The movement for the legalization of recreational cannabis has been full-steam ahead in the past several years. As of election day in 2020, there are now 15 states in the US that have legalized the use of marijuana for adults.
Whether or not you're allowed to grow your own cannabis is something that is determined by each state, as they each have their own laws regulating the use of this plant.
If you've started growing cannabis or are planning on doing so in the near future, you are probably thinking about the differences between growing indoors and growing outdoors.
To some people, it might seem appealing to start the growth process outdoors and then move the plants inside under lights to finish off the process.
Is it possible to start cannabis outdoors, then finishing the grow inside? Let's take a look at what you need to know.
Where to Grow Cannabis: Indoor Vs Outdoor
Deciding whether to grow your cannabis indoors or outdoors is a decision only you can make. There are benefits and drawbacks to both options, but depending on your specific circumstances one option might seem to be obviously superior for your needs.
Growing Cannabis Outside: The Benefits
There are a number of different benefits of choosing to grow your cannabis outside. Overall, it can be cheaper to grow cannabis outside as you are only required to get some soil, seeds or clones, fertilizer, and maybe a small greenhouse to start your plants.
Additionally, growing cannabis outside can lead to bigger yields than when you grow indoors. Your plants are also not restricted in terms of how bushy and tall they grow, while indoor plants are constrained by how much space you have for them. However, indoor harvests tend to be higher quality cannabis, as the environment is much more controlled. You have to consider whether you want a larger yield of lower quality cannabis or a smaller yield of high-quality bud.
Another benefit to growing cannabis outside is that it is an environmentally friendly approach. You won't have to worry about your carbon footprint in the form of using electricity for fans, lights, and other necessary equipment. Instead, you'll be utilizing the free power of the wind and the sun.
Lastly, there is something special about gardening outside, no matter what your growing. It can be nice to have an excuse to spend some time in the sun playing in the dirt, and growing your own cannabis outside is a great way to do that.
Growing Cannabis Outside: The Drawbacks
All that being said, there are some serious drawbacks to consider when you are planning to grow outside.
First, your plants are going to be exposed to the elements at all times. This means that you have to be concerned about the weather, the environment, animals, and pests. All of these things can damage your plants or even kill them depending on what happens. You must plan how to protect your plants from these elements, and sometimes they are unable to be controlled, resulting in damage to your cannabis plants.
Another drawback of growing outside is that not everybody lives in a pristine Mediterranean climate. Further, northern regions might struggle to have a season long enough to provide what your plants need to thrive and produce buds.
When you are growing cannabis outside, it is very important that you time it precisely to work with the cycles of nature. You'll have to be very considerate of temperature and sunlight and timing the flowering stage of growth. If you don't, you could end up with a very disappointing yield.
You have to also ensure where you live gets dark enough at night to not negatively affect the photoperiod. Regions with high amounts of light pollution may not get dark enough, which may result in your plants developing male and female flowers.
Lastly, growing cannabis outside is not always the most discrete thing to do. While it is legal in some states and municipalities to grow your own cannabis, that does not mean that you won't worry about snooping neighbors or potentially even thieves. There are ways that you can keep your cannabis plants less visible from the street, however, the smell will be harder to disguise.
Growing Cannabis Inside: The Benefits
Many growers choose to grow their cannabis indoors because it offers them complete control over the environmental conditions and production process of their plants. With this method, the grower may control the temperature, light, growing substrate, air circulation, and humidity. This means that you do not have to pray for mother nature to treat your plants well, instead, the power of your plants' growth and success is in your hands.
Also, certain cannabis strains might do better when grown indoors. If you are growing high maintenance plants that need their conditions to be constantly monitored, indoor might be the right choice for you.
Lastly, one of the great things about growing indoors is that you are not limited by the seasons or by your climate. This means that you can grow any time of the year and produce much more over the course of a year, regardless of where you live.
Growing Cannabis Inside: The Drawbacks
There are, of course, drawbacks to growing cannabis inside as well. To start with, no artificial lighting that you can use could possibly be as powerful as the sun. This will generally result in smaller plants, aka a smaller yield.
That being said, as mentioned earlier, without the limitation of the season for your indoor plants, you could still likely produce more cannabis over a year indoors vs outdoors, depending on how you scheduled it and how many plants you had.
As we've alluded to earlier, growing cannabis inside can be a more costly endeavor. Getting your grow station set up can end up costing you a pretty penny and will continue causing you in the form of utility bills.
Although, you will end up saving money in the long run as you won’t need to purchase cannabis from your local dispensary. Depending on where you live, a Grobo pays for itself in about 18 months.
Lastly, while it's great that you have total control over the environment of your plant, that also means that it's your fault if everything goes wrong. Monitoring the light, humidity, temperature, and airflow will be on you, and it can be a frustrating process to get these factors balanced perfectly.
Grobo solves that problem. Grobo comes with lights that automatically adjust their spectrum and daylength depending on the stage of growth your plant is in. It also automatically dose nutrients, so you never have to worry if your plant is getting the right amount of nutrients. The nutrient recipe is also adjusted depending on the strain you are growing. Check out our ever-growing list of seed recipes here!
Can You Move Outdoor Plants Indoors?
The answer to the question of whether or not you can move your outdoor plants indoors depend on a number of different factors.
First, if you planted your cannabis directly into the ground, it could end up harming them if you try to uproot them and transplant them. We do not recommend moving your plants anywhere if they have already started growing in the ground.
If you have plants rooted in the ground or in large, difficult to move grow pots, you can instead build a light deprivation system around them. This allows sunlight to still hit your plants directly while protecting them from the harsher elements.
You could also try using a portable heater to add some heat on particularly cold nights. However, you'll want to make sure that the heater doesn't create too much moisture in the tent, as this can encourage the growth of mold.
Moving your cannabis plant indoors after it has already been outside for some time can shock your plant, potentially even killing it. It is best to keep your plant inside or outside. The only exception is when you start your seedlings inside and move them outside when they are strong enough.
The only other time a cannabis plant should be moved inside after being an outside plant is if the environmental conditions are very poor, and may kill your plant. Something like a heavy windstorm or freezing temperatures would be an adequate reason for moving them indoors.
Do you prefer growing indoors or outdoors? Let us know in the comments below!
Is It Time For You to Start Growing Cannabis?
Are you thinking about growing cannabis on your own but are worried that it will take too much of your time and energy? If so, you should definitely check out Grobo.
These are automated grow boxes that use a hydroponic technique to grow cannabis and other types of plants. All you have to do is add your plant and pick a grow recipe from our app, then you can sit back and let the system do the work for you.
With Grobo, you can grow 2-3 ounces every 3-4 months! Whether you prefer to grow from clones or seed, we've got you covered.
Is it time for you to begin your cannabis growing adventure? If so, check out our Grobo Premium grow boxes!