Any Canadians interested in growing outdoor marijuana plants, listen up. If you have received your ACMPR license to grow legal medical cannabis or you are interested in the new Ontario laws allowing four plants for recreational use, this information is for you. You might be on the fence about whether you want to grow your plants indoors or outdoors; there are pros and cons to each and the process for both can bring about challenges.
This is especially true when it comes to outdoor growing where you have less control of your environment and surroundings. But if all goes well with your outdoor crop, there is a huge chance you will produce some potent cannabis plants with high yields. So if you live in an area of Canada where outdoor growing is possible, consider these tips for producing the best marijuana possible.
First and foremost, consider the climate. The first step in deciding between indoor and outdoor growing is to take into account the climate and environmental conditions. If you live in a brutally cold province of Canada or somewhere with inclement unpredictable weather, outdoor growing may not be for you. But also consider the season – many parts of Canada are seasonal and offer more than ideal conditions for cannabis growing during certain parts of the year. Keep in mind that outdoor growing generally takes longer than indoors.
Start off by planting the seedlings in pots – not straight into the ground. If you are new to outdoor growing, you may think that planting your seeds into the ground right of the bat is fine. Birds are extremely fond of brand new seedlings and will most likely consume anything you plant in the ground within minutes. Your best bet is to start your germinated seeds off in small pots and then transfer them to the ground once they have established themselves a bit (at least 20 centimeters in height).
Dig your holes large enough for optimal root growth. Once you are ready to transplant your plants into the ground, don’t be stingy on the size of the whole you dig. The plants’ roots need room to grow and stretch in order to grow big and strong, so dig your holes wide and deep to allow for this.
Protect against pests and fungi. Issues relating to things like animals, pests, and fungi can be a problem for some outdoor growers. Fence in your plants to keep larger animals out and purchase reputable products to keep insects and caterpillars from eating away at your crop. If you want something completely natural and are trying to avoid chemicals, neem oil is a good option. There are also products out there to protect your plants from fungi, so consider using this if you live in a humid area with lots of rain.
Security for an outdoor crop is essential. Not only do you need to secure your crops from animals and pesky critters, you don’t want people to be aware of your grow operation. Drawing attention to your plants is never a good idea so plant your crop in the most secluded area possible and think about installing video surveillance is you are able.