First Outdoor Grow

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There’s nothing like the power of the sun when it comes to growing marijuana! Aside from the fact that it’s free, keep in mind that marijuana and all the other plants have evolved under the sun. When it comes to growing cannabis outside, it’s important to use a place that offers a lot of sunlight.

Outdoor growers prefer south-facing locations. It’s also best to stay away from places with plenty of trees and other vegetation which may hinder sunlight from reaching your plants.

And finally, all cannabis strains follow a certain life cycle. It’s best to start growing in the spring so that as the summer solstice ends, the female plants won’t be bothered by receiving less sunlight because they are expected to grow less and put more energy into flowers.

This grow journal follows cultivating ILGM cannabis seeds outdoors.

June 9th

This grow journal started with the germination of 1 seed each of ILGM’s Amnesia Haze, Northern Lights, and Blueberry last June 4th. All three germinated and were placed in small peat pots.

Here are some photos of the little ones in soil. Just dirt for now.

June 10th

They all popped up. One of them still had the shell on her but it came off easily but the membrane is still on it. The T5 light will soon be installed just in time to get them into the dome and get the humidity up.

June 11th

Moved them into the dome and they’re now under the new T5 unit. Still not sure when to move them outside.

Since this will be a stealth grow, they might be put into the ground in a 5-gallon bucket with a bunch of holes in it. The other plants in the regular garden should conceal the cannabis plants.

In the meantime, here they are in their new temporary homes until they get bigger.

June 14th

5 days after germination. Took off the dome to let them get some fresh air. You can’t see it in these photos but the roots on two of the plants are starting to peak out of the bottom. It seems these 3-gallon pots are doing their job.

June 19th

After plenty of consideration, the ladies were finally transplanted into their finally homes: 5-gallon buckets. They’ll spend a couple of weeks indoors before they’re introduced to some natural light. And of course, a bunch of holes were cut into the pots.

June 23rd

They’re 2 weeks from germination and had to switch over to the 4-inch T5 to be able to fit all 3 buckets under the light.

All plants are approximately 2 inches tall and are working on their 3rd set of true leaves. Been lightly misting the soil only when needed and spraying around the base of the plant to get water into the soil.

The Amnesia Haze has looked sickly ever since it popped out of the shell but has been progressively getting better and is still growing so it should come into it nicely. The Amnesia Haze is the one in the white bucket.

June 27th

All three plants are on their 3rd node and working in their 4th. They’re only 2.5 weeks old today!

July 4th

3 and a half weeks since they busted out of the soil. All seems well. The Amnesia Haze has greened up and started to grow well. The Blueberry and the Northern Lights are slightly bigger than the Amnesia Haze though.

Have not given them any nutrients yet but they’ll start getting brought outside to get accustomed to the sunlight.

July 9th

28 days from sprouting. Decided today was the day to FIM these girls. All have 5 nodes now and they’re working on their 6th. Been introducing them to sunlight to help them get accustomed to the outdoors. They haven’t been fed yet but they’ll be getting some Verm veg tomorrow and will water them with pH 5.8 and 6.0 water with a little CalMag and some photosynthesis plus.

Shouldn’t be long now until they start to flower.

July 14th

36 days since germinating.

All seems well with the ladies. Started giving them some nutrients, Verm Veg, some CalMag and watered in with pH 5.8 water with some photosynthesis plus.

The Amnesia Haze in the white bucket has already started to flower so not sure how she will yield since she is so small.

Check out how they’re looking.

July 21st

Finally moved the autos outdoors last week and they have already grown quite a bit!

The main stalk on the Northern Lights is really fat and seems a little hollow. The stem is very flexible but it’s strange because the lower part of the step up to the cotyledon is woody like it normally is. The Blueberry is similar but it didn’t stretch as much so it isn’t as noticeable as the Northern Lights.

The plants are healthy and none of them are showing any signs of damage. They’re all starting to flower as well.

August 1st

Here are the ladies 7.5 weeks after popping from the soil. They have been given Verm Bloom by Vermicrop Organics the last couple of weeks. Buds are starting to get bigger now and all seems to be well with them. No signs of deficiency except for a few bug bites here and there on one of them.

The first two photos on the left are of the Blueberry autos and the other two are photos of the Northern Lights. The latter seems to be a lot more sativa-dominant based on the growth pattern.

Some of the calyxes on the Blueberry are enormous! Just look at them!

These are the calyxes on the Northern Lights.

August 11th

Both plants are doing well into full flower and the buds are getting stronger too. They still have a month or so to go to put on some serious weight. The colas are the size of a grown man’s forearm.

August 14th

It’s 9 weeks since they popped out of the soil. The Northern Lights is also starting to bulk up a bit. Seems like the Northern Lights is behind the Blueberry as far as trichome production and development. They’re being fed with Verm Bloom by Vermicrop Organics along with CalMag and photosynthesis plus. The Northern Lights seems to be drinking a lot more than the Blueberry and both are looking better and healthier every day.

Here are a couple of Blueberry auto photos.

And these are the Northern Lights.

This photo is a testament to how resilient cannabis can be. This chute accidentally broke when it was being positioned outwards away from the main stem. It was barely being held by a thin piece of stem so it had to be taped up and a few weeks later, it had a nice little bud forming.

August 28th

11 weeks since sprout and approximately 6 weeks since the first signs of flower. Both plants are looking healthy. The Northern Lights has some yellowing in lower leaves but they’re normal during flowering and obviously nothing to worry about.

The Blueberry is showing the Blueberry traits of Blueberry traits with some purple leaves and buds starting to darken up as well. The colder nights over the past week seem to be helping out with the colors.

These are pictures of the Blueberry autoflower on the top row followed by photos of the Northern Lights below.

You can see the cold nights are really bringing out the best of the Blueberry auto.

August 29th

The plants should be ready for harvest this weekend. With the way the sun is rising, the light doesn’t hit the plants until noon or so. They smell fantastic!

Grower: Jmesser80
Location: USA
Yield: NA
Seeds: Amnesia Haze, Northern Lights, and Blueberry

Unfortunately, the grow journal ended without details of the harvest but it’s safe to say this may have been quite a productive harvest. They can produce approximately 25 ounces per plant after all.

What do you think about outdoor grows?

Happy growing!

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Bob knows a thing or two about growing at home. He's not as experienced as Robert, but he has a knack for keeping his gardens incognito. Bob also loves writing about how other people grow their crops and has extensive knowledge on anything you might need to have a successful grow in your own home.... [Read full bio]

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    6 comments on “First Outdoor Grow”

    1. Hi there,

      Thanks for your message. Its recommended to harvest the plants in the morning (right before the lights go on, or the sun comes up) as this is when the terpene levers are at their highest. This will result in better tasting and more potent buds!

      We hope this helps, but let us know if you have any further questions of course.
      Happy growing,

    2. Im a newby to groing marijuana and i just bought some OG KUSH (FEM) SEEDS and i want to plant them outside in the ground,i have the pest control supplies to keep rodents away but will they grow to a good satisfactory it is june 4th today and 93 degrees and thats a steady temperature.