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Grow cannabis outdoors the easy way



Lots of people grow all their medical / recreational cannabis from a few outdoor plants.  Its far easier than many people realise and with the right seeds / conditions it is quite possible to get hundreds of grams of dried cannabis from a single plant.  This weeks blog explains the most important things you need to know to make it easy to grow your own cannabis outdoors.

Plan the grow location

The first step to a successful outdoor grow is planning.  You will need to find a safe and secure location to grow your plants.  Many people find a secluded place in the countryside, perhaps in the forests, the fields or by a river bank.  Some people will be lucky enough to have a private garden or greenhouse which is suitable.  The main goal is to find a place which will not be disturbed by other people or animals (e.g. deer, rabbits, goats etc).  An area surrounded by brambles is a good way to keep deer and goats away.  Rabbits can be kept away from your plants with a protective barrier of chicken wire held in position by small tent pegs.  In the Northern hemisphere the outdoor growing season is typically from April/May to September/October.  The southern hemisphere growing season runs from around September to March. Once you have a good outdoor grow location it will often provide years of use.  


Optimise the growing conditions

Cannabis plants need as much sunlight as possible, choose a sheltered grow location that receives plenty of direct sunlight with reasonable quality soil.  Many people improve the soil by adding compost, manure, fertilisers etc. Digging the soil will to improve the structure and aeration. 


Choose seeds of proven outdoor cannabis varieties.

5-10 seeds of a good quality outdoor variety is often enough to provide you with a years supply of cannabis.  Choose the seed variety well, this is one area of your life where you really do not need to compromise.  The most popular Dutch Passion outdoor varieties include Frisian Dew, Durban Poison, Passion #1, and Frisian Duck.  Our full outdoor seed collection is here.  Two of our varieties are worth a special recommendation; Frisian Duck is a unique outdoor variety with leaves that do not look like traditional cannabis.  This means your plants are less likely to be noticed by people.  Frisian Dew is an established outdoor variety, it is tough enough to survive the northern european summer and productive enough to yield over a kilo of dry buds in optimum conditions.


Getting started.

Most outdoor growers germinate the seeds at home and look after the seedlings during the first couple of weeks when they are most vulnerable.  The seeds are then taken to their final grow location and planted after the last frost has gone.  Its normal to initially give them plenty of water which allows the roots to become established.  



Thats the hard work done.  Now you just need to let nature take over.  Some growers prefer not to visit the plants too often in case it leaves an obvious pathway to the grow location.  However you may wish to make an occasional check on the plants to remove any weeds/vegetation that is getting in the way of your cannabis plants.  In times of mid-summer drought you may need to take some water to the plants.  And of course you will need to visit the plants to chop them down at harvest time.


Growing your own cannabis outdoors really is easy.  If you haven’t tried it then this could be a good year to start.






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Recent comments (16)

On 03 -03-2015 at 02:16 u Passion1 wrote:
I wonder what has proven to withstand the worst weather out of your outdoor varieties. I live at 69degrees north and would love to try this spring and summer an allmost all outdoor grow.i plan germinating indoor and ceg under led up to maybe 20-25cm then putting them outside for the hottest part of the summer. If you dont think about yield and potency but merly what strain out of passion1 ,frisian duck or others of your high altitude strains maybe that is the roughest strain for cold,wet,wind and so on. Problem is we have midnight sun in summer and often a very sudden fall with just a few degrees celsius allready in late august early september. So it would have too be your fastest flowering strain? Or what kind of autofem do you think is the rougheest outdoor option? Do you have passion1 auto or similar. Ps: i dont have greenhouse and know its a gamble this far north but the last summers have gotten better and better

On 03 -03-2015 at 11:27 u Eddy - Dutch Passion wrote:
Passion, thats a tough question. Such difficult conditions make it difficult to grow so far north and there are no guarantees, but it could be worth thinking about an automatic variety like Think Different.

On 03 -03-2015 at 17:14 u Lio wrote:
i want to know what you suggest about nutrition in a outdoor cultivation. thank you.

On 04 -03-2015 at 17:54 u Eddy - Dutch Passion wrote:
Lio, http://www.dutch-passion.nl/en/grow-info/growing-cannabis-outdoors/

On 08 -03-2015 at 10:28 u Lio wrote:
i want specific number of quantity of the fertiliser and what type(ex. 5-5-5?) and how often especialy in autofem qultivattion. it's my first attemp. sorry my english not so well.

On 02 -05-2015 at 01:03 u Gordon Ross wrote:
What's the quickest cannabis to grow from seed indoors.and what gives the biggest yield.PLEASE HELP

On 07 -05-2016 at 03:01 u Reddusk farms wrote:
Hi Ed, cannabis is becoming a big deal in Oregon how that recreational cannabis was made legal whereby each household (address) can grow and have 4 mature plants cannabis plants. By question to you is about early flowering. Today date is May 6th, and i live in Eugene, Or. which is about 43 degrees latitude. In the past if i plant at this time i run the risk of my plants going into early flowering. Last year we had 4 Durban Poisons turn on us. It was a challenging time having to install lighting adding extra nitrogen and picking the flower starts. I do not want to repeat this process. This said when is the earliest time to plant in the ground our 2' high rooted starts ? Also does green house help this early start ? Noting it's all about the amount of light the plant is receiving that is key to the flower cycles

On 08 -05-2016 at 09:30 u Eddy wrote:
Reddusk, 7th May 2016. Most people put Durban outdoors after the last frost, preferably after starting her indoors for a few weeks under 24 hour light to establish herself. Starting them under glass is a great way to mitigate the worst of the early season cool weather. We haven't heard of any other Durbans wanting to start blooming so early, normally you would expect harvest in Sept/Oct after bloom started around July/Aug.

On 28 -11-2016 at 05:58 u Bucky wrote:
I couldn't find anything on your site about harvesting, drying, cleaning. Can you guide me to the area of your site that addresses all that?

On 29 -11-2016 at 10:03 u Eddy wrote:
Bucky, 28th Nov 2016. Here is a useful blog for you :-) http://www.dutch-passion.com/en/news-and-development/how-to-harvest-dry-and-cure-your-outdoor-cannabis-crop/

On 07 -01-2017 at 11:38 u Steve Dearinger wrote:
What outdoor stains will tolerate high humidity ? Growing in Kentucky in the Ohio river valley, not uncommon to have 100% humidity with average summer temp about 87 degrees days ,60's to70 at night. I would like high yield (of course) as I can only grow four.... Please help , thank you,Steve. Would orange bud be a possibillity ?

On 10 -01-2017 at 12:12 u Eddy wrote:
Steve, 7th Jan 2017. Look at photoperiod proven varieties such as Passion, Durban Poison, Frisian Dew, Frisian Duck, Hollands Hope. But you should also consider our new auto varieties, if you plant them in May they will be ready in July. Maybe harvesting at a different time of year will be a way around the issues? which is why I suggest autoflowering varieties as a consideration

On 13 -02-2017 at 20:29 u Tbob wrote:
is it wise to top and pinch autos outdoors

On 16 -02-2017 at 10:40 u Eddy wrote:
Tbob, 13th Feb 2017. Most people do not pick (remove) the growing tip of an auto outdoors. Yes, it will give you a bushy plant, but for many auto growers its felt to be a slightly 'risky' manoeuvre. So many don't take the risk

On 20 -03-2017 at 15:08 u David wrote:
Hi, what would you suggest for growing in a pot/growbag in a small greenhouse, in a small south facing yard in SW UK. This is my third year and getting better, but lasts only 3 months. I smoke (also thinking about baking) perhaps twice a week (more at the start) to ease my arthritis. Sadly, I have run out and do not like buying from anyone I don't know that can't tell me the origin of the deal. I do not want to support drug dealers and the like, that is why I grow me own for me own consumption. So, I need advice about the best to buy and get the greatest and strongest yield. Look forward to hearing from you. Regards, David

On 21 -03-2017 at 15:02 u Eddy wrote:
David, 20th March 2017. The easiest way forward is to try some autos. They take about 90 days from seed to harvest. Auto Duck is recommended since it has an unusual leaf shape which is difficult to identify as cannabis. Just plant the seeds and water when required. Easy!

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