Updated: Dec 7, 2020
When it comes to growing Marijuana indoors versus outdoors, the debate over which is better has been argued for decades.
It is normally the old school purists who promote the value and benefit of outdoor growing. Indoor advocates promote indoor growing as the only way to truly gain the best results. While there are a ton of positives to each argument, there is no true obvious benefit to both methods.
Legalization in the US and Canada has changed the game for growers and has led to a wave of artisanal growers specializing in small batch grows in both the outdoor, indoor, and hybrid environments.
In the past, home and artisan cannabis grows occurred indoors and out of sight from prying eyes. Today that has changed and the indoor versus outdoor question is less about privacy and more about preference and quality.
The question of outdoor or indoor really depends on preference and situation. In every environment, a plant needs light, warmth, water, and nutrients to flourish.
Outdoors require less investment. Free sunlight and soil are more than minor savings, but outdoor growers are exposed to natural risks. The main argument I hear is that outdoor flowers, while not as perfect in appearance as indoor, taste and smell better than their indoor counterparts.
Indoor growth usually produces flowers with higher THC content.
Outdoors require less investment. Free sunlight and soil are more than minor savings, but outdoor growers are exposed to natural risks. The main argument I hear is that outdoor flower, while not as perfect in appearance as indoor, taste and smell better than their indoor counterparts.
The ultimate decision hinges on the desired result, If you want a certain grade of flower consistent quality, indoor may be the way to go. The mistake I have seen is the old-school belief that larger plants have better yields. This is just not true. Small, plants can produce more flower
Recently, hybrid growing has been making waves. Using a grow room or greenhouse to control germination through the vegetative phase. The controlled lighting allows you to prevent flowering and stay in that vegetative stage longer to gain mass and more importantly consistency from plant to plant. Transitioning the plants from indoor to outdoor for the final stages requires a bit of patience and practice. Still, the ability of the plant to thrive depends on nature.