Growing cannabis outdoors is a low cost way you can grow buds on just about any scale imaginable. Sounds perfect, right?
Growing outdoors can also pose lots of logistical challenges. For example, let’s talk about two very important considerations for growing cannabis outdoors:
In Canada at present time, it is legal to grow up to Four plants in most Provinces–which may also include outdoors. However, there are restrictions which include a rule that cannabis plants must not be visible in plain sight. Naturally, it’s not a good idea that anybody walking by or driving by the area can easily see your crop of buds–that’s just inviting problems. However, what about neighbours? While you might be able to obscure your crop from there public, will anybody else object–this is something you may need to consider. Don’t worry there are solutions like shade structures, a simple greenhouse, etc
If patio lights from the neighbours porch interrupt this critical dark cycle, your outdoor crop may not flower to produce buds.
Outdoor Cannabis Plant Adaptability
Unless you plan on growing Hemp, you will need to consider if the varieties or strains of cannabis plants that you want to cultivate will be able to finish outdoors in your geographic region in time before kill frosts or heavy wet rains will occur. For example, lots of people love to smoke a nice Kush variety–but these genetics may not yield mature buds until late into October and are very susceptible to moulds and mildews towards maturity as they develop dense and sticky clusters of buds. That’s assuming they won’t freeze to death first.
Because you live somewhere that starts getting cold as early as September doesn’t mean you can’t harvest some nice buds growing cannabis outdoors. It means that you have to choose your varieties carefully. Alternatively, some back yard cannabis growers are willing to physically carry or wheel their potted plants in and out of a heated garage at night and back out into the sun during the warmth of day until their crop matures. Again, we start to circle back to greenhouse growing as a logical alternative.
Other Things to Think About for Growing Cannabis Outdoors
Most Cannabis strains require twelve hours of uninterrupted darkness to flower. If patio lights from the neighbours porch interrupt this critical dark cycle, your outdoor crop may not flower to produce buds. Light interruptions can also induce hermaphroditism in your marijuana plants, meaning that otherwise all female plants in bud can produce some male flowers that pollinate the buds, filling them with unwanted seeds.
Four large cannabis plants can create a very strong strong aroma as they near maturity–some strains you can smell from down the street without exaggeration. Is this going to create potential issues for you, ie inviting unwanted visitors to your property? Security cameras and good fencing can help but do not guarantee your crop will be left alone.
Risk of Loss
Besides two legged predators, there’s a lot that can happen to your cannabis plants during an outdoor growing season. Slugs, rabbits and deer have wiped out scores of crops. Sometimes the outdoor season is glorious in terms of weather, other times it can be very inhospitable. If you are thinking about growing cannabis outdoors will you be able to laugh it off if you lost your crop after several months of work? These are practical considerations, especially if you are counting on your outdoor crop to help fulfill your medicinal or therapeutic needs.