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Indoor grows can be wasteful, using a ton of electricity to power all those lights, fans, and other equipment. The sun and the wind are free!
Growing marijuana outdoors is great because you won’t need to spend a ton of money on it and you can rely on the power of the sun. If you have access to a sunny spot in a private yard or even a balcony, terrace, or rooftop, you can grow weed outside. You will be tied to the sun and the seasons and local weather, but you won’t have to spend a bunch of money on equipment and utilities like indoor growers.
If you’re growing weed outdoors, it’s great to find a community of cannabis growers in your area to see how others are growing in your specific climate. Local climates vary, so it can be helpful to see what strains thrive where you are, and also when other growers are popping seeds, harvesting, and more. You can also join online forums or Social media groups, but a great place to start is your local grow shop.
You also want to consider privacy and security. A lot of people want to conceal their gardens from judgmental neighbors and potential thieves. Tall fences and large shrubs or trees are your best bet, unless you live in a secluded area. Also, most state laws require that you keep cannabis plants concealed from the street.
The sky’s the limit with outdoor plants—you can let them get as big and tall as you want, as long as they’re manageable. One plant can potentially yield between a half-pound and full-pound of dried weed! Growing a handful of hands for yourself is more than enough. With an indoor grow, your space is a lot more restricted.
The implication of this is that for South African growers, you’re going to want to plant your seeds in Spring or early Summer, in order to give them enough time in their vegetative growth period before they begin flowering, typically around March. The flowering period then lasts for another 6 to 13 weeks, depending on the lineage of the strain.
The legalization has aided in normalizing the practice of growing, as well as allowing the more experienced growers to come out of the woodwork with less fear of legal recourse.
Growing your own marijuana at home can be a hugely rewarding, if challenging, experience.
Getting growing conditions right in South Africa
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With the constitutional court ruling last year declaring that growing cannabis at home fell under the right to privacy, we’ve started to see a change in tides for cannabis culture in South Africa.
For most however, you will need to show your plant keen attention throughout its life cycle, as pests, nutritional deficiencies and excessive humidity can all create challenges in the growing process.
It is worth mentioning that while cannabis is legal to grow for personal use, it remains illegal to sell. There have also been reports of people getting arrested for “possession” despite the order by the ConCourt.