Growing Weed Outdoors: Increasing Your Yields

If you are lucky enough to grow cannabis in your home garden, this article is for you. 

The prospect of growing your own cannabis for recreational or medicinal purposes can be very exciting, and even life changing for some.

Often people who fall into this category mistakenly believe that all they have to do is get cannabis seeds or clones and provide sunlight and water. However, there is a lot more to it, especially if you are looking to yield large amounts of bud. 

It’s important to note that your cannabis harvest depends on many different factors.

Growing Weed Outdoors: Increasing Your Yields – Indoor vs. Outdoor

It’s okay to be ambitious. Although, growing cannabis outdoors requires solid planning and a lot of work. Outdoor growing is more straightforward than indoors. This is due to several reasons; for example, you don’t have to buy grow lights because you can depend on the sun. 

On the other hand, the benefits of growing marijuana indoors under a grow light includes the ability to control every aspect of the plant’s environment. This includes, when the plant flowers and so on and so forth.

Growing cannabis outdoors can be easier and more cost effective than indoor gardening. Additionally, sun-grown hemp or cannabis plants get significantly larger than indoor grown. If sun-grown cannabis plants are given the right nutrients and attention to detail (we’ll get into this later in the article), they can yield several pounds of bud. 

Some of the most skilled sun-grown cannabis cultivators in both Southern Oregon and Northern California, can harvest up to 15-18 pounds of cannabis flower from one plant. Additionally, all of the trimmings can be used to make edibles or topicals. This allows for the utilization of all parts of the plant and also reduces waste. 

Do you want a bigger yield from your bud garden? If yes, you’ll want to read on for the  following factors.

Growing Weed Outdoors: Increasing Your Yields – Plan Your Growing Process Carefully

Planning ahead will increase your chances of success. It is important to have a strategy in place before you start trying to germinate a seed. Knowing how long it will likely take for the seed(s) to germinate is important. Before you start planting, gather as much of the necessary resources and materials you will need. These are just a few of the many factors that can affect your garden’s ability to produce small, medium, and large quantities of high-quality buds.

To be successful, it is important to know what factors to consider before you start your cultivating journey. You don’t want to be caught off guard in the middle stages of the flowering phases. Furthermore, it is best to plan ahead with any plant you are trying to grow.

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Which Strains Will Yield More Bud

Some cannabis strains thrive outdoors in the sun more than others. So choose wisely. Additionally environmental factors like climate play a large role in the success of your grow.  If there is an outdoor strain that you know of and is well-known for its durability, then go for it. 

Be aware that plants or clones may differentiate from breeder to breeder. Your best bet is to find someone who has succeeded in growing a particular strain of cannabis in your local area. You can then try replicating what they have done.

Online purchases of seeds and clones are a roll of the dice. If the seller’s claims seem too good to be true, then it probably is.

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Growing Weed Outdoors: Increasing Your Yields – How Soil And Container Gardening Effects Your Bud Outcome

The root base is what forms the foundation for a cannabis-plant. Thus, the plant grows larger if it has a strong root base. The healthier the root base, the better the plant. The root base determines how a cannabis plant grows and how healthy the plant is as a whole . If you want your cannabis plants to grow big, then you will need a solid root base.

The quality of the soil plays a major role. You want to make sure that the soil you are using is high quality and nutrient dense.  Additionally, cannabis plants need a lot of water, so be sure to be on top of watering too. Not only do they need a lot of water but the water should also be high quality. 

Think of it this way, if you want a high quality and potent yield, you need to put high quality inputs into your growing process. Many people think that the soil in their backyard is enough to grow a healthy cannabis crop. However, this is rarely ever true. It is much more efficient to cultivate cannabis in containers. This is because when you plant in the ground there are too many factors out of your control, such as pests in the soil for example.

Growing in containers allows you to control more factors such as the nutrients that the plant is getting and what kind of soil it’s growing in.

Northern California’s infamous Emerald Triangle, where three pot-growing counties of Humboldt, Mendocino and Trinity meet, has the most skilled cultivators. They grow their cannabis in large containers, sometimes up to 200 gallons. The soil in these containers is carefully selected for nutrients and optimal growth. 

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Growing Weed Outdoors: Increasing Your Yields – Sunlight And Water Intake

Before you plant your cannabis make sure you know exactly where they are going to be. It must be located in an area that receives lots of sunlight, preferably from sunrise until sunset. Your primary concern should be to ensure that your plants get as much sunlight as possible.

Additionally, it is a good idea to test the water source in advance. This way, you can determine the pH of your water so you know if it has to be adjusted. It is common for city water to contain chlorine, fluoride, and other additives. Further, it is important to research what your local water contains and take the necessary steps to remedy it to best cater to your plant’s needs. Harsh chemicals like chlorine and the like can make plants sick and unhealthy.

Growing Weed Outdoors: Increasing Your Yields – The Importance Of Bracing Plants In Your Garden

Expect your cannabis plants to get significantly large, particularly during the flower stage. During this time, they will also become heavier and more slanted as they grow. When this happens, the whole plant can collapse. Bracing is a good idea as your plant begins to grow. If possible, let the branches shake with the wind. This is called “low-stress training” (LST).

To avoid your plants toppling over, as your plant grows, brace it with bamboo sticks or fencing. Sativa-dominant marijuana plants can grow to be very tall. It is far better to have a plant that is braced in a not-so-pretty-fashion than it is to have a plant that falls over due to a gust of wind.

Preparing Well In Advance For Your Harvest

If you want to cultivate outdoor cannabis plants that produce big buds, then you need to prepare for harvesting and drying them. An enormous outdoor cannabis plant will produce a lot of buds. For drying your harvest, choose a dark and dry area with moderate temperatures. To prevent mildew and mold issues, it is important to keep the hanging branches separate. Remember, the scent will be fairly strong. The smell will likely last long after the buds have dried. This is in part from the scent coming from the stem of the plant as well.

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Furthering Your Education

It doesn’t matter how successful you are at cultivating cannabis. Even the most prominent cannabis cultivators learn new things each day about growing cannabis plants and how they can be cultivated more effectively. Growing cannabis is very much an art and takes a lot patience and surrender. 

This article is a good starting point, however, in order to yield the most potent buds, you’re going to want to dig deeper into everything cultivation-related. Sativa University’s Advanced Growing Program is one of the best ways you can continue your education. The program is taught in English by the top cannabis growers. Sign up now and grow like a pro.

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