In general, 5-gallon pots are a good size for small-to-medium outdoor plants, and 10-gallon pots or larger are recommended for big plants. Regardless of size, you’ll want to protect the roots of your plants from overheating during warm weather, as pots can quickly get hot in direct sunlight. This will severely limit the growth of your plants, so be sure to shade your containers when the sun is high in the sky.
Having a constant breeze is good for your plants, and especially in hot climates. But if you live in an area with a lot of high winds, consider planting near a windbreak of some sort, like a wall, fence or large shrubbery.
You may need to put all of your plants in containers if you don’t have great soil. Also, if you’re unable to perform the heavy labor needed to dig holes and amend soil, containers may be the only way for you to grow your own cannabis outdoors.
Buying the right soil for an outdoor cannabis grow
Heavy rains and high winds can cause physical damage to plants and reduce yields, and excessive moisture can lead to mold and powdery mildew, especially during the flowering stage.
The best way to identify loamy soil is by touching it. How does it feel? Sandy soil should be difficult to compact while clay should compact into a tight ball that won’t crumble. When squeezed, loamy soils should form a loose ball that will hold its structure momentarily before breaking apart in large chunks.
However, plants grown in pots, buckets, or barrels will likely be smaller than those planted in the ground because their root growth is restricted to the size of the container. In a broad sense, the size of the pot will determine the size of the plant, although it’s possible to grow large plants in small containers if proper techniques are used.
Most outdoor weed growers will either dig a hole and add fresh soil for the plant, or grow their weed in pots. This will allow you to better control the growing medium and the amount of nutrients your plants receive.
• GrowPRO 2.0 Grow Tent S Eco: This is a small tent perfect for beginners or first-time growers. It’s completely light-proof, boasts an extra-durable design complete with super-strong and stable rods, multiple air intake windows and “Superflaps” for maximum airflow, a watertight interior base and three ventilation socks. This is a perfect option if you’re tackling your first indoor grow and working with a tight budget.
The first step to growing great weed is to start with the right genetics. Cannabis plants can vary a lot, and you’ll need to take the time to research strains and find something to suit your grow room, budget, and skills as a grower.
Once your seeds are germinated, plant them in soil mixed with Royal Queen Seeds’ Easy Boost Organic Nutrition mix. Simply mix 25–50 grams of pellets into every 10l of soil and water as usual. Our pellets are designed to continue feeding your plants for a full 10–12 weeks, helping you to avoid any problems associated with over/underfeeding.
• ThermoPro TP50: This digital thermometer/hygrometer is perfect for beginner growers or anyone working with a small number of plants in a small grow space. It’s got a 3-year warranty and provides accurate readings of roughly ±2/3% RH and ±1°F.
Lights come in many different shapes, sizes, and at varying price points. Below, we’ve hand-picked three of the best grow lights currently on the market for beginners, intermediate, and advanced growers:
Though laws vary by location, the general rule is that legal cannabis grows must be in a secured, enclosed space away from minors. Some of the most popular ways to accomplish this include greenhouses or indoor grow rooms. While some might fare well with DIY greenhouses, others prefer an indoor grow room. Benefits include space, efficiency, containment, security, environmental control and the ability to grow cannabis year-round regardless of the season.
W hether testing out your green thumb in an outdoor cannabis garden or an indoor grow room, there are a few basic supplies every marijuana grower needs. From seeds and clones to the perfect environment, even the most basic cannabis grows require a few must-haves if you’re going to produce those tasty, dank buds you’ve been dreaming about.
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We can’t forget the cannabis itself! To get started on your indoor grow, you’ll need either seeds or clones, both of which have their own benefits and disadvantages. For example, marijuana seeds, though sanitary, add a few weeks to the cultivation process and may not even germinate in the first place. Regular seeds (as opposed to feminized) may also produce male plants that don’t produce flowers but do contribute to seedy weed if they pollinate a female. However, seed banks offer a larger variety than clone stores, and may often ship world-wide. It’s even possible to germinate seeds found in a bag of cannabis!
Conversely, clones can shave up to a month off of cultivation time, always produce female plants (they’re copies of their mothers, in fact), and are relatively easy to grow. Unfortunately, the selection of cannabis clones will be much smaller because they have to be purchased locally in legal markets. They are also more likely to come contaminated with pests and therefore require a quarantine period before they can be placed in an indoor grow room. With a few simple supplies, anyone of age in a legal state can grow their own cannabis.