Growing autoflowering cannabis varieties outdoors is the easiest way to cultivate marijuana, which allows you to get a high-quality crop in a short period of time, even in latitudes with a short summer period. The grower does not have to create and maintain an artificial favorable climate and light regime for plant growth, nature does all this for him. Given the ease of maintenance and resistance to adverse environmental factors of most autoflowers, the only thing that will be required of the grower is to choose the right time and place for planting, as well as periodically look after the plant.
A good time to plant autoflowers outdoors
Autoflowering cannabis varieties should be planted outdoors after the night temperature reaches +10 degrees. Depending on the region of residence, this is the month of March – May. Here, the calculation must be made on the fact that the plant must reach the harvest stage before the first frosts come in early to mid-autumn. If the life cycle of a variety is only 2 – 3 months, then planting can be done in June.
In latitudes with a very short summer period, where there is a risk that the autoflowering will not have time to bloom before the onset of cold weather, germinating cannabis seeds is best done at home. This will allow the grower to get 2-3 weeks extra time by starting growing during the cold season. After the outdoor temperature is favorable, the plant is transplanted into the ground.
Suitable place to plant an autoflower outdoors
The place of planting autoflowering in the open field plays a very important role, because it will depend on the amount of sunlight and nutrients received from the soil. First of all, you need to make sure that the sun on the site will be present for at least 8 hours a day. It is best if there is no shadow at all. Her presence should be minimized. The autoflowering beds should be located perpendicular to the axis of the sun – from north to south. This will allow all plants to receive the same amount of solar energy.
The soil for planting hemp should be well-drained and dry. Cannabis thrives on soil with little sand. The soil should contain the main nutrients for marijuana – nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus. The best sign of soil fertility will be the abundant vegetation that grows on it. Stinging nettle is especially worth considering as it requires a soil pH level similar to cannabis for healthy growth. But no one forbids the grower to prepare the soil on his own, having previously fertilized it before planting.
For planting cannabis, the best places are located away from roads and paths. This will reduce the chances of random passers-by on them to a minimum. If there is a stream or lake not far from it, this will serve as an additional plus in the dry season. It will be easier to bring water for irrigation from there.
Outdoor autoflowering care
Growing autoflowering outdoors requires minimal attention from the grower. It will be enough just to visit the plant once or twice every two weeks for feeding. During dry periods, additional watering of the plants will be required. And if frosts come before the onset of the harvest, then it would be better to transplant the plant into greenhouses. The rest will be done by nature itself.