Here’s the million-dollar question you’ve no doubt asked before – if growing outdoors, is it better to grow in pots or soil? Or more specifically, should you be looking to set up your plantation in the open ground, or by using containers of a limited size?
The answer you get will usually be determined entirely by the personal preferences of the individual you ask. The simple fact of the matter is that while both approaches have the potential to work wonders, they each have their own unique advantages and disadvantages which must be taken into account. As such, it’s more than worth considering the ups and downs of both before going ahead, which we will now take a slightly closer look at:
Outdoor Growing in Pots
Looking at the pot-based method first, the single biggest advantage of all is the way in which your plants remain portable. This in turn means exceptional and enormously beneficial flexibility when it comes to positioning and protecting your plants, as and when required. You can move them around in accordance with the most ideal spots throughout the seasons, you can bring them indoors when the weather outside isn’t up to par and you can of course hide them with ease if necessary.
Along with this, it is much easier to control plant size and growth rate in general when planting cannabis in pots, as opposed to open soil. You basically maintain full control over every aspect of their life, rather than leaving it all up to nature and the elements. Not only this, but plants grown in pots can be kept out of harm’s way from a wide variety of diseases and bacteria – they can also be easily replanted outside, if required.
As for the downsides, the most obvious and important to bear in mind is the way in which growth and strength can both be severely restricted when it comes to growing in pots. The less soil the roots of the plant have access too, the worse this tends to be for the plant’s overall size and strength. And of course, if your potted cannabis plants are left outside unsupervised for a long period of time, there’s every chance they may be spotted and summarily snatched.
Outdoor Growing in Open Soil
As for growing cannabis in open soil, the biggest and most immediate advantage is the way in which they have access to practically limitless soil and the nutrients it contains. The roots and the plants as a result can therefore grow exponentially larger and stronger than would be possible in a pot with limited soil available, which is of course a good thing.
Something else that’s definitely beneficial about growing outdoors in open soil is the fact that it can cost next to nothing to get everything setup in the first place. Regardless of how many plants you intend to grow and on what scale, the vast majority of the work is done on your behalf by Mother Nature. And as touched upon above, it is considerably less likely that your cannabis plants are going to be stolen by trespassers if they are growing in the ground, as opposed to easily removable pots.
On the flipside of the coin, the fact that your plants are exposed to the elements around the clock and every day without exception means that they are always at the mercy of whatever nature throws at them. A freak frost, strong winds, local flooding etc. could all wipe out your efforts in a matter of seconds. Not only this, but you don’t have nearly as much control over the growing conditions in general, which means that things like plant size and growing speeds are something you don’t get a say in.
So which makes more sense?
We’ll let you decide that one!