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5 Benefits of Growing Marijuana Outdoors

5 Benefits of Growing Marijuana Outdoors

5 Benefits of Growing Marijuana Outdoors:

It may seem that growing marijuana outdoors is fraught with challenges and risks. This is the main reason why some growers prefer to grow indoors. But by applying certain measures, outdoor growing can be more rewarding and satisfying.

When it comes to growing cannabis, many people think that the indoor setup affords more privacy. But this is not necessarily true. The same goes for the quantity of yield in the grow rooms. Sometimes, even when we can control all the variables, it’s still difficult to get the bountiful harvest that we expect. In short, while indoor growing sounds convenient, there are some things that can set us back.

In contrast, outdoor gardening is filled with unexpected advantages. What are its perks and could it indeed be a better option for growing cannabis? In this article, we will explore the top benefits of growing outdoors and elaborate more on its implications. The following sections are reasons to consider choosing to grow weed outside.

5 Top Benefits of Growing Marijuana Outdoors

Traditionally, people grow marijuana outside where it thrived and produced potent buds. But ever since the prohibition, its location for growing shifted indoors to avoid running into legal problems. Presently, many growers prefer this method. However, it still does not match the efficiency found in growing outdoors. To expand our knowledge, here are the top advantages we need to know about planting weed in the wild.

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  • Environment-Friendly

With the popularity of indoor growing comes the excessive consumption of energy. Grow rooms require lights, ventilation systems and other equipment that eat up a lot of the electricity.


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In California, estimates show that a single household uses up as much as 8% of energy growing marijuana. That’s roughly using 200 pounds of coal to produce a pound of weed.


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In contrast, outdoor growing needs only the sun, air, and water to thrive. It does not produce any carbon footprint and it even contributes to the dynamics of the ecosystem. So, if we want to save the planet, the outdoor option is the better choice.

  • High-Quality Buds

Blessed by the sun, natural soil, and fresh air, outdoor cannabis develops a distinct flavor. It is often none like the ones grown indoors. As such, some weed enthusiasts even swear that they can taste the earthy essence in strains grown outdoors.

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Aside from its pleasant aroma, we know that we are producing top-notch buds simply because we are the ones tending it. There is no need to buy from shady dealers who sell us brown weed. This type of product is harsh to smoke and may give a bad headache instead of a good high. Therefore, it’s way better to plant our own and get that vibrant green buds that are safer and give more satisfaction.

  • Incredibly Cheap and Effortless
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One of the obvious benefits of growing weed outdoors is the free sun. The plants get unlimited sunshine that is many times better than the grow lights. Also free are the infinite supply of fresh air, carbon dioxide, and rainwater. As we know, these are all the elements that the hardy marijuana plant needs to flourish.

Aside from having all the crucial elements already handed to us, tending outdoors also does not need much expertise. All we need to do is buy the best seeds we can get then give them proper care to germinate. Once they sprout, we can leave them to grow by themselves.

Of course, we will need to check on the crop every now and then and feed it fertilizer and water. Extreme weather and pests also need to be dealt with but these are easily manageable. As such, weed thrives with the least amount of expenses and effort.

  • More Weed

Growing outdoors will most definitely lead to huge buds and overall higher yield. With the help of the sun and carbon dioxide, the plants will grow extra-large leaves. This, in turn, will help accumulate more energy to produce huge buds.

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Assuming that we have a secure location, the weed can grow larger than 180 cm. With this size, it can potentially produce around 500 g of dried buds. If we have just around 5 to 7 plants of this size, we can have a year’s worth supply of high-quality weed. For patients who medicate with it, this type of yield is especially useful.

Obviously, growing plants that are this enormous would be impossible indoors. Even with the perfect cultivation techniques, indoor plants can never grow as big as this.

  • Safer for the Grower

As we know, security is the main issue when growing cannabis outdoors. Again, this is the primary reason why cannabis cultivation shifted indoors. However, if we find a suitable location outside, this can be even more secure than keeping the plants inside our homes.

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To elaborate, ownership of outdoor weed gardens is tougher to trace than indoor ones. We always have the power of deniability when we are questioned, making us safer from any charges of crime. On the other hand, an indoor garden of weed in our own home leaves us with no way out.

To be successful in growing cannabis, we must make ourselves safe from any suspicion. Aside from not telling anyone, planting the crop in a covered area far from nosy passersby is ideal.

Outdoor Gardening is the Best Method to Grow Cannabis

Contrary to popular belief, growing weed outdoors is better for both the plants and growers. As we have discussed, there are many benefits in this method that enables the plants to thrive and produce a good harvest. It is also much cheaper, more relaxing, and safer for the weed grower.

As with other gardening skills, patience and knowledge play vital roles to be successful. So, if we apply all the measures discussed in this article, growing outdoors can indeed be a walk in the park.

While there may be downsides to it, these are less serious than the ones inherent in indoor gardening. So, when deciding on what method to use, refer to this article. Then prepare to reap all the rewards we can get from outdoor growing.

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11 thoughts on “5 Benefits of Growing Marijuana Outdoors

By joaquim on 8 April 2016

My opinion as a former (Heavy) Drinker, and a actual User of Medical Marijuana*, is that under the Effect of Alcohol, driving Any vehicle can be the way to Death,With Marijuana NO, you also Should Not Mix it with ANY Prescription Drugs (I Know!) and People do it and Die, but Not on Marijuana!
Marijuana helps People getting Better, Alcohol Make you Sick, gives you a NASTY Personality that makes you get home Hitting Children Wife Cat and Dog!!! By the other hand, Marijuana can even Help Relationships, ways of Life(again,I Know!) And help "Destroyed" People and Relations, Lifes, Re-Approach of Fathers with Sons..How can Alcohol HELP??? I never heard of anybody being helped by Drinking Alcohol, With Marijuana Yes, I've Heard and Seen or Better Yet, I ALREADY FELT the Relief, on Pain on Sleep and on talking to my Father and Mother, a Thing i Did Not Do for 10years due to my Way of Life, With Alcohol, and i had 7 Accidents, Broken Legs, Arms (with lots of Luck!!!)and Lost a TON of Money(BUT i NEVER Learned Nothing!) My Familiar life was really bad, i have an older Daughter(21), of Another Wife i had, and another Girl with One Year Old that me and my new Wife had the chance to See Being Born, PERFECT, Ten Fingers, Ten Toes and a SMILE.. 😀 ! I do not have any kind of INFORMATION of Dead People BECAUSE of Marijuana, in the Entire World, but Alcohol, a Very Dangerous Drug, is Sold to who ever has the Money!! Don't tell me a MINOR CAN'T BUY a BEER or a Bottle of Vodca because that is BS. Why is Marijuana such a BAD DRUG, my own Psichologist and my Medical Team Chief, aggree Marijuana has a LOT of Capacity to HELP, BUT, the Law isn't YET allowing us in Portugal, to Grow for Our Own Use, they are even more "on our side" because they Know Better than US!!!
I wait and wait..and wait..Maybe the day comes Soon.

By Jennifer ILGM on 8 April 2016

Thanks for sharing Joaquim.

By Winfred Boatner on 7 July 2016

thank you for your help I'm just a beginner and I learned a whole lot and I'm going to continue 2to learn from this site and thank you very much

By Deborah Threadgill on 11 September 2017

I live in Georgia and will be buying my seeds this week. I would like to know what type of soil should I use since I plan on planting them outside. I plan on starting them inside and then transplanting them outside. I have 3- 3x3 containers to start with and several large buckets. I was thinking that I should use a potting mix with fertilizer in it. Please advise.

By latewood_ILGM on 20 September 2017


I am sorry to inform you that I think you have waited too long to grow outdoors. I think it is too cold in Georgia at night in November and December to grow outdoors unless you have a greenhouse and can supplement heat.

Perhaps I should advise you to join us at and we can help you learn to be a successful grower from start to finish.

Always start plants in starter cubes, and transplant to small 1 gallon pots. Plants will not need to be placed in larger pots for about a month into vegetative cycle. We do not recommend using potting soil with fertilizer. You lose a lot of control and inexperienced growers end up with issues because they have no input on the plants nutrition.

Try our flower Power Starter Pack. Just mix with water, PH and feed plants. Super easy and great nutrients. 🙂

By Ms boy on 13 October 2017

Hang on to you're seeds until the last frost is gone , I'm in Mississippi so sometimes that could be late March but you can start them inside and get them started healthy and strong and then when the frost is gone you can start to train them to go outside for the remainder of their life . Good luck

By Rookie on 17 October 2017

Im a first time very novice grower.. think i mad the mistake of planting 3 different plants in one pot.. 2/3 will produce something but can these plants ever be seperated? I live in tri state area n we had a very warm octiber but they dont look ready to harvest

By kork66 on 6 April 2018

Maybe this is the wrong place ( please direct me to the proper area if so), but as a newbie, I have a couple of ?s for outdoors. My spot Is undeveloped right next to a Septic mound. Hence, lower grade with a higher water table. I will look for the "driest" spot. Aside from overwatering, any hints besides some soil build up? Also, I've seen used cig tobacco mixed w/a little dish soap to help a beetle issue on flowers. Any natural tips for insect or 4-legged pests. I've used that expensive rotten egg smelling spray for rabbits and protecting floral plants and veggies only to waste $$$. Any tips natural or man-made in regards to all types of pest protection? Once again, my apologies if this is the wrong spot for questions. Thank You Very Much! A Great Day To All! Peace and Love!

By latewood_ILGM on 18 April 2018


I would not grow next to a septic tanks. No closer than 3o yards.

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