You can plant directly into the ground, using the preexisting soil, but you’ll need to understand your soil’s composition and amend it accordingly. If you go this route, we recommend getting your soil tested, which will minimize headaches, and it’s easy and relatively inexpensive. A soil test will tell you the makeup and pH of your soil, any contaminants present, and will recommend materials and fertilizers to amend your soil.
Most potting soils used in gardening are loam soils. If you’ve ever worked with potting soil, you’ll know that its composition is rich and diverse, and it looks dark and hearty. Beyond texture and color, the soil should smell rich and alive.
Soil and other media for outdoor cannabis growing
Cannabis plants require a large amount of nutrients over their life cycle, mainly in the form of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. How much you need to add to your plants will depend on the composition of your soil.
We also advise against using nutrients designed for indoor weed growing—they are generally composed of synthetic mineral salts and can damage soil bacteria.
How to set up your outdoor marijuana grow
Relying on the power of the sun, you won’t need to spend a ton of money on an outdoor grow. You’ll need some soil, fertilizer, seeds or clones, and maybe a small greenhouse to get them started. You won’t need to pay for electricity for lights, AC units, or dehumidifiers, and you can even collect rainwater.
Heavy rains and high winds can cause physical damage to plants and reduce yields, and excessive moisture can lead to mold and powdery mildew, especially during the flowering stage.
While the state, as a whole, is not very cannabis-friendly, several major municipalities have passed cannabis decriminalization reforms that lower the penalties for possession or limit enforcement. Regardless of the lowered penalties, we do not recommend breaking state law.
However, the Texas Compassionate Use Act, passed in 2015, allows the use of low-THC cannabis oil (featuring less than 0.5% THC) for intractable epilepsy and was expanded in 2019 to include a small number of medical conditions.
In Texas, there are no specific laws or penalties for growing cannabis. However, if you are caught growing cannabis, you would be charged with possession. The penalty would depend on how much cannabis you possess.
In addition, only a few medical conditions qualify for medicinal cannabis use. Pair that with less than a handful of medical cannabis suppliers in the state and no ability to grow weed at home. In short, Texas’ limited market significantly restricts access to cannabis to millions of patients.
If you’re interested in growing weed in Texas, here’s what you need to know. Unfortunately, Texas has one of the most restrictive medical cannabis programs in the nation. Under the Texas Compassionate Use Act, medical cannabis is limited to 0.5% by weight of THC.
Here’s what you need to know about growing weed in Texas and its penalties.
Texas is one of a handful of states that have held out on passing significant cannabis reform. Currently, medical and recreational marijuana is not legal, therefore, growing marijuana in Texas is not legal for any reason, either.
What are the Penalties for Growing Weed in Texas?
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