Time for all growers around to think of new crops, dank buds and improving on our previous grows. As spring approaches, it is the prime moment to start growing some tantalizing outdoor strains that can flourish in the natural light and nutrients of the outdoors.
For beginner growers and even for some of the pro’s out there, indoor growing can be very expensive and highly time & energy consuming. Outdoor growing is a way to minimise the cost of growing your own cannabis, and can be a very relaxing and satisfying experience.
One of the benefits of outdoor growing is the chance to nurture your plants into blessing you with huge yields, making for a better experience for you.
These are essential notes and tips on how to properly nurture your outdoor and springtime harvests.
Mary Jane is more accepting of warmer, sunnier climate and its easier to grow in warmer weather, but it is definitely not a requirement and these tips work all around.
The First Steps to Outdoor Growing
Time to get all your ducks in a row and decide what strains you’re going to be growing. There are strains of cannabis that have either been bred to be grown outdoors, or that are more inclined to outdoor growth. Some of the benefits to purchasing the correct seeds are that these strains will be more resilient towards humidity and mould, etc.
Also prepare the area and tools you will be using to grow your stunning plants.
As a first step, make sure the outdoor land you are preparing for cultivation is rid of all excess leaves, grass and other debris.
Make sure your soil is fertile and that your crops will be in an ideal spot for adequate amounts of sunlight (4-6 hrs a day), that your plants will be as safe from pets, pests and other potentially damaging factors as possible. You should also take stock of any nutrients or other tools you will need throughout the process and make sure you have enough material to grow.
Getting your grow on the move.
Germination of your seeds:
Paper towels - Water saturated paper towels are placed under and over the seeds until the seeds sprout. It is imperative to be sure that the paper towels are wet, but that the seeds aren’t drowning in a puddle of water.
Water “Popping” - For this method, you will need purified water at a recommended PH of 6.5 in a glass or jar. By placing the seeds in water for around 18 hrs, you will spark the germination process. From the water, the seeds are either placed directly into soil/grow medium, or into paper towels as previously mentioned.
Simply Soil - Using this method, you will simply stick a finger about half an inch into the soil, place your seed in the hole, water it lovingly, and wait patiently for a little seedling to appear which should happen in about 3-5 days.
Using any of these methods the germinated seed will be placed into soil and watered using PH 6.5 water for the first 3 weeks, and then given a first feed of PH 6.5 water and a half mix of soluble silicon and hydrogen peroxide.
If there is any reason you would want to be moving your plants, plant them in pots with drainage holes or growbags. If not, the germinated seeds can be placed in outdoor soil after 3-4 weeks. Do not make the mistake of over watering or giving your seedlings synthetic nutrients, as during this stage they are very vulnerable and can easily die from being over watered or from nutrient burn. You can start adding fertilizers or nutrients after your plant has developed 3-4 nodes.
Another thing to watch out for is male plants. They will pollinate your female plants, which is not what we want at all as the females will then use all their energy to create seeds, the buds will not get much bigger... and no one likes spending hours picking the seeds out of their weed!
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