Outdoor marijuana growing, especially with plants in remote areas and wilderness, creates extra work for growers, and we’re giving you tips for getting bigger yields outdoors.
We want you to harvest megapounds of sticky bud from your outdoor plants!
Your outdoor marijuana garden will benefit from the following techniques that boost cannabis marijuana plants’ health, growth rate, resistance to disease and pests, THC percentages, and harvest weight.
Customize Your Outdoor Marijuana Growing
Before you even put your marijuana plants into the ground or outdoors in containers, the ideal strategy is to mix customized, rich blends of organic soil loaded with slow and fast availability nutritional components that feed your marijuana roots immediately and in the long term as spring turns to summer and summer to autumn.
For guidance about purchasing and prepping good soil, look here.
Depending on specific rainfall and soil moisture conditions, you might mix in water-holding crystals to help in drought situations, or an aerating agent such as coarse perlite to help in soggy situations.
You prep your outdoor grow site by excavating holes that are 3-5 feet in diameter and 3-5 feet deep,
In those holes, mix in your rich customized soil in as high a ratio as you can.
This is affected by how much rich soil you were able to carry to the grow site, or how rich and aerated the native soil is already.
It’s a good idea to leave at least some native soil in the hole.
Also, if you’ve got native soil with lots of clay, or a clay pan at a certain depth, try to break that up.
Because if you put good soil into a hole that has a clay pan at the bottom, and then have lots of rain, water can collect in the hole like a bucket, and rot your marijuana roots.
When you provide your plants rich soil with carefully blended ingredients along with aeration and water-holding characteristics custom created by you, your plants get off to a great start and you don’t have to be as concerned they’ll use up crucial nutrient elements too fast.
If you can’t bring in good soil and have to use existing soil at your outdoor marijuana growing site, that influences the way you add fertilizers and other amendments.
It depends on the quality, nutritional richness and porosity of the existing soil.
The main thing to remember is if you’re going to all the trouble of growing at a remote site, it’s worth it to improve or replace the soil so your plants have all the oxygen, nutrition, and water they need.
For me, the ultimate soil you could grow in outdoors is supersoil, popularized by TGA Genetics seed breeder Subcool.
Supersoil is hard to make. Read here for more information on making supersoil.
Water Outdoor Marijuana Plants With Root, Growth, & Bloom Boosters
All outdoor marijuana growing tactics we’re talking about are affected by practical logistics.
When it comes to using water as a carrier for marijuana plant enhancers, the logistical limiter is whether you have access to water.
You might have to carry water to your outdoor marijuana growing site.
If you have a natural water source nearby, that’s better.
In either case, you need a container.
For my guerilla outdoor marijuana plants I mix a watering-in formula containing a pH Perfect base fertilizer, Roots Excelurator, B-52, Voodoo Juice, compost tea, and Bud Candy.
Follow the dosing instructions for each product, but cut the dose by 30-65% of the recommended full-strength dose if you’re growing in rich soil.
It’s great if you can safely get back to your outdoor marijuana crop on a regular basis, so you can change your watering mixture as the season progresses.
The most obvious fertilizer change comes when your marijuana plants start pre-flowering and early flowering.
The traditional approach for that transition into bloom phase in indoor marijuana grow rooms and in outdoor marijuana growing is to change base nutrients from grow to bloom, and load up on P and K.
My start-of-bloom-phase approach includes a watering with a 50% strength dose of organic bloom base, Bud Ignitor, Big Bud, Voodoo Juice, B-52, molasses, Rhino Skin, and Roots Excelurator.
If you’re growing in poor soil, use a full-strength dose.
These components protect roots, enhance roots, feed root zone beneficial bacteria, increase resistance to pests, drought, stress, and diseases, make sturdier THC glands, and help your marijuana plants mature faster with more budding sites.
If I can get back to the crop mid-way through bloom, I do a watering using a dose-adjusted mixture of Big Bud, Bud Candy, B-52, Nirvana, and compost tea.
During the last three weeks of bloom phase, I sub Overdrive for Big Bud.
I might also apply “passive” soil amendments, which you read about in the next section.
Yes, carrying all these marijuana nutrients to a grow site is a hassle.
But you see a big increase in harvest weight, taste, THC and overall marijuana plant health when you provide these powerful bloom boosters to your crops.
Spiking & Layering Your Outdoor Marijuana Soil
If you want to make things easier, do passive amendments by spiking your soil with a convenient fertilizer product such as Jobe’s Organic Rose & Shrub spikes.
These bloom phase spikes break down on their own to feed your marijuana plants valuable macronutrients targeted for bloom phase.
However you get a lot more impact by making your own personalized spikes and using other professional marijuana soil techniques.
For information on creating your own high-powered marijuana soil mix, making fertilizer spikes, layering your soil with special amendments as you prep your outdoor marijuana grow site, take a look at the supersoil article we linked previously, along with the spiking and layering tips in the book True Living Organics, which you can read about here.
The magic of spiking and layering on outdoor marijuana growing is your plants have a big, built-in buffet to feast on all the way to harvest time.
Spiking and layering are particularly valuable marijuana fertilizer techniques when you can’t get to your outdoor marijuana growing site often.
Just remember that most marijuana growers do layering at the start of an outdoor marijuana grow when they’re putting soil into the ground or grow bags.
If you’re growing in pots, you can do layering again when you transplant into larger pots for bloom phase.
Using the techniques described above, you take full advantage of the intense sun, wind, rain, and root size that makes outdoor marijuana growing so fun and profitable.
Keep coming back here to find more outdoor marijuana growing tips you can’t get anywhere else.
And if you’re reading this in July or early August and wondering if you still have time to put in an outdoor marijuana crop and get it harvested before cold weather, torrential rains, helicopters, hunters, and other bad things arrive, check this out.