If you are interested in growing your own cannabis, you must know that there are growth factors to account for and you have to account for these from beginning to end within each harvest cycle in order to have a good enough yield having such a yield is a testament to you forming relationships with the whole plant, and not just the flower often used for “getting high”.
We invite you to read down below as a discussion of these cannabis growth factors is made with regards to some guidelines on producing good growth in cannabis yield, the affecting cycles of the seasons for growing cannabis, which strains of cannabis grows best outdoors or indoors and extra factors that influence a cannabis’ flowering time in the outdoors or indoors.
Guidelines For Growing Cannabis Yields Outdoors
First and foremost, cannabis as a plant can yield very much growth for your area or location, provided you are able to take into account and control for these three fundamental processes:
Cannabis Seed Selection:
- Having good seeds is tantamount to choosing the best possible battery for your car, it is what will drive most of the current in terms of producing more and more seeds
- While ‘female’ seeds produce the actual ‘strong flower’, the ‘male’ seeds are the ones that will yield you a greater number of seeds
- To this end, you will want to start out with male seeds first, since you can use them to produce more over the long-term
- Aside from gender, you should pick a strain, of which there are commonly two common ones and one is usually a hybrid of the two
- Sativa is usually best for the outdoors and Indica is usually best for the indoors—consider sativa first.
- Before you decide to put them into a chamber or a soiled box, you may want to germinate them in waterprepping the seeds similarly to how a starter bacterium is needed for fermenting bread.
- After ideally germinating them, you will want the seeds to be covered in a container that is fairly resistant to light and is relatively cool
- The location will matter also, given that a cooler area is relatively devoid of light will yield faster growth during development some use a refrigerator.
- Depending on what you planted before this phase, you will grow either a strain that is developed into marijuana that is either strong for alertness (sativa) or for calming (indica)
- The rate of growth will vary considerably depending on how much you took care of the plant when it is inside its developmental chamber (light and humidity accounted for)
- During this harvesting time, it will be quite common for all kinds of pests and insects to burrow in and take your stash, so be sure you monitor for these
- The harvesting process will vary as you monitor for development and growth, but you can be assured that you will see results within one week during development for minimum growth—eight weeks being good for assessing maximum yield (which can run for up to ten or twelve weeks)
- Don’t forget to make a record of each seed if you can, so that you can learn to isolate species, strains and even individual seeds as they are growing (which can be quite fun if you are really invested).
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Seasonal Cycles Affecting Cannabis Yield Growth
As you can tell probably by now, overall cannabis growth is dependent on factors that have to do with species and strain type, the overall developmental process and even down making recordings during the harvest time.
Since cannabis yields can vary depending on seasonal factors, you can imagine how much out of your hands when growing outdoors.
The four seasons and the four elements for that matter are out of bounds when it comes to how much control you can actually exert and it would be a futile attempt if you did not respect enough the natural process of these cycles.
That being said, this is not to sound philosophical, there are practical reasons at play and most of which have to do with factors of light, humidity and overall predators.
With the context of outdoor cannabis yields in mind, here are sample snippets of the seasons affecting your operations:
- Spring affects a high growth amount due to faster nutrient absorption (as cannabis uptakes nutrients faster when soil is really accessible) to most plants able to grow during this time and season, but overall light still needs to be accounted for, as well as variable humidity levels a male or female species of Sativa strains can take this though.
- Summer affects growth via often high humidity and sunlight levels, depending on where you will but this is almost a constant worry that is prevalent during this time and season.
- Fall affects substantial and potential growth due to better control of sunlight and possibly even better control for humidity pests aside, if you are having more female species of indica strains, this is a good outdoor seasonal option.
- Winter affects growth via the outright extreme temperature drops, which should not be a problem compared to humidity and sunlight, but depending on where you are, -40 Degrees Celsius/Fahrenheit is not advisable for a high yield.
As you can see, growing cannabis is a long term investment and it would be wise for you to remind yourself of these questions:
Q1: What is my overall goal for yields and what strategy should I employ short term or long term, lucrative or communal?
Q2: Can I really devote time and effort in taking care of the “details” like monitoring and recording to find out for myself what process is really the best for me?
Q3: Have I ensured enough time and space so that a methodology is clear and results are replicable or am I hoping for the best for just about anything?
These questions can sound tedious and annoying (to say the least), but in all honesty, there probably has not been a veteran purveyor in a cannabis yield that has had the luxury in escaping these questionsall have confronted these questions without exceptions.
Cannabis Strain Tolerance For Environmental Conditions
As hinted above with regards to the seasons, the kind of strains matters if you know enough of the strains’ potential.
The strains we pointed out were common opposites of each other in the indica and sativa.
The indicastrain is reputed and attributed by both darker shades of colors and pure indica strains consistently show a high number of cannabinoids (plant compounds) that are labeled as CBD (cannabidiol).
The high CBD content of an indica is responsible for creating a feeling associated with calmness, tranquility and induces sleepiness in certain participants.
Thus, you can make the argument—and some have—that a high CBD is a reason why they are used for all kinds of therapeutic oils, being more soothing and less damaging to the skin and joints.
This is also why the indicastrain is a delicate strain that you want to take more accounting of since tolerance to high amounts of light and humidity levels are questionable, hence they are best for indoor planting.
The sativa strain is reputed and attributed by lighter shades of colors and pure sativa strains consistently show a high number of cannabinoids that are opposite to CBD, known as THC (tetrahydrocannabinol).
The sativa strain is able to take more temperature variations and is aptly adjusted for development even in an otherwise lighted area or warm humidity levels, making it best for outdoor planting.
Just to add, most researchers attribute the sativa and its resistance to its unique development under an environment that has not biological impetus between light and darkness (no difference!)
Going The Extra Mile Ensuring Better Cannabis Yields
You have more or less the glimpse of the process, and you know that season affect things more than you do (ultimately), and you know which strains you can rely on at the basic level, it is now time to round them up and listen to some wisdom when it comes to influencing the growth factors that can make or break your yield.
Try to keep these pieces of advice to heart and observe some of them (slowly) as you ease into and through the process:
- Do keep a record, and try to be as specific as you can with these—before harvest, during harvest, after harvest.
- Don’t go in gung-ho and expect the biggest yield you can have—if you can do produce more with fewer seeds and with more quality materials, do so.
- Do remember the process, not the outcome—and keep in mind that if you were the plant, you would not want to be plucked when you are not ready.
- Don’t control the climate (you can’t anyway) and learn to let nature give you some of its wisdom.
- Do try and control or account for factors like humidity, and sunlight, and pests, as well as your container box—and germination, too.
- Do try and learn more than the first sessions that you have made—you’ll be better off for it.
- Don’t lose focus and think all about the flower—the more amazing the flower, the more it needs your love and care (remember that).
- Don’t water too much your plants but water just enough—they need hydration,not a river.
- Do consider the use and reliance on good fertilizers—they go a long way.
- Don’t ignore the presence of good location and even better light distribution—Goldilocks in effect, here.
- Do have a better storage container that can give your seeds room to breathe—securing a longer time for growing but a better product in return.
- Do realize that going organic has benefits even in this line of work—consider using all-organic growing products to better protect your soon to be yield.
- Don’t be careless and reckless and think this is just about sprouting some beans in the garden—it is all about the little things. These are but a few packets of wisdom that you can use to remind yourself that connecting more with the cannabis plant is not the same as buying cannabis products from a store or buying designer cannabis from a marijuana dispensary.
The world has seemingly moved quite a bit from placing a stigma on the cannabis plant, and have begun to build a new relationship or perhaps, re-establish the severed connections between humanity and cannabis.
And, fundamentally, that relationship will have to start in local communities open and willing enough to select, develop and grow enough of their own cannabis to have the full spectrum experience that the plant can offer—as nourishment, as an activity, anda spiritual path.
And, in a process like this, you will see more and more how much work and toil actual cannabis seed purveyors have to deal with and how much time and space they have to devote to in order to counter or at least, gain a little bit of control as they go through.
More often than not, because of experience, long-time veterans and enthusiastic purveyors will get their high yield.
But, like with any craft, they don’t hope for a better product but they don’t see it as an “impossibility” also.
Instead, and as you should, they apply themselves to the process and meet these factors everyday, getting to better cannabis growth yields—slowly but surely.