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.