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growing cannabis outdoors in ground

Growing cannabis outdoors in ground

If you’ve ever transplanted cannabis, you’ll know what the roots look like when you retrieve them from a small pot. They begin to twist, turn, and form a tight ball. In contrast, plants growing in the ground have all the space they need to “express themselves”. These deeper roots have access to more soil containing nutrients and water, which means less feeding and watering on your to-do list.

Despite these impressive advantages, growing cannabis in the ground does come with some setbacks. If you plan on using this method, you should be aware of these factors to help you master the technique.

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If you’re unsure about growing in the ground, the following points might just help you make your decision.

While both of these methods can produce outstanding results, each features its own perks and drawbacks. In this article, we’ll dive deep into these factors and help you decide which route to take.

Once They’re In, They’re In

Why waste time worrying about the soil under your garden? Simply load up your pots with your substrate of choice. No amending or correcting necessary. That said, you can develop your own closed-loop system by composting your garden and kitchen scraps to create a thriving super soil.

Growing cannabis outdoors in ground

Water is a very important component for outdoor cannabis cultivation. At first, when a cannabis plant is small, it does not require much water. However, as the cannabis plant grows and approaches harvest, it can require multiple gallons of water every day, especially on summer days when the temperature is really hot. Using a moisture meter device, which can be found at virtually every garden supply store, is a great idea to let you know when you need to water your plants.

Many rookie outdoor cannabis cultivators make the mistake of planting directly into the soil in their yard. It takes more than just dirt for a cannabis plant to thrive, which is why planting into a container is a much better option.

The amount of water needed will depend on how many ingredients you included and how hot the temperature is where you live. Ultimately, you want the soil mix to be moist throughout, yet not saturated, prior to storing. If there are pockets of dry soil then you did not add enough water. Conversely, if you can see standing water or the soil doesn’t ‘clump’ together because it is too much like a mud soup you will want to let some water evaporate prior to storing the mixture.

At the very least, a greenhouse will help protect the female plants from being knocked over by gusts of wind and/or prevent rain from getting on the plants, which is an especially big concern after the summer solstice has passed and the weather begins to change. At the most, a quality greenhouse can help provide more control over temperature and humidity. A greenhouse can also help with security concerns to some extent, keeping roaming animals out of the garden.

Water & Nutrients

At the most basic level, cultivating cannabis in a backyard is very similar to other types of gardening activities. If you can successfully cultivate tomatoes, then you will likely be able to cultivate cannabis to some extent. However, that’s not to say that cannabis is easy to grow, at least not in a way that results in a desirable harvest.

The cannabis plant is very dynamic and has particular needs. Successfully growing cannabis outdoors requires knowledge, attention to detail, and a heavy dose of hard work. But it also requires various items to get an outdoor garden started. Those items are discussed below.

If you are using a quality super soil, you shouldn’t have to use nutrients. However, if you are not using super soil you will need to use nutrients to feed your cannabis plants. As with indoor cannabis plants, not all nutrient lines are created equal, and more expensive does not necessarily equate to higher quality. Your best bet is to find someone who has already used a nutrient line that they like and copy their feeding strategy. Over time as you become more familiar with your garden’s needs, you can adjust your nutrient strategy accordingly.


To learn more about the benefits of super soil check out this What Is Super Soil? guide to the topic. Below is the list of ingredients to make super soil:

Make sure that your water has a pH level that is as close to 7 as possible. The pH level of many water sources varies by area, even within the same city or county. Always check your pH level prior to watering, and adjust the pH as needed using products that are available in your area.