growing weed outdoors in texas

How to grow weed outdoors – a comprehensive guide

Growing marijuana outdoors is often considered the most simple and natural method, as it replicates the way it has grown in the wild for thousands of years. This basic guide to on how to grow weed outdoors will provide you with the information to make the most out of what nature has to offer.

The benefits of growing marijuana outdoors?

Growing marijuana outdoors provides many of the expensive essentials that need to be paid for when growing indoors, free of charge. The sun provides the equivalent of 2000 watts of light per square foot and natural air provides a level of CO2 that is extremely difficult to manufacture indoors. Plants grown outdoors receive far more light which helps develop the buds growing at the bottom of the plant as much as those at the top. Although you don’t have the control of an indoor grower, successfully growing marijuana outdoors provides you with a much larger yield.

Where can I grow weed outdoors?

Successfully growing weed outdoors is dominated by climate, soil, and water supply, regardless of whether you are in your back garden, or in a remote mountain patch. In order to have a bountiful outdoor grow your plant will need at least 5 hours of direct sunlight a day.

Grow tip – If you’re growing weed outdoors check the light supply by standing in your chosen location. You’ll be able to tell if there are any light blockages.

Backyard Growing
Growing weed outdoors in your backyard enables you pay close attention to your plants and have relatively good control over their environment. Prepare your soil in fall, removing weeds and digging beds for your plants, turning the soil. Cover your turned soil with mulch over the winter months to hold in the nutrients. You will be able to transplant your seedlings in April or after the last frosts.

Growing Marijuana Outdoors in Pots
If you’re growing marijuana outdoors in pots, it’s likely that you’re growing on a terrace, patio, rooftop or balcony. If you have your pots in a high location, take precautions against strong winds, as these can dehydrate your plant and carry rogue male pollen.

Try to keep your plants out of prolonged direct sunlight as this may overheat the pot and destroy the plant’s roots.

Guerrilla Growing

To put it simply, Guerrilla growing is farming outdoors away from your own property, mostly in a remote location where it is unlikely to be found. Security and location are considered the main factors for the guerrilla grower. It’s recommended that the guerrilla location you choose is remote, near a good water source, receives a good amount of light and is out of direct wind.

Grow tip – Guerrilla growing – take your water in a container that makes it look like you’re hiking.


There are many different types of soil with some being more suitable for outdoor marijuana growing than others. This basic guide on soil for your outdoor marijuana plants should help, regardless of your growing location.

Clay soil
– Prepare clay soil at least a month before growing by adding compost and manure or perlite. Clay soil holds a lot of water so can drown roots and suffocate your plant. Be sure to excavate deep, adding a lot of organic material to increase drainage and air circulation.

Sandy Soil (Sandy Soil) – Marijuana plants can achieve excellent root penetration in sandy soil, but doesn’t hold nutrients well. Add compost and mulch or vermiculate to sandy soil to increase its water and nutrient retention.

Loam Soil (Loam Soil)
– Loamy soil holds moisture well, has good drainage and is easy to work with and is perfect for growing marijuana outdoors. Loamy soil is dark, fertile and crumbly in the hand. Check the PH of loam soil as this varies and ideally, your soil’s PH should be between 6.5 and 7.5.

Grow tip – If you have poor soil for outdoor marijuana growing, dig holes that are 3 feet deep and wide, filling with a good compost or potting soil.


Most of the water your plant requires will be provided by fresh rainwater. If your plants do not receive the water they need through natural means, it is up to you to supply it. Remember, the bigger the plant is, the more water it needs so keep an eye out for signs of under-watering. Plants will show signs of wilting throughout the hot summer month, but this is normal. If you get 1 inch of water a week, you won’t need to water your plant. There is more information in our water section.


Fertilizing your outdoor grow will help your overall final yield, especially if your soil quality is not great but be careful not to over fertilize young plants! Use a fertilizer high in nitrogen for the vegetative growth stage, changing to high phosphorous formula when your plant is flowering. More information on the nutrients can be found in our nutrient section.


Harvest your weed before the cold, damp weather of fall starts to set in. Many strains can take a short freeze, but sustained periods in temperatures below freezing will kill your plants. Harvest your guerrilla grow at night time to avoid detection. Information on when your plant is ready for harvest can be found here.

Choosing your weed strain

Not all strains are good when growing weed outdoors. Its important that you pick a strain that suits your outdoor growing environment. Use our outdoor weed strain collection to help you make the right choice.

Grow tip – When growing marijuana outdoors, germinate your seeds and start the seedling for 2-3 weeks indoors before transplanting outside.

What problems can you face when growing marijuana outdoors?

Growing weed outdoors will mean you have a lot less control over the environment your plants are in, which brings with it a different set of issues that may affect your plants.

Rogue Pollen (Bursts Pollen sacks) – Pollen from rogue male plants or hemp can pollinate you female flowers. Although this is a difficult problem to avoid, there are measures you can take. June and July are when pollen levels are at their highest, so plant with the intention of flowering in August. Keep a close eye on the wind direction, and read pollen reports that are easily found online.

Pests – Check your plants regularly for any damage from pests. Caterpillars, slugs and snails can eat away at your plant. Attracting birds to your grow using bird feeders will provide it with some natural caretakers.

Animals – Look out for any animals that may cause your outdoor marijuana grow some damage. Keep animals away from your plants with wire mesh. Avoid picking a place that is inhabited by deer and rabbits, as both like a nibble on growing marijuana.

Frost (Frost Damage) – Although marijuana is a hardy plant, it cannot survive long spells of temperatures that are below freezing. Avoid frosts by planting in April, choosing a strain that will go through a full growing cycle before the first frost come. Indica strains have a shorter cycle than sativas if local frosts come early.

Mould – As you can’t maintain the humidity or the amount of rain supplied by Mother Nature, keep a close eye on your buds for any mold growth. You can reduce the risk of mould by shaking your flowers out after any large rain falls. Remove moldy buds before they spread.

Learning how to grow weed outdoors will allow you to take full advantage of mother nature. The detailed guide above will have you successfully growing weed outdoors in no time at all.

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Growing out in Texas. tips?

Texas Kid
Some guy with a light

I wouldn’t but I am not a big fan prison, Huntsville blows.

I have ran a few outdoors when I was down there and the stress wore me out


I wouldn’t but I am not a big fan prison, Huntsville blows.

I have ran a few outdoors when I was down there and the stress wore me out

Truer words not spoken^^

Totally wrong. there are no laws about cultivation in texas, only possession and posses with intent to distribute(which they have to catch you doing a sale to and undercover). see norml website for amounts and related punishments, even though just cause you get arrested doesnt mean you will be convicted, and even if you do they are very lenient with first and even second time offenders and mostly give out probation. one friend burnt down a house growing in it, only got 2 yrs probation.

if you do try it and are in south tx, count on tons of mold.

Texas Kid
Some guy with a light

Trust me when I tell ya that in Texas, because there are no cultivation laws, you get hit with “manufacturing of a controlled substance”, “possesion with intent to distribute”, and strait up “possesion of a controlled substance” in the Class A felony range. You are booked just like you were a east Texas meth cook, absolutely no difference at all.

I lived there 36 years and grew my ass off indoors for 10 of those, 1 outdoors and the penelties were just to hard core to get out of your mind and your grow suffers

Be very carefull and be very prepared also be willing to sit a bit.

Buddy Hemphill

Trust me when I tell ya that in Texas, because there are no cultivation laws, you get hit with “manufacturing of a controlled substance”, “possesion with intent to distribute”, and strait up “possesion of a controlled substance” in the Class A felony range. You are booked just like you were a east Texas meth cook, absolutely no difference at all.


Here’s whats going on around the world. NM and Co have no busts on this map.

Some enterprising ranchers had a place down 35 they were growing on and a neighboring ranch hand was checking fence and noticed one of their watchers sitting out in the field with an AK and called the cops. They busted the whole operation with several hundred 14 or so foot plants..several hundred were already processed and gone. so all of these people are hip. With the smell, game wardens that can trespass at will, hunters, poachers, cops with dogs, illegals walking through obscure places, it might be a bad choice. And in town the meter readers are trained to tip and get a paltry reward. So that just about sews up Texas outdoor as far as I can tell. One guy I knew had an old trailor he rented to some deer hunter. For some reason, there was a wildfire on the place and the renter got discovered and busted. It was way back in no where also. likely some cop was sneaking around and found it and set it afire and called the fire dept who brought the cops along. another asswipe sheriff was sneaking around a trailer in the country and broke in when the grower was gone to town, discovered his grow, dialed 911 and left. They have to break in to investigate 911 hangup calls so sure enough, another sheriff broke in and found it. No one ever knew who dialed the 911 call from the guys phone and hung up and left. but my friends do. so to do even an inside project it take a minimum of two people as it has to be guarded 24/7 by a live person. And a landline is likely not to be had at the grow. You are screwing with some crafty rule breaking cops there who have no problems cheating the constitution to bust your ass. And riding around with dope in the car is their biggest thrill. They will background you if you move in and if you have any blemishes on your record, guess what! They just pass on by until the see you leaving one day and pull you over for some Mickey Mouse bullshit and bam. they bust you..they get government grants for a great amount of busts and are buying machine guns and SWAT tanks and such for when they take over the world. so unless you are a real smart, savy, and rich son of a bitch, I would rethink this stuff real well. and loose lips sink ships in Texas. there’s a snitch in every bunch it seems like. some make a living off turning people in and then they will go an smoke with them the next day.


// Hello fellow Texan.. i would grow indoors and just keep
The kisser shut. You should have ZERO problems.

My brother has been growing for about 3 yrs after he
lost two toes coming from Iraq. I’ve been helping him
For two years now and no problem. He has a good
Job and me too, so we don’t sell any of our meds.

Buddah Ninja

Yeah, I had to move out of TX too for all of these reasons (and more). The thing I did NOT get to take with me was a cut of TEXAS SHORELINE. That has to be the dankest weed I’ve ever had the pleasure of sampling. I felt like my head was a balloon and floating 9 feet above my body. I’ve never felt that way before or since. Found one seed in the 1/4 baggie but I lost it! 😡

The things I would consider doing to get a real cut of that plant. I might even leave the mountain and go visit my family.


I really have to disagree with most of these cats. Texas cops are a very different breed of cop. If you’re not a prick about it, you can get away with almost anything.

I had an indoor grow in SA with a cop as my downstairs neighbor. He wasn’t a half-wit, he knew what was up. If there was anything tipping him off, I still have the impression that he would told me to fix it rather than reporting it and getting me busted.

My friend had 8 large-ish plants in his backyard in Austin, and 2 cops wandered into his backyard while he was back there. One of them said, ‘yep’. Then another one said, ‘those need to go’. My buddy gave him a ‘yessir’, then they left.

The court system is the same personality. If you’re an otherwise responsible citizen and don’t have a gajillion plants, you’ll get the minimum. If you don’t have a record, the minimum is like 6 months probation for a pound or less. That’s dried bud, as well. If they pull your plants, they dry them out, cut the bud sites and weigh those.

This is obviously going to be a bit different depending on the locality, but that’s the south for you. The Nazis are going to be in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and any county on the border, especially Corpus. A lot of that is supposedly large gang-funded operations, as well. Anywhere else, you should be fine. Just don’t be stupid, and don’t be a prick.

I want to grow this coming year outdoors in TX, any tips? Would u worry about getting busted for a 7 plant operation? I hope to have no neighbors where I…