Similarly to migrating plants in their flowering phase, your main concern when moving plants in vegetation should be the amount of natural sunlight they receive. It is crucial to ensure that these plants receive the correct amount of sunlight each day. As such, many growers choose to wait until the end of June to make the switch, when days are the longest. Migrating them earlier, during the spring, or later during the fall may carry the risk of premature flowering.
There are several situations where growers may want to migrate their indoor cannabis plants outdoors. Light cycle and intensity must be carefully monitored and controlled in order to safely move plants outdoors. Moreover, migrated plants will have to be carefully protected against outdoor threats such as pests, wind, and disease.
WHY DO GROWERS MOVE THEIR CANNABIS PLANTS OUTDOORS?
This risk can also be mitigated by adjusting your indoor lighting schedule to match the natural schedule of sunlight. By adjusting your light schedule by a few minutes each day, you can keep the indoor and outdoor light cycles in sync.
Be aware that indoor plants may struggle to adapt to outdoor conditions. Because of lighting and environmental changes, cannabis plants may take some time to adapt to their new environment.
You may eventually find yourself in a situation where your indoor-grown cannabis plants need to be moved outdoors. This can happen for any number of reasons, and successfully migrating your plants is absolutely possible. However, there are some things that you should keep in mind in order to guarantee the safety of your plants, and their ability to continue growing and flourishing.
You can make the process easier by using a wheelbarrow to bring your plants in and out of the garage. It is also essential to place the seedlings on a higher surface, such as a table. If you leave them on the ground, slugs, snails, and other animals could damage them.
Plants that aren’t adequately prepared for the transition don’t perform as well as those that are. Remember, in an indoor setting; everything is perfectly regulated. Your seedlings get the right amount of light, water, and nutrients because you set it all up.
Your primary goals are to keep pests and trespassers at bay and check for infections or infestations. At the end of it all, you are generally rewarded with a bountiful harvest of potent buds.
Withhold Water Temporarily
As a result, it is necessary to toughen up your marijuana seedlings before bringing them outside. This process is called ‘hardening off.’ You need to complete it gradually to give your seedlings the chance to get used to their strange new environment. In this guide, we offer three different hardening off methods.
If you plan to grow cannabis outdoors, suddenly transplanting your indoor-nurtured seedlings into colder soil could damage their chances of survival. For many growers, outdoor cultivation remains the real ‘gold standard.’
A cold frame has a glass top where you grow and protect small plants without artificial heat. It is ideal if your goal is to harden up young plants. Again, this is a gradual process. When the seedlings are in the cold frame, put the device in a southwest or south-facing spot (if in the Northern Hemisphere). The design of the cold frame box means your plants are kept at lower temperatures but still enjoy a semblance of protection.
If you want to grow cannabis outdoors, it makes sense to harden up the seedlings first. It is much easier for marijuana growers to do it indoors. In fact, most states don’t allow outdoor cultivation unless you have a specific license.