Next, you’ll need to decide how you will be growing: in soil directly outdoors or in pots/beds outdoors. Keep in mind that attempting to grow directly into the dirt on your property can present a series of problems for the roots, especially if the base of your property is clay. If you plan on planting directly into the ground, it is important to find a flat area to do so, that will allow for good drainage.
End use: What is the end goal for your crop? Are you making concentrates? Producing the best flowers? What affects you are seeking?
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If you are going for a cannabis strain that has a heavy yield we recommend the following: 4G bred by Purple Caper Seeds , Blue Dream, Romulan Grapefruit, Dream Queen, GG4, Fire OG, Hades OG bred by The Humboldt Seed Company, and Venom OG bred by The Humboldt Seed Company. Keep in mind that Dream Queen and OG’s tend to be stickier plants, so if your garden smelling is a concern of yours, proceed with caution on those strains.
Support: Some plant need trellising- knowing the average and max strain height ahead of time will help determine if your plant will need support with trellises and/or stakes.
The benefit of growing from a single phenotype is that all clones from that strain will grow the same way and produce the same characteristics with only very slight variation. Also, you will have knowledge about these strains if you choose to grow them again. Our strain catalog includes grow-tips generated from farmers who have grown our strains to offer first-hand knowledge on what to expect from our strain phenotypes.
Use a grow journal. Tracking the details of your grow efforts, from germination to final cure, will help you become a better cannabis-plant parent. When it’s time for a new season, reviewing the successes and failures from the last crop will make your thumb greener — not to mention improve the quality and quantity of your final harvest. There are lots of ready-made cannabis grow journals out there, but really all you need is a pad of paper and an eye for detail.
Mid-to-late fall: harvest season Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Are you thinking about growing your own cannabis? New to being a plant parent? Wondering when you should plant your cannabis seedlings outdoors?
For photoperiod plants, timing is everything. Photoperiod cannabis plants take their cue from Mother Nature (or more specifically the number of uninterrupted hours of darkness) to start flowering. As fall sets in and hours of darkness hit twelve per night, the plant will be triggered into its flowering stage.
As far as timing when to sprout your seeds, a general rule of thumb is on or around the Spring Equinox. If you’re not growing from seed but instead buying clones, they’ll already be in the seedling stage when you get them so you don’t have to worry about germination.
For the final stage of a female cannabis plant’s life, most of its energy will be put into producing flowers. The flowering stage happens in three phases:
If you’re growing from seed, the first step in the life of your cannabis plant is germination. Once the seed has sprouted, it will immediately grow two little round leaves, called cotyledon leaves, that will be responsible for delivering energy to the seedling until it starts to grow the more familiar fan leaves we all know and love.
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Of course, how much sun your plants are getting determines how much water they should get as well. If they are getting tons of direct sunlight and the weather is quite warm, you’re probably going to water them more frequently. However, it’s important not to overwater marijuana plants, as that can lead to problems with mildew or mold development.
How much water?
Since you’re growing outdoors, you’re going to want to think about the sunlight. If you’re growing in Southern California, your plants will likely have no shortage of access to direct sunlight. That simply means that they can get a combination of direct sunlight and indirect sunlight (shade) without having any negative effects. In fact, it could even be better, so they don’t get overheated and lose too much water.
The size of your plants is going to make a difference in when you decide to start. This has to do not only with the strain you choose (and therefore the time it takes for that particular strain to go from seedling to flowering ) but also how large you want your plants to be.
Growing your plants outdoors means that they will have no shortage of access to direct sunlight. Marijuana plants require a balance between maximum sunlight and indirect sunlight(shade) for maximum productivity.
California doesn’t have the same four extremely distinct seasons that other geographic areas might have, but the seasons are worth thinking about all the same. Of course, it makes a big difference if you’re living in Southern California or Northern California. NorCal’s weather is a bit gloomy, with rain and cooler temperatures. SoCal is a sunny and warm desert, which means dry air and toasty temperatures. In the South, winters can be warm and sunny, much like summer, but with heat that isn’t as oppressive. However, there is less daylight in the wintertime, making summer a better season for growing .