If you’re planning on growing marijuana outdoors, there are several things you need to think about ahead of time, the most important of which is knowing the best time of year to plant it outdoors. If you live in California, you’re probably wondering when you should plant your cannabis outdoors. Unfortunately, the answer isn’t that simple as there are several factors that must be considered first. Then there’s always the old trial and error method as well.
Compared to other geographic areas, California’s are different. A key difference is whether you live in Northern or Southern California. The weather in Northern California tends to be somewhat gloomy with cooler temperatures and more rainfall. Southern California is more of a sunny, warm desert except for the coastal areas. Consequently, the air is dry and the temps are toasty. Winters are often sunny and warm but have less daylight due to the shorter days, thereby making summer the better growing season.
Size of Your Plants
Plant size is another key factor as it relates to the strain you’ve chosen, how long it takes to go from seedling to flowering, and how big you want them to be. Most plants will transition to the flowering stage based on how much sunlight and darkness they’re exposed to over a 24-hour period. Therefore, if you want to grow the largest plants possible, you’ll need to plant them as early in the growing season as possible.
Generally speaking, you should plant your cannabis during the first week in May if you want really large plants. The latest you should plant them is towards the end of August. You should also consider the size of the pots you use for planting. Planting marijuana in a smaller pot at the beginning of the season will stunt a plant’s growth because it won’t allow the roots to expand, so plan ahead and buy the right size growing pots. Keep a check on the amount of light and water that is provided to the plants while you need to make sure that there are no diseases afflicting your plants.
Sun and Water
Two other factors to consider are sun and water. Typically, the amount of sun your plants get will determine how much water to give them. Fortunately, there’s no shortage of sunlight in Southern California. Obviously, if you live in a warmer climate and your plants get a lot of sunlight, you’ll need to water more frequently. Just be sure you don’t overwater them as this can cause mold and mildew problems.
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