Growing cannabis in cooler temperatures has a few huge advantages, despite people’s fear of cold climates and growing weed. The following tips will tell you how to grow marijuana in cooler conditions and debunk some of the myths that surround this method. There is no reason to fear the cold!
Is It Possible to Grow Weed in a Cold Climate?
Growing weed in cold weather does require you to take certain precautions, but the process is similar to that of growing in warm weather.
If you are planning to grow in cold weather or during the winter, Herbies suggests watching out for the following. The following factors are to be considered:
- Extremely cold temperatures. Growing conditions will become more challenging as the colder months approach, as processes like germination, cloning, and keeping your clones and baby plants alive may become difficult. Colder temperatures can sometimes provide some advantages, however. It is possible to impart real variation in color to weed, including purple, all of which we love. A general rule of thumb is to ensure that temperatures won’t fall below 60 ° F (15 ° C) until the moment of harvest, as colder conditions stunt growth and negatively affect weeds.
- The humidity. If moisture is trapped on your plants’ leaves and soil because of rain, snow, or other events, it can lead to mold problems.
- Nutrients. For cannabis plants to grow healthily and produce high yields, they need nutrients. To cultivate more potent buds, you must understand how cold climates affect nutrient uptake. The roots will compensate for the lack of moisture in the air by drinking more water in areas where the air is dry. The good news is that this is an excellent survival technique, but if the grower does not pay attention, it may cause problems. The roots also pull in more nutrients from the soil as a result of receiving more water. Leave tips may appear burnt or all leaves may turn yellow if nutrient levels get too high (referred to as nutrient burn). A root that is too cold tightens up and does not allow for optimal nutrients absorption. A lock-up of phosphorous occurs in cold weather, usually below 10 degrees Celsius (50 degrees Fahrenheit). When the plant is blooming, phosphorus is especially critical. This will increase the number of flowers on the plant.
- There is no denying the importance of timing. Northern climates often have shortened summers, lasting only 8-10 weeks. Therefore, indoor growers often start their plants inside during the winter. During the vegetative and flowering stages, seeds germinate inside, and the plants are moved outside to receive natural sunlight. The harvesting is done before the weather becomes unfavorable. Consider marijuana varieties with short flowering times if your location requires you to race against the clock. You can also start plants from clones rather than seeds if you have a shorter growing season. The growth cycle of plants can be shortened by starting them at an older stage. The vegetative phase of the plant begins earlier in the life cycle of older plants. Their roots can begin growing immediately when the optimal conditions are present.
- Find strains that are labeled as Cool/Cold. Outdoor strains are specifically bred for the conditions. Northern strains can flower even in extreme conditions. Select indicas over sativas for outdoor cultivation. The genetics of Sativas are usually tropical, and they need a warm climate. Climates like those in Afghanistan, the Netherlands, Canada, and the Himalayas are well suited to strains bred with genes from these countries. Many autoflowering seeds have been developed by breeders that are adapted to northern climates. Since they can mature without being inhibited by the length of the day, they are popular for outdoor operations.
What are the best strains to grow in cold weather?
There are some strains that do particularly well in colder regions, despite colder temperatures, shorter light cycles, etc. Here are the best strains for cold climate:
Purple Lemonade Auto (FastBuds)
If we are speaking of that alluring purple color found in some cannabis plants, this particular strain is one of the best examples of it. A colorful strain with purple genetics, Purple Lemonade Auto is named for its bright color.
Purple & Citrus Cali is a majority Sativa / majority Indica hybrid that combines the best characteristics of both parent strains. You’ll quickly fall in love with Purple Lemonade Auto’s sweet, citrusy terpene profile as well as its dense purple buds.
Due to this strain’s hardiness, you don’t have to regulate its light cycle, something that is especially useful in the colder months.
Shiskaberry (Barney’s Farm)
This strain is perfect if you’re looking for a strain with a pungent aroma and a high THC content. Shiskaberry tastes earthy and spicy with hints of berries and spices. This is a 100% pure Indica that is a cross between Blueberry and Afghan landrace.
The buds of this strain are nice and dense in a short time. Seeds to harvest usually take around 7-8 weeks. In addition to its fast growth, Shiskaberry is also extremely easy to grow. No special attention is required, which makes it perfect for novice growers.
Marmalate Early Version (Delicious Seeds)
Marmalate Early Version is a 70% Indica/ 30% Sativa blend designed to produce a relaxing, cerebral high while also providing a nice body high.
Aromas of grapes, vanilla, and woody, piney notes accompany this strain’s sweet taste. It can be grown both outdoors and indoors, and you can expect good yields and a THC content of around 21 percent.
For those new to growing and inexperienced, this strain is well-suited for colder climates, is highly resistant to pests, and can make a great choice.
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