Cannabis Questions Answered: Is It A Good Idea Starting Plants Indoors Then Moving Outdoors?


Cannabis is without a doubt one of the most versatile plants on the planet. What makes it even more versatile is that people keep experimenting with it and uncovering things about it all the time. This is how the plant got so recognized and is now legal. If people didn’t experiment around with it, they would have never discovered the powerful medicinal properties that it holds. That being said, people are also always experimenting around with growing.

Did you know that there might be situations where it makes sense to start your plant inside and then later move then outside? Maybe you move the outside to continue the veg state. Maybe you keep them indoors until it is time to move them outside. Perhaps, you want to get an early start while the weather is still cool outside. Whatever the situation is, there are a number of viable reasons that one could use to start plants inside and later move them outside. However, if you are going to do so it would be wise to stick to a few guidelines.

Acclimate The Plants Properly

One of the best pieces of advice that you can get from any experience cannabis farmer centers on acclimating your plants. This is extremely important when you are moving indoor plants outside. You have to remember that indoors, you get to control the environment so these plants have somewhat been babied. This will not be the case at all when you take your plants outside. It is almost as if you are releasing a chick into the wild and letting it fend for itself. That being said, you can prepare your plants for the transition and this is something that would be more than recommended.

To do this, you will want to start gradually moving them to a sunnier location of the home every day until you are ready to take them outside. If you are, in fact, already storing the plants in the sunniest parts of the home then it might not be a bad idea to start exposing them to the outdoors. Take them outside for a few hours every day. Just remember is the weather conditions are too much, you might want to look for shade or only leave them out there a fraction of the time. It also doesn’t hurt to provide a windbreak of some sorts, as your indoor plants have never likely been exposed to wind.

You will want the stems and stalks to harden before they are exposed to major gusts. An hour or two of this each day for a period of a week or two should suffice. Just keep a close watch on them. At any time if the seedlings or plants start to wilt it could be an indication that they are getting too much sun. Take them back inside or look for a cooler spot.

Get You A Digging Tool

If you are going to be digging a lot of holes, you might as well invest in an auger. This will become an invaluable tool and one that you will likely use on the regular. The smaller models that you will use during the first growth stages can be purchased for an affordable price and easily attached to a cord or cordless drill. These augers will save you time and strain. Staying bent over in the blazing hot sun in much harder than it sounds. Digging small holes with a trowel isn’t all that it’s cut out to be. What is the best size auger to go with? You will probably want to opt for at least a 2-inch auger. These tools come available in a variety of sizes just in the event that you want to keep the plants inside up until the flowering stage or deep in the veg stage. Once again, they will just make the process so much easier.

De-Potting Carefully

If you have never transplanted a plant then you are in for a real treat. Sometimes the process can go smoothly and sometimes it can be a real pain. It really comes down to how well the dirt and soil are compacted. It probably goes without saying, but the general rule of thumb is to leave the roots as undisturbed as possible. This will not only keep everything intact, but it will prevent undue stress to the plant. It is already going to have to go through enough just being relocated outdoors.

The remove the plants safely, you will want to press at the bottom of the plastic tray while trying to push the root ball out without breaking it apart. You will want to handle the area where the stem meets the soil with extreme are. This is the main part that will hold everything together. If you can get this part unattached without breaking the clod of dirt, you will have a much simpler task ahead of you. Sometimes you can avoid all this by simply starting your plant in biodegradable pots. These types of products allow you to plant the entire pot without restricting further growth of the root system.

Cover The New Transplants

Even though you have been acclimating your plants, it is still a good idea to provide them with some cover when they are newly planted outside. This will not only protect them from the direct sunlight, but it will protect much-needed protection for unwanted wind gusts. There are even some cases when this can help prevent transplant shock, which will immediately cause the plants to wilt after being moved. If you can do anything within your power to avoid transplant shock, you will want to do it because it can be heck on your plants. Some people that grow indoors year-round will start their seeds in 5-gallon buckets as to skip the transplanting stage altogether.

All that aside, it is best to use something like a row cover or a prop board to place over your plants to shield them while they adjust to their new and permanent environment.

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