Posted by robert on Mar 15, 2013 in Marijuana | 0 comments
The benefit of being in the great outdoors is that you don’t really need to worry about light too much. The sun will provide all the light a marijuana plant could need and much more. There is no way to duplicate the sun’s intensity and it’s just a better light source than anything you could produce artificially. After buying marijuana seeds, all you need is sun&soil!
If you transplant your marijuana from indoor artificial light to outdoor sunlight, they could be shocked by the intensity. This would certainly not be an ideal way to start your outdoor growing experience as you might see the plants lose vigor and ultimately die. If you sowed the marijuana seeds outdoors in the bright sunlight, then your plants will be acclimated to the sun for the rest of their lives. Even so, when transplanting from indoors to outdoors, place the plants in a location that is shaded for part of the day to begin with to ensure that the sun’s rays hit them directly but for a shorter period of time. This is assuming that you will leave them in portable pots rather than planting them directly into the ground. As they start to get used to the sun’s rays, gradually move them more into the direct sunlight until they are receiving light all day. This process shouldn’t take more than 7 or 10 days to get the plants acclimated to the sunlight.
Light can also be a problem if there is something blocking it from getting to your plants. For instance, if you live in a cloudy area, the plants might not be receiving enough light from the sun. You may have to bring the plants indoors at night and put them under some lamps so they get a full complement of light for the day.
If you are guerrilla farming in a forested area, then your marijuana plants might be at risk of having the light blocked out by the taller trees in the area. Although the trees provide security and cover from any potential onlookers, they may also limit the amount of light that your plants receive. It will be difficult to transplant them once they are in the ground so you may just have to deal with the limited amount of light.
When planting marijuana on the slope of a mountain, make sure that you plant on the south side of the mountain (if you’re in the northern hemisphere). This is because the sun will go from east to west, but it will be in the southern half of the sky. If the plants are on the southern slope of the mountain, they will receive the most sunlight possible throughout the day.
Just like with indoor germination, outdoor marijuana seeds require moisture to germinate properly. Adding too much water can be detrimental, but as long as the seeds are relatively encompassed by some slight moisture, they should start to germinate. Of course, this is easier if you built mounds or rows for the marijuana seeds to really maintain moisture.
Sometimes, the conditions outside are not conducive to germination or the resultant seedling stage. If you live in an area where the temperatures remain relatively low well into spring, then you may need to germinate the marijuana seeds indoors. To do this, just follow the instructions laid out in the indoor growing section on germination above. Then you can transplant the seedlings when the weather starts to improve.
Again, transplanting to a secluded location on public land is pointless at best and dangerous at worst. There’s a strong likelihood that the marijuana plants won’t survive the transplant because of all the stress they would be under. There is also a strong likelihood that you could be caught, because it would probably take more than one trip to get all of your plants in the right position. The whole germination process is difficult for guerrilla farmers especially if there isn’t a reliable source of water nearby. Hiking in your own water could difficult and but the soil will still need to be moist for the seeds to germinate.
Weeding marijuana plants
As your marijuana plants start to germinate, it’s important to keep the area free from weeds. Avoid using any weed killers like Round-Up that might also affect your marijuana plants. It should be noted that weeds will end up taking a lot of the water and nutrients meant for your plants if you don’t stamp them out quickly. But, the best way to get rid of weeds is simply by pulling them by hand. Trying to kill them with any chemicals will only be bad for the plants that you want to grow to be nice and strong. Obviously, before planting in an area, you should pull out any weeds that happen to be there.
Many growers like to start out their marijuana seeds with rows that are fashioned into the soil. You don’t really need to bury the seeds that deep into the soil. In fact, some growers have been known to just scatter their marijuana seeds on top of the soil to get them to germinate. This random seeding is called broadcast seeding.
Maybe a more effective way to get the plants sown is by using hills or mounds. You essentially sow the marijuana seeds on the tops of small mounds in the soil. This certainly gives you the freedom to plant outdoors even when the soil is somewhat wet. This is because the water is naturally going to drain off the mound so that the seed (and, later, the plant) won’t be inundated. In either the hill or row option, try to ensure that the seeds have some adequate soil coverage so that they can stay moist.