Yo, what’s good? It’s your boy Dan, here to drop some knowledge on growing weed outdoors. If you’re trying to get your green thumb on, you gotta know how much sunlight your cannabis plants need to thrive.
First things first, cannabis is a sun-loving plant. It needs that sun energy to transform into chemical energy that fuels its growth. Photosynthesis, baby! That’s why it’s important to make sure your outdoor plants are getting enough sunlight.
Now, some growers might say that artificial grow lights can do the job just as well as the sun. But let’s be real, there’s no replacement for Mama Nature. Plus, growing indoors can be a hassle and limit your control over your plants’ environment and light cycle.
So, how much sunlight do outdoor cannabis plants need? Ideally, they should get between 10-12 hours of direct sunlight per day. But if you can only manage around 6 hours of uninterrupted sunlight, your plants can still grow healthy. Just keep in mind that they might take longer to mature and produce lighter yields.
Now, some growers swear they can get by with just 1 or 2 hours of direct sunlight per day. But if you want to maximize your yield and quality, it’s best to give your plants optimal conditions.
When it comes to flowering outdoors, it all depends on the solstice. In the Northern Hemisphere, photoperiod cannabis plants will start flowering after the June solstice when the days start getting shorter. In the Southern Hemisphere, they’ll start flowering after the December solstice.
If you’re growing outdoors along the equator, lucky you! Your plants can get a steady 12 hours of sunlight year-round. But for those in other areas along the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, you’ll need to pay attention to the changing daylight hours following the summer and winter solstices.
Make sure you know what genetics you’re working with, too. Big sativas might need a later start to avoid getting too large while fast autos should be planted early to maximize your growing season.
So there you have it folks, all you need to know about how much sunlight your outdoor cannabis plants need. Get out there and start growing that green!