Indoor vs Outdoor Cultivation Of Cannabis
When it comes to deciding where to grow cannabis, one must first consider location – whether one grows inside or not. Hydroponics vs traditional we can look at later. For now, I just want to know where I am most likely to grow the best crop.
Indoor cultivation is ideal for those who live within a city or in an area where outdoor cultivation isn’t feasible. Since one is not limited to the cycle of the sun, there is the ability to have a perpetual harvest.
Yes, it is possible to have a series of plants in various stages of maturation allowing the cultivator to always have a crop ready to harvest.
Proper lighting, watering, and nutrition, and ventilation of an indoor crop is of vital importance. Since the plants will not be receiving their nutrients from the soil and sun in their natural environment, they will need to be supplemented. Again, we can address the hydroponics vs traditional methods later.
The right amount of space is required to house the crop. Overcrowding causes plants to receive inadequate lighting. It also can cause problems with tending and growth. Trying to fit ten plants in a dorm room closet is not the brightest of ideas.
What a perfect segue!
The start up cost for lights and nutrients can be extensive for indoor growing. Once the initial setup is started, maintenance is much less cost intensive.
Once the setup is complete, the only expense that is non-negotiable is the electricity bill. Unless the operation is ran entirely on solar power, this is an inherent cost one must consider. One can expect to add the cost of running an extra refrigerator with just one 600W HPS light. The cost increases exponentially with additional lighting, of course.
With indoor growing, the strain’s region of origin is of less concern, if any concern at all. Really, unless one just WANTS to grow a strain indigenous to the area, the limits on strains are up to the individual. Besides, who are we to judge.
The environment must be maintained and kept clean to prevent mites, mold, fungus, and various other maladies. Failure to maintain the environment can be catastrophic to the crop.
With the environment created and plants grown, plants grown have a higher, more consistent quality than those grown outdoors.
Having the ability to manipulate the lighting environment for the plants gives the grower to control the plant’s growth cycles. Unlike with outdoor growth, the seasons can be simulated to encourage the plants to mature at a faster rate than normal.
Again, this brings us back to the ability to have year round cultivation with proper staging.
No matter which method one chooses, there is no substitute for due diligence. To grow a plant isn’t necessarily difficult. Growing something worthy of consumption is something else entirely.
If one has the ability to grow a proper outdoor crop, one can count on tasty buds that come straight from Mother Earth. The quality of the crop depends upon seeds, the care, and environment.
Indoor crops have produced some of the highest quality buds on the market. The dispensaries usually charge more for indoor products than outdoor. The former usually carries fewer seeds in the final products and is of higher, more consistent quality.
Either way, cannabis cultivation is an act of love. It requires time, dedication, and effort. A lot of work and effort. The resulting crops will be sown from seedlings by thine own hand. If the product brought forth is worthy of consumption, then job well done.
Neither way is a guaranteed winner for canna-crops. It boils down to personal preference and willingness to see it through to fruition.
Oh, and don’t forget the time, dedication, work, and effort…
Most importantly, enjoy what you’re doing. Growing cannabis is just one of many things that one can cultivate in these conditions. Grow a garden. Help feed the homeless or underprivileged in the community while you’re growing your green.
The local food bank is always happy to take donations, as are the homeless shelters. It will help cover your true purpose (if necessary) and give you some good karma in the process. It’s It’s a win-win!
Since the dawn of time cannabis has been growing in the wild around the world. These wild strains are called landrace strains. Basically, when one wants to produce a plant that will be more suited to a specific region, one uses a landrace strain from that region to introduce the traits from the new strain into the indigenous plants. This allows the new plant to be more adaptable to the region.
With outdoor cultivation one has to take into consideration the climate. While everyone would love to be able to grow Acapulco Gold in our back yards, those in the cooler climates will be sadly disappointed.
As with any flowering plant, they only thrive in conditions to which they are adapted. That being said, there are plants available for growth in almost every region of the world. Chances are, if one looks one would most likely find a suitable strain for the area in question.
There are also strains that will do well in almost any condition. Research and do the necessary steps. Just make sure the seeds you plant are the ones best suited for the environment.
Other than environment, the next point to consider would be location.
In a state where growing or possession of cannabis is illegal, might I suggest one does not grow a canna-tree in one’s front yard. Relegate that shit to a secluded area far from prying eyes. Nothing says “I’m asking for trouble” like attempting to grow bud out in the open in a non-friendly state. If you want to “stick it to the man”, please don’t be a dumbass. We need our soldiers outside prison walls.
For this piece, I will work on the premise of legally grown cannabis.
The outdoor grow area should have a few main characteristics: easy access for weekly to biweekly visits, well lit with easy access to water, and the ability to be kept secret.
Once the ideal place to plant has been identified, be prepared to combat the outside forces. Bugs, pests, fungus, and other variables will all have an impact on the crop. This takes its own brand of prevention. If you choose to go completely organic, don’t expect to have a flawless crop without some really hard work.
Planting outdoors will limit the grow seasons to one, unless the location is near the equator.
Presuming one has the space to grow a decent crop outside and the proper seeds for the climate, the next step is security.
The last thing anyone needs is to have someone pinching from the fruits of your hard labor. In some countries, people die for less. If the crop is easily located, expect the finders to want to be keepers. Bear traps are highly ill-advised, but a nice electrical fence may be good.
Whatever method chosen for security must be chosen with the knowledge that there could be some questions asked at some point as to the purpose of said defense. Again, please try to keep on the free side of the prison’s electric fence.
Since the maturation is dependent upon the sun, the growing time is longer. Allowing nature to take its course with the plant in its natural environment is probably the easiest way to grow.
It is widely stated outdoor cultivation produces the most flavorful buds. In their natural environment with natural light, Mother Nature and Mary Jane make some absolutely beautiful babies.