How to Grow Cannabis in Your Backyard
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When you grow cannabis outside, you will find that it may take a bit longer than if you had grown it indoors; however, you will get a substantially larger yield. If you are looking for a simple how-to in regards to growing cannabis in your own backyard, then read further to get an understanding that will help you get started immediately.
The first thing you need to do is find a nice sunny spot. Make sure you allow at least 4-6 hours of direct sunlight to hit your plants each day. The longer they are in the sun, the better your yield will be in the end. It is important to consider the climate you are in and allow for adjustments when necessary. For example, if you live in the desert, then you may need to provide more shade throughout the day as well as water more frequently than someone who is growing in a moist environment.
You may want to soak your seeds for a few days to help them germinate a bit faster. Start them out on the window sill in early spring, and then transplant them outdoors once any danger of frost has passed. It is smart to use starter pucks to ensure you handle the seedling as little as possible. After about a month of sitting on the window sill you can move your seedlings outside; just make sure it does not get below freezing or you will lose them.
If you want to have the ability to move them around, then you will want to plant them in pots. You will need at least a five gallon bucket to allow plenty of room for their root system. It is necessary to provide them with dark soil that is full of nutrients necessary for their growth. Some growers mix perlite and peat moss into their soil to create a light and fluffy soil that cannabis thrives on, and some choose to add extra nutrients such as worm castings, blood meal, or bone meal. Do not pack the soil down on your plants, or basically you will suffocate their root systems. Make sure your pot has proper drainage to ensure the roots do not get moldy. If you do not want to plant your plants in pots, then it is perfectly fine to plant them in the ground.
The longer your plants are in the sun the bigger they will get. Just keep an eye on them for signs of being scorched by the sun, nutrient inefficiency or overload, and the need to be watered. A good rule of thumb is to let your plant dry out before you water it. Only then should you give it as much water as it can handle. If you put the back of your hand to the soil and it is cool, then the plant still has plenty of water. After about a month, you will need to supply your plants with nutrients because they have used up all of the nutrients in the soil. Do not over fertilize your plants, and make sure you opt for a fertilizer that is of food grade.
Now all you have to do is be patient, and watch your plants grow. Just make sure you water and fertilize only when necessary. While they are growing it may be wise to understand the harvesting process.