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Tips For Growing Outdoors

Here are some tips for getting your outdoor cannabis garden ready for spring:

Planning and Preparation

  • Choose the right strain: Consider your local climate and growing season. Opt for strains that mature within your specific growing window
  • Assess your soil: Understanding your soil’s nutrient profile will help you determine if amendments are needed. Consider a soil test to determine pH and nutrient levels.
  • Pick a prime location: Look for a spot with plenty of sunlight, good drainage, and protection from strong winds and harsh weather.

Soil prep and Germination

  • Cover crop like white clover to control weeds- Plant in early spring and mulch/till in prior to planting or transplanting.
  • Companion plants— Sweet alyssum, Calendula, purple flash peppers
  • Germinate indoors (optional): You can get a head start on the season by germinating your seeds indoors a few weeks before the last frost date in your area.

Planting and Maintenance

  • Timing is key: Wait until the danger of frost has passed and soil temperatures consistently reach around 60°F (15°C) before transplanting seedlings or planting seeds outdoors.
  • Planting and spacing: Plant according to the recommended spacing for your chosen strain. Cannabis plants can grow quite large, so be sure to factor in mature plant size.
  • Watering: Water regularly, especially during hot and dry periods. Aim to keep the soil consistently moist, but not soggy.
  • Be mindful of pests: Keep an eye out for common cannabis pests like aphids, mites, and caterpillars. There are many organic pest control methods available for cannabis gardens.
  • Preventative IPM– These products can be utilized successfully alongside biologicals and outdoors for the maintenance/control of many typical pests.
  • Suffoil x- Mineral oil –– kills on contact: mites, scales, aphids, psyllids, mealybugs, early stage caterpillars, whiteflies, leafminers and other immature or adult soft bodied insects
  • Bioceres WP – Bioinsecticide— used to control aphids, thrips, white flies, plant bugs, cinch bugs, and more.

Additional Tips

  • Mulch around your plants: Mulch helps retain moisture, suppress weeds, and regulate soil temperature.
  • Support for taller plants: Some cannabis strains can grow quite tall. Consider using stakes or cages to provide support for your plants as they mature.

Remember, these are general tips, and it’s always a good idea to research best practices for growing cannabis outdoors in your specific climate zone.

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