Is it better to grow at home (indoor) or outdoors (outdoor)?
One of the first questions you ask yourself before you start growing cannabis is whether you are doing it at home in Indoor or outside in Outdoor. Before you decide, here are 6 important differences to reconsider. Many consumers are fed up with the high price of cannabis and decide to start their own cultivation. Many also find themselves faced with the following question: Is it better to grow at home or outdoors?
Indoor and Outdoor
The truth is, there really isn't a definitive answer to this question, as every grower has their own unique considerations, time, budget, risks, and more. For those who are hesitant or just before you decide, here are some differences between the culture called "Indoor" and the outdoor culture known as "Outdoor".
Indoor, outdoor or greenhouse what are the differences?
Properties outside, like farms, are some of the more affordable options for those interested in growing cannabis. The trade-off for this accessibility, however, is an increased risk. Crops are more vulnerable to extreme weather conditions, pests, disease and theft.
The greenhouses are a good compromise between growing outdoors and growing indoors. They are often less expensive than warehouses or indoor grow facilities, but safer and better protected from extreme climates or pests than outdoor facilities.
The installations interior like warehouses offer the most security and give owners the most control over growing conditions. However, this increased control also means that you will spend more on utilities like electricity and water to maintain these optimal conditions.
1. Energy source
The interior requires the use of several devices (grow lights) dependent on an electrical network. Externally, we benefit from the natural sun and regular radiation (in most parts of the world) and all the necessary light energy is provided free of charge.
The last few years have seen positive changes in the field of grow lights and electricity consumption. For example the revolution of LED bulbs, reduces the costs of energy consumption and minimizes the environmental damage associated with the production of artificial energy.
2. First Fees
Continuing with the previous chapter, Indoor requires a relatively expensive initial purchase for “basic products” (lamps, ventilator, carbon filter, etc.) in order to ensure ideal growing conditions.
In Outdoor, the initial costs are considerably reduced since all that is needed for growth and flowering comes from nature.
The maneuvering between the hours of light and dark during an internal plantation gives the grower the possibility of carrying out at least 3-4 different growth cycles during the year, while outdoors one will have to wait patiently until the seasons pass and the plants begin to bloom.
Theoretically, you can force flowering on plants raised outdoors, this requires keeping the space dark every day, a procedure which could be very problematic for some growers. It is also possible to use cannabis strains automatic which do not bloom despite clear or dark weather but this is no doubt a serious limitation.
4. Control of growth conditions
An indoor plant benefits from a controlled environment: A room air conditioner will take care of the ideal growth temperature, a running fan will ensure the air circulation in the space, the grow lights will provide the light energy necessary for essential growth.
In contrast, an outdoor plant is dependent on nature and the forces of nature. Although cannabis generally thrives very well in climatic conditions in most parts of the world. Sometimes there can be certain situations which could adversely affect the growth and its development. Thus, particularly strong winds, heatwaves, downpours, hail or snow are just a few examples.
5. Care and maintenance
Cannabis is a plant that likes a lot of sun, one of the most important factors. The indoor is based on artificial lighting and therefore it is necessary to use technical different (such as SCROG, SOG, etc…) in order to manipulate its growth and ensure maximum use of light scattering in space.
Outdoors the plant gains (in most cases) a generous amount of light that comes directly from the sun. However, the exterior may involve the treatment of " p Which are considered less frequent in indoor crops but we can say that for the most part growing cannabis outdoors requires less upkeep and maintenance.
6. Privacy and confidentiality
As long as the police continue to chase citizens who grow plants at home, Grow enthusiasts will continue to keep it as secret as possible. Home culture allows us to control and have almost complete visibility of our project. For example: reduce harmful odors with a "carbon filter" installation to neutralize odors. Or you may face issues such as light leaks and thus remain discreet.
Outdoors, you can reduce the risk of exposure by choosing a location out of sight. Even so, there are always risks in exhibiting your culture outdoors, besides the malicious curiosity of some people, drones and other flying objects can quickly put their noses in your private garden.
In conclusion, it is difficult to unequivocally establish a preferential method. As already mentioned, each producer has their own approach and personal experience. If you insist on concluding what is the best method? the penal code and the risk of exposure will be there to tip the scales. Therefore, developing preferably at home could produce more quality. And who knows maybe more quantity ...