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Planting clones outdoors in the PNW

All too often, home growers new to cannabis will simply buy a clone from a dispensary in the Spring and immediately plant it outside. Unfortunately, that will stress the plant and initiate a flower cycle prematurely. This is because novice growers don’t know about photoperiodism. You will either end up with a very small flowering plant or a light-stressed plant that pre-flowers, reverts back to a vegetative state and doesn’t grow well during the season.

Something to remember is that a clone (a cutting from an older “mother” plant) is the same genetic age as the mother. Therefore, a clone will initiate her flowering phase if it’s not given enough light. Since clones are started with artificial light, typically under 18 to 24 hours a day, putting your clones outside before May 15th in the PNW may cause the plant to initiate flowering.

Therefore, keep you plant inside under lights -at least 16 hours a day – to closely match the sun’s natural photoperiod of your planting date (around May 15th). You may experience some bug issues which are common when buying clones from a dispensary. Fungus Gnats are the most typical issue, but you can potentially introduce more difficult pests like spider mites or worse, russet mites. I recommend dunking clones in a pyrethrum based pesticide and then start using compost tea foliar sprays soon after.

A week before you are ready to plant your clone outside, you should “harden it off.” Do this by bringing the plant outside during the day (typically in some dappled light or use a shade cloth) and back in at night. If you can do this slowly (a few hours the first day, a few more the next and so on), this will be the most effective process. This way your plant slowly gets use to the change from an indoor environment to an outdoor one. Don’t put them in direct sun or a in a windy location as they are just babies.

Another thing to remember as a beginner cannabis grower is to use really good soil. The difference between a poorly growing plant and an exceptional plant starts and ends with the soil. Either buy good potting soil or use some quality fertilizer. Dry fertilizer will be less expensive but you still may need to supplement with some liquid fertilizer. Be careful not to use too much as that’s often a rookie mistake. If you add too much fertilizer, you will see the tips of the leaves dying back and look like it’s been “burned.” If that happens, stop fertilizing and flush with large amounts of water until the plant looks healthy again.

On planting day, choose a nice sunny spot. Simply put your plant into a large hole or large pot with the pre-mixed potting soil or amended soil and water it in. If you have wind, add some trellising right away. If it’s going to get cold at night, add a cloche. Don’t let to dry out too much and if using liquid fertilizer, feed once to twice a week according to your fertilizer’s suggested schedule.

All too often, home growers new to cannabis will simply buy a clone from a dispensary in the Spring and immediately plant it outside. Unfortunately, that will stress the plant and initiate a flower cycle prematurely. This is because novice growers don't know about photoperiodism. You will either end up with a very small flowering plant or…

Moving Indoor Clones To Outside

Nybadboy
DrMcSkunkins
Dabbling in Oil
Bannacis
Traviscorzin
Bannacis
Traviscorzin
BudBogart
Gardenguy2.0

Acclimate them my dude! They need to get used to it by degrees

Shaded partial sun at first.

Leave em out for an hour
Next day two hours
Next day 3 hours
Etc. work em slowly into the sun! Little bits at a time!

You could even put some hay or something on the top soil to keep your dirt from getting too hot! Good luck!

EventHorizan
Traviscorzin
Bannacis
calibeginner

I just got some clones that are about 2-3 weeks old and put them outside cuz I was told they were grown outside, but apparently they were grown indoors. After having them in the sun for 1 day they were all very wilted and have some yellow spots (pic 1). I don’t have a place to put them inside so I put them under a canopy (pic 2) and have been misting them with cool filtered water about every hour.

Does anyone recommend anything else to help save them?
Are they too far gone?

Madbud

I just got some clones that are about 2-3 weeks old and put them outside cuz I was told they were grown outside, but apparently they were grown indoors. After having them in the sun for 1 day they were all very wilted and have some yellow spots (pic 1). I don’t have a place to put them inside so I put them under a canopy (pic 2) and have been misting them with cool filtered water about every hour.

Does anyone recommend anything else to help save them?
Are they too far gone?
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calibeginner

Thanks for the advice. I plan on putting them in my garage at night also since it gets significantly colder at night (southern california climate).

I put glasses over the 3 worst looking ones, but I’m concerned they wont have enough CO2. Should they be fine if I prop the glasses up a bit with a rock (or should I not do that to increase humidity)?

Madbud
calibeginner
Madbud
Bannacis
calibeginner

Thanks, yeah i skimped out and just went with some pots my mom gave me.

Spending the night inside seemed like exactly what they needed though. They look much better, I plan on giving them a little water now and a little water later today depending on how the soil feels; as well as keeping clear glasses on the worst ones (since i dont have enough big ones that will fit all of them without squishing them). I’ll continue to mist the leaves as needed based on humidity.

For my soil, I tried various amounts mixing: pre-used potting soil, new organic compost, and new potting soil.

Ok guys this is my problem.. I got clones from a buddy of mine everything he does was indoor I want these outside but I don't have anything set up to keep…