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Should you grow recreational homegrown Cannabis indoors or outdoors in Canada?

written by Plant with Benefits September 20, 2018
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Currently, Canada is preparing a legal framework about farming of recreational cannabis. The move has raised different interesting thoughts surrounding the growing of cannabis. To some, this sounds like a one way of making cannabis one of the accepted agricultural crops in the years to come. Recreational growers in Canada will be allowed to grow up to four plants as from October 17th 2018. The laws governing the growing, consumption and smoking place for cannabis varies from one province to another and is good to check the guidelines first.

Growing marijuana, however, requires thorough planning. Whether you’re planning to put down a few or a couple of plants, one of the biggest decisions you have to make is to decide is whether to grow them indoors or outdoors. Alternatively, you can choose to grow cannabis in a greenhouse which is a hybrid outdoor and indoor growing. 

Indoor Cannabis Growing

Indoor growing is very popular in cannabis farming due to the various control levels that comes with it. If you don’t want thieves, climate changes, natural disasters, and bugs to interfere with your plants, then you may opt for indoor growing. Additionally, if you live in a place with limited space, then indoor growing becomes very convenient. 

Pros of Indoor Growing

It grows far much faster than outdoor due to the controlled lighting and other conditions. Although they may grow smaller, you can harvest it within two months.

You can grow your plant any time of the year unlike outdoor where you have to plant only when the season is favorable. This means you can harvest more in a single year.

There are limited risks compared to outdoor growing. You control thieves, temperature changes and disease-causing organisms.

Cons of Indoor Growing

It demands proper fertilization and ventilation for plants to grow well. Remember that these plants need sufficient carbon dioxide for them to thrive.

It is costly in terms of lighting, watering, and installation of ventilation units. In fact, you can pay thousands of dollars depending on the number of plants you’re growing.

If you’re considering indoor growing, there are special strains that are best-suited to be grown indoors. They include Amnesia Haze, Royal Moby, Royal AK, Royal Cookies, and Critical. These varieties are adored by most indoor growers due to the attractive yields they provide.

Outdoor Cannabis Growing

Just like other plants, cannabis need soil, sun and water to grow. Therefore, it can grow well in the wild or outdoors but it requires more work and effort. Cannabis that is grown outdoors is distinct from the indoor types. They come with more organic and natural smell and taste. They also grow fuller and bigger compared to indoor varieties. Although you may grow a few times a year, they tend to produce more yields per production.

Pros of Outdoor Growing

The plants get sufficient CO2 thus thrive well. This is why they are very powerful in terms of quality as they have more CBD and THC.

It is very cheap because you don’t need to install lighting, ventilation or expensive irrigation systems. Besides, they feed on natural organic nutrients so you don’t have to buy fertilizers or other artificial nutrients. 

There is no or limited carbon footprint compared to indoor growing. It means you promote a liveable and safe planet.

 

Cons of Outdoor Growing

• It takes longer to thrive compared to indoor since you rely on the natural life cycle of the plant.

• There are several challenges in terms of disease exposure, unexpected climatic changes, and theft. 

It can be easily pollinated with wild varieties leading undesirable characteristics. 

If you’re thinking of being an outdoor cannabis grower, then the type of strains you may consider are Honey Cream (which flowers quickly), Speedy Chill, Critical Kush, Special Queen 1, and Royal Domina. These varieties have classic flavor and they have promising yields. 

Greenhouse Cannabis Growing

Just like other plants, cannabis need soil, sun and water to grow. Therefore, it can grow well in the wild or outdoors but it requires more work and effort. Cannabis that is grown outdoors is distinct from the indoor types. They come with more organic and natural smell and taste. They also grow fuller and bigger compared to indoor varieties. Although you may grow a few times a year, they tend to produce more yields per production.

Pros of Greenhouse Growing 

It is easy to manipulate both outdoor and indoor conditions such as light, water, and weather. This allows you to grow quality marijuana all year-round. 

Plants grow to great sizes compared to those grown indoors. This is possible especially when proper conditions such as good soil, water, and root space are available. 

Plants remain safe from possible disease and climatic-related problems. 

Greenhouses make it easy to conserve energy. This helps to enhance the quality of your produce.

 

Cons of Greenhouse Growing 

• It takes longer to thrive compared to indoor since you rely on the natural life cycle of the plant.

• There are several challenges in terms of disease exposure, unexpected climatic changes, and theft. 

The only challenge is the control of humidity. An increase in humidity can give rise to mold which can damage the buds during flowering. To remedy this, it means you have to let in fresh air at the right times. 

Since greenhouse brings together the benefits of indoor and outdoor growing methods, it proves to be an effective growing method for most growers. If you’re considering growing your cannabis in a greenhouse, the recommended strains you can try include Tahoe OG, Northern Lights, and Jack Flash. These varieties are large in sizes and have greater resistance to pest and mold. Additionally, they can withstand temperature variations.


Whether you choose to grow your cannabis indoors or outdoors, there are benefits and challenges that come with each growing method. Although outdoor cultivated cannabis has good taste, grow to the full length, they are more exposed to natural hazards, disease-causing agents and thieves compared to indoor types. If you’re growing outdoors, then find a secluded place where thieves cannot notice quickly. Furthermore, remember to choose the right cannabis strains that are best suited for the growing method you prefer.

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