Growing cannabis can be a somewhat pleasant practice depending on where you live and who lives around, or it can need considerable secrecy. Fortunately, there are methods you can take to conceal your cannabis plants while cultivating them outside.
If you cultivate cannabis outside, it will likely be apparent to curious eyes in some way. Depending on the available area, you have two possibilities: conceal it away somewhere so you have a completely hidden outside grow, or disguise it so that even if it’s in sight, people won’t notice it. Here are some subtle outdoor grow options to grow your cannabis stealthily:
A critical aspect of your outdoor growth is selecting the right strain. Autoflowers work great since they don’t generate a lot of buds, so if you do get caught, you’ll only be answerable for being in possession of a few ounces. Also, because they don’t become too huge and can be grown in pots, they are unobtrusive and can be moved about or indoors as required.
To safeguard your outside growth, cultivate cannabis where there is already a lot of cover. Grow your cannabis in pots and position it behind or among other plants. Also, try envisioning your garden through the eyes of your neighbors or those passing by on the street. Someone else can see an area that appears obscured to you from your kitchen window.
Though you should select well-covered regions for your cannabis plants, ensure that these areas are still suitable for growing cannabis. Do they, for example, get at least eight hours of direct sunlight daily? If you don’t, your stealth grow will likely be ineffective.
Growing companion plants beside your cannabis plants are one of the simplest ways to disguise your outdoor garden. Not only will this assist in disguising them, but the correct companion plants will also attract beneficial insects and aid in fighting predators! You can choose to produce plants that resemble cannabis plants, plants that look like weed or grow enough other plants to hide your cannabis. Companion plants include Pride of Madeira, tomatoes, lupines, stinging nettles, and staghorn sumac.
Various cannabis plant training strategies can benefit outdoor cannabis growers looking to add secrecy and seclusion to their guerrilla grows. SCROG is commonly considered an indoor training technique; however, it can also be utilized well in outdoor grow to control vertical growth. Instead of a 4m towering outside monster, you can limit vertical growth to 1-1.5m.
LST, or cannabis low-stress training, is another alternative for outdoor growers. This method allows you to tie down the plant’s highest branches, decreasing the total height. It’s a simple and low-risk method for altering the natural development structure of your outdoor cannabis plants while also increasing production.
Another way to change the growth profile and reduce vertical growth is to top your cannabis plants. Another simple way to lessen the aesthetic effect of your cannabis plant (for example, if grown on a balcony) is to remove some of the leaves. The effect can look spectacular when coupled with companion planting, such as colorful bushes.
Some cannabis plants develop tall, spindly, and stinky, whereas others grow low, bushy, and—while not completely odorless—less stinking. Generally, stealth grows are better suited to Indica or Indica-dominant plants since they grow lower and thicker. There are also cannabis plants that do not seem like cannabis at all. These uncommon strains feature leaves that are formed differently from ordinary cannabis leaves. If secrecy is critical to you, these strains are a smart choice.
Cannabis has a distinctive smell, especially with an outdoor grow; there’s only so much you can do to mask this. Growing other aromatic plants beside your growth can mask the stench. However, if you choose a stinky strain, this will not suffice. As a result, growing low-odor cannabis plants, such as Durban Poison, is your best choice. When concealing the smell of cannabis, this, along with distance, is your best friend.
It will be tempting to inform friends and family about your cannabis growth. And, while you are the best judge of who is safe to tell, keep in mind that people love to talk—and cultivating cannabis is still considered interesting chatter by many! Perhaps you will show or tell someone who will not judge you, but they can pass the knowledge on to someone who will. You lose control of the secret once it is revealed. So be cautious about who you tell. Furthermore, be extremely cautious about who you accept into your house. If you have builders on site for whatever reason, try to keep them away from your cannabis grow.
You can also build an underground bunker or greenhouse or convert a shed! These alternatives quickly conceal your plants, control the fragrance, and provide additional benefits such as environmental management and insect control. Like an underground bunker, a converted shed functions as an indoor grow.
An underground greenhouse is an unusual structure that entails digging a pit to grow your plants and then covering the top with glass. This implies that sunlight can enter, but people who do not have access cannot see what is developing within (unless they are immediately above).
If you have a greenhouse, they are the ideal setting for growing cannabis. They combine the security and control of indoor growth with the advantages of outdoor cultivation, notably sunshine. In addition to these benefits, greenhouses provide an excellent atmosphere for people who wish to conceal their cannabis cultivation. Translucent walls in many greenhouses and polytunnels distort the contents.
Finally, if you want to keep your plants concealed and need help building a bunker (few people can), consider growing them inside. Using a grow tent with LED lights and a carbon filter will make your grow virtually undetectable unless someone breaks into your home and snoops around.
The finest stealth strains often grow hardy and resistant to harsh outdoor conditions. They will not require any particular care, nourishment, or monitoring. Some growers believe that the greatest stealth grow strain is a short or squat type that is easier to hide and less visible. In all circumstances, the best stealth cannabis growing occurs when your plants can withstand extended periods of unattended development while still producing high-quality buds when you harvest them.
Purple Kush is a vibrant and bushy addition to your garden. It has beautiful purple foliage, vivid orange pistils, and thin white hairs. Growing quietly is achievable with a height of only 2.5 feet and a small physique. This potent Indica is also one of the top ten strongest strains in the world.
Northern Lights is a well-known Indica cannabis strain created by combining Afghani and Thai. Its powerful Indica effects and amazing taste profile have charmed smokers worldwide. It is not just one of the most well-known and popular strains but also one of the greatest possibilities for growing discreetly. It has no odor, so your curious neighbor won’t be able to detect it. This plant will likewise only take up a little room, growing to a height of around 4 feet.
Bubba Kush strain is a mix between OG Kush and Northern Lights. Also, Bubba Kush is an Indica strain with a strong sedative effect that leaves consumers calm but functioning. The plant is bushy, with thick, sticky buds almost as sticky as bubble gum. Furthermore, growing it in a tiny indoor environment shouldn’t be difficult.
Frisian Duck is a strain known for its subtle aroma and deformed leaves. It has a pine flavor and a cerebral high that is comparable to that of Sativa. If not pruned, the Frisian Duck can reach a height of 2m. With its luscious purple blooms, it is a strain best suited to northern US and European conditions. It grows like a Christmas tree and produces a lot of flowers. This strain is recognized as powerful and quiet, making it simple to cultivate. However, keep an eye on the upper leaves as they age since they tend to take on the traditional cannabis form.
Many outdoor cannabis producers build well-hidden grow places that are difficult to spot or enter by carefully considering their growing location(s). Soil quality can be maintained by regularly adding nutrients, manure, and fertilizers. Also, surrounding vegetation should be pruned down regularly to prevent it from entering your growing space and stealing light from your plants.
Stealthy cannabis grow sites often give many years of service and can be utilized to cultivate any photoperiod feminized or autoflower strain. After each season, clean up thoroughly, remove all equipment, and leave the location looking unnoticed. Outdoor cannabis growing is not only the cheapest option to produce but also a lot of fun all year. Have fun growing your outdoor cannabis seeds.
Janice has been on the cannabis scene for many years now, though she tends to keep to herself and might fly under the radar for many, even those well-versed in cannabis growing. Her writings on different methods of watering cannabis helped bring the use of reverse osmosis water to the forefront of cannabis gardening. About this Author