Although cannabis will grow in many hostile places the more favourable
a location is the better the results will be. Wherever your plants
are they will need to receive the right amount of warmth, light,
fresh air, water and nutrients. You will have to provide these things
if nature is not.
Both indoor and outdoor growing have their advantages and disadvantage
depending on your situation and location. If you grow indoors you
have more ability to control your plants environment and are not
restricted so much by the seasons. If you grow outdoors you can
grow larger plants and there's no electricity bill.
Choose a space with a stable environment that can be controlled
as much as possible. As temperatures in loft spaces can become extreme
in both summer and winter they are not ideal unless well insulated
or used only in milder months. Cellars, spare rooms or cupboards
are better for more successful year round growing. Wherever your
space is it will need good ventilation, a power supply and a reflective
wall covering like matt white paint to increase light intensities
around the plants. If flowering you will also need to make sure
your plants are in a space able to get 12 hours undisturbed total
darkness each day.
Be a Good Neighbour
A working grow space has the potential to be a huge annoyance to
neighbours. Fans, pumps and ballast's can make a right racket when
working, think about whether your noise might disturb a neighbour
and use sound insulation if necessary. Check at night when things
are quiet and background sound is at a minimum. Smells or powerful
light beams escaping at night are other areas that you should also
check and control.
Living with Plants
Plants in living rooms will not flower properly unless they receive
the correct amount of darkness to trigger flowering. If you don`t
want to sit in darkness for 12 hours a day cover plants daily with
a box or black plastic bin.
For outdoor plants choose a south facing location (northern
hemisphere) that receives at least 4 hours of direct midday sun
each day. Like a solar panel cannabis will work better, and produce
more output the more direct sun it receives. Planting straight in
unimproved soil will almost always bring disappointment so use compost,
sand and other improvers to break up the ground and make life easier
for the roots.
Although growing in pre-prepared holes in the ground is fine for
some situations using pots outdoors has many advantages. Plants
become easily movable so if bad whether is forecast or pests start
attacking they can be taken off and treated or protected. Burying
the pots in the earth is another option, it will help keep water
and nutrients directed around the roots during dry spells and if
they need to be moved they can be dug up pot and all without over
stressing the plant.
Greenhouses or polytunnels are great places to grow but need their
environments controlling and managing in much the same way as indoor
spaces. Ventilation is vital to combat too much heat and humidity
as well as helping to deter mould and fungus. Insect problems also
occur more easily in greenhouses than anywhere due to their protective
environment being so easily accessible from outside.
The Right Plants
While some plants bred for outdoor growing might do well in an indoor
environment it`s a good idea to get the right plants for the right
place. If you want to grow outdoors and get good results choose
a variety that's bred to grow outside. Plants bred for indoor growing
won`t have been designed for the rigours of outdoor life. Likewise
if you want to grow indoors choose an indoor variety as they will
be bred to be more compact, shorter and tolerant of low light levels.
As a general guide mainly Indica varieties are small, compact and
bush like while mainly Sativas varieties tend to be taller, leggy
and often more fussy about their conditions.
Micro climates are pockets of differing conditions within a specific
area either inside or out. If you live in an area where conditions
are poor you can seek out or create a micro climate more favourable
to growing cannabis. Fences, plants, buildings and your geographical
location all play a part in effecting and creating local micro climates.
Even the colour of a plants surroundings effect the light and heat
intensity around it. Matt white is great at reflecting light and
keeping things cooler while matt black is good for absorbing light
and keeping things warmer.