Growth Potential for Outdoor Marijuana
For the adventurous at heart, or simply those growers fortunate enough to have land in the countryside, outdoor growing can be an attractive prospect. The yield capacity from outdoor growing is far higher than what anyone can reasonably achieve indoors, and when you grow outdoors you aren’t limited by plant size. Thus, you have much more growth potential.
Since some sativa strains can grow taller than 15 feet, having an outdoor grow-site can be truly liberating. A good outdoor location also comes with sunlight and fertile soil, saving you an immense amount of money when it comes to the light and nutrient requirements of your crop.
Some of the pros of growing outdoors include:
- it can be much cheaper than setting up a secure indoor grow
- you can grow sativa strains much more effectively
- the quantities you can grow outdoors far outstrip most indoor growth capabilities
- sunlight is free, compared to the cost of lighting, electricity and cooling indoors
- less chance of you actually being caught if your site gets busted (assuming you aren’t growing on land you own)
Of course, there are dangers to growing outside as well. Your crop is at a greater risk from unwanted pests, detection by law enforcement, and theft by other growers or users. You’ll need to compare the potential risks and benefits carefully before you decide to grow outdoors.
Some of the potential problems you may run into when growing outside include:
- securing your grow-site may not be easy or feasible, so theft is likely
- detection by Forest Rangers or other law enforcement is more likely
- insects, other animals and molds are all abundant outside, threatening your crop
- weather is beyond your control and water may be hard to transport and/or scarce
- deer, rabbits, rats, mice and squirrels all want to eat your harvest
- accidental fertilization can occur from undetected males or from another grow-site located somewhere in the vicinity of your own; remember that bugs (and pollen) travel
- a limited growing season; you will only have time to grow and harvest one crop
- he inconvenience of having to travel to your site, and the risk of leaving a trail behind
Another option for the intrepid outdoorsman is gorilla growing.
This involves getting a bit creative and jerry-rigging some designs to hoist your plants (and possibly yourself) into the tree canopies. This style of tree-top cultivation can render fruitful results, since your plants will be higher up in the foliage and will receive more light, and it can reduce the likelihood of detection from the ground dramatically.
Theoretically, you could also gorilla grow on remote buildings or in rooftop gardens, but the risks there seem to be substantially greater. It is strongly not recommended to gorilla grow at a local community garden, as these locations have huge traffic and usually a police presence.