• Think of places in your garden where cannabis plants blend in, and receive a lot of direct sunlight
• Indica-dominant strains have a greater resilience to tough weather conditions
• Norhern European growers: Try to choose indica-dominant strains that finish in late September to early October (e.g. Somango XL, Critical)
• Compact plants are easier to hide in natural vegetation and urban environments
• There is no reason for someone to go there (>1h away from civilization)
Finding a promising spot is one of the most important steps of the entire process, and growers usually invest some time to think this one through. The first question we have to ask ourselves is how close we want to be to our plants. There are two basic principles of outdoor growing. The easiest and more convenient way is to grow on the property you own or rent. You’ll be close to your plants, can care for them every day, and watering is not an issue.
Good preparation helps when we want to reach certain goals. Outdoor cannabis growing is no exception and requires long-term thinking, time being spent in nature doing physical work, and a certain level of flexibility to overcome obstacles that threaten our harvests. Being motivated to get things right is very helpful, but won’t necessarily guarantee good results. It’s the mistakes we make, teaching us our most valuable lessons. Mahatma Gandhi once said: “Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.” This is maybe a good mantra for novices who just found about the rewarding hobby of cannabis cultivation.
• Water accessibility within walking distance (use Google Earth to find rivers, lakes, or ponds)
The process of outdoor growing starts with choosing a strain that matches the climatic conditions present at the grow location. Most growers will also base their decision on personal preference concerning effects and taste, flowering time, size, and yields. The harvest month in which a strain finishes outdoors is of primary importance, along with its genetic heritage meaning Indica or Sativa, and the actual size of a plant.
Outdoor season is coming up quick, and good preparation helps to get the best results. Read this blog and get an overview on how to grow cannabis outdoors.
If you initiate the flowering stage when the plant is still very small, you may end up with just one long bud like this
This is what the buds of a “true” landrace Sativa looks like – basically all foxtails! Most available “Sativa” strains are actually hybrids with at least a little Indica genes mixed in to help increase bud density and improve overall structure.
Dried leafy buds of a “pure” Sativa. Only a few decades ago in the USA, this type of cannabis was common! Now you’ll almost never see buds like this unless you grow them yourself.
These buds are smack in the middle of the harvest window. It has nearly all white trichomes and just a clear trichome here and there. You’ll notice even at this stage with nearly all white trichomes you don’t really see many if any amber trichomes (which you would generally see in an Indica plant by the time it hits this stage).
Why do we still try to grow Sativa plants indoors if it’s tough? In part, because Sativa strains often have amazing and unique buds effects, and produce very high yields when done right 🙂
This is the main bud on a Sativa plant just before harvest. Sativa bud structure is often long and thin, almost like spears.
Trichomes should be mostly milky white with just a few clears for maximum potency! These buds are ready to be harvested, but it’s still on the early side because there are quite a few clear trichomes left.
A Sativa-based strain with a little bit of Indica genes
Sativa buds tend to give a more cerebral “in-your-head” effect than the more “body-based” Indica effects. Sativa buds may feel more energizing, so some people prefer Sativa strains for daytime use or in social settings.
Sativa cannabis strains are typically outdoor strains and originate from regions with long growing seasons. As a result, they can be tough to grow indoors. Learn what to expect, and how to get the most from your indoor-grown Sativa plant!