Before making any decisions on garden layout, survey your property and get a better understanding of a few factors. Walk your yard/property at different times of the day. Figure out where the sun is when it rises, where the sun is hitting your yard at its lowest point, and where the shade is going to be. Become familiar with these lighting conditions. This will allow you to decide the best locations for your plant placement.
Strains that are high in terpenes often make for excellent concentrates, so if that is your end goal, you may want to focus on strains such as Sour Tangie, Strawberry Banana, Zkittlez, Sherbet, Dream Queen, White Buffalo and Blueberry Muffin bred by The Humboldt Seed Company. Many of the previously mentioned strains also produce high terpene profiles and high THC in finished flower form. Our friends at The Humboldt Seed Company have shared with us that the terpene profiles on the Venom OG and Hades OG are not only unique, but these strains were also bred to function well in an outdoor garden setting.
The benefit of growing from a single phenotype is that all clones from that strain will grow the same way and produce the same characteristics with only very slight variation. Also, you will have knowledge about these strains if you choose to grow them again. Our strain catalog includes grow-tips generated from farmers who have grown our strains to offer first-hand knowledge on what to expect from our strain phenotypes.
Some strains we recommend in the category of tall/stretchy plants that do well outdoors are Royal Highness bred by The Humboldt Seed Company, Sour Diesel, Chocolate Grape Diesel bred by Purple Caper Seeds, Sour Diesel Lemon Kush, Chemdawg 4, Black Jack and any of our OG strains (Hades OG, Fire OG, SFV OG, Venom OG). Keep in mind these are very tall if you have height restrictions.
Next, you’ll need to decide how you will be growing: in soil directly outdoors or in pots/beds outdoors. Keep in mind that attempting to grow directly into the dirt on your property can present a series of problems for the roots, especially if the base of your property is clay. If you plan on planting directly into the ground, it is important to find a flat area to do so, that will allow for good drainage.
When selecting cannabis strains for your outdoor garden there are some things to consider. How big will your plants get? If you have a low fence or nosy neighbors you may not want to grow a Sativa as it can stretch to be fairly tall.
If you are going for a cannabis strain that has a heavy yield we recommend the following: 4G bred by Purple Caper Seeds , Blue Dream, Romulan Grapefruit, Dream Queen, GG4, Fire OG, Hades OG bred by The Humboldt Seed Company, and Venom OG bred by The Humboldt Seed Company. Keep in mind that Dream Queen and OG’s tend to be stickier plants, so if your garden smelling is a concern of yours, proceed with caution on those strains.
Most Sativas and hybrids strains do great outdoors because they stretch during their vegetative cycle and have the ability to grow larger in a given time frame, as compared to Indica-Dominant strains.
Support: Some plant need trellising- knowing the average and max strain height ahead of time will help determine if your plant will need support with trellises and/or stakes.
The outdoor season is already kicking off so it's time to lay out a solid plan for your outdoor cannabis garden. In California outdoor growing generally runs March through November so we have compiled some tips for you to make the most of this year's harvest.
As the sun reaches up high in the sky, your cannabis will want to as well. Make sure all of your plants are outside by the Summer Solstice.
What kind of strain you have and what climate you live in will determine when to harvest your strains. Indicas typically grow stouter and bushier and there is more of a concern that their dense buds will get moldy, so they’re usually harvested on the early side of the season. Sativas are generally taller and less dense, so they usually get harvested later.
Most growers top their plants a few times (two or three) throughout the season to encourage outward development and make plants bush out. It’s a good idea to give them an initial top after the plant develops five or so nodes.
Everything should be cleaned up, dried, and curing well before the Winter Solstice. Now’s a good time to make your own cannabutter, topicals, or tinctures with all that trim from the harvest. Kick your feet up, relax, and hunker down for the cold, it’s been a long growing season!
Figuring out which strains you want to grow, where to purchase them, where on your property you want to grow, and your local climate and weather can take some time and work. And once you order seeds, it can take a few weeks for them to arrive. Be sure to do your research early and get a head start so you aren’t scrambling at the last minute and miss the ideal time to grow.
On the West Coast of North America, cannabis farmers in Northern California have a long season: They can put plants outside early and harvest later into the season because of the region’s relatively warm weather.
If germinating seeds and growing them indoors first, this is the time frame that you’d move your plants outside so they can get some serious sunlight. You want them to get at least 6 inches – 1 foot in height before putting them outside, so they’re big and strong enough to handle the weather.
Be sure to keep a grow journal to track the progress of your plants. Looking back on your notes will help you learn from mistakes and maximize the quality and quantity of your buds.
Some old school gardeners will tell you to wait until after Mother’s Day to take them outside, and generally speaking, you want them in the ground by the Summer Solstice at the latest.
Growing cannabis outdoors is easy, but timing is important. This guide will tell you what you need to know to get the most out of your garden.