How To Grow Pot Without Getting Caught

Growing marijuana comes with a few of attendant risks. There is always the threat from law enforcement (depending on your location), but thieves also present a problem, especially for outdoor growers.

For the most part, getting caught with a small number of plants won’t land you in too much trouble. For instance, I was forced to do 240 hours of community service after law enforcement found 900 plants in an enormous hangar in Amsterdam. If you only have 10 or so, then you may just get off with a warning or fine (although your plants will be confiscated).

1. Do NOT talk to anyone about it

Keep quiet about growing cannabis

More often than not, people get caught simply because they like to talk about growing marijuana. Keeping your mouth shut isn’t easy, especially when you’re so enthusiastic about and proud of your progress. If you tell one person, then you’ve practically told all their friends, too. Before too long, everyone knows you’re growing weed.

If that’s the case, then someone who doesn’t like you might hear the news. It’s very easy for someone to call the police and snitch on you. Even your good friends can become your enemies and give you away to the cops. It’s better to just not trust anyone and keep your weed growing hobby to yourself.

2. Keep the smell contained

Keep the marijuana smell contained

The odor of marijuana is very specific and every strain is pretty pungent. Many people are “outed” because of the smell, but it doesn’t have to be a problem. For indoor growers, it’s important to grow in a sealed space. Don’t let the breeze carry the marijuana odor throughout your entire apartment block.

If you’re growing a lot of plants using HPS bulbs, it’s important to use an exhaust fan that has a carbon filter. The fan will essentially filter out all the weed scents and only allow clean, filtered air to get outside the room. The exhaust fan is also perfect for removing hot air in a grow room so that the temperatures won’t get out of hand.

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Outdoor growers have to worry about the weather and the directions of the wind, but it’s not difficult to plan for that. You can even make a greenhouse or grow your plants under a shed. For those growing in forests or cornfields, keep your plants away from hiking trails, recreation areas, or places that are frequented by humans. As soon as the flowering stage hits, the plants will start to smell. The first few months should be odorless, though. Download my free marijuana grow bible to learn more about smell control at this link

3. Maintain a low profile

Keep a low profile when growing cannabis

Try your best to keep prying eyes away from what you’re doing. If you’re growing inside your home, then you’ll need to carry in pots, soil bags, light bulbs, and other material to construct your grow room. When you bring stuff in, don’t look suspicious. Keep the soil bags in cardboard boxes if possible. When building your grow room, keep the noise to a minimum. Try not to attract any attention to your behavior at all.

If you’re growing outside on land other than your own, then try not to get into a routine. Don’t go to your garden at the same time every single day. Scout out a location prior to growing so you know how busy it is at different times of the day. Use a backpack or other non-suspicious bag to carry your supplies (don’t use a black sport bag that resembles a body bag). You should also blend in, especially if you’re visiting your plants at night. For instance, I like to walk my dog every night and people likely think I’m just out walking my dogs. Your reason for being outside could be for running, mountain biking, or hiking. Dress the part.

In general, all of this is rather simple, but it just has to come to mind. Following these rules and using common sense will usually keep you from getting caught.

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Robert Bergman is an Amsterdam-based marijuana grow expert who has years of experience from small grows to massive operations ... See profile

2 comments on “How To Grow Pot Without Getting Caught”

  1. Here’s a way you will NEVER get caught. Use all the standard precautions but when it comes to electricity…use a gas generator. I know most of you are like “Bro…that shit is fucking loud” but here me out:

    1. Get a dog house (and a nice size one to…don’t go “el cheapo on me”
    2. DIY Spary Foam the insides for sound insulation ( Use this as a reference point -> )
    Make sure, prior to spraying, create two small vent holes (one at the top and one at the bottom) and cover them so the foam won’t expand within them.
    3. I would HIGHLY suggest to place this within your garage. If you are going to use the Attic then make sure you have proper ventilation.
    4. Also, make sure the generator is silent (Yeah I know…it say “silent” but we all know it will make and check out the reviews as well from actual buyers. Spend hours of research if you have to. Here’s a link to one I have ->
    5. Once you are done and the foam drys, use insulated flexible ducting to cover both holes and put a fan at the end of one (like an exhaust fan used for a custom built computer).

    You will notice, even from the outside…YOU CANNOT HEAR SHIT..lolol. Now your electric use is COMPLETELY OFF OF THE GRID….FUCK YOU POWER COMPANY

    Note. Make sure you get one of high watt output. I have a 3,500 watt version.

  2. Just to buttress your point about keeping absolutely silent about your growing, I spend 5 years in Federal Prison solely because I was so very proud of my horticultural skills. I learned this lesson in a very hard, painful, harsh way. I lost my family, and every thing I owned. Newbies, experienced growers. please, please, please heed this warning from Robert. Peace