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Outdoor cannabis growing

The method of cultivation known as dry farming is one that is widely used in conventional agriculture (especially with cereals) and that has many advantages over traditional growing techniques when applied to cannabis. In fact, many people will have heard of rainfed crops, a centuries-old cultivation technique. Therefore, dry farming by definition is a crop that does not need to be watered by the farmer but instead grows with the water that nature provides, either through rainfall or from underground sources.

In the case of cannabis crops that are being cultivated in California by this method, more specifically in Humboldt County, they rely on the second option, since they are located near rivers, allowing the plants to absorb the water that accumulates below the ground. It may seem impossible to imagine that majestic cannabis plants can develop and deliver quality crops without the grower watering them, but it is a method that really works.

Outdoor cannabis harvest: tips and tricks

As many of you know, cannabis legalization in numerous countries has led to an increasing interest in home growing from many users who, in other circumstances, would have been forced to resort to the black market. Thanks to this, marijuana cultivation has gained numerous followers in recent years, as currently many people grow a few plants in their balconies, patios or gardens, in order to stock up on marijuana.

However, the effort made during half a year (or longer in some cases) can be ruined if you don’t take into account a series of parameters when harvesting your cannabis plants. Today we are showing you a few tricks to bear in mind to ensure you’ll get high-quality buds. Nobody likes to see how the flowers they have been taking care of for months get covered in fungi due to an error!

Cannabis and allelopathy

Allelopathy is a naturally occurring phenomenon by which certain biochemical compounds produced by an organism have a direct impact on the growth or development of other organisms. The action of these compounds can be either positive, promoting the development of other organisms (positive allelopathy) or negative, causing a series of harmful effects on some (or all) of the organisms that are nearby (negative allelopathy). The biochemical substances equipped with these properties are known as allelochemicals.

As many of you know, these properties have been studied in botany and agriculture for decades for different purposes. Thanks to this feature, certain plants can be used to inhibit the growth of other plant species and the reproduction of insects that could result in a plague, significantly reducing the use of insecticides. This is probably the most common and widespread use among farmers all over the world. Nevertheless, there are other lesser-known but very interesting interactions, like the fact that certain plants promote the production of terpenes in nearby plants. something that could be very appealing for the cannabis grower!

Common errors in the cultivation of automatic plants

Spring is getting closer, and with it, the ideal conditions for cannabis cultivation, which is why many growers are already starting to plan their outdoor grow for the season ahead, while others are planning a last indoor crop before the dreaded summer heat arrives. It’s no secret that auto-flowering cannabis seeds (also known as automatics) represent a considerable part of the varieties that can currently be found in the market, with sales increasing year upon year, thanks in large part to the excellent work done by breeders and seed banks.

Whether you grow outdoors or indoors, in this article we’re going to show you a series of tips and tricks towards successful autoflower cultivation, highlighting the typical mistakes that are usually made when growing this type of genetics and proposing alternatives that will make your grow much more efficient, with greater yields and higher quality of the final product.

Growing cannabis in harsh climate conditions

Although cannabis performs well in many latitudes, a rigorous selection of the genetics that we’re going to grow is sometimes necessary in some places in order to harvest our plants successfully, especially outdoors. In this article we will focus on two classic, adverse climate conditions: cold and humid areas – like Northern Europe – and hot and dry climates, where the different cannabis seeds won’t develop in the same way.

Cannabis strains for humid and cold climate

While high humidity promotes a lush and healthy growth, things are different during the flowering stage, when flowers can be infected by mildew and other pathogenic agents due to the effect of cold temperatures and rains. However, it isn’t impossible to grow in these regions, and many growers from places like the Netherlands, UK, Germany, Canada or even Alaska successfully harvest their outdoor cannabis crops every year, mainly thanks to an accurate selection of the genetics grown – always looking for the most resistant strains – and of course the use of greenhouses, greenhouse heaters, etc.

Before presenting you a brief list of this type of genetics, especially suited for outdoor growing in these areas for being particularly resistant to moulds, we are going to explain a few desirable traits that might ensure the best possible results.

Guerrilla growing cannabis

Growing cannabis outdoors, guerrilla style

Guerrilla cultivation is often the only available option for many growers to keep themselves supplied with cannabis throughout the year, especially for those who have no garden for outdoor growing and don’t have the possibility of cultivating indoors. The idea is simple, it’s a question of finding a suitable piece of land to grow on, in a forest, woods, or scrubland where plants can be left to fend for themselves until harvest time. Naturally, the plants need not be completely abandoned, they can receive some care and maintenance depending on how accessible the grow spot is, and how much the grower wishes to risk being caught red-handed while attending to them.

Although the success of the crop will depend largely on luck, with the plants being more or less left to their own devices for most of their life, a series of steps can be taken that, while not guaranteeing a successful harvest, can certainly help the plants to remain healthy throughout the season. In this way, guerrilla growers can harvest cannabis crops of a quality rivalling that of the most pampered outdoor gardens, where it’s far easier to provide the plants with all they need.In the following article we will outline the most important elements to consider for achieving a successful guerrilla harvest in the safest and easiest way possible.

Growing automatic cannabis plants outdoors in Smartpots

Equipment, genetics and fertilisers employed

The following article details a grow report of autoflowering cannabis strains cultivated outdoors, mostly using Smart Pots. The purpose of this report is to examine their performance when used to grow autoflowering varieties and note their suitability to the particular demands of this type of cultivation. Smart Pots encourage a vigorous root development that in consequence tends to lead to bigger plants and more abundant harvests.

We grew two plants of each of 2 different varieties in order to be able to perform a comparative test. The idea was to cultivate one plant of each variety in Smart Pots of 18 litres, which would be the “main subjects,” and then two more, one of each variety, in a smart pot of 12 litres and a circular rigid white plastic pot of 11 litres. So, we will be able to make a comparison between the different automatic seeds we have grown and how they perform in the different containers.

Soil Food Web Gardening

While it may be old news for organic gardeners, with writers like Elaine Ingham championing soil food web gardening since the late nineties and the more recent success of Jeff Lowenfels’ highly influential book ‘Teaming With Microbes’, this approach has recently been catching on with organic cannabis growers who are being won over by the vigorous vegetative growth, increased plant health and more importantly, many claim increased yield and terpene production in their flowers!

The term ‘Soil Food Web’ was coined by Elaine Ingham and refers to the relationships between the many and diverse species of organisms found living in soil. A balanced, well functioning soil food web is vital for healthy plants – most gardeners are familiar with the physical and chemical aspects of soil science – taking care to provide the plants with the correct soil type/texture and with adequate nutrition, but are often unaware of the equally important role played by soil biology in a healthy, vibrant garden – it’s all too easy to focus on the activity and growth above ground to the exclusion of everything else, but in doing so we risk ignoring the vital interactions taking place out of sight below the ground in unbelievable numbers.

Growing marijuana in plant pots

Growing marijuana in soil is, by far, the most common type of crop throughout the world. In this post, we are interested in how to optimize our soil in a simple and fast way.

Growing Cannabis

Know your rights and get the resources you need to grow your own herb.

Here at Sespe Creek we strive to bring you the complete cannabis experience, including cultivating your own flower at home. Clones and Seeds are both available for purchase at Sespe Creek and this page is a heads-up to you for the laws in our local area plus some cultivation resources.

Please note that while we can provide you clones and seeds, we are not master growers!

While our budtenders cannot give you specific growing advice, we can provide you with links to resources to help you succeed in your hobby.

*Clones are available only in season and for in-store purchases and pickup orders. Clones are not available for delivery — limited exceptions may apply for customers with special needs.

Resources for Growing Hobbyists

Dark Heart Nursery

Since 2007, Dark Heart Nursery has specialized in cultivating high quality clones for growers across California.

  • Cannabis Clone Care
  • Outdoor Cannabis Garden Planning
  • The Flowering Cycle
  • Cannabis Veg Cycle
  • What is Hardening and Why Does it Matter?
  • Top 10 Sanitation Tips for Success
  • Maximize Your Cannabis Crop’s Potential
  • When to Harvest
  • Harvest Cannabis
  • Building the Dry Room

Equilibrium Genetics

Equilibrium Genetics produces hybrid, heirloom, and landrace cannabis seeds. We help people legally access a wide variety of cannabis genetics.

  • Are Your Seeds Regular or Feminized?
  • Plant Cannabis Seeds
  • After My Cannabis Seed Sprouts
  • Identify Male and Female Cannabis Plants
  • What is the Best Variety for Growing Outdoors?
  • What is the Best Variety for Growing Indoors?
  • Make Cannabis Seeds


  • Grasscity Forums
  • THC Farmer Forums
  • Reddit r/Microgrowery


  • Ask Ed: Marijuana Success: Tips and Advice for Gardening Year-Round
  • Growing Weed in the Garden
  • Amazon Best Sellers in Marijuana Cultivation

The Legal Dirt

How many plants can you grow?

Adults over 21

Up to six plants per residence subject to “reasonable regulations” by local governments.

Medical cannabis patients

Up to 12 unless their recommendation specifically states they have a greater need.

Can I grow outdoors?

See the links below for the status of local regulations on growing cannabis for personal use:

Unincorporated Ventura County

For personal adult recreation and medical uses, you can plant, harvest, dry, and process up to six cannabis plants in your private residence or on the grounds of your residence.

City of Ventura

Cultivation must be indoors, and may be in a greenhouse that is on the property of the residence, but only if fully enclosed, secure, and not visible from a public space.

City of Fillmore

Outdoor cultivation is banned. Indoor cultivation for personal use requires a fee, application, and site visit to get a renewable permit, but we could not find any application, contact name/department or fee information posted on the city’s website. Try calling them at 805-524-3701 and demand they provide transparency for the permitting process.

Unincorporated Santa Barbara County

Must be in a legally established, secure dwelling or an enclosed, legally established, secure building that is accessory to a dwelling of up to six cannabis plants by persons 21 years of age or older as allowed pursuant to Health and Safety Code Section 11362.1(a), as may be amended, and as allowed by the County Land Use and Development Code Section 35.42.075, Montecito Land Use and Development Code Section 35.422.055, and Coastal Zoning Ordinance Section 35-144U, as may be amended.

City of Santa Barbara

Cultivation must be indoors, and may be in a greenhouse that is on the property of the residence, but only if fully enclosed, secure, and not visible from a public space.

City of Oxnard

Cannabis cultivation by any person or entity, including clinics, collectives, cooperatives, cannabis dispensaries, and medical cannabis dispensaries, is prohibited within the city, with the exception of indoor personal, non-commercial cannabis cultivation not to exceed six plants in compliance with Cal. Health and Safety Code, Section 11362.2. (Ord. No. 2898, 2911, 2937)

City of Ojai

Outdoor cultivation is prohibited. No person may cultivate cannabis or industrial hemp outdoors in any zoning district of the City.

City of Santa Paula

The City of Santa Paula allows individuals over the age of 21 to grow up to six (6) cannabis plants inside their dwelling unit or accessory structure. The cannabis must be for personal use only and cannot be sold or distributed. Six cannabis plants are the maximum allowed per dwelling unit regardless of the number of adult occupants and/or condition of the plants. The plants also must be grown completely inside your dwelling unit or accessory structure and an approved Personal Cannabis Cultivation Permit is required. (Note: a permit is different from a license.) Personal Cannabis Cultivation Permit applications and fee information are available on the City website ( or at the Community Development Building public counter (200 South 10th Street).

City of Camarillo

NO outdoor cultivation; LIMITS on indoor cultivation. No more than six plants inside a private residence (or in a secured residential accessory structure) subject to three requirements: (a) written consent of Property Owner; (b) compliance with Building Code; and (c) no gas products (CO2, butane, etc.).