Growing Cannabis Outdoors: Guerilla Growing
1. Guerilla Growing Definition
Guerilla growing or guerilla gardening is a method of growing where the cannabis plants are located in a secluded area. It can also be a stealth backyard grow operation but, it’s usually done away from the city, in farms or small towns where you can easily reach the forest or jungle (depending on where you live), although it must be a place only you know because if it’s too easy to find, people may steal your plants.
This method consists of using natural resources to grow your plants from seed to harvest (so you don’t take the risk of getting caught when watering, for example).
Now you have to find a perfect spot. A perfect spot is a place where the plants receive a good amount of sunlight, with a water source nearby (like a river or pond), where other plants around are growing healthy and without bugs, and obviously, where people won’t find them.
Another thing the perfect spot must have is a good amount of vegetation, this is because you need to camouflage your plants so they don’t stand out.
2. Finding The Perfect Spot
Guerilla growing consists of camouflaging cannabis with the natural vegetation. The selected spot must be hard to access, with a good amount of sunlight, a water source nearby, and fertile soil because you don’t want to be seen going in multiple times, ideally you should only go to harvest your plants.
Finding the perfect spot for guerilla gardening can be quite hard because you need to have a lot of things in mind. Just like growing cannabis on your balcony or in a grow tent, you must find a place that provides the following:
As you may know, plants need water. When guerilla growing cannabis it is very important to have this in mind because if you live in a dry climate, you will have to find a river, pond or any source of water to plant your cannabis nearby.
If you live in a very humid place, try to find a place with direct sunlight so your plant doesn’t get mold, although this can seem hard, you have to guide yourself by the looks of the plants nearby.
Sunlight is vital for plants to produce sugars and grow, so when looking for the perfect spot this is the first thing you need to look for. When choosing the perfect spot you must look for the place that gets as much sunlight as possible.
A good way to look for it is to take a walk around the place you’re thinking of growing in the morning, afternoon and when the sun goes down, this way you can have an idea if that spot gets enough light all day long.
Also, you should choose a place where the tree’s canopy allows you to see the sky. If you cannot see the sky or the sun from under the trees, then the sun will have a hard time reaching your plants.
Considering guerilla growing consists of literally hiding your plants, you need to find a spot with a lot of vegetation. Remember you don’t want your plant to be covered by the ones around but you want to find a place where your cannabis plant can camouflage with the vegetation.
This is a very important aspect of this method of growing, if you choose a spot where there aren’t a lot of plants around, a 2m cannabis plant will stand out, especially when flowering.
If you live in a place where cannabis is illegal, you don’t want to be seen going in and out of the spot you chose to plant. This means you cannot go every couple of days to feed your plants.
That’s why you have to find a spot with good soil, to be sure of this you will have to check the vegetation around. If the plants around are healthy your plants probably will grow healthy too.
You can also dig a hole to check if the soil is fertile. A good sign is when you see worms and the soil has a rich dark color, although it’s not necessary if you see the vegetation near is growing well. If they appear unhealthy, then it’s likely your plant will too.
Tip : If you’re worried about nutrients in the soil, you can mix slow-release powdered fertilizers a couple of weeks before planting, this will guarantee the soil is good for your plant.
Another thing you must look out for is signs of bugs or mold. If you see yellow spots on the leaves or webbing on the plants then you must avoid that spot.
Also try to look for signs of animals that may eat your plants like birds, rabbits or even cats and dogs may eat your cannabis plants, so watch out for that.
You can protect your plants with a wire cage but it is best you don’t, because if you do you will need to go in with tools and the wire cage itself and people can see you. Also, the wire cage can fall on your plant and kill it. The best way is to find a good spot so you don’t have to worry about things like this.
There aren’t a lot of advantages other than the plant being far from your house. This is extremely beneficial to growers who live in a country where cannabis is illegal because even though you might end up without a harvest if someone ends up stealing your crop, you won’t get arrested.
Have in mind that if you get too anxious and go check on your plant regularly, people may see you, recognize you or your car and if anything happens, they may report you to the police so you don’t have to go near the place you’re growing unless it is extremely important.
If possible, only visit your chosen spot in order to plant the seed, when you’re going to harvest and a maximum of once a month if needed.
As you may know by now, it’s recommended you don’t check on your plant until you’re nearing harvest. This is a huge disadvantage because your plant may die and you won’t know it until a couple of months later.
There are a lot of factors that can affect plants in the wild like animals, storms, other people, and lack of nutrients among others, so make sure you have the right place before you germinate your seeds.
Your perfect spot will be a combination of all the elements specified above.
5. In Conclusion
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1. Guerilla Growing Definition Guerilla growing or guerilla gardening is a method of growing where the cannabis plants are located in a secluded area. It
Cannabis Guerrilla Grows
Cannabis Guerilla Grows are much more common than you’d think; people have been using this stealth method to grow for decades now. The idea is basically to plant your grow somewhere remote, away from any towns or villages, near a constant flow of water so you don’t have to worry about irrigation; you’ll practically only have to plant and harvest.
Guerilla grows have pros and cons like every other method; keep in mind that if you’ve planted in a remote area that you can get to, other people can get there too. You might end up with plants infested with insects, or maybe the quality might be bad. In this article we’re going to talk about the steps you need to follow to reach harvest time with your guerilla grow.
How to Grow in Guerilla
The first thing you’re going to need to do is find the right strain; for guerilla grows you’re going to want to find a sturdy strain that doesn’t require much caring for, as you want to be able to visit your grow as little as possible to avoid causing suspicion. If you’re looking for some hardy strains that will put up with harsh conditions then Skunk strains, White Widow and Northern Lights are all quite sturdy.
Once you have your seeds, you can go and look for a place for them while they’re germinating. The best plan is to find somewhere with a river close to it, even a small stream would do. If possible the area should have large plants or trees where nobody would even think to look; if you need to get your feet wet and cross a stream to plant them somewhere that’s a bit harder to see then do it. You’d much rather the journey to be uncomfortable than for someone to find your grow and take it, wouldn’t you? If you find somewhere with some sugar cane, you won’t even have to water them. Once you’ve found the perfect spot, you’ll need to open up some space in the bushes or cane so that the plants can grow hidden but still be in a place with sunlight.
If you can’t find somewhere to plant near a source of water, don’t worry; you can mix the soil with polymers that will help the soil to retain much more humidity and nutrients, although you’ll still need to go and water at least once every two weeks which can call some unnecessary attention to yourself.
Once you’ve picked the right place, you’ll need to prepare the soil properly. You’ll need to make a hole, which will be larger or smaller depending on the amount of plants you’re going to be growing. If you’re looking to grow a massive seasonal plant, planted in March-April then the hole will need to be about 40x40cm and 60cm deep. If you’re planting later so that they don’t get too big or even autoflowering plants, then 20x20cm and 40cm deep should be more than enough.
Once you’ve made your hole you’re going to want to fill it with substrate mixed with some organic fertilizers. If you plant it earlier for bigger plants then it’ll need a different mix than if you’re planting a bit later or autoflowering strains. The most important thing is that you pick a substrate that’s good for the kind of terrain you’re working with. If the terrain is dry then you’ll need to choose a substrate that’s good at retaining humidity like Light Mix or BioBizz, and if it’s too humid then you’ll need to use a substrate that dries out quite nicely like Canna terra Professional. If you want it to retain even more humidity than it already has then you can mix it with polymers which retain water until it’s needed. If you want it to be a lot dryer you’ll need to mix it with expanded clay balls.
If you’re growing in the spring time you’ll need to mix your substrate with worm hummus so that, even if you water scarcely, the soil will have enough nitrogen for growth as well as a good root system. You’ll need to repeat the dosage the next month to make sure that your plants will be able to begin flowering on just water.
If you’re growing late plants or autoflowering plants then you’ll need to use bat guano once they reach the flowering period. You’ll need to use two big spoonfuls per 7L of substrate that you’ve put in the hole; 50L of substrate means 15 spoonfuls. All you have to do is give them a smooth organic fertilizer for flowering like Bio Flores every now and then and you should get an amazing harvest.
To grow in guerrilla you need to visit your plants the least amount of times as possible. The best thing to do is to bring them to site once they’ve grown a bit so the insects won’t kill them off, or at least until they’re big enough to be sprayed with Neem oil.
Every 20 days you’ll need to spray them with Neem again and water them; you should bring big bottles with you so you don’t have to do various trips. Make sure you take your bottles back home with you, as many people have been caught out due to discarding their bottles near their grows. During the summer you can use some Bacillus Thuringiensis to keep other insects like worms away.
This is all the advice you need to begin your guerilla grow, and if you’re lucky you can harvest some genuinely decent plants without the risk of having them at home.
Author: Javier Chinesta
Translation: Ciara Murphy
Cannabis Guerrilla Grows; grow out in the wild embrace of nature, avoiding the risk of growing at home. Easily done if you follow these steps!