil to aerate it and ensure the roots get enough oxygen. You should also add heavier materials such as loam, bat guano, and other animal manure.
Loam is an ideal growing medium for your cannabis plants. It is light enough to encourage the roots to grow and sufficiently heavy to retain nutrients. You can make your loam by adding sand, clay soil, and silt from a lake or forest refuse.
4. Plan your harvest
Cannabis harvest occurs at different times of the year, depending on your location. Tropical and temperate zones are the best for growing cannabis. However, continental regions are also suitable.
Most of the U.S. is located in the temperate and continental zones. This means harvest will occur between August and October (before the first frost).
In tropical regions, cannabis can be grown all year, but you need to be careful of heavy rains and humidity.
By following these steps, you can create the perfect environment to grow cannabis outside, and will (hopefully) see increased yields soon. Happy planting!