10 Tips for Growing Outdoor

jackel September 3, 2012 89
10 Tips for Growing Outdoor

Last week we posted 10 tips for growing indoor. Today we present to you our top 10 tips for growing marijuana outdoor.

1. K.I.S.S.

K.I.S.S. stands for Keep It Simple, Stupid. Don’t try and over think your garden. Sun, soil, water. With that, you can grow some plants.

2. Southern Exposure

When looking for a good location to grow, keep an eye out for an area with southern exposure. This means an area with no hills, trees or buildings blocking your precious sun. Maximize your sunlight exposure.

3. Good Soil

Good soil doesn’t have to mean bags of expensive soils. Granted this can give you great results, but it isn’t always cost effective or necessary. Find a landscape supply company that sells bulk soil, you can start with that and save a lot of money. $30–$70 bucks can get you an entire truckload of quality soil. Make sure the soil has good drainage and add perlite if needed. While soil with some nutrients is great, don’t forget you can always feed your plants when you water. Adding amendments to the soil is an easy and cheap way to boost your soils potential.

4. Timing With Planting

Growing outdoors successfully hinges on how happy your plants are. Giving them a good start from day one makes a big difference. If planting clones outside, wait until mid May. The long nights early in the spring will often induce flowering much too early. If you start your plants inside, make sure you don’t move them outside until the days are longer and the nights shorter. Seeds can be started the end of March or April as long as the freezing nights are behind you.

5. Security

When picking a location and setting up your garden, remember to plan for security. This means keeping people from finding it, and keeping animals out. Fence in the plants. If you are gardening in your backyard, build a fence tall enough so that the plants don’t peak over. Visible plants will bring unwanted attention. Game cameras are a good addition to guerilla grows. They let you know if anyone has found your garden and will tell you what critters are visiting.

6. Start With 1 Line Of Nutrients

Like indoor growing, start with 1 brand of nutrients. That brand of nutrients has everything your plants need to be happy. Adding to much fertilizer can overdo it and cause problems.

7. Larger Holes = Larger Plants

When you dig your holes, or choose your beds or bags, size matters. A deeper and wider area for the roots will produce a bigger health plant. Dig those holes big. You will never have a problem with too big of a hole, but it’s easy to run out of room because your hole or bag is too small.

8. Training

Training your plants can increase yield. Topping plants, cages, trellises, super cropping, or low stress training (LST) encourages more lateral growth and more tops. The more tops you grow, the more tops you harvest.

9. Lots of Water

Lots of water will make plants grow faster. Faster growing plants means bigger plants. Just make sure that they have good drainage. A drip system will help alleviate the stress of needing to hand water your plants all the time. Water timers can even let you got on a short vacation if needed.

10. Preparing for Harvest

When you grow big happy plants, you always need to think ahead. When you get ready to harvest your plants, have a place to hang and dry all your precious bud. Having a nice clean room is ideal. Sometimes that isn’t possible. So be creative. Sometimes you have to hang a tarp to keep rain and leaves off your drying buds. Make sure you have a plan for airflow. Even in your tarp tent you might need some fans. That might mean a small quiet generator. Don’t forget the scissors. Fiskers are awesome.

I hope some of these tips help you out. Please feel free to post any questions you might have in our forum and we will gladly help you out.

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  1. asd November 7, 2012 at 1:35 am - Reply

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  2. dan February 4, 2013 at 6:17 pm - Reply

    good shit

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  4. juan April 5, 2013 at 5:22 pm - Reply

    Which leaves do you cut off your plant week 3 from bottom.

    • Rambo April 9, 2013 at 9:47 pm - Reply

      The dead ones. If you would like to be more specific and ask the questions in the forum. We can probably guide you more effectively.

      • rod May 18, 2014 at 4:19 pm - Reply

        Going to try growing outside in green house with tomato plants what the best thing to do

  5. sugarmagnolia May 22, 2013 at 6:06 am - Reply

    What brand of plant food please?

    • Rambo May 22, 2013 at 11:19 pm - Reply

      Honestly it matters a lot less than you might expect. The important part is the N-P-K values of the food you choose.

      • dan July 8, 2014 at 5:15 pm - Reply

        I grew outside ubdnt need 20 20 20 because they have enough room and to much comes out in the bud just put seeds in glass of water fr

  6. Stephen June 5, 2013 at 6:04 pm - Reply

    I am new to this, I would like to know why some of my plants are dying, could it be to much water or not enough. I am using all purpus fertilizer 20-20-20 at 16ml to 4 l of water with promix and sheep manure.

    • Rambo June 10, 2013 at 10:50 am - Reply

      There are a million reasons why plants die. could be to much water or not enough, could be to much fertilizer or not enough light. Try posting some pictures along with you questions in the forum. We will be able to give you a more informed answer.

    • dick June 17, 2014 at 1:11 pm - Reply

      u just dnt have a green thumb bro

  7. Phil Mcreavis June 9, 2013 at 12:48 pm - Reply

    a few weeks ago i turned up about an album size spot of soil and threw some out there, been watering them daily but havent seen anything sprout up they got good sun im just not sure what to do

  8. Gerald Cummings June 12, 2013 at 6:54 am - Reply

    I have a clone plant. It is about 10 inches tall and was just put in a bit larger pot. I’d like to put in my new large hole in the ground that I filled with 4 in 1 soil…the best soil, peat moss, manure and perlite mix stuff and quite deep. 130 L of top grade soil in a 4 foot square hole…about a yard deep. My buddy figures that I should wait awhile before transplanting it into the ground…because, he thinks, it hasn’t established a good enough root system yet, to transplant again. It’s growing and even producing pistils already and smells skunky already. If I gently transplant this today, with Wilsons liquid root stimulator 5-15-5 I can’t see that killing it or stunting it badly. IDEAS ANYONE? Thanx much.

    • Rambo June 17, 2013 at 11:22 am - Reply

      The only problem with transplanting and then trying to transplant again soon after, is that the roots may not hold the soil together very well and it could fall away from the roots. This is not necessarily a problem but large chunks of dirt falling away often take fragile roots along with them.

  9. Dallas June 20, 2013 at 7:19 am - Reply

    I have 2 potted…large 10 gal pots…I have never done this b4 and haven’t really investigated it on net…they are gowing good, but when do the buds begin to form? Mine are about 3 months old and about 4 ft. tall..I have not given anything just water…will begin to use Miracle Grow…have them in the back yard, with about 12 hours of full sun…they look great but I don’t know what to do next…HELP :)

  10. TreeLuVuH209 July 2, 2013 at 4:34 pm - Reply

    Have you ever used any Advanced Nutrients products on your awesome greens.??

    • Rambo July 9, 2013 at 1:06 pm - Reply

      I have tried many of them over the years. They work great but you’ll spend a lot of money on products that are derived from the same cheap chemicals found in commercial agriculture products.

  11. TreeLuVuH209 July 2, 2013 at 4:38 pm - Reply

    I would also like to know if you know of any product that could assist me in getting my ph level down just a hair from the alkiline side.. I hear Sulfur is what I should be using..

    • Rambo July 9, 2013 at 1:05 pm - Reply

      Are we talking about a in a nutrient reservoir or in your soil. There are lots of options sulfur is probably not one I would suggest. Repost this is our forum so all can contribute.

  12. Kiefer July 8, 2013 at 4:57 pm - Reply

    What causes brown/rustic looking spots on leaves on virgin soil?

  13. Kyle July 9, 2013 at 8:16 am - Reply

    very informational for my amazing outdoor garden in beautiful Denver!

  14. oside E July 23, 2013 at 12:29 pm - Reply

    This is my 1st time growing outdoor. I put my plants outside mid june (I had them veg indoor) & they started to flower after a few weeks. Is this normal flowering 4 outdoor?

    • Rambo July 31, 2013 at 7:27 pm - Reply

      I suppose it depends on where you live and what kind of plants they are. Seems a little early for the region I’m familiar with.

  15. alpha August 22, 2013 at 5:22 pm - Reply

    Is there such as thing as letting them grow too long if they’re already in full flowering

  16. Ron Doss August 27, 2013 at 7:14 am - Reply

    I’ve been growing since march outside and my plants haven’t even started to produce flowers or buds. What do I do.

  17. adam September 8, 2013 at 11:23 am - Reply

    I have one question what should I do to get my flowers tighter and longer any ideas

    • Rambo October 2, 2013 at 9:11 pm - Reply

      Take it to the forum

  18. Carl September 21, 2013 at 5:20 pm - Reply

    I live in southeastern MA and my outdoor plant is far from done flowering. Frost is looming and I can’t bring them inside. I found a large box to cover them would that protect them? Also if I covered them so they got less light say 10 hours instead of 13 would that quicken the pace of flowering even a little.

    • Rambo October 2, 2013 at 8:37 pm - Reply

      Both might work.

  19. jmoney$$ October 1, 2013 at 8:38 pm - Reply

    im going to try to grow my own plant for the 1st time outside. if I plant my seeds tomorrow how long would it be b4 my seed starts sprouting. and should I put more then 1 seed per pot?????

    • Rambo October 2, 2013 at 7:56 pm - Reply

      Try this article. http://www.marijuanagrowershq.com/how-to-germinate-marijuana-seeds/
      Also, planting outside in October most likely won’t get you much of a harvest at least not if you live in the northern hemisphere. Cannabis plants want to grow through the summer and reach maturity in the fall. Your plant is going to want warmer weather, more sun and longer days.

  20. curt 313 DETROIT October 11, 2013 at 1:26 am - Reply


  21. nathan ray October 17, 2013 at 9:36 am - Reply

    how do yu train your plants. im a lil confused on how to do that. please help thanks

    • Rambo October 20, 2013 at 9:44 am - Reply

      This is a better question for the forum. We would be happy to help, as would other growers who often visit the forum

      • ko May 12, 2014 at 10:29 am - Reply

        my plants are two to three weeks into veg I have to move them quickly as become too risky in my grow tent could I plant them outside would they survive and would I get a good yeid plants looking healty advice pls

  22. Mike W October 24, 2013 at 7:47 pm - Reply

    I haven’t read all the comments but enough to want to respond,
    For what it’s worth ~
    * First of all Pot is an herb and like all herbs, they usually grow where they are needed, on depleted soil
    * Fertilizer; Try to remember you are not supposed to feed the plant, instead feed the microorganisms in the soil and they feed the plants just what they need, according to soil type. If you want to use animal manures you have to compost it first, meaning you leave it in a pile at least 3ft high, keep it moist, toss in a hand full of worms and wait about a year. You can use good fish hydrolate (not fish emultion) kelp meal (seaweed) add it to a nice tea that you already have made from soaking alfalfa and some peat moss for a day or two, strain it then add a hand full of Azomite, a little humic acid if you have it, dilute 50/50 with fresh water and water your plants and repete every 3 to 6 weeks. don’t fertilize with anything the last couple weeks before harvest. Just forget all the fancy stuff, you cam make your own for pennies, keep it simple and always try to mimic nature as best you can
    * So called topsoil from landscape supply is just dirt excavated from who knows where with some wood waste thrown in and they call it topsoil, it ain’t even close. I have even seen little shards of plywood in it. All the so called commercial “amendments are crap, except organic Peat Moss. The wood waste they call amendments actually rob your soil of nitrogen trying to break it down. it’s real purpose is to lay on top of the soil to block weeds
    * No chemicals, no sprays, even organic, especially during budding, If you get inch worms pick them off by hand and knock their shit out from inside the bud or you will get mold.

    In the end, all you need is a little something to kick open the doors of perception, at that point, the one thing you don’t want is to reflect on what chemical
    you’ve just put in your body.. Peace Out

  23. callum October 27, 2013 at 8:12 pm - Reply

    how long will it to grow out door?

  24. Young fella, November 19, 2013 at 5:25 pm - Reply

    Was short on seeds an my only option was hermaphrotite seed, apparently 1 of 4 is guaranteed female, but the other 3, goes male, one dies or goes maph and the 3rd goes maph, what is the most guaranteed way of picking the females the earliest so im not wasting time / money on a hopeless case, an can get more started before its too late,

    • Rambo November 19, 2013 at 5:43 pm - Reply

      The best way is to determine the female plant and then take cuttings. I also have a full article up on the page on sexing cannabis plants. I think you will find it helpful.

  25. kingKirko December 16, 2013 at 2:56 am - Reply

    I am a newcomer to the growing industry and I am very eager to learn the ways of the trade. Like any newcomer I am full of curiosity and questions.. where do I start out? I have enough space for a a few large plants indoor but I’m worried about my neighbors complaining of smell. Therefor, outdoor growing would be easiest for me to start out. Would I have to start off indoor & as my plant progressed move it outdoor? Just looking for a little guidance here, thanks!

  26. Sean January 11, 2014 at 12:31 am - Reply

    I’m trying to grow and I’m wanting to know could I just start growing outside right off the bat or grow inside then bring it outside

  27. Sean January 11, 2014 at 12:35 am - Reply

    Can u tell if a seed is a male or female

  28. rahul January 17, 2014 at 4:36 am - Reply

    I have two plants one is and indica and other sativa
    the sativa smells,like raw mango how many weeks,does,it take to harvest when flowering stage starts

  29. sean January 17, 2014 at 5:00 am - Reply

    So my weed plant grow all by its self because I used to smoke and just throw seeds every where so it’s a bit tall and branched out and it hadn’t produced anything… so my question is, what need I do to make my plant produce because it’s 5 months now

  30. Guilherme March 3, 2014 at 4:03 am - Reply

    Hello, thank you for the precious tips.
    I just have one simple question; I’ve just started
    growing weed plants. I’ve already got two of them and the’re 15 cm tall and they are with flowers already. Some friends told me I need to wait until they reach about 50 cm tall. Can I harvest them when I first see the so-called white bubbles even if they are not that tall?

  31. Kodi March 13, 2014 at 8:53 am - Reply

    Me and a buddy are beginning to get into the business. We are starting with 10 seeds we are wanting to plant all 10 and hoping for AT LEAST 7 to live. We want to harvest 6 of them and let 1 grow all the way through and hopefully get the seeds from it so we don’t have to buy more seeds. Will that work?

  32. daniel March 16, 2014 at 11:15 pm - Reply

    hello , please help , i have 2beautiful mature outdoor plants, ha hve tärted budding nicely ,bu today i went to examine it ,and hd found sum fresh green not fully developed ball ie seeds. How do i stop it turning mäle fully??????? please help

  33. josh March 17, 2014 at 2:18 am - Reply

    What’s a good amount of water to feed your plant

  34. Amanda April 15, 2014 at 3:32 pm - Reply

    What is the best way to camouflage the plants from helicopters ?

  35. Jason April 17, 2014 at 6:22 pm - Reply

    How exactly do you germinate your seeds?

  36. bbtd April 21, 2014 at 4:42 pm - Reply

    So I’m starting a grow outdoors and there is one thing you forgot to mention.. How deep do you place the seeds for best result?

  37. LingoGotKush April 29, 2014 at 12:19 am - Reply

    Approximately, how long would it take my plants to grow?….It has already been a month..and my plant is about 6 inches from the ground…it is all natural…straight sun and water. Also how long would it take for my plants to start flowering?

  38. Yvette April 30, 2014 at 10:01 am - Reply

    What does it mean when your plant starts growing lil seed does that mean the plant is no GOOD PLEASE SOMEONE HELP ME

    • Cris May 29, 2014 at 3:10 pm - Reply

      It means it’s a male plant what u want is a female

  39. heavy May 7, 2014 at 12:30 pm - Reply

    Pull it up now…if your plant starts growing seeds not buds it means its a male…if u have any other plants around they will get fertilized and you will have a lot of seeds in your weed(buds)

  40. william May 11, 2014 at 8:15 am - Reply

    new to outdoor growing, i started my plants and will be putting them outside soon, for now they are in promix soil and once they have been transplanted i just want basic simple fertilizer information i.e. 20-20-20 for grow and 10-30-20 for budding etc, whats the best ratio or rather the safest concentration to use. if it makes a difference as well once my plants are outdoors i will not be visiting them often so i need something is slow release any help is appreciated email me your thoughts williezoom@hotmail.com

  41. Antman May 13, 2014 at 11:33 am - Reply

    Hey everyone! So I have a question for anyone willing to answer and help me. Ok the question is how to dig a bud plant out of the ground and then transplant it in to a pot.. I’ve been growing this nice looking bud plant. Problem is that its in my front yard and I want to move it into a pot. Can anyone help. I want her to live..HELP

  42. quesz May 19, 2014 at 9:56 am - Reply

    y does is my plant seeming to be producing flowers is thisa good thing

  43. Harley May 25, 2014 at 11:08 am - Reply

    For outdoor planting in garden, what is a largehole? Dimensions? How deep?

  44. Stumped May 26, 2014 at 11:46 am - Reply

    So I have a plant that is trying to go into the bud cycle early. Is it still worth putting in the ground?

    • kfitz June 16, 2014 at 6:07 pm - Reply

      Yes it most likely is an Auto flower. Grows nice and quick outside

  45. danny May 27, 2014 at 1:53 pm - Reply

    I have a plant that is budding but not sure wen to pull it its about 4 months oli plz can some one plz give me some tips thank you

    • kfitz June 16, 2014 at 6:08 pm - Reply

      How long has it been budding? Usually takes at least 8 weeks from when it’s started flowering to finish

  46. Cris May 29, 2014 at 2:40 pm - Reply

    My plant is dying is it cause I don’t give it nutrients what should I do it’s about a month an two weeks is it to late to buy the nutrients

  47. jester June 3, 2014 at 3:14 pm - Reply

    Hypotheticaly if i was growing ourside with 5 gallon buckets do i need to do anything besides have good drainage to prevent the plants from getting too much water like something over the buckets??

    • kfitz June 16, 2014 at 6:10 pm - Reply

      Plants outdoors typically like a little more room than a 5 gallon bucket. Remember your roots grow as much as your plant does. But drill some holes in the bottom of your bucket and you should be fine

  48. madmax June 6, 2014 at 3:04 pm - Reply

    What about using worm castings?

  49. madmax June 6, 2014 at 3:05 pm - Reply

    Maybe spray the leaves with worm water or worm tea?

  50. madmax June 6, 2014 at 3:19 pm - Reply

    at 1.5 months old you have to start feeding your plants, and the best organic fertilizer is worm castings. Spray the leaves with worm water or worm tea.

  51. kelzz June 16, 2014 at 11:34 am - Reply

    Im a first time grower, and I have two plants. is a lot of water good or bad?

  52. lius June 16, 2014 at 2:49 pm - Reply

    I have 6 plants growing outside and 4 of them r 14to16 inches long. I fertilize once every two weeks. I live in fl and I wanna know wen to start flowering or wat should I do next and wen

  53. kfitz June 16, 2014 at 6:05 pm - Reply

    I have a question. My plants have been in bud stage for 3 weeks. (Indoor) due to certain circumstances I can’t grow inside anymore. Today is June 16th is it safe to let them finish outdoor?

  54. scott June 16, 2014 at 10:05 pm - Reply

    Anybody from miami dade hmu

  55. Brian Paredes June 25, 2014 at 4:37 pm - Reply

    If you trim the buds will the plant still bloom ????

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    is there any other site which offers such information in quality?

  57. deb June 29, 2014 at 11:47 am - Reply

    I have planted my seeds in seed trays indoors but want to plant them outside when they are big enough….can you tell me when that will be? At the moment they are only about 4 inches tall with 4 leaves

  58. Crimson Shadow July 2, 2014 at 2:25 pm - Reply

    I have a plant that has been growing since March, outdoors. It is now about 10-12 inches. I grow In the states and it gets sunlight all day everyday. It gets water everyday. And the soil is perfect. I went with a natural approach. Meaning I straight up germinated my seeds. Planted them in regular dirt and let it have its way. Its now July 2. How much more longer til I have some buds? And til it hits the flowering stage?

  59. stix July 6, 2014 at 9:27 am - Reply

    I transffered my plants outside and one of my plants is already budding… its only July… the seeds are all the same clones…why is this one plant budding

  60. Jon July 8, 2014 at 8:00 am - Reply

    If you were to cut the leaves closest to the base of a plant will that cause an upward growth?

  61. Larry July 10, 2014 at 11:12 am - Reply

    Good info on your top ten

    I have a question when it comes to topping your outdoor plants.

    1 When is it best to top
    2 How to top
    3 How often is best

  62. Ganjah_Farmer July 13, 2014 at 1:45 pm - Reply

    This is my first year growing and I have to say following those tip will def help for a bigger yield come September-October. Thanks for the help


  63. The Pirat July 16, 2014 at 1:03 pm - Reply

    I have some 5 ft. plants that i am topping so they wont stick out. What can I do with the big leaves and the tops? How to cure? Can I even use them? Cannot wate to find out!!!! Please email me w answers.

  64. Colorado growing July 17, 2014 at 2:20 pm - Reply

    We are growing out doors …. Our plant started in May and is now a tall beauty. Does it need to be transferred inside for a 12 on 12 off schedule for best bud results?

  65. Pj July 17, 2014 at 4:34 pm - Reply

    Hey I have a outdoor grow, and a few of my plants are showing signs of stress. The nutes are plentiful , the Sun is also plentiful. I’m getting positive upward and outward growth. My biggest to date is 64″ and she one of the healthiest. It’s my younger plants I’m worried about. And I thought it was my ph. Here’s the weird thing at 3″ (as deep as my tester will go) the ph is 5.5!! But at 2″ it’s 6.6 and I’m seeing stress higher than the first two rows of fans (which I’ve observed in my previous grows . I’m using roots organics nitro bat guano and I steep it or make it into a tea. I test the tea each time I make it and it’s closer to 7. How can I change the ph that deep or is my stressed plants stressing cause it can.
    Even with my younger ones I am getting great vertical growth

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