Cannabis can grow inside as well as outside. Inside you use lamps to imitate the sun. Outside you use the real thing: pure sunlight. But that means you are dependent on the seasons and you can’t just pick any random moment to put your plants in the garden.
Should You Grow Cannabis Outdoors Or Inside?
After that date, you can put the plants outside in a pot or directly into the ground. The more space the plants have for their roots, the bigger they can grow. The weed plants will now start growing nicely. They use the long days and short nights to grow bigger.
Keep looking to your plants as they will show when something is wrong. Healthy green leaves is what you want to see all the way through the end of the season!
Growing Cannabis Outdoors: The Schedule
It’s important to pick the right seeds for our climate, if you want to grow cannabis outdoors. Different kinds of cannabis not only look different or have different effects, but they also their needs may vary. Some like higher temperatures, others need more or less humidity. In the Netherlands you need a plant that can withstand cold and is able to flower quickly. Indica strains do well here, because they can deal with lower temperatures, compared to sativa. If this is the first time you grow cannabis, you should find a strain that’s easy to cultivate.
Outdoors, flowering occurs naturally when the plant receives less light each day as summer turns into fall. Indoor growers can trigger the flowering cycle by reducing the amount of light marijuana plants receive from 16 to 12 hours a day.
If you need to determine the sex of your plants (to discard the males), they will start showing sex organs a few weeks into the veg stage. It’s imperative to separate males so they don’t pollinate the females.
Harvest happens sometime between September and November. This depends on your local climate, as well as the weather that particular year—one year it could be the end of September, the next, end of October, and growers in the Pacific Northwest will have to pull down their crops earlier than those in Northern California.
Marijuana light cycle: indoor—16 hours a day; outdoor—at least 6 hours of direct sunlight (“full sun”), plus several hours indirect sunlight
Marijuana light cycle: 16 hours a day
When your marijuana plant becomes a seedling, you’ll notice it developing more of the traditional cannabis fan leaves. As a sprout, the seed will initially produce leaves with only one ridged blade. Once new growth develops, the leaves will develop more blades (3, 5, 7, etc.). A mature cannabis plant will have between 5 or 7 blades per leaf, but some plants may have more.
At this stage, the plant is vulnerable to disease and mold. Keep its environment clean and monitor excess moisture. Be sure to give it plenty of light.
There are a number of changes to consider once plants go from the vegetative stage to the flowering stage:
If you’re growing indoors, you can force a weed plant to flower after only a few weeks when it’s small, or after several weeks when it’s big. If you’re growing outdoors, you’re at the whim of the seasons and will have to wait until the sun starts to go down in fall for it to flower and then to harvest.