Cultivating your own cannabis can be an especially rewarding practice. Anyone with access to a sunny location in a legal market can grow cannabis outdoors, even with a small budget. Growing outdoors for beginners can be a daunting task at first, but anyone can do it if they do the proper research first.
There are many different takes on outdoor growing techniques floating around the internet, but the best way to grow cannabis plants is to follow a simple seven-step process. We at SoHum Living Soils® have created an easy and effective beginners guide to growing cannabis in the soil.
1. Consider Your Local Climate
Cannabis is a hearty plant, but extreme weather can still damage it. The best temperatures for effective growing are between 55°F and 86°F. Since the average grow time for cannabis is only three or four months, plenty of different climates are acceptable as far as temperature is concerned.
You should also consider that cannabis plants can be damaged by excessive moisture, heavy precipitation, and strong winds. Different cannabis strains thrive with varying amounts of daylight, too. The good news is that you can take steps to provide your plants with a suitable environment.
Start by finding your area on a climate map to see what you are up against. From there, you can talk to other gardeners who have experience in similar environments to pick up additional tips and tricks. If you have experience growing other plants and vegetables, you are likely to find success. Once you understand your environment’s climate, you are ready to pick an appropriate strain.
2. Choose Your Genetic Strain
Different types of cannabis have been bred successfully in all kinds of environments. Pick a strain that matches up with the seasons of your climate. For example, tropical varieties will not fare well in northern climates, because they will flower too late and be damaged by prematurely short days and cold weather.
After you choose your strain, you will have to decide whether you want to grow from seeds or clones. Growing from seed is the most common path for outdoor gardeners, while indoor growers often use clones. Both of these methods have their advantages.
When you grow from a clone, you know that your plant will have the same characteristics as its mother plant, allowing you to choose a plant with an excellent pedigree. Unfortunately, these plants may have a hard time making the transition to outdoor living.
Growing from seed produces more resilient plants that can cope with low temperatures, wet conditions, and variable climates.
Whichever choice you make, get your seeds or clones from a reliable source. Consider all of your options, including feminized seeds and autoflowering seeds.
3. Pick the Location for Your Plants
Plants need a location that gets at least five or six hours of direct sunlight every day. If your area regularly has temperatures of over 86°F, you may want to find a spot that gets filtered sunlight during the hottest times of the day.
Other conditions that make a prime location include privacy and security. Keep in mind that plants can grow to be upwards of 15 feet tall.
4. Use Container Gardens if Necessary
Some people find that there is no one ideal location on their property. In those cases, container gardens could be the answer. Grow your plants in large pots or buckets, and you will be able to move them around to guarantee appropriate sunlight.
Container gardens are also an excellent solution for people without good soil because you have perfect control of the soil you put into your pots. The downside is that pots can heat up quickly, and may need more careful watering. Make sure you use at least five or 10-gallon containers so your plant can grow to a good size.
5. Choose the Best Soil for Growing Marijuana Outdoors
Choosing the right soil and feeding it is a crucial step. Organic soil doesn’t have the same fertilizer additives that some soils use so that you can cut chemicals out of your gardening process.
Chemical additives can assist rapid growth at the start, but they also rely on chemicals that can taint the finished product. Soils with additives also lose their effect quickly as the chemicals wear off.
Organic soils include both instant-release and slow-release nutrients, so all of your plants will be taken care of in both the short and long term. Add organic living soil to your garden to help grow cannabis plants as well as other healthy plants.
Organic soils, probiotics, and soil conditioners are a healthier way to grow any plant, especially consumable ones like cannabis. This reduces your need to fertilize and feed your plants regularly.
6. Water Your Cannabis Plants Appropriately
Big cannabis plants can drink up to 10 gallons of water each day, especially when they experience warm weather. You may be able to conserve some water by placing clay or rocks beneath your seeds to reduce drainage into the ground.
You also need to make sure you don’t oversaturate your roots, as this will lead to rotting and fungus. There are a lot of variables that affect how much you will have to water your plants, so study your soil, your climate, and your specific strain.
7. Protect Your Plants Until Harvest
Depending on the weather in your area, you will have to take measures to protect your plants. Shield them from undesirable temperatures, harsh winds, and local pests. If your area gets a lot of rain or humidity, choose a strain that can resist mold.
If you can protect your garden from all of the above, you should receive a healthy yield. Once your plants are ready, harvest the buds. From there, all you have to do is dry the product and enjoy the fruits of your labor!
Benefits of Living Soil
Our living soil is naturally sourced, so you avoid exposing your plants to harmful chemicals that can damage a plant’s taste, presentation, and integrity. Living soil contains natural nutrients that release over time, so you do not have to add additional ingredients or fertilizers.
Enhance your gardening plot with natural living soil, and you are already well on your way to an excellent plant. Simply plant your specimens with the best ingredient for both indoor or outdoor cannabis growth, water them, and watch a healthy garden develop.
Living Soil for Sale
SoHum Living Soils® are the perfect solution for people who want a natural garden. Our soil contributes to your garden in a way that other commercial soils simply cannot. Living soil is the what you need for no-till growing, and that’s why so many reputable growers count on true living organics.
It has the same effects as fertilizer without the undesired side effects. Our gardening products will rehabilitate your growing operation and streamline your process for a better yield. Put your plants in the ground, and enjoy excellent results without all the unnecessary effort.
Recent advances in the industry have given gardeners precisely what they have always wanted: better results with less labor. SoHum Living Soils® has scientifically designed this product to meet all of the nutritional requirements of a cannabis plant for its entire annual life cycle. Contact us today to learn how you can buy our soil and experience the high life as a cannabis grower!
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