Most people know they can grow marijuana at any time of the year when growing indoors. Indoor setups allow growers to control the environment and even micromanage it, for the best results. When growing marijuana outdoors, growers face more of a challenge. Knowing the best times to grow marijuana naturally will help growers to ensure their crops are healthy and produce boundless buds.
Before delving too deeply into the steps that are necessary for growing marijuana naturally, it is wise to understand the growing cycle. It is important to know the growing cycles because each one requires different nutrients, light, and water.
There are four main growth stages of marijuana. Although there are variations in marijuana strains, most strains will be ready to harvest within 32 weeks. During that time, marijuana plants go through a series of changes that require special care and attention to detail. The following explains the four growth stages of these plants.
When growing outdoors, growers are subject to the whims of the weather and the seasons. The best season for cultivating marijuana is in spring. The months between March and May are ideal for planting marijuana seeds, allowing them to start the germination process is warmer soil.
Planting cannabis seeds in spring allows them to grow and be harvested before the colder months come in during autumn. Marijuana plants do not fare well during the colder seasons and must be brought indoors, under controlled conditions, to grow during autumn and winter.
It is wise to plant as early as possible in spring, especially with strains that take longer to flower, such as Sativas like Green Crack x Super Silver Haze or Kali Mist, If seeds are planted closer to May, it would be wise to plant Indica strains since they will flower in much less time than Sativas. A couple of good indica choices might be OG Kush x Mazar or Taskenti depending on what kind of high you are looking for.
No matter what type of plant is being cultivated, knowing the growing region guidelines is critical for success. Each region has a different climate, and the location is important when it comes to growing marijuana outdoors. With the following regional growing guide summary, cannabis cultivators will know how and when to grow their crops.
The Northwest has its advantages and disadvantages when it comes to growing marijuana. Those who live on the western side of the Cascade Mountains will find an abundance of moisture. On one hand, the extra moisture is great because it prevents plants from drying out too much. On the other hand, it can lead to issues with root rot. Growers will need to be diligent in controlling soil moisture by making sure their soil can drain properly.
Those who live to the east of the Cascade Mountains are going to experience drier growing conditions. Growers in this part of the world are going to need to supplement the nutrients in their soil because of drainage and nutrient issues. With early frost periods, people growing in this area may experience a shorter growing window.
This area can be difficult for marijuana growers because of excessive heat and dryness. In some areas of the Southwest, daytime temperatures can rise as high as 100 degrees or even more. There can also be issues with soil quality. Supplementing the soil and making sure the marijuana plants receive adequate water will help to produce high-quality buds.
Growing cannabis in the Midwest requires careful attention. The climate can vary, and the summers sometimes experience vast amounts of rain that can lead to mold growth. Because the growing season can be shorter in the Midwest, many growers opt for purchasing seeds that reach the flowering stage as quickly as possible, such as our White Russian Fast variety.
Because the Midwest features a lot of farmland, the soil can become depleted. It is wise for growers to add nutrients to the soil to ensure their plants receive the right combination for healthy growth.
The Northeast is one of the best regions for growing marijuana, even though it offers a shorter growing season. The soil in the Northeast is rich in nutrients, and marijuana tends to grow strong and abundant in this region. It is wise to choose marijuana strains that flower early to avoid issues with early frosts.
The Southeast offers one of the longest growing seasons. The summers are hot and humid and they last much longer than in some regions. The soil in the Southeast is rich in nutrients. Growers will likely find they need to do very little, if anything, to amend the soil.
Although most strains of marijuana are strong and can stand up to minor issues with temperature fluctuations, temperature stress can lead to damage. When growing indoors, the temperature of the room is easy to control. Unfortunately, growing marijuana naturally means there is very little a grower can do to protect their plants from onslaughts of cold or heat.
When marijuana plants are going through the process of photosynthesis, they need temperatures between seventy to eighty degrees. At night, marijuana plants switch processes and begin to burn the fuel they have created. During this time, they prefer cooler temperatures, ranging from fifty to sixty degrees.
The symptoms of temperature stress should be carefully monitored. If any changes are found, it is imperative growers work to protect their plants and make sure they receive adequate water. The following are some of the symptoms that may reveal temperature stress has occurred.
If any of the above signs are noticed, misting machines and shade cloths can help to protect the plant growth and prevent damage. Some growers opt for growing their marijuana in containers outdoors. By using containers, growers can move their plants to the shade or indoors during periods of high heat.
Although growing marijuana indoors allows for greater control of the environment, growing outdoors offers a more economical option that often proves less challenging. Consider the following tips for growing marijuana in an outdoor area.
Now that you know the basics of growing marijuana naturally, it is clear to see that the process is not too difficult. Yes, there are some uncertainties when it comes to growing marijuana outdoors, but these can often be overcome with careful thought and by being prepared.
The benefits of growing cannabis outdoors include lower cost, bigger harvests, and less effort. Get your seeds planted now, and you can soon experience a healthy harvest of buds.