How to start outdoor cannabis growing
It is not strange that, for one reason or another, we have to change the location of our garden and even move it from one place inside to another outside. Some growers prefer to use stealth grow box or greenhouses. Some growers prefer to do this so that their plants can enjoy natural light during the flowering stage. But this practice, although it can be enormously beneficial for the ‘little ones’, involves certain risks.
If you don’t want to do it yourself, i.e. if you are forced to move your garden and turn your indoor crop into an outdoor one, it can be a real nuisance. Especially if we do not have the necessary margin and preparation to take the appropriate measures and the strains suffer some damage. However, if we have to carry out this operation, we should not be disappointed. We must bear in mind that there are many growers who opt for this procedure to ensure that the plants begin to grow in a safer environment and with the possibility of having all the factors that influence their development under control, and then move them to a more unpredictable environment.
Whether by your own decision or due to some unforeseen event, as this is a delicate process we must take into account a series of guidelines and recommendations that will ensure that our plants can continue to grow properly.
The first factor we must take into account is the light cycles. Although indoors we can give our plants up to 18 hours of light a day, when we move them outdoors this amount will be reduced to 12 or 14, at most, over the course of a day. And as you know, the strains will notice this change, so they will quickly start to flower. This, which could be beneficial, can become a headache if it is not done at the right time and it does not take long to increase the length of the days again, so that they receive too many hours of light and have to adapt again.
To prevent this from happening and to start what is known as the “revegetative process”, which would have a negative influence on both growth and production, you have to make sure that the place outside where you put the plants will make them flower uninterruptedly for a period of 7 to 8 weeks. But the key is that the light should be short enough and kept there as long as possible.
There are different options depending on our purpose. If what we want is for them to grow and then end up flowering with guarantees of a great harvest, the best thing to do is to move the plants at the end of June, so that it is not until the summer draws to a close or autumn begins to give its first pigtails when they begin to flower. We can also choose to keep them indoors until this same time, close to the autumn equinox. In this case, we will only take advantage of the fact that the natural light cycles are shorter so that they can flower outdoors. Or we can opt for a third option, which would be to change the location of our garden in early spring. But in this case we would have to take extreme precautions.
At this time, the hours of light per day (photoperiods) increase as the days go by, although they are short enough for the plants to start flowering. However, we must be right when making this decision. If the plants enter the flowering phase and the photoperiods go from 12 hours in March to 14 or 16 hours in June, the ‘little ones’ may stop growing and return to the vegetative process, which would be harmful for our purposes. Deformed and abnormal leaves will appear, which will indicate that the harvest is in serious danger.
Important – As well as paying attention to the natural light cycles as the weeks go by, we will need to be very familiar with the varieties we are growing. Some of them are extremely early, so at the slightest decrease in light time they don’t think twice and start to flower. In order to avoid getting any scares, we have to know the characteristics of the seeds we have grown so that we can control all the factors and reduce the margin of error as much as possible.
It’s not just any place
The most experienced cannabis growers do not hesitate to emphasize the detail of where we should place the plants once we move them from indoor to outdoor. Because it is not enough to simply take them out to the terrace and go to sleep. We must take into account that the spectrum of sunlight is much greater than what we can supply to the plant from lamps, so they will need some time to get used to the natural light of the open space.
If we do not want them to end up being stressed, during the first days after the change we will have to move them around, so that they are not completely in the sun all day long. A little bit of shade, a little bit of sun. If we don’t have the time to pamper them so much, some people also advise placing them in a place with half shade so that they can adapt to the new light environment. If they are careless in this respect, we will see that the leaves of the plants start to show signs of burning or discolouring, so that the vine will have to make an extra effort to regenerate and give new leaves.
Autoflowering and problems solved
By now, some may have wondered if there is not a way to save us all these headaches. There is. If you grow autoflowering you won’t have to pay attention to any of the factors we discussed earlier. You can move your indoor garden outdoors without any problem, because these varieties don’t care about the periods of light and therefore the hours of sunshine per day.
In short, whether it is because we believe that combining indoor and outdoor cultivation will be beneficial for our plants and we are committed to this technique, or simply because some unexpected turn of events has caused it to be so, the most important thing is that we will have careful control of the times and periods of growth. If in the cultivation of cannabis patience plays a key role, when it comes to moving the garden we must put all our knowledge and take all necessary precautions. Our plants will appreciate it and we will appreciate it even more.