Growing cannabis outdoors can be a difficult endeavor. Picking the right seeds and marijuana strains can make all the difference. Successful outdoor growing is achievable in a wide variety of climates. Choosing the best cannabis seeds for your local growing conditions is vitally important. Growing weed outdoors isn’t as simple as throwing seeds in the ground and letting Mother Nature take care of the rest.
Outdoor Cannabis Seeds
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Cannabis Seeds for Outdoor growing
Outdoor cultivation is the simplest method of growing cannabis, as nature will do most of the hard work. For successful outdoor cannabis growing, it is important to select the right strains for the climate. Choosing the right seeds can make or break a grow! It is difficult to achieve good results with a cannabis strain such as Silver Haze in a cold climate with few hours of sunlight.
How hard is it to grow cannabis outside?
Outdoor cultivation is the simplest method of growing cannabis, as nature will do most of the hard work. For successful outdoor cannabis growing, it is important to select the right strains for the climate. Choosing the right seeds can make or break a grow! It is difficult to achieve good results with a cannabis strain such as Silver Haze in a cold climate with few hours of sunlight. However, the same strain will thrive if growing outdoors in a sunny, Mediterranean kind of environment. To help you work out which seeds are best for you, we’ve collected all the types of cannabis suitable for growing outside in cooler climates in this Outdoor Cannabis Seeds section.
How do I know which outdoor cannabis seeds are best for my climate?
The wide range of cannabis varieties from Sensi Seeds and the White Label Seed Company have been categorised by the type of environment they require to produce optimum results. This information is shown as icons next to the seed strain description (and on the seed packaging), enabling you to see at a glance whether a specific cannabis variety is recommended as Outdoor Cannabis Seeds for growing outside, and in which climates. More detailed information is found in the seed descriptions.
This system of labelling enables growers to see at a glance whether a specific strain is suitable for outdoor growing in their climate, or whether it will require an indoor or greenhouse environment in order to grow, thrive and fulfil its genetic potential. You can also use the filters in this section to view seeds according to indica / sativa balance, predicted height, yield, price, and (most importantly in this section) climate.
In order to find out which seeds are the best ones to grow in an outdoor garden, simply check the climate zones on the map on this page. Whether you have a cool, wet, northern environment with short summers, a warm and more European type climate with average summers, or are blessed with Mediterranean to tropical conditions and hot summers that are many months long, in this section you will be able to find the right seeds to plant and grow in your area.
What do I need to grow cannabis outdoors?
Cannabis can thrive in almost any type of soil, as long as each plant gets enough water and enough light, and the seeds are appropriate for the outdoor climate. If you only have a balcony or yard rather than a garden, using large pots filled with earth will give a very satisfying and simple yield.
There are also plenty of autoflowering and feminized seeds in this category, so even growing just one plant at a time can still give you a reliable crop without the risk of it turning out to be a male. Having to weed out the males from the ‘marijuana’ is not a problem thanks to the advances that have been made in breeding since the early days, when the only method of procuring your own was farming it naturally!
Outdoor cannabis cultivation can be ideal for beginners
One of the great advantages of soil growing is that the nutrient requirements of the plants are more easily met that when using artificial mediums like rockwool, and even other natural substrates such as coconut fibre. It can be beneficial to add some fertilizer or use natural compost to really give your harvest an extra boost, but using good earth will often allow the roots to simply draw up the levels of nutrition and trace elements that they require. Along with this capacity, the pH level of soil seldom requires adjusting, and this makes for a much simpler gardening experience that novices and people with limited time or energy can greatly benefit from. All the bud with hardly any of the effort!
Whether you are an experienced cultivator with many years of successful plant care behind you or an enthusiastic amateur who is just learning the difference between indica and sativa, there is a plant type in this category to suit both your level of expertise and your particular climate. When deciding to grow cannabis outdoors, many gardeners in the colder and wetter parts of the world are justifiably concerned about problems such as frost and fungus. To combat these worries, we have various hybrids that can resist the latter and have a short enough flowering time that the former does not get the chance to affect them. For those people lucky enough to enjoy plentiful sunlight throughout a long hot summer, everything from skunk to kush will grow very well indeed. Choosing the right variety of plant is the most essential decision for ensuring a pleasing and rewarding crop of buds with a high thc level without having to grow indoors.
5 iconic cannabis strains that grow great outdoors
Growing weed outdoors isn’t as simple as throwing seeds in the ground and letting Mother Nature take care of the rest. Sure, these seeds could grow without TLC, but they probably won’t reward you with a ton of THC.
While planting weed outdoors isn’t as simple as plopping seeds in a patch of dirt, it’s getting easier for new cultivators to experiment with outdoor cultivation. Indeed, thanks to the popularity of day-neutral cannabis (often referred to as autoflowers) seeds, even novice gardeners can successfully grow legendary strains outdoors in only a few months.
Unlike traditional cannabis varieties that can generally only be grown outdoors as one crop per year as an annual plant, these flowers don’t depend on the sun to trigger their natural maturation, and thus allow you to grow outdoors any time of the year the weather permits. This autoflowering trait, which was first identified in wild Cannabis Ruderalis varieties found in Russia that produced very little usable flower, is now being bred into modern strains, giving growers the best of both worlds. 1
If you’re getting started growing cannabis outdoors, you must research the resiliency of your chosen strains. Some cannabis cultivars perform better in outdoor environments, while others have been bred for indoor growth. 2 Be sure to select seed distributors who provide information on the optimal environmental conditions to ensure the most suitable outdoor strain for your climate. Reviewing these factors should help you plant a successful outdoor “ganja garden.”
Growing weed outdoors: the crucial factors to consider
Since cannabis naturally evolved outdoors, it may seem strange that you can’t plant every strain outside your home. While it’s true cannabis is generally resilient enough to grow outdoors, some of the more modern varieties have bred specifically for growing indoors and could struggle with elements, pests, or both.
For instance, many of today’s specialty hybrids were made in controlled indoor environments. When you’re starting out growing weed outdoors, you should try to look into a strain’s history to ensure it isn’t overly reliant on the precision of an indoor grow tent.
Ideally, outdoor weed seeds should have a strong record of mold and pest resistance. These strains should also be able to handle slight temperature fluctuations with ease. Since you can’t control humidity and temperature outdoors, it always helps to plant robust varieties that won’t die off after a few unseasonably brisk nights.
Lastly, you have to consider your environment when choosing the best cannabis seeds to plant outdoors. Take a look at historical temperature, precipitation, and humidity data in your area. Be sure to compare these average ranges with the preferred climate for your favorite cannabis varieties, which should be provided by the breeder. After a bit of analysis, you should develop a short list of strains that would do well outside your home.