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7 Differences Between Growing Marijuana Indoors vs. Outdoors

Let’s say you’re interested in growing your own marijuana, and you’ve done all the research you need. You know what strain you want, you know the best soil to choose and everything else. But now you need to figure out one last thing: do you want to grow it indoors or outdoors?

While choosing either one won’t generally affect the actual potency of the plant, there are several differences between growing cannabis indoors versus outdoors. Here are seven of the biggest differences:

1. Control

Obviously, the biggest difference between growing outdoors and indoors is control. With an indoor control, you can maintain the temperature, lighting, water levels and every other aspect related to growing cannabis. But outdoors you’ll have to deal with the changing weather. For some people that’s part of the fun. For others, it’s just a pain.

2. Cost

Another major difference is cost. While setting up an indoor and outdoor grow will cost a decent amount at the beginning, over time growing indoors is more expensive. Whether it’s the cost of the lights or how expensive your temperature control system is, indoor growing will be a larger long-term investment. That’s the price of maintaining that control.

3. Quality

Going along with control, the quality of indoor grows are generally better than outdoor ones. The actual plant receives less damage, so the end product is a mostly pristine bud. However, experienced outdoor growers will be able to produce just as a high quality a strain whether indoors or outdoors, although they might be a little less beautiful if grown outside.

4. Trimming

Similar to quality, but cannabis grown outdoors will require more trimming than indoor marijuana. This is particularly important if you’re someone who’s actually growing to sell to other people. People want to buy a clean, sleek bud, not one that looks like it was just ripped right out of the ground.

5. Effort

While outdoor grows may require more trimming, indoor grows will require more effort overall. Outdoors grows may require watering and monitoring, but ultimately you won’t have to worry about lighting or temperature. But indoor grows mean you’ll need to constantly monitor and tweak your setup to produce the best product possible.

6. Size

Generally, marijuana grown outdoors tends to be larger than plants grown indoors. This is because the plant is naturally supposed to be outdoors, which means it’s able to adapt to the conditions for the best grow possible. It won’t be a major difference, but you may find outdoor plants are slightly larger.

7. Time

For some people the amount of time it takes the cannabis plant to grow is the biggest factor. People want their plant to finish growing as soon as possible. If that’s the case, then indoors is probably best for you. Controlling all those elements means you can optimize it for quickest grow time possible. So if you care about quick turnaround, then indoors may be best for you.


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