10 Tips for Growing Outdoor

jackel September 3, 2012 91
10 Tips for Growing Outdoor

Last week we posted 10 tips for growing indoor. Today we present to you our top 10 tips for growing marijuana outdoor.

1. K.I.S.S.

K.I.S.S. stands for Keep It Simple, Stupid. Don’t try and over think your garden. Sun, soil, water. With that, you can grow some plants.

2. Southern Exposure

When looking for a good location to grow, keep an eye out for an area with southern exposure. This means an area with no hills, trees or buildings blocking your precious sun. Maximize your sunlight exposure.

3. Good Soil

Good soil doesn’t have to mean bags of expensive soils. Granted this can give you great results, but it isn’t always cost effective or necessary. Find a landscape supply company that sells bulk soil, you can start with that and save a lot of money. $30–$70 bucks can get you an entire truckload of quality soil. Make sure the soil has good drainage and add perlite if needed. While soil with some nutrients is great, don’t forget you can always feed your plants when you water. Adding amendments to the soil is an easy and cheap way to boost your soils potential.

4. Timing With Planting

Growing outdoors successfully hinges on how happy your plants are. Giving them a good start from day one makes a big difference. If planting clones outside, wait until mid May. The long nights early in the spring will often induce flowering much too early. If you start your plants inside, make sure you don’t move them outside until the days are longer and the nights shorter. Seeds can be started the end of March or April as long as the freezing nights are behind you.

5. Security

When picking a location and setting up your garden, remember to plan for security. This means keeping people from finding it, and keeping animals out. Fence in the plants. If you are gardening in your backyard, build a fence tall enough so that the plants don’t peak over. Visible plants will bring unwanted attention. Game cameras are a good addition to guerilla grows. They let you know if anyone has found your garden and will tell you what critters are visiting.

6. Start With 1 Line Of Nutrients

Like indoor growing, start with 1 brand of nutrients. That brand of nutrients has everything your plants need to be happy. Adding to much fertilizer can overdo it and cause problems.

7. Larger Holes = Larger Plants

When you dig your holes, or choose your beds or bags, size matters. A deeper and wider area for the roots will produce a bigger health plant. Dig those holes big. You will never have a problem with too big of a hole, but it’s easy to run out of room because your hole or bag is too small.

8. Training

Training your plants can increase yield. Topping plants, cages, trellises, super cropping, or low stress training (LST) encourages more lateral growth and more tops. The more tops you grow, the more tops you harvest.

9. Lots of Water

Lots of water will make plants grow faster. Faster growing plants means bigger plants. Just make sure that they have good drainage. A drip system will help alleviate the stress of needing to hand water your plants all the time. Water timers can even let you got on a short vacation if needed.

10. Preparing for Harvest

When you grow big happy plants, you always need to think ahead. When you get ready to harvest your plants, have a place to hang and dry all your precious bud. Having a nice clean room is ideal. Sometimes that isn’t possible. So be creative. Sometimes you have to hang a tarp to keep rain and leaves off your drying buds. Make sure you have a plan for airflow. Even in your tarp tent you might need some fans. That might mean a small quiet generator. Don’t forget the scissors. Fiskers are awesome.

I hope some of these tips help you out. Please feel free to ask questions if you need help.

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  1. kelzz June 16, 2014 at 11:34 am -

    Im a first time grower, and I have two plants. is a lot of water good or bad?

  2. lius June 16, 2014 at 2:49 pm -

    I have 6 plants growing outside and 4 of them r 14to16 inches long. I fertilize once every two weeks. I live in fl and I wanna know wen to start flowering or wat should I do next and wen

  3. kfitz June 16, 2014 at 6:05 pm -

    I have a question. My plants have been in bud stage for 3 weeks. (Indoor) due to certain circumstances I can’t grow inside anymore. Today is June 16th is it safe to let them finish outdoor?

  4. scott June 16, 2014 at 10:05 pm -

    Anybody from miami dade hmu

  5. Brian Paredes June 25, 2014 at 4:37 pm -

    If you trim the buds will the plant still bloom ????

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  7. deb June 29, 2014 at 11:47 am -

    I have planted my seeds in seed trays indoors but want to plant them outside when they are big enough….can you tell me when that will be? At the moment they are only about 4 inches tall with 4 leaves

  8. Crimson Shadow July 2, 2014 at 2:25 pm -

    I have a plant that has been growing since March, outdoors. It is now about 10-12 inches. I grow In the states and it gets sunlight all day everyday. It gets water everyday. And the soil is perfect. I went with a natural approach. Meaning I straight up germinated my seeds. Planted them in regular dirt and let it have its way. Its now July 2. How much more longer til I have some buds? And til it hits the flowering stage?

  9. stix July 6, 2014 at 9:27 am -

    I transffered my plants outside and one of my plants is already budding… its only July… the seeds are all the same clones…why is this one plant budding

  10. Jon July 8, 2014 at 8:00 am -

    If you were to cut the leaves closest to the base of a plant will that cause an upward growth?

  11. Larry July 10, 2014 at 11:12 am -

    Good info on your top ten

    I have a question when it comes to topping your outdoor plants.

    1 When is it best to top
    2 How to top
    3 How often is best

  12. Ganjah_Farmer July 13, 2014 at 1:45 pm -

    This is my first year growing and I have to say following those tip will def help for a bigger yield come September-October. Thanks for the help


  13. The Pirat July 16, 2014 at 1:03 pm -

    I have some 5 ft. plants that i am topping so they wont stick out. What can I do with the big leaves and the tops? How to cure? Can I even use them? Cannot wate to find out!!!! Please email me w answers.

  14. Colorado growing July 17, 2014 at 2:20 pm -

    We are growing out doors …. Our plant started in May and is now a tall beauty. Does it need to be transferred inside for a 12 on 12 off schedule for best bud results?

  15. Pj July 17, 2014 at 4:34 pm -

    Hey I have a outdoor grow, and a few of my plants are showing signs of stress. The nutes are plentiful , the Sun is also plentiful. I’m getting positive upward and outward growth. My biggest to date is 64″ and she one of the healthiest. It’s my younger plants I’m worried about. And I thought it was my ph. Here’s the weird thing at 3″ (as deep as my tester will go) the ph is 5.5!! But at 2″ it’s 6.6 and I’m seeing stress higher than the first two rows of fans (which I’ve observed in my previous grows . I’m using roots organics nitro bat guano and I steep it or make it into a tea. I test the tea each time I make it and it’s closer to 7. How can I change the ph that deep or is my stressed plants stressing cause it can.
    Even with my younger ones I am getting great vertical growth

  16. Jay August 9, 2014 at 4:02 pm -

    Quick and novice question here; I have appempted to grow cannabis about a year ago. I had my 2 plans for about 10 weeks before I had to leave them and skip town for a family emergency. It was very sad having to leave them because they were so tall and leafy. Anyway, I just started to grow again. Germinated the seeds for about 5 days (because thats how long it took before I saw them split). I planted 4 seeds in 4 Solo cups, and they have been outside since August 1st. Its August 9th and not one has sprouted or shown any signs of growth… Am I being impatient or should I ditch the seeds and start again? Seems like my previous plans showed signs of life in days!

  17. paul August 19, 2014 at 2:47 am -

    hi, don’t you think its too late now to grow outdoor in Sari north Iran. today its 38 degree and it wont g too much cooler for the next 45/60 days but it will drop gently. thanks, P