Cannabis-lovers clearly hate it when someone shouts, “winter is coming.”
They can’t help themselves crying about “bad weed produce” in “colder climates.”
As if the weather-god is conspiring and stopping them from snorting their favourite pot-plant.
Are you one among these lovers who freak out when it comes to growing weed in colder weather?
Think of the stoners who live in areas with a perennial winter condition— don’t they grow weeds? Don’t they have their loaf of grass? Are you worse off than their condition? Does this mean no marijuana for them?
Well, they would do every possible thing to grow and earn their share of weed.
And if you are a part of such colder regions, don’t get disheartened— you can’t fight nature— but you can definitely use compromised techniques to grow high-quality weed with optimal resources.
In fact, there are several strains of weed that need cold weather support for their growth.
Creative growers have proved time and again that weed-cultivation needs positive will more than the favourable environment.
So, if you face the best and worst of any climate in your area, the only thing that could stop you from having a beautiful weed-output is your lack of will to learn the conditions and add your creativity as per its requirement.
So, let’s grow some fantastic green blades in colder weather— with a little demystification of the stigmas surrounding these super-potent crops’ cultivation in winters.
But before that— you’ll have to choose the location for cultivation— indoor or outdoor.
Let’s quickly jump into understanding these two types of cultivations— especially when we want to cultivate in colder weather.
Indoor cultivation in cold weather.
It’s logical to go for indoor weed cultivation in winters because you wouldn’t have to worry about the climatic extremities like torrential rain, snowy precipitation, frost, and brutal wind.
But the process has its share of problems.
You will always have to mull about the right growing space if you have a limited area.
If you don’t own a basement or store, you’d have to reformulate your plan and search for space which can tolerate such large-scale cultivation.
The good part about growing weed is that you can yield a decent-portion of it even with limited space.
If you have decided to go for indoor cultivation, you will have to take note of room temperature at different time-intervals and act upon it.
You will need equipment for growing marijuana indoors so that you can regulate the temperature based on nature’s call.
You need to acknowledge that indoor growing will demand equipment installation that will increase your overhead cost.
However, sometimes— it’s better to have control over the complete growth and get high-quality marijuana at little cost than to lose all the control and not have anything.
Outdoor cultivation in cold weather.
Needless to say, outdoor cultivation brings better output than indoor growing.
But since you are in a colder environment, you will have to be a little more selective while you decide to grow your crop outdoors.
Once you are dead set to grow outdoors, your cultivate will always be threatened by the extreme climate and animals.
They are likely to host garden pests such as rabbits, deers, and actual pests.
You will have to keep the crop discrete from others so that they don’t consume your stuff.
And you are always at the mercy of nature, not knowing the growth output of your efforts.
Despite all the challenges with outdoor cultivation— once you have bounced over them— you’ll get the best produce— super high-class stuff that will give experiences for ages.
Assuming that you have picked the optimal cultivating style, let’s go through tips for growing marijuana in winter.
Tips For Growing Marijuana in Winter
1. Pick the right weed strain.
Some strains go brilliant with cool/cold weather.
Fortunately, strain packagings have “cool/cold labelling.”
You can pick your strain based on such labelling and cultivate it at your favourite spot.
It’s advisable to go for Indica strains rather than Sativa strains because Sativa needs warmer growth temperature.
Strains having genetic rooting from the Himalayas, Canada, Netherlands, and Afghanistan do relatively well in colder environments.
You can go for auto-flowering Sativa seeds, which can run as an excellent fit for you if you want your plant to bud and grow as early as possible.
2. Manage temperature consistency
Winters can have fluctuating temperatures throughout the day.
The degrees may drop considerably at night times.
The sudden temperature variation is not suitable for your plants.
Think of it this way— what do you do when there’s a temperature fluctuation?
You warm yourself in winter and cool yourself in summer.
All in all, you try to maintain the equilibrium of your body.
Similarly, you ought to manage the consistent temperature for your plant.
If you can’t fare well with extreme warm or cold weather, your plants can’t either.
Hence, you can’t let radical shifts in temperatures when the crop is in the early flowering stage, i.e., two to three weeks,
Try to maintain a temperature difference of 2-4 degrees celsius in the day and the night time during that period.
Once your crop has entered into the budding phase after three weeks, you can permit a wider temperature gap anything between 8 to 10-degree celsius; however, it will still demand careful monitoring.
Unless you have planted strains that can withstand extreme climates, you will have to be a little dedicated to maintaining its surrounding temperature.
Since the temperature has the most substantial impact on output, such as the quality, size, health, and growth rate, you will have to invest your time carefully.
3. Regulate moisture content in the air
Akin to temperature, humidity plays a pivotal role in yielding high-quality marijuana.
And when it comes to colder-climate, the weed cultivators have to be even more attentive in managing humidity.
Do you ever feel humidity-struck in summer more than winters?
That’s because the warm air in summers carries more water molecules than the cold air in winters.
For marijuana cultivation in winters, you will have to learn everything about regulating humidity because your input will decide the outcome of the plants.
It’s generally believed that young plants at the vegetative stage deserve humidity levels between 40 to 60%.
But, understandably, catering right humidity level in winters can be a daunting task.
And that’s when you’ll have to deploy manual tricks which help you maintain the required level of humidity.
- Spray water in the air manually.
- Add water and moisture to the soil surface, ensure that you aren’t over-pouring.
- Cover the greenhouse or growing space with dampened cloths and towels.
- Install multiple-humidifiers to increase moisture in the growing space.
4. Nutrients as weed-food
Just as you need food and nutrients to grow, there’s a need for nutritional calls for healthy and abundant cannabis produce.
By understanding the link between cold climate and nutrients— you can adopt proper measures to grow potent buds.
The roots of plants in humid regions absorb water from the air, and that keeps its growth in check.
However, as the places get cold— roots have less humidity in the air (lesser moisture molecules) to consume.
To compensate for that, roots will drink more water from the soil for its survival.
Although it’s a brilliant survival technique, the roots will continue to absorb the excess of water from the soil, which also means that they will be intaking more nutrients.
Overdosing of nutrients is as bad as overdosing on food or drugs.
The leaves of the plant will turn pale, and you won’t yield a good quality of weed.
5. Manage the health of roots
Your outlook towards plant growth should not change, assuming that you have picked strains which are “meant-to-be” cultivated outside in colder environments.
In fact, you can’t afford to overlook certain criteria that dictate the quality of weed.
You need to be aware of such criteria that include soil temperatures around the roots of your plant.
Generally, the ideal cultivation is done under the direct sunlight.
Light makes sure that the ground remains warm the entire day, thereby keeping the soil warm too.
Warm soil is healthy for roots.
For all the great produce, the temperature around the root remains warm at night time as well.
You have to manage the ideal condition around roots if you have planned to go outdoors (it may be difficult considering the natural challenges).
If you have gone indoors with a cultivating pot, make sure that your basement has the right temperature so that the proper warmth seeps into the root.
See to it that your indoor space is not made up of good conductors like concrete— they have a fluctuating temperature that might leech into the plant root and slow down the growth.
6. Settle for the right artificial lighting.
Cultivating lamps have always proved potent for indoor cannabis plant growth.
However, you might have to install a lot of these lamps to cover the need for natural sunlight, and that may cost you hefty installation charges with inevitable electricity bills.
In that case, you can shift to popular options like LED lights.
They are energy-saver and prevent you from overhead costs.
But again, they aren’t the perfect lighting choice when the temperature dips.
Because of low wattage capacity, LEDs don’t generate enough heat for ideal growing conditions.
Though the longevity of LED supersedes any other light, if you don’t compensate for low-light emitting bulbs, your plants will suffer.
You can set a few halogens and HID lights in place for maintaining the threshold light.
If you have been growing your blades outdoors, adding light supplements in your greenhouse will take care of lighting during overcast conditions.
7. Timing is the key
When you decide to cultivate a crop, you should be aware of all the seasons in your locality.
The qualitative characteristics of your plant are dependent on the timing you have chosen to grow it.
If you have short summers in your area, you can germinate the seeds in your indoor space just a month before warm weather.
You can later move germinated seeds to suck direct sunlight outdoors for its vegetative and flowering phases.
Apart from the timely cultivation and maintenance of the crop, make sure that you are harvesting marijuana at the right time.
Harvest it before dangerous weather hits the crop.
If your locality is against weed cultivation, go for the clone version rather than starting the cultivation from the infant phase.
By reducing the growth cycle length, you will get the crop output in a shorter time, thereby avoiding the social dangers related to it.
8. Force crop to grow
When you realize that the future climate won’t be favourable for weed-growing, you can push force-flowering into your cultivation technique.
At least that’s what colder regions such as northern Europe and the UK do.
It’s a process of forcing the plant to mature before extremities such as winter cold or torrential rains hit.
Now, you must be curious if that’s even possible.
Yes, it is.
Have you ever barred sunlight by covering green mangoes to get healthy-yellow produce?
That’s a type of tricking.
By tricking your plant into believing that they are later in the season, you can force the crop to flower early and harvest early.
You can master this method by reducing the direct sunlight, and make them habituated to shorter days.
Plants will behave differently to shorter days thinking they have entered into the next season and mature earlier than they were supposed to.
To cultivate or not to cultivate…
Well, if you are reading this— I suspect that you shouldn’t be even asking it.
Of course, you should grow, and you have to grow— for the sake of the love of the plant and its highness and euphoric trips— and for the sake of deriving pleasure from producing your “plant offspring.”
Don’t let the unfavourable conditions stop you.
You just need an indomitable growing attitude, a tad little understanding of science and plants, and your willingness to throw creativity to reach growing-endeavours.
So, what’s the wait all about? Go, produce your mind-kicking crops in the cold, and share your experience with us.
Drop-in your concerns and tips below.
Until then, have happy produce.