So you’ve decided to grow hemp for CBD and you have a good connection through GGS for your upcoming purchase of small female clones. You know their genetics are good because they’ve been laboratory tested and shown to contain significant amounts of CBD and less than 0.3% THC when harvested at 7 weeks of flowering both indoor and outdoor. (I hear they offer some free laboratory testing to clone customers depending on how many you buy but you’ll have to talk to sales about that. I just prep the samples we receive. You can download the clone sales order form by clicking this link →https://www.greenhousegrowingsystem.com/s/GGS-IHC-SO-2018.pdf) But now you need to decide whether you’re going to do your growing indoor or outdoor. There are pros and cons of either one and we highly recommend having whatever space you decide all ready for planting before you purchase our clones.
Let’s take a pros/cons approach to help with your decision making starting with outdoor.
There are some significant advantages to growing your hemp outdoors. First, is the issue of space. If you’re trying to grow 10,000 hemp plants it will be a lot easier to find space for those outdoors instead of indoors. It’s a matter of resources. Second, the plant evolved outdoors. Hemp has been growing outside in a variety of environments for thousands of years and producing seeds just fine. However, you’re not trying to make seeds if you’re growing for CBD. In fact, you’re trying to prevent pollination to increase cannabinoid production and it’s harder to remove pollen from the air outdoors. Perhaps impossible because farmers cannot control the wind. If you have an upwind neighbor with male hemp plants within 5 miles then pollination can occur.
There are also some advantages to growing indoors. And by “indoors” I mean greenhouses and not an indoor situation where you’re providing all the light for plant growth with electricity. That’s too expensive and should be avoided if at all possible. It doesn’t mean you can’t supplement your greenhouse with more lights or add light deprivation shades to induce flowering. One advantage to indoors is the fact that you can move plants when they’re in containers and you’re stuck if they’re in the ground. You have the freedom to move plants into vegetative growth in the dead of winter or flowering in early summer. You’re limited by the size of your greenhouse but you could possibly increase CBD production per plant by pruning big trees in lengthy vegetative cycles before flowering. But, it will only be possible if you have the time, labor and electricity to give tender loving care on a plant-by-plant basis.
In conclusion, indoor vs outdoor hemp growing represent two different strategies of CBD production. If you have the land and irrigation all set and you don’t want to spend all your time tending to plants then outdoor will be the right choice for you. If you want to take care with your pruning in vegetative growth, love each plant individually and want to take steps to increase CBD production then indoor will be right for you. Each one has advantages and we recommend developing a combination of BOTH if you can.
Assuming you’re ok with hard work, it comes down to three questions only you can answer:
1. How many plants do you want to grow?
2. How much farmland do you have access to?
3. How much greenhouse space do you have access to?
Good luck and happy farming!
By the GGS Lab Rat-Carter Baird