How to Grow Outdoor Cannabis Step-By-Step

Grow Weed teaches cannabis growers everything they need to know about growing weed. This includes easy step-by-step instructions for growing cannabis indoors and outdoors, from planting to harvest.

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Outdoor cannabis cultivation offers plenty of advantages over growing weed indoors. For one, it’s a lot cheaper to set up an outdoor grow operation since you won’t need to buy any expensive grow lights or ventilation systems. And, if you live in a state where cannabis is legal, growing your own weed outdoors is a great way to save money on your herb.

Of course, there are some challenges that come with growing cannabis outdoors. For example, you’ll need to be more vigilant about protecting your plants from pests and inclement weather. But, if you’re up for the challenge, growing weed outdoors can be a fun and rewarding experience.

In this article, we’ll walk you through the process of setting up an outdoor cannabis grow operation step-by-step. We’ll cover everything from choosing the right location for your plants to harvesting your buds. By the end of this article, you’ll know how to grow outdoor cannabis like a pro!

The Right Strain for You

With cannabis now legal in Canada, many people are looking to grow their own at home. While growing cannabis indoors is certainly an option, many people prefer to grow outdoors. Growing outdoors has a number of advantages, including lower costs and easier maintenance.

Of course, before you can start growing outdoor cannabis, you need to choose the right strain for you. With so many different strains available, this can be a daunting task. However, there are a few things you can keep in mind that will help you choose the right strain for your needs.

First of all, consider what kind of climate you live in. Different strains of cannabis thrive in different climates. If you live in an area with a cold climate, for example, you’ll want to choose a strain that is known to do well in cold climates.

Second, think about what kind of growing conditions you have available. Do you have a lot of space? Or are you limited to a small area? Again, different strains of cannabis have different space requirements. Choose a strain that will fit well in the area you have available.

Third, consider what kind of flavor profile you’re looking for in your cannabis. Different strains of cannabis have different flavor profiles, so be sure to choose one that meets your needs.

Finally, think about what kind of effect you’re looking for from your cannabis. Some strains are more potent than others, so be sure to choose one that will give you the effect you’re looking for.

Once you’ve considered all of these factors, it should be much easier to choose the right strain of outdoor cannabis for you.

Growing Mediums

The most common types of growing mediums used for cannabis are soil, coco coir, and hydroponics. Each has its own unique set of benefits and drawbacks that make it more or less suitable for different types of growers.

Soil is the easiest type of medium to use, and it is also the most forgiving. Nearly any type of potting mix can be used for growing cannabis, although there are speciality mixes available that are designed specifically for cannabis. Coco coir is another easy-to-use medium that has many benefits, including increased drainage and improved aeration. Hydroponics is the most difficult type of medium to use, but it offers the biggest yields and the fastest growth rates.

Building Your Grow Space

Building Your Grow Space

Now that you’ve secured your cannabis seeds, it’s time to start thinking about where you’re going to grow them. If you have the luxury of a backyard (or even a balcony), you can start building your own raised garden beds or grow tents to house your cannabis plants.

If you don’t have an outdoor space, don’t worry – you can still grow cannabis indoors! All you need is a grow light, some pots and soil, and some ventilation (more on that later).

When it comes to raised garden beds, you have a few options. You can buy pre-made raised garden beds from a home improvement store, or you can build your own using wood boards or cinder blocks. If you opt for the latter, just make sure that your bed is at least 18 inches (46 cm) deep so that your plants have enough room to root.

As for grow tents, these are enclosed spaces that are specifically designed for growing plants indoors. They usually come with all the ventilation and lighting fixtures you need, so they’re great for beginner growers. Just be warned – they can be pretty pricey!

Once you’ve decided on a location for your grow space, it’s time to start thinking about ventilation. Cannabis plants need fresh air to thrive, so make sure that your grow space has adequate ventilation. This can be as simple as opening a window or installing a fan in your room. Just make sure that the air is moving around so that your plants get the fresh air they need.

Air and Ventilation

One of the most important considerations for growing cannabis outdoors is ensuring your plants have enough fresh air. Good air circulation helps discourage mold and mildew, and allows your plants to take in the maximum amount of carbon dioxide for healthy growth.

If you’re growing in a confined space like a greenhouse or grow tent, you’ll need to take special care to ensure there is adequate ventilation. Using oscillating fans or inline fans can help circulate air and keep your plants healthy.

Make sure to check your local laws and regulations before venting exhaust fumes from indoor grow lights outside, as this can be considered illegal in some areas.

Watering and Feeding

The amount of water and nutrients your cannabis plants need will vary greatly depending on the size of your plants, whether they are in Veg or Flower, what time of year it is, your soil mix, and a variety of other factors. As a general rule, it’s best to let your plants tell you when they need water by monitoring their soil. When the top 2-3 inches (5-7.5 cm) of soil are dry, it’s time to water.

When watering your plants, it’s important to avoid overcompensating for lost water by giving them too much at once. This can lead to problems with nutrient uptake and root rot. Instead, water slowly and deeply so that the root system can fully absorb the moisture.

Cannabis plants need nutrients throughout their life cycle, but the type and amount of nutrients they need will change as they transition from Veg to Flower. In general, cannabis plants in Veg need more nitrogen (N) than phosphorus (P), while the reverse is true for flowering plants. However, both N and P are essential for healthy growth, so it’s important to find a balance that works for your specific situation.

There are many different fertilizer products available on the market, so it’s important to read the labels carefully to find one that’s right for your needs. It’s also a good idea to have your soil tested so you can make sure you are adding the right nutrients in the right amounts.

Temperature and Humidity

During the vegetative stage, your cannabis plants will need a temperature between 68-77°F (20-25°C) and a humidity level of around 60%.

As your plants begin to flower, you will want to reduce the temperature to 64-70°F (18-21°C) and the humidity level to around 40%.

You will also want to make sure that your plants have access to fresh air. A simple fan will do the trick!


Before we get into the nitty-gritty of how to grow your own outdoor cannabis, let’s go over a few basics. First and foremost, you’ll need to check your local laws and regulations to make sure that growing marijuana is legal in your area. Once you’ve done your research and are ready to start growing, you’ll need to choose a location for your plants.

Outdoor growers have a few options when it comes to choosing a location for their plants. If you have a private yard, you can grow your plants in plain view. Just be sure to check for any legal restrictions on how far from your property line the plants must be grown. Another option for outdoor growers is to grow their plants in a greenhouse. This will protect your plants from pests and inclement weather while still allowing them to get the sunlight they need to thrive.

Once you’ve selected a location, it’s time to start preparing the soil. Cannabis plants need nutrient-rich soil in order to thrive, so be sure to mix in some organic matter such as compost or manure before planting. Once the soil is ready, you can plant your seeds or clones (young plants that have been started from cuttings).

Water your plants regularly, especially during hot weather. Keep an eye out for pests and diseases, and be sure to remove any dead or dying leaves or branches. When the time comes, harvest your buds and enjoy the fruits of your labor!

Flowering and Harvesting

Once your cannabis plants have grown big and strong during the vegetative stage, it’s time to induce flowering. This is when your plants will start to grow buds (aka flowers). You can force your plants to start flowering by changing the amount of light they receive each day. For most cannabis strains, you’ll want to give them 12 hours of light and 12 hours of darkness each day to induce flowering.

As your plants start to flower, you’ll begin to see white pistils growing out of the buds. These pistils are actually tiny hairs that will eventually turn into THC-filled trichomes. Your plants are now in the flowering stage and will continue to grow bigger buds until it’s time to harvest.

The length of the flowering stage varies from strain to strain, but typically lasts between 8-12 weeks. You’ll know it’s time to harvest when the pistils are about 80% brown. At this point, most of the THC has been produced and the trichomes are at their peak potency.

Harvesting your cannabis is a delicate process that requires some planning and preparation. You’ll want to make sure you have all the necessary supplies on hand before you start cutting down your plants. Here’s a basic list of what you’ll need:

-A sharp pair of scissors or pruning shears
-A large tarp or sheet
-An airtight container for storage (mason jars work well)
-Curing agent (optional)

Once you have all your supplies, you’re ready to start harvesting! Start by cutting down the main stem of each plant and then trimming away any large fan leaves. Be careful not to damage the buds as you trim away the leaves. Once you have trimmed away all the leaves, you can begin cutting down individual branches with buds. Cut each branch into smaller manageable pieces and then place them on the tarp or sheet.

Once all your cannabis has been harvested, it’s time to dry and cure it. This is an important step in preserving the quality and potency of your weed. Start by hanging your branches upside down in a dark, cool place with good air circulation. Allow them to dry for 1-2 weeks until the buds are crisp but not brittle. Once they’re dry, you can remove them from the branches and store them in an airtight container along with a curing agent such as a POWDERED vitamin C tablet or fresh apple slices. Curing helps preserve THC levels and prevents mold growth, so it’s definitely worth taking the extra step!


Curing is the process of drying your cannabis properly so that it burns evenly and smoothly when smoked. Poorly cured cannabis will be harsh and unpleasant to smoke. Curing also helps to preserve the potency of your buds for long-term storage.

To cure your buds, you will need to dry them slowly. Hang your buds in a dark room with good airflow at a temperature of around 60-70 degrees Fahrenheit. Check on your buds daily, and after 7-10 days, they should be ready to jar or store.

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