A lot of marijuana users eventually come to an idea to grow their own weed. While that experience is a lot of fun and can be quite rewarding, it can also be quite expensive and sometimes even nerve-racking. Picking the right seeds, getting all the equipment, choosing a good location, etc. is just the beginning.
In one of our previous articles, we covered the basics on germinating cannabis seeds, so you should check that out first. Once you’ve introduced yourself to the germinating process, it is the right time to check all the facts regarding growing marijuana.
There are many factors that need to be considered when it comes to growing cannabis, and choosing the right time of the year is essential. Unfortunately, the perfect time is not a universal thing.
You need to find the location and choose the strain you want to cultivate. When it comes to location, the best time to seed marijuana depends on the latitude and the altitude as well as on the weather conditions in the area you wish to cultivate your weed in. That being said, you will have to do your research on how often it rains or snows in the desired cultivation area.
According to some cultivators, although cannabis and tomatoes are totally different plants, they share more or less the same properties regarding the planting conditions. Although this information may seem irrelevant, it could actually help you in getting the right advice without having to ask the “growing weed” questions.
If you want to do everything as good as possible, you must grant your plants the best conditions for them to become viable. That being said, you may want to allow your plants to grow inside for a while, or completely grow them indoors, and the reason to do so lies in the simple fact – you can control the environment your plants grow and develop in, in terms of light, temperature, humidity, and CO2 production.
While indoor growing has its perks, like much-needed privacy and not worrying about wind or rain ruining your plants, it also has some disadvantages in terms of the financial cost and inability to replicate some of the factors that natural environment has.
If you decide to grow your marijuana plants indoor for a while, there are a couple of options for when you decide to move your plants outside. First, you can move them in the early spring when daylight hours are gradually increasing but the daylight will still be short enough for your plants to start flowering instead of re-vegging. The other option is to move your plants outside in late summer (or early fall) when the daylight is already short enough so your plants can start flowering as soon as possible.
If you decide to skip the indoor part and go straight to the outdoor, generally speaking, the best time to for planting outside rather than in a pot (pun intended) is in early May. This way you are making sure your plants do not wither due to cold air or/and soil.
If the warm season is not very long in the area you live in, you can always put your plants in movable containers before putting them in the ground so you can safely move them to other parts of your planting location in order to provide them with more sunlight exposure if necessary.
Keep in mind that temperatures below 40 degrees Fahrenheit can cause damage to almost any cannabis strain. If the frost is common in the area you wish to grow your weed in, there are some protective enclosures that you should definitely use in order to keep your plants intact.