No cannabis cultivation method is technically as ‘traditional’ as simply planting it outdoors. This is how cannabis grows in nature, providing conditions that are difficult to replicate indoors. Growers spend vast amounts of money attempting to recreate authentic outdoor conditions indoors, so why wouldn’t you just grow outdoors in the first place?
Well, the short answer is also the most obvious - you can’t always count on Mother Nature. In addition, growing cannabis outdoors isn’t the most discreet way of growing outdoors.
Nevertheless, if you live in a suitable spot and outdoor growing is on the cards, it’s something you should consider. As for whether you plant your cannabis directly in the ground or in pots…well, that’s something of a judgment call.
If you’re still on the fence and undecided which way to go, here’s a quick rundown of the pros growing in pots (vs traditional soil growing):
Growing in Open Soil:
When you plant cannabis in open soil, the plants have limitless room for manoeuvre and access to all the nutrients they could ever need. As a result, you could be looking at bigger plants and better yields than you could ever achieve indoors. Or for that matter, in a pot or planter that restricts the growth of the plant’s roots.
It’s also true to say that growing in open soil reduces maintenance requirements to absolute minimums. There’s very little you need to do - your plants will take care of themselves, if the weather conditions are just right.
On the downside, once you’ve planted your cannabis in open soil, it’s there for good. You can’t move it and there’s not a great deal you can do to protect it from the elements. Nor can you be sure it is exposed to optimum conditions throughout the seasons.
Growing in Pots:
Growing cannabis in pots or planters combines some of the benefits of outdoor cultivation with those of controlled indoor growing. First and foremost, one of the biggest benefits of growing in pots is the ability to quickly and easily move your plants around the garden. Shelter them from bad whether, ensure they soak up as much sun as possible and hide them away discreetly when necessary.
More importantly, you have the option of bringing your plants indoors, should you need to do so. If you’ve planted your seeds a little too late and the weather is beginning to turn, you can complete the job indoors.
Another huge benefit of growing cannabis in pots is being able to take better control of soil quality. It can be difficult to consistently maintain the quality of open soil, but it’s much easier to do so when dealing with a much smaller and contained amount of soil. All of which can improve the final quality of the result.
On the downside, and as already touched upon, cannabis plants in pots can’t always grow as big as their open soil counterparts. It all depends on the size of the pot, which will determine the extent to which the plant’s roots can grow and develop. Pots also don’t typically provide the same high-quality drainage as open soil, which could make it easier to overwater your plants.
And the Winner Is?
As mentioned back at the beginning, it’s purely a judgment call. In terms of producing the biggest possible cannabis plants with the most generous yields, growing outdoors in open soil is the way to go. If you prioritise convenience, flexibility and discretion, pots could make a better choice.
Either way, you’ve every chance of producing top-shelf cannabis at a fraction of the usual store price.