The Benefits of Growing Marijuana Outdoors

Growing Marijuana Outdoors
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Marijuana Plant Growing in the Sun
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Growing marijuana is one of those hobbies that can accommodate totally opposite approaches. The hardy cannabis plant can produce great yields when grown indoors, especially when the grower does everything by the numbers and ensures the plants have enough room to grow through careful trimming.

On the other hand, cannabis is thought to have originated near the arid Hindu Kush mountain range, and has been adapted into hundreds of strains that are suited to differing environments. As a result, it’s pretty tough to completely kill a weed plant, even when you plant it outside. We’ve covered the basics of indoor growing before, so now you may be wondering why some people opt for growing marijuana outdoors instead. Let’s look at the top 3 reasons to grow outdoors.

1. Space

One of the great things about growing marijuana outdoors is the space factor. Even if you’ve got a small house without a room to spare, you can still grow weed as long as you have a suitable outdoor space. And even if you technically have room indoors, it can be annoying to section off a whole indoor area and rig it with temperature controls and lights. To grow one weed plant outdoors, you just need an area that will receive 4-6 hours of sunlight every day. This gets more difficult if you live in a colder climate, but you’d be surprised at how hardy certain strains are. Be sure to do a little research into strains bred and adapted to grow outdoors. Don’t forget that just because the plants are outside doesn’t mean you have to plant them directly in the ground. You can still plant in pots to retain mobility!

2. Cost

One of the things that scares people away from growing weed at all is the upfront cost of a setup. It can often seem like an experiment, and it may not make sense for some people to purchase a grow setup that may become impractical for any number of reasons. Growing outside, you’re relying on sunlight and ambient temperature as your environment. Luckily enough, those are both free! Other than the cost of seeds and any cannabis nutrients you may use, growing outdoors is basically free of charge.

3. Simplicity

Growing Marijuana Outdoors
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If you’re inexperienced at gardening altogether or have never grown weed before, growing marijuana indoors can seem like a real headache; and I’m willing to wager that’s something weed connoisseurs are usually trying to avoid. If fiddling with automated light schedules and temperature control isn’t for you, outdoor growing might hit the spot. It’s not quite a “set it and forget it” situation, but it’s just about as close as you can get when working with living things. Nature’s grow process is pretty much automated; you just need to provide some maintenance! This means whenever you check on your grow site, you may need to do one of three things: provide some extra water if the ground is getting parched, do some bug bashing on any pests that may be attracted to your crop, or sprinkle a few extra nutrients on your plants if you’re feeling fancy.

Growing marijuana outdoors can be a totally different experience than growing indoors, and that can make all the difference for potential growers who are a bit more laid back and prefer a more organic process.

Article by: Spencer Grey


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Spencer Grey
Spencer Grey is a Seattle-based writer with a deep interest in cannabis and all its compounds. When he's not delving into the world of weed, he's probably writing interactive fiction with the help of his cranky cat, Bartleby.