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How to grow marijuana outdoors: a beginner’s guide

June 21, 2016

Updated 03/21/19

Growing cannabis is a fun and rewarding experience, but it is also challenging and takes a certain amount of time and money. For a first-time grower with limited resources, an indoor grow is probably too costly of an option.

The good news is that a small outdoor garden can yield plenty of quality cannabis without a large monetary investment. If you have access to a sunny spot in a private yard or even a balcony, terrace, or rooftop, you can successfully grow cannabis.

This guide to outdoor growing will go over all the different factors you need to consider in order to set up your first outdoor grow.


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Step 1: Consider the climate

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It’s crucial to have a good understanding of the climate in the area you’re going to grow. Cannabis is highly adaptable to various conditions, but it is susceptible to extreme weather.

Sustained temperatures above 86°F will cause your plants to stop growing, while continued temperatures below 55°F can cause damage and stunting to plants, even death.

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.


Bud rot: How to deal with this cannabis plant mold

In addition to weather patterns, you need to understand how the length of day changes throughout the seasons in your area. For example, at 32° N latitude (San Diego), you will experience just over 14 hours of daylight on the summer solstice (the longest day of the year), while at 47° N (Seattle), you will have about 16 hours of daylight on the same day.

Understanding the amount of sunlight throughout the year is crucial to causing plants to “flip” from the vegetative to flowering stage, when they start to produce buds.

It’s good to utilize local resources, as experienced gardeners in your area will have a wealth of knowledge about growing flowers and vegetables, and that information can also be applied to growing cannabis. If you have some experience gardening and growing veggies, you will probably find that growing cannabis outdoors is a fairly easy endeavor.

Step 2: Pick a space for your garden

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Choosing a space for your outdoor garden is one of the most important decision you’ll make, especially if you’re planting directly in the ground or in large immobile containers.

Your cannabis plants should receive as much direct sunlight as possible, ideally during midday, when the quality of light is best. As the season changes and fall approaches, your plants will get less and less sunlight throughout the day, which will trigger the flowering stage.

Having a constant breeze is good for your plants, and especially in hot climates. But if you live in an area with a lot of high winds, consider planting near a windbreak of some sort, like a wall, fence, or large shrubbery.


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Finally, you will want to consider privacy and security. A lot of people want to conceal their gardens from judgmental neighbors and potential thieves. Tall fences and large shrubs or trees are your best bet, unless you live in a secluded area.

Some growers plant in containers on balconies or rooftops that are shielded from view, while some build heavy-gauge wire cages to keep thieves and animals at bay. Whatever you decide, think about how big you want your final plant to be—outdoor cannabis plants can grow to 15 feet tall or more, depending on how much you let them go.

Step 3: Decide on genetics

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The success of your outdoor cannabis grow will also depend on choosing the right strain to grow for your particular climate and location. If you live in an area with a history of cannabis growing, chances are good that many strains will successfully grow there, and some may have even been bred specifically for your climate.

Seeds vs. clones

Plants grown from seed can be more hearty as young plants when compared to clones. You can plant seeds directly into the garden in early spring, even in cool, wet climates.

The main drawback to growing from seed is there is no guarantee as to what you’ll end up with. If your seeds don’t come feminized, you could end up with both males and females, in which case you’ll need to sex them out to get rid of the males (only females produce buds).

Even when you do have all female plants, each will be a different phenotype of the same strain. To get the best version of that strain, you’ll need to select the best phenotype, which can be a lengthy process. A lot of beginning growers start with feminized seeds.


Cannabis seeds 101: A guide for growers

Depending on the legality of cannabis in your state, you may be able to buy clones or seedlings from a local dispensary. Some growers stay away from these because they feel they aren’t as sturdy as growing plants from seed.

Autoflowering seeds are another popular choice for outdoor growing, as they start blooming as soon as they reach maturity regardless of the length of day. You can either have a quick-growing crop, or fit multiple harvests into a year with autoflowering cannabis.

The downside to autoflowering cannabis is that they tend to have a lot less potency.

Step 4: Acquire some soil

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Soil is made up of three basic components in various ratios:

  • Clay
  • Sand
  • Silt

You can plant directly in the ground or buy soil and put it in pots. Cannabis plants thrive in soil rich with organic matter, and they need good drainage. If you decide to plant directly in the ground, you’ll need to understand your soil composition and amend it accordingly.


What’s the Best Soil for Growing Marijuana?

Heavy clay soils drain slowly and don’t hold oxygen well, so they will need to be heavily amended. At least a month before you plant, dig large holes where you’ll be placing your cannabis plants and mix in big amounts of compost, manure, worm castings, or other decomposed organic matter. This will provide aeration and drainage, as well as nutrients for the plants.

Sandy soil is easy to work, drains well, and warms quickly, but it doesn’t hold nutrients well, especially in rainy environments. Again, you will want to dig large holes for your plants and add compost, peat moss, or coco coir, which will help bind the soil together. In hot climates, sandy soil should be mulched to help with water retention and to keep roots from getting too hot.


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Silty soil is the ideal growing medium. It’s easy to work, warms quickly, holds moisture, has good drainage, and contains a lot of nutrients. The best silty soil is dark crumbly loam—it’s fertile and probably won’t need any amending.

If you really want to ensure good results and minimize headaches, you can get your soil tested, which is easy and relatively inexpensive. A soil testing service will tell you the makeup and pH of your soil, notify you of any contaminants, and recommend materials and fertilizers to amend your soil.

Step 5: Get some fertilizer


Cannabis plants require a large amount of nutrients over their life cycle, mainly in the form of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. How you choose to feed them will depend on the composition of the soil and your own methods.

Commercial fertilizers aimed at home gardeners can be used if you have a good understanding of how they work and what your plants need. But a first-time grower might want to avoid these, particularly long-release granular fertilizer.


How to Use Liquid Nutrients for Cannabis Plants

You can purchase nutrient solutions designed specifically for cannabis from your local grow shop, but they are usually expensive and can damage soil bacteria—they are generally composed of synthetic mineral salts and intended for indoor growing.

Organic fertilization takes full advantage of microbial life in soil and minimizes harmful runoff. There are many different natural and organic fertilizers available at local home and garden stores, like blood meal, bone meal, fish meal, bat guano, and kelp meal.

Start off with fertilizers that are inexpensive and readily available. Some of these materials release nutrients quickly and are easily used by the plant, while others take weeks or months to release useable nutrients. If done correctly, you can mix in a few of these products with your soil amendments to provide enough nutrients for the entire life of your plants.


How Homegrowers Can Keep Their Cannabis Roots Healthy

Again, getting your soil tested can be very useful and will tell you how to amend your soil and what types and amounts of fertilizer you should use. If you are unsure how much to use, be conservative—you can always top dress your plants if they start to show deficiencies.

Step 6: Choose your containers

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You may need to put all of your plants in containers if you don’t have great soil. Also, if you’re unable to perform the heavy labor needed to dig holes and amend soil, containers may be the only way for you to grow your own cannabis outdoors.

If you don’t have a suitable patch of earth to make a garden, containers can be placed on decks, patios, rooftops, and many other spots. If needed, you can move them around during the day to take advantage of the sun or to shield them from excessive heat or wind. You can also use common cannabis nutrients designed for indoor growing because you will be using premixed soil. This will take much of the guesswork out of fertilizing your plants.


Choosing the Right Container for Your Cannabis Plant

However, plants grown in pots, buckets, or barrels will likely be smaller than those planted in the ground because their root growth is restricted to the size of the container. In a broad sense, the size of the pot will determine the size of the plant, although it’s possible to grow large plants in small containers if proper techniques are used.

In general, 5-gallon pots are a good size for small to medium outdoor plants, and 10-gallon pots or larger are recommended for big plants. Regardless of size, you’ll want to protect the roots of your plants from overheating during warm weather, as pots can quickly get hot in direct sunlight. This will severely limit the growth of your plants, so be sure to shade your containers when the sun is high in the sky.

Step 7: Give your plants water

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While outdoor cannabis gardens have the benefit of utilizing rain and groundwater, you will most likely need to water your plants frequently, especially in the hot summer months. Some giant cannabis plants can use up to 10 gallons of water every day in warm weather.

Growers who live in hot, arid places will often dig down and place clay soil or rocks below their planting holes to slow drainage, or plant in shallow depressions that act to funnel runoff toward other plants. Adding water-absorbing polymer crystals to the soil is another good way to improve water retention. Water your plants deeply in the morning so they have an adequate supply throughout the whole day.


How to tell if a cannabis plant needs watering

If you live in a particularly rainy climate, you may need to take steps to improve drainage around your garden, as cannabis roots are susceptible to fungal diseases when they become waterlogged. These techniques include:

  • Planting in raised beds or mounds
  • Digging ditches that direct water away from the garden
  • Adding gravel, clay pebbles, or perlite to the soil

If you’re using tap or well water, it’s a good idea to test it first. This water can contain high levels of dissolved minerals which can build up in soil and affect the pH level, or it can have high levels of chlorine which can kill beneficial microorganisms in soil. Many people filter their water.


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Plants grown in hot or windy climates will need to be watered more frequently, as high temperatures and winds force plant to transpire at a quicker rate.

Remember that over-watering is a common mistake made by rookie growers—the rule of thumb is to water deeply, then wait until the top inch or two of soil is completely dry before watering again. An inexpensive soil moisture meter is a good tool for a beginner.

Step 8: Protect your cannabis plants

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Without the ability to control the environment as easily as you can indoors, outdoor cannabis growers have to protect their plants from storms and other weather events that could damage or even kill plants.

Temperature changes

Temperatures below 40°F can quickly damage most varieties of cannabis, so if you live in a climate where late spring or early fall frosts are a common occurrence, try using a greenhouse or other protective enclosure.


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Wind conditions

High winds can break branches and overly stress your plants. If your garden is located in a particularly windy spot or if you’re expecting a particularly heavy blow, set up a windbreak. This can be as simple as attaching plastic sheeting to garden stakes around your plants.


While helpful for watering your garden, rain is generally seen as a nuisance by cannabis growers. It can severely damage your crop and cause mold and mildew. You especially don’t want rain on your cannabis plants when they are flowering.

You can construct a DIY greenhouse or even just use plastic sheeting and stakes to build a temporary shelter over your plants when you know rain is on the way.


Protecting your cannabis garden from pests can be challenging. Depending on where you live, you might have to keep large animals like deer at bay by building a fence around your crop.

But the more difficult challenge is dealing with the vast array of crawling and flying insects that can attack your plants.

The best protection is to simply keep your plants healthy. Strong, vigorous cannabis plants have a natural resistance to pests that makes minor infestations easy to deal with. It’s also a good idea to keep your cannabis plants separate from other flowers, vegetables, and ornamentals, as pests can easily spread between them.


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Examine your cannabis plants a few times a week with an eye out for pests. An infestation is far easier to deal with if caught early.

There are many organic pesticides designed for use specifically on cannabis, and beneficial insects are also a great option.


You should now have enough knowledge to successfully start your own outdoor cannabis garden. Cultivating and growing plants is an enjoyable and rewarding pastime, so remember, spend lots of time with your plants, and have fun!

  • Cheri Lefevre

    I am new to this and just purchased clones. Two of them just completely wilted, about for days a part. This was after having them for a week and a half. Does anybody know what might have caused this? Now I’m worried the other clones might end up like this. Thank you.

    • Rodney Skaggs

      sounds like they may have got to hot

      • kush don

        Well this has been a big help just started growing out doors want at least 50 trees

      • Cheri Lefevre

        Thanks so much.

    • You’d have to share more information before anyone could really say what happened to them. Does sound like they might have gotten a little too hot though.

    • Lauren Sutherland

      sometimes when plants are exposed to too much sunlight they will wilt as well!

  • Hey all. My girls are coming along super-well, growing an inch a day. Can someone let me know with 100 percent how high they’ll need to be before the deer don’t eat them? I know the deer in our backyard don’t touch plants above a certain height – they seem to nibble only on young and tender shoots. So … anyone know?

    • Nicholas Dolan

      piss in an empty water bottle and spread the urine around the perimeter of your garden, deer hate human pee, we have scent in which to them is putrid, also things like garlic and rosemary will keep a majority of insects away , especially the crop eaters, and remember nitrogen is a friend.

    • Ushie Mayna

      Deer will eat anything they are able to reach. That includes juicy weed buds. Deer can easily eat any sweet bud that is about 2 metres tall from the ground.

    • a2phil

      Moth balls/crystals sprinkled around the perimeter of your garden will keep just about ANY critter away!! Just remember to replace after each rainfall….

  • ushie

    It seems to me that way too much fuss is given to growing marihuana.
    When I was living in the Dry Tortugas it wasn’t even needed to plant. The “weed” just seemed to grow everywhere; some plants reaching close to 5 metres or even taller. They grew in the sun and even in fully shaded areas. Now I never smoked the wild marihuana that grew there because I often model and am drug tested. (I guess designers don’t want their models looking spaced But people that smoked it claimed it to be very potent. It “looked” potent, having buds at their tops that appeared to me to be surely over 3 centimetres long and should I ever have handled them they were very sticky and gooey. I’m not a marihuana grower, but do have a “green thumb” when it comes to gardening and I can’t see that growing marihuana would be any different.
    I may be highly criticised for what would be my approach to growing weed: It would be first pick a sunny spot then – 1) make sure the seeds you select are female and of high quality, 2) toss 6 or 7 seeds into a shallow hole, 3) since they are small seeds I wouldn’t plant them more than 500 millimetres into a soil having the right PH drains well and has a mixture of sand, compost,worm turnings and keep that area very moist 4) fertilize them with a fertilizer that is formulated to grow fruits (as tomatoes) 5) water them and they should grow well. You want to try something really challenging to try and grow; try growing poppies!

    • I’m actually growing some poppies right now. I started some indoors and tried to transplant them but none of them made it. The ones I planted directly in the garden seem to be doing ok so far though. I’m excited to see how they turn out.

      • Ushie Mayna

        As I had written: Growing poppies can be challenging.
        One thing I can tell you right now: While poppy seeds easily germinate (often within a 48 hour period) they DO NOT transplant well.
        In fact, they seem to not transplant at all!
        In Romania, I first prepare a bed in early December. I make sure the soil is very fine and rich and drains well. I then literally toss down the seeds and lightly rough up the soil and seeds and wait for spring.. It seems that poppy seeds like wintering. The winters here often get to -20°C). And, to my delight I often am rewarded with a field of pretty flowers. And, I think, a nice warm cup of fresh strong poppy tea surpasses any feeling/s from any strain of weed.

        • So far the ones I planted directly in the garden are doing great. I did just like you said, broadcast them in the flower bed and just spread some soil over them. I had to plant in the spring, though, so they didn’t have a chance to over winter. If I get a decent crop this year I’ll save some of the seeds and sow them in December/January.

          Do you thin them at all? They’re coming in pretty thick in some spots.

        • melliotbarrett

          Both are nice, but I envy you that you can grow them so easily. Don’t you have deer or other animals that eat the leaves? The leaves, you probably know, are like lettuce and can be eaten.

        • pharmerdavid

          Opium poppies are the easiest plant I’ve ever grown, and difficult to eradicate – they were popping up in my gardens here for years, before I ever planted them, probably from the previous owner’s ‘hobby’. As you said, just scatting the seeds is all it takes, and the cold of winter does help activate them, although planting in early spring works too. If you plant later in the spring, they don’t get very big. Poppies take no care, but to keep them potent you have to keep water off them, because if it rains during the last month it dilutes the potency. That’s why Afghanistan opium is so potent: they get rain early in the year, and then the seeds start growing a tap root, after which they get little rain the next couple of months. The only labor is in harvesting the crop. Harvesting cannabis is a huge job too, as anyone who has done it knows. Even a one pound plant takes many hours to harvest properly.

    • Vhoxz

      Exactly what I was thinking. They just grow everywhere. Sure adding some fertilizer might make them a bit bigger but they’re as easy as growing tomatoes basically. And I don’t really want 5 meter plants… they’re in my garden and I want to keep them a bit smaller for stealth reasons.

      • Ushie Mayna

        No, lol, 5 metre plants are hard to hide! But, correct, growing weed is not very hard at all. The most important factor is genetics.
        Only grow female plants of a potent strain. A 1 metre plant of a potent strain can produce 80 grams of quality bud.
        A tip on hiding your plants: Grow them behind a wall of sunflowers.

        • pharmerdavid

          I’ve had a medical patient/grower permit for over 15 years here in Oregon, and grow other kinds of plants and fungi too: herbs, vegetables, fruit, trees, mushrooms, etc. Cannabis takes considerable care, to grow it properly. No it isn’t “complicated”, and anyone who is a good gardener-farmer can likely learn to grow medicine, but it takes knowledge and practice to get good at growing cannabis. Most people who try growing cannabis for themselves quit after a few years, because it does take considerable care to do it properly, but the results are well worth it. Growing your own food and medicine with Love is always the best…..!

          • dyllyy

            i live in mount shasta california. lately the temps are at 90 or so. and at night it gets down to 55-60. my soil is pretty sandy. and i sprouted the seed in organic soil i used for my veggies such as tomatoes and kale. do i need to do the container method to avoid these high points of heat? and do i need anything extra for my type of soil?

          • Ricky Hunter

            Growing in the ground is better in high heat areas and always have a good layer of mulch…..and water twice a day…..deep watering.

          • dyllyy

            the only concern i have with the container method is, ive tried growing indoors a while back and it ended up getting root rot and dieing. is this simply because it was in a container and didnt drain the water well? or was there a factor i wasnt aware of? i want to know as much as possible before i invest too much on the wrong method.

          • a2phil

            It could be just about anything. No, growing QUALITY cannabis is NOT “just throw a few seeds in the dirt and water”, you need a quality fertilizer (NOT “Miracle-Gro”- GUARANTEED cannabis killer indoors!!!) and the right soil/light/temperature/humidity/water conditions as well. Next time you try growing inside, use a moisture meter to avoid over watering, and get a good grow book to discover the other things that could’ve happened…

          • Joemash

            If you ever read this, I too had this happen and found the soil was too ‘muddy’ at the bottom of the pot even with good drainage. Now I fill the pot and water the heck out of it and watch all the ‘mud’ stuff drain out. With 40% approx. Perlite mixed in, good drainage, light fertilizer and you’re good to go! And I keep reading Miracle-grow doesn’t work for a weed but does wonders for my tomatoes? Never try to find a complicated answer when a simple one will do. It grows great in the wild without human intervention. Go figure.

          • John Z Burns


        • 5150

          I thought u don’t know much about weed and now u are giving tips lol , I don’t understand why ppl hide the fact thy smoke weed , and I don’t look or act spaced out and I own a 5+ million dollar pr yr business
          U smoke weed , don’t hide it , u wanna hide it , don’t talk about weed
          Good luck in ur modeling

          • Jamie Reason

            Why are you trying to tell people how to live. Don’t do this if you do that and don’t do that if you do this…. Who cares. She can’t smoke right now but that don’t mean she don’t know about it. Even if she dont know a lot. Info is info is info who cares where it comes from as long as it’s right. You are being condescending and honestly who cares how much money you have or how successful you are what does that have to do with growing pot?

        • hdfatguy

          How do you determine between a female and male seedling?

          • You need to wait for the plant get be about 5-8 weeks old. Or you can now buy some testing kits online.

        • wake up

          Marry me?

      • Have you tried growing auto-flowering cannabis (ruderalis)? Unlike regular photo-period flowering cannabis, auto-flowers don’t get nearly as tall, and are ready to harvest in about 80-90 days. Much faster turnaround and better suited for a living room, balcony, patio, or home garden.

    • melliotbarrett

      I do grow poppies, and yes very challenging! How the hill tribes that grow these so easily is a mystery to me. First, the young sprouts are very flimsy and weak and require propping up sometimes. However, once they move into the growth stage they are much easier to manage.

    • rtk25301

      500mm? Really? =50cm.= 20 inches deep?

      • geronimo

        She’s a model. Not a carpenter.We all know what she means.

    • Angela Elliot

      No one cares about your “modeling”. You could have just said “my job won’t allow it.” Usually the ones that brag about modeling are really not attractive in person at all.

      • flashorton

        the guy who said ‘marry me’ was impressed.


      trying to grow it in india, outdoors as growing indoors would be very risky especially in a crowded city in mumbai. The rain is doing much damaged to my plants, many of it died. I did add cowdung, cow urine, magnesium nitrate, urea and potassium and phosphorus. Hope the one that survived grows well.

      • John Z Burns

        jorge cervantes has a great book for growing pot you need to read it. because i dont have enough time to explain what you are doing wrong . because everything you mentioned so far is wrong

      • Joey LaCivita

        To be honest you could cut the urine and the extra nutrients if you can get your hang on some soil fixing cover crop like clover they will give the plant all the potassium, nitrate, and phosphorus she needs. Also in Italy they use a heavy shade cloth that they pull over an overhead cross member system to protect the lemons from hail. but I’d cut the urine either way, that could be hurting your plants.

    • Michael Thompson

      poppies aren’t hard to grow at all, even in okla, usa. we been doing that for years and keep a high yield of base. keep your ph correct, moisture level correct plenty of direct sunlight and suppliment your sunlight with a simple led grow light with ir and uv lights and its a go. poppies naturally grow in poor soil with harsh conditions as it is, so to me its harder to grow “quality pot” than the poppies my family been growing for years to get the opium to make thier base with. im not downing you at all, ive seen pot naturally grow to be very good pot, but not a top quality high thc yield pot. that takes time, work, patience and quite a bit of practice and know how. as well as keeping notes on each different strain of plant you are working with. but the main thing is you have to love the plants you are growing and have patience.

      • Justin Taylor

        Hey Michael Thompson, where is a good place to purchase strong opium containing poppy seeds? Can you purchase succesfully online? Maybe you can point me in the right direction?

    • Dipal Rawal FutureMaker

      Even I love to smoke… But can you explain me toake our face clear of its effects???

    • You’re absolutely right. Growing cannabis doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. The sun is free and better for the environment!

    • Ciao, am nevoie de ajutor in pripvinta semintelor, am o afectiune si doresc sa cresc in scop medicinal, daca ma poti ajuta, as aprecia foarte mult! Cum pot intra in contact cu tine?

    • John Z Burns

      marijuana is a weed and does not do well with high levels of nutrients .. i have seen the tips burn from too much nitrogen. and when you smoke it . it can light up like a roman candle and jump right out of the bowl.

    • 100% Agreed. All you need is a seed, water, good soil, and some sun!

    • Vince VHawk Hawkins

      Growing it as a decorative plant is just as easy as you described. However, you’ll be growing “ditch weed” without some attention to feeding, and definitely genetics. Cannabis eats up an amazing amount of phosphorus during bloom. You’ll deplete after 1 grow without more than just worm castings.

    • Thanks for posting! It is called a weed for a reason. Really all it needs is good soil, sun, and water

  • ushie the fuss is about not ale to get five meter plants or taller, perhaps the pretty long hair around the plants help them spark taller thought i enjoy smoking not a grower and just for kicks i threw few seeds outside my sunny backyard in the mountains and so far so good pretty lettle ones.

    • Ushie Mayna

      Very pretty scene. You are very right: Human hair of any colour keeps pests as deer away from your plants.

      • ayelynder

        Dog hair works even better, just stop by a dog groomers in the morning and ask. By days end they’ll give you a couple grocery bags full . . .

  • Vinnyblazes

    Hey I’m growing outdoor and got some questions, I wanna send some pics and videos , if Anyone has time to answer my questions lmk it would be highly appreciated.

    • Ushie Mayna

      Just ask.

  • dyllyy

    im doing my frist outdoor grow, just got the little seedling to sprout and am contemplating if i should do the container method or just straight into the ground, as the tempetures here are constantly at 90 degrees (mt shasta california) and gets kind of chilly at night. does anybody think that 90 every day will be safe for the plants? or should i trust my gut and go with the container so i can move it when the sun decides to blast down like a mo fo? thanks (the soil in my backyard is pretty sandy as well. and the little seedling sprouted from my organic soil that i am using for my veggies such as tomatoes. is this fine or should i amend it? and do i need anything specific?

  • Rahim R

    Hi everybody
    I am growing 2 OG Kush plants and I am planing to get about 1:5 THC:CBD ratio, I know if I wait passing highest THC stage ( in flowering stage ), coversion of THC to CBD would start and that can be followed by observing a color change of trichomes from milky white into amber.
    I was wondering if anybody has experienced harvesting OG Kush for medical purpose ? Thanks for your time

  • 50TreeYee

    when it’s hot/sunny outside should should I give my plants an extra water, even on a feed day?

  • Kim Story

    Hello anyone out here to answer a few ??

  • Michael Obschonka

    Hey Cats,here in Australia growing pot is a dream.go organic and stay outdoors.chook, kelp,blood bone all good.

    • Amen to that. It is all in the soil, making it your self is not that hard.

  • Shannan Kellogg

    I know for a fact that cannabis “weed” will grow and produce on its own without any help from people, wild nature grown cannabis plants are very hardy and grow “annually” meaning that if the cannabis plant is not harvested it will keep growing every year until it is harvested and the potency of the plant will increase and have a higher % of THC/CBD naturally. I have harvested wild nature grown cannabis plants that had been growing annually for 8-10 years and stand 12-15 feet tall with a base diameter of 7-12 inches around at the base of the trunk, think of cannabis like a tree that flowers and as trees grow “annually” they eventually develop small amounts of bark “due to annual growth and dormancy during winter months”. Yes cannabis becomes dormant during winter and will in some areas lose its leaves and become bare just like trees and flowering plants become dormant during winter and as it warms up during the spring and summer months the cannabis tree will grow leaves first then will grow buds ” flowers” and produce very potent buds with higher % THC/CBD levels every year after.

  • Sory, but… – How To Grow Organic Weed: A Step-by-Step Guide/

  • sambee

    He I need some advice. What light cycle should I have my seedlingd on if I intend on moving them to a greenhouse when weather warms up. I’m at 49 north with about 13hrs of light right now, do i go with 16:8 or go with natural cycle, say 13 or 14? Hard to find this detail anywhere. I did 16 last year but was frustrated waiting for nature to catch up to 16hrs….solstice approximately . Any advice would be appreciated greatly.

  • Robert Thomas

    All l grew were little sprouts that died. I grew five out of 100 seeds. And they all died in South Florida. Speaking of defying the odds. I’ll stick with oxycodone. Besides, smoking marijuana in Florida is illegal despite winning the vote.

  • This article sorely lacks specific information. What leafly needs is a strong editorial staff. I won’t be clicking on your articles much longer — they waste my time.

  • Gabrielle Dandy-Horn

    Once the plant is planted using good soil prep sunlight, etc. How do you maintain the plant to get the best crop? Do you need to remove any stems etc to ensure a better crop?

  • jamunderwo

    my seeds have turned into tap and r now planted out side in starter containers should I put young plants in direct sun are partial sun light the temperatures here in south Texas have been brutal all week some days we have triple digits days I Have read they as much sunlight as possibe and also heard one should put then on the window seal ??,

  • jamunderwo

    My plants have germinated and I planted them in small containers but they are growing very slow should I PUT These small containers in Direct sun light are should I put them in partial sunlight I’m living down here in South texas and we have had extremely temperatures already this summer
    I saw one article saying they as much sun light as possible and one that said but the new plants on the widow seal for a few weeks

  • Wertitti Wertz

    Bruh I just planted a seed in my room and it seems to grow , not very good but it grows and I hardly put any effort into it

  • Ruth

    If leaves turn white and/or wither, what is the problem? Are those leaves usable?

    • towercam

      Not yellow? Yellow means it’s probably all over. Standard over-watering causes this.
      I’m gifted at over-watering. 😉
      Normally the plant won’t recover once it goes yellow.

    • Michael Thompson

      white is usually sun burn.

  • towercam

    I’ve lost track how many plants I’ve killed recently, allowing the very hot day to get to seedlings.
    I think I’ve finally learned my lesson.
    Next time, I’ll start ’em indoors, then at a foot or so, they’ll go out to ground.
    I don’t have deer to worry about and think that by a foot or so, the rabbits won’t care about ’em. We’ll see…someday. 😉

  • uhypocrite

    if growing outdoors, instead of wasting money on fertilizer, just pee around your plant, your pee is filled with nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium and its sterile too! plus you get to feel extra hippy cause youre saving all of that potable water and not wasting money time and adding to the trash on the planet. funny people will recoil at this idea, but at the same time put bat droppings and cow poop all over their plants…. do it right, do it cheap!

  • MaktheMak

    I heard some people talking aboug “pinching” their plant some point in the growing process..???

    • Jean Marie

      i pinched mine mainly because it was started in a cup in my window & was becoming impossible to hide what it was..its in the ground now & i am hoping my pinching didnt harm anything

  • two finger cunt punch Howard

    its been 100 plus degrees here and my plants are over 10 feet tall so i guess your wrong about that 86 degrees bullshit

  • Klever Garden

    Have you thought about using an Automated Grow Controller for growing such as the Klever Garden?

  • cindi merz baxter

    I am growing my plant outside in a large pot. I do believe it is a Sedeeva it’s around 7 1/2 feet tall shaped like a big Christmas tree and tons of buds. The top of my plant is about 23 inches long and very heavy bending over just a little I’m so afraid it is going to break off with all the rain and wind we are having this year, I have yet to see any yellowing leaves it looks so green and healthy., But lately we have a lot of rain and wind I have it tied up in the middle by Paul’s won’t go any higher. My buds were white and Crystalle and sweet smelling but now they hairs are turning a reddish color and brown is this due to the weather change ? When will I know my plant is ready for harvest??

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  • Kiwi buds

    How do u no if ur plant is turning into the flowering stage an wat food do I need to give it

    • mike rice

      you’ll see buds starting to form pistils/hairs will start to grow in the center of of leaf clusters, i stay clear of nutrients because it is too eazy to lock out and burn them, I would just add a top soil every 3 waterings and as the buds start to bulk and put on frosty crystals, start implementing all natural molasses one table spoon per gallon to 1.5 table spoons everyother watering….cure right and it will be DANK!

  • John Z Burns

    my best advice for growing marijuana is…… move to oregon its all ways green here

  • mike

    Hey Stoners i need ur hellp damn..
    im from espain when its the best time to sratr geeting the clones outside i mean what month should be
    thx everyone 4 ur help

  • Ranice Williams

    That was great info I really don’t have a green thunb ( never had) marijauana is my Forte I would have to get all the ingredients that was mentioned in article. I love plants an nature, I’ll have to take a few horticulture classes I want a green thumb plants are beautiful. Thanx for the information

  • This article should include more about growing autoflowering cannabis outside. That is the easiest and fastest results for a hobbiest beginner. Growing cannabis can be really really easy!

  • Kathy Panarella

    I have grown weed plenty of times but it was all up north now in Florida I though it would be easier because of the
    Climate but my plants are only 10-12 inches an the. Bottom leafs are browning I am growing outside for the first time maybe to much sun or heat please anyone give me some ideas. Thanks Budstir

  • PattyFromTexas

    I have one plant I’ve disguised in my garden. It’s a random female from a bag of Mexican regular. It’s only July 23rd and already 8’tall. How much taller will it get? I will harvest early to mid October. We have a 10mo growing season in the deep south.

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  • asteysn2

    I am a newbie to this discussion so please forgive me if I’m asking a stupid question, but, do plants ever revert back to a vegetative state after flowering, or do they just complete their life cycle and die?

  • asteysn2

    Reason Im asking is because I have clones in the ground outside for about the last 8 weeks maybe. And they seem to be showing sighns of starting to flower and they’re still young plants only about 18 high. I’d like to forestall flowering till they’ve had a chance to mature to better proportions.

  • Trey Leblanc

    I recently started growing in a 12 inch pot it growed up to a little stem then stopped growing do you think I should grow it in smaller pot to keep it growing?

  • Trey Leblanc

    The climate is very sunny and has good wind

  • Ross

    I found two seeds in my weed bag that I bought. I decided to try and germinate them. They did; and I planted them. I now have two plants growing up the same hole. Can I just leave them? Or, do I need to take one out?

    • Mark Soderberg

      See what sex you have. Keep the females. Eliminate the males.

  • Bruce from Hell

    I grew indoor pot outdoor is there a way to make them flower early ?

  • Angela McCoy

    My plant is in limbo, it’s been growing all summer and nearly died and made a comback but I don’t recall any flowering and it isn’t producing any buds but is growing like crazy. It is a female and probably 5ft tall. I have it in good soul and provide minerals and check for infestations daily. I put it in direct sunlight everyday and bring it in at night. I water it once a day from the top and then in the dirt. Where did I mess up to not have any buds yet or is it to soon??

    • CATRYNA49

      Don’t know the strain you are growing, or how old your plants are, but my plants always hit somewhere between 7.5′ to 9′ before they bud. Usually, when they hit 9′ and begin to bud, I top them off to 6′ so the secondary branches will produce more bud. Maybe, you just need to wait a bit longer for your girl to hit her stride. My Cannabis usually reaches 5′ to 6′ by the time they are 12 weeks. After that is when they hit their growth spurt of one foot per week until they reach a height of 8′ to 9’+ at around 16-17 weeks. Eighteen weeks is about the time they re budding out and I top them off. Maybe you need to give her more nitrogen; I use Fish Emulsion, weekly, during the growing stage. Hope this helps.

  • Denise Fernandes

    Hello;crazy question im sure ,but when do i harvest my plants? Im experiencing more rain earlier then i exspected and im unable to protect them yet i believe its to early aslthough that is why i ask…thank you.

  • Denise Fernandes

    Is removing water leaves from my flowering plants ok

  • Chris Phillips

    **First time grower**

    I started four plants at the same time and as of today one looks almost ready to harvest while the other three are way behind.

    Is this normal? Again first time grower so I’m basically learning as I go, also I guess i should mention they were growing outside.

    I’m starting to worry about them being finished before the frost as I’m in eastern Canada!

  • Easiest way to grow cannabis is with autoflowering strains. You can harvest year round and they are done in 80 days.

  • arsbuds arsbuds

    I have been growing for 50 years and believe me it’s not rocket science. First off you have the interweb to gain valuable information. I have been growing the same way for years and I have been using the same holes for 30 years. I dig holes like the size of a baby pool. I make my own dirt using 55 gallon barrels. I use potting soil and add eqq shells, coffee grounds fruit and vegetable peels, worm castings, azomite. I only change my soil every 5 years. The years that I don’t change soil I amend the soil by dumping 5 gallons of cow manure on top of each hole and cover with leafs. I do this a day or two after harvest. In the spring I turn the soil over in each hole. I use all natural ingredients and the taste is great. I use worm castings, composted chicken manure and Root Organic products for fertilizer and food. I use spring water from Walmart for watering. Once your plants have been in the ground for a month I mulch using weeds and natural products that I find in nature. DON’T USE SEVEN DUST. USE CINNAMON POWDER FOR PEST CONTROL. I have been growing natural for quite some time now and the difference is amazing. Growing pot is not hard but like anything you get out of it what you put into it. Start with great soil, use spring water for watering and use natural products and you will have a great result.