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growing weed outdoors in tennessee

Growing weed outdoors in tennessee

You should be able to deal with animal threats by surrounding your plants with a high and sturdy wire fence. If you are concerned about birds, you can place netting over the plants.

When harvesting outdoors, make sure you have the requisite tools. When it’s time, bring sealable bags. We recommend carrying a holdall if you use Ziploc bags for added security. Cut the marijuana plants into lengths that make them easy to transport. In other words, make sure they fit in your bags!

Don’t just focus solely on bothersome insects. Larger animals such as rodents, dogs, cats, rabbits, deer, and raccoons can damage or eat your crop.

Protecting Your Marijuana Plant from Pets & Pests

It’s essential to first consider your climate because it will dictate the kind of marijuana strain you’re able to grow. If you live in an area with a history of cannabis growing, find out what strains people have grown. There is also a good possibility that there are strains available explicitly for that climate.

Although rainwater helps your plants grow, too much of it results in mold and mildew. This problem is at its worst during the flowering stage.

Is There a Precise Time to Harvest?

One other option for outdoor growing is auto-flowering seeds. As soon as they reach maturity, these plants begin to bloom irrespective of the length of the days. If you live in a temperate climate, you will benefit from two crops every year by using auto-flowering seeds. Simply plant one crop in late winter (or even early spring), and another at the beginning of summer.

Typically, seeds only begin to germinate when exposed to constant temperatures of 65 degrees Fahrenheit. Experts suggest keeping your plants indoors for up to four weeks before bringing them outside when the weather is more suitable.

Growing weed outdoors in tennessee

Forget poolside, just go right into the ground! Stay tuned for more backyard grow tips this summer. (Photo by Nico Escondido)

In reality, it is quite tough to ensure your plants are getting direct sunlight for 12+ hours a day to stay in a vegetative state—especially if we are talking about a backyard deck or patio versus plants in an open field. (This is why many outdoor/greenhouse growers deploy supplemental lighting.)

So, in Zachary’s example above, placing his plant outdoors in direct sunlight will likely only keep the plant in a veg state for a couple more weeks before the plant begins to flower, even though our sunrise/sunset charts are telling us there are more than 12 hours of daylight in the coming weeks.

Wow, great question and good timing, Zach!

Cannabis Flowering & Photoperiod

Ideally, you want to get your plants outdoors before June to allow for ample “veg” time, but even this late in the season, you can salvage a few outdoor plants and get some decent buds, even if the yield will be lower than if the plants had a full season under their belts.

Working in Zach’s favor is the fact that he has already begun growing his plants (presumably indoors), which many outdoor farmers do earlier in the year when they are waiting for the ground to thaw out. Starting a few seeds or clones indoors under simple and inexpensive fluorescent lamps for a few weeks is always a good idea before moving them outdoors. You could even hang this lamp outside on the deck above the plants and, using a timer, have the lamp go on around 4 – 5 p.m., when the sun gets lower in the sky.

Cannabis plants of any size or age will begin to flower once the photoperiod goes to 12 hours of light or less in a 24-hour day. While this is quite handy that a grower only needs to sit back and let the plant start fruiting, there is a responsibility of the grower to ensure the plants are mature and developed enough to handle this phase of growth. A very young seedling or clone will not fair as well in flowering as an older, more advanced plant.

Hello, Nico!
Thanks for all the great grow articles; I’ve learned so much about marijuana from High Times over the years! I am wondering if it is too late for me to grow a plant or two outside this summer and get a harvest come Autumn? I have a back deck that gets sunlight most of the day. We live in Tennessee. I started some bag seed, and the seedlings are nearly six inches in height now. What should I do?
Thanks & keep up the good work,
Zachary T. via the mailbag at [email protected]

This outdoor indica began flowering two weeks ago. (Photo by Nico Escondido)

Cannabis plants, on average flower for eight weeks. Some finish earlier while others, like sativas, can take up to 10 or more weeks. So if you’re thinking about throwing some bag seed out there, best to do it now and look for a quick-finishing indica that you can cut down in early October before the frost comes.