Outdoor vs Indoor~Current Regulations~And Problems, Problems, Problems

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my first outdoor plant in a while, growing now, here in Mexico
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Indoor Problems vs Outdoor Problems


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Outdoor Pros And Cons~


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Quality and Quantity To Meet Your Needs


Outdoor #cannabis is generally much easier and cheaper to produce. It requires less money, time and attention because lightning, humidity, CO2 levels, temperature, and even sometimes water and nutrients are provided by nature.
Sounds great right?
Well, any outdoor grower will tell you, not having control over these critical elements can be very problematic at times. When dependent upon the sun for lighting and temperatures you’re subject to growing seasons. In many parts of the world, you can only get one harvest per year. This means you’re trying to produce the cannabis you’ll need for an entire year with a few plants.

In Oregon, for example you’re allowed to #grow 6 plants per person for medical purposes and only 4 per residence for recreational. The climate doesn’t allow for growing outdoors year round, so even though you might be able to grow your own, it’s difficult to produce enough for an entire year. A cold spring means a late start getting your plants out. Too much humidity or rain will make your buds mold before they are finished. Mold and pests are more difficult to control for outdoor growers. The weather often gets wet at the end of the growing season and before the rains set in, you have to harvest. This means allowing your buds the time they need to mature to perfection is not guaranteed. For this reason the quality and quantity of yields with outdoor growing is unpredictable. It’s a great season, or it isn’t. (We aren’t including the unique problems of growing outdoors in the tropics, or light dep and green house growing in this discussion, that’s another article entirely.)
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Indoor Growing Pros And Cons


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Expenses And Attention


Growing cannabis indoors is very different from growing outside. With indoor production you have the opportunity to maintain a precisely controlled environment. It’s possible to produce cannabis to the peak potential of its genetics year round. You’ll find however, that there’s no shortage of opinions on what exactly an ideal environment should be. Your first challenge with indoor growing is deciding what parameters you’re trying to achieve. This may seem like a small hurdle, trust me, it’s not. Then you have to buy and power the equipment necessary to maintain those parameters. Lighting control, temperature control, humidity control, CO2 control, air flow control, grow media containers and nutrients to name a few.

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This is a big investment even for a small commercial grow. The expenses for the grow in these pictures might shock you. The bills, including mortgage, electric and nutrients came to $6000 US per month and the equipment cost $50k. It’s serious business, and the plants require care 7 days a week year round. No weekends off, no holidays off, no vacations. If you want time off you’ll have to pay employees too, and train them well, and hope they don’t make any major mistakes (days off aren’t worth the risk from my experience)

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How much are you spending buying cannabis yearly? Does it make sense to buy all the equipment and supplies to grow enough to meet your needs. Will you really be able to save money? Will you have the quality of cannabis you’re getting now from a professional grower? Maybe. Most people who’ve never tried growing their own don’t realize how difficult and expensive it can be to produce consistent quality and quantity. I encourage any cannabis consumer who has the opportunity, to try. At the very least they gain perspective. Almost all hobby growers still buy some or most of their cannabis from professional growers.

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I’m not trying to dissuade you from growing your own cannabis. It’s a great feeling to grow any plants. Especially ones you consume. Growing your own vegetables is a very satisfying experience and lot of work. Most home gardeners, even very good ones, won’t produce enough food to last them year round. They still have to buy vegetables from a professional farmer. Farming is a skill, and a very important one.

My hope is that informed cannabis consumers, will care about supporting small local farmers. With our cannabis, just as with our food, if you can #growyourown and #knowyourfarmer you’ll be on your way to healthier bodies and communities.
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#canna-curate ✌️💚& #FTP
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Yes friend this is a problem. Once I prepared for the season, sprouted seeds in the amount of 6 pieces, planted them and the next day there was a hail the size of a chicken egg, naturally there was not a trace of the kids. = (this is the beginning of cultivation.

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Oh no!!!!!

My oh my! The indoor cost scared me , i never imagined that.

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Did you see the scale at which they're growing? A small indoor grow isn't that expensive.

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Yes, as I said a small commercial grow (growing for others) is expensive. This is where the cost of the cannabis people purchase comes from. 💚

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I m planning one too.. i really hope it isn't :)

Interesting article, I agree.. I always grow medicinal plants outdoors,and the year may not be very good.

Wow.... I would love to walk through there! Great read. I didn't realize it cost that much. Electric...nutrients....very intense

Nicely presented, very good read... I am trying to grow outdoor but it is really difficult at the moment , It has been raining since the last two weeks! I was only able to let the girls go outside my terrace for the sunshine... And yesterday, we had a storm and strong rain... I am so damning it!!! I could let them 8 containers be outside only if the temps are at least 20-22°C ... but tha is not the case... Damn, damn damn! I now have them inside by my window sill because the weather will remain wet for the next 10 days!

Good topic @choosefreedom:) Yes, there are always pros and cons for both conditions. My 1000W LED lights cost $40 per month each to run, and I spend a lot more on nutrients for my indoor grow.

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You say 1000w but do they pull 1000w of power or just claim to replace 1000w traditional grow lights ( like HPS)? I’m curious what is your grams/watt ratio?

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I average about 112 grams with the 1000W LED light I have.