Outdoor Marijuana Cultivation – Is It Right for Me?


There are many factors to consider when planning to cultivate cannabis, one of these being whether to grow indoors or outdoors. Each option has pros and cons, so it is important to educate yourself before deciding which option is best for you. Let’s explore the pros and cons of growing marijuana outdoors.

Outdoor cultivation is generally the lower-budget option, as it has reduced start-up costs. Outdoor grows do not require a building with a complicated set-up, an artificial light source, or a cooling and ventilation system. This leads to leaving a smaller carbon footprint, as well as a more organically grown, naturally smelling and tasting product.  Plants are also known to grow fuller, as they have more space to spread and grow. They often produce higher yields, which leads to an increased profit margin.

"Outdoor marijuana plants will outgrow even the best indoor gardens. This is because marijuana thrives in its natural state, and it has been doing so for centuries. Natural sunlight is infinitely better for the plants than the best indoor lamp, as it provides all the necessary wavelengths for photosynthesis."

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There are many benefits to outdoor marijuana growing, but these do not come without risks. Crop yield from an outdoor harvest can be affected by many things, including; thieves, vandals, bug infestations, animals, and weather events. 

It is important to plant cannabis in a discreet location, and consider installing security features, such as a tall fence and cameras. A barrier will deter both thieves and vandals, as well as keep animals from eating and destroying plants. To learn more about selecting the perfect cultivation property, we recommend reading our latest article HERE.

Many states, including Michigan, require the plants to be fully enclosed by fences or barriers that block outside visibility from the public view, with no marijuana plants growing above the fence or barrier. Fences must be secured and comply with the applicable security measures.

There are multiple ways of growing outdoors. These include directly in the ground or potted, with or without a watering system installed. Potted plants may not grow as large due to a confined root system, but are much easier to relocate if needed.

Local weather and plant placement play a crucial part in the growth of marijuana, with most plant strains requiring a minimum of 8 hours of direct sunlight. If there is a dry season where the cultivation area is located, more effort will be required for watering. It is most convenient if there is a water supply near the crop. A single natural disaster can wipe out an entire year’s crop. Hardy varieties of marijuana are available for outdoor growth, and it is recommended that naturally robust strains are selected.

Rogue pollen from male plants or hemp can pollinate your female flowers. This can be difficult to avoid, but there are measures you can take. June and July are when pollen levels are at their highest, so plant with the intention of flowering in August. Keep a close eye on the wind direction, know what is being grown at properties near your cultivation facility, and read pollen reports.

Be aware that only one grow can be harvested yearly, unless the cultivation location is near the equator or an auto-flowering strain variety is used. Also, crops must be planted at a specific time of the year, and outdoor plants have a longer growing period than indoor plants.

As you can see, there are many things to consider when deciding whether or not to grow cannabis outdoors. A successful outdoor marijuana season can produce over a pound of product per plant, with free light, water, and air movement. This is why many growers endure the risks inherent to outdoor marijuana growing.

Outdoor cultivation of marijuana can be a great option for many people, especially those who would like to start a cannabis growing business with low start-up costs. If you feel that outdoor growing may be right for you, check out our approved grow locations HERE

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