marijuana grow opIndoor-outdoor growing has risks… and advantages! © Copyright, John Foster, 2017

How to Do an Indoor-Outdoor Marijuana Grow Op

I had a situation where I had to do an indoor-outdoor marijuana grow op.

The reasons:

  • I didn’t want to be running grow lights, air conditioning, and fans constantly for 18 or 12 hours a day. Didn’t want the heat problems, increased costs, and security concerns.
  • I wanted my plants to enjoy natural sunlight and air movement.

Advantages of Indoor-Outdoor Grow Op:

  • Save money on electricity, C02, and other indoor grow op costs.
  • Plants are blown by wind and take in natural sunlight. This makes them stronger, and costs you nothing.
  • You more easily clean/maintain indoor grow op when plants are outside.
  • You do foliar spraying, pruning, training, staking, tying down, and other plant maintenance with less hassle outdoors.

Disadvantages of Indoor-Outdoor Marijuana Grow Op

  • Insects and disease vector.
  • Security risks.
  • Must grow in individual pots.
  • Half an hour or more per day moving pots in and out.
  • Plants need on-site monitoring. Not good to put plants outdoors and then leave the premises.
  • Must stake and support large blooming plants individually so they hold up while moving in and out.
  • Can’t use trellis netting in indoor grow because it prevents mobility.

What You Need for Indoor-Outdoor Grow Op

  • An indoor grow room.
  • An outdoor secure space nobody can see or get into.
  • At least four hours a day of direct sunlight, preferably five or more.
  • Good climate (Between 67-82°F and humidity less than 70%)
  • Cloth pots with handles
  • Stainless steel tables or some other way of keeping plants from sitting on ground.
  • A greenhouse is very useful for an indoor-outdoor marijuana grow op. It provides stealth, pest/disease control, and other benefits.

My indoor-outdoor grow program is like this:

  • I grow 20 plants, starting with seeds or clones transplanted into five-gallon cloth pots (Vivo Sun) with handles after the plants are two weeks old.
  • I put plants in full sun on my sheltered, fenced patio from at least 9 am to 3 pm every day.
  • I move plants around to ensure direct sun is always hitting them.
  • If I need to do feeding or flushing, I cool chill my water to 68°F.
  • A half hour before direct sunlight is to end and shade comes, every other day, I do foliar treatments.
  • I examine underside of every plant’s leaves, and rest of the leaf and stalks every day, just before I bring plants back into indoor grow room.
  • I do preventive/protective foliar spraying with light doses of Spinosad, B-52, Rhino Skin around 150 ppm, 5.8 pH, twice a week or more if I see pests.
  • Every other day, while plants are outdoors, I clean my marijuana grow op room, and check all electricals, light angles/heights, nutrients dosages, etc.
  • I use soilless mix, potting soil, coco coir, or rockwool cubes as root zone media, depending on various factors.
  • I stop bringing plants outside about three weeks after I go to 12-12 bloom phase lighting.
  • Plants are always indoors at night.

Things to watch out for:

  • Don’t put plants on the ground or near/under trees and/or other kinds of plants.
  • Examine other plants/trees in your landscape to see if they have transmittable pests/diseases.
  • Keep an eye out for aerial drones, children climbing trees, trespassers, thieves, nosy neighbors, broken fences, unlocked gates.
  • Beware the Chem-Lawn, Scotts, Tru-Green, or other poisoners who spray lawn poisons that could overspray onto your plants.

My indoor-outdoor grows save me about $350 per cycle because of reduced indoor marijuana grow op operational costs.

My harvests are 10-15% heavier.

If you can handle the extra work, the risk of bugs and diseases, and the security risks, an indoor-outdoor marijuana grow op offers benefits.

However if people can easily see into your property (this includes helicopters, drones, small planes, neighbors, etc.), the potential of getting ripped off or busted make it too risky to do an indoor-outdoor marijuana grow op.

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