The outdoor threats to the weed crop

The outdoor threats to the weed crop

One of the things that the grower of a weed crop must be concerned with when it is planted outdoors is the threat to the crop and that does not just mean detection by humans. 

There are other threats that can ruin a pot crop, such as deer, chipmunks, rodents and other creatures. Then there is also the treat of bugs that will need to be dealt with and one of the ways to repel these threats is to choose the right type of seeds. 

There are seeds that have been bred to be used for the crop of pot planted outside; these have been genetically altered to naturally repel some of the threats. Another way that some threats can be avoided is placing steel wool around the bottom of the plants or aluminum foil, this will stop some bugs like the cutworm, and it can also help avoid damage by chipmunks or rodents. 

There are also some fertilizers that contain chemicals that will deter bugs, but these should not be used when the plant is nearing maturity. While many people refer to marijuana as dope, it does not need the poison chemicals that are in some of the pest repellents for plants. The person growing the weed can also find organic pest control products in almost any store today and while they will work they also do not add any poison chemicals into the soil or on the plants. 


Genetics Play A Roll In A Successful Harvest

When choosing the right marijuana seeds for a weed crop planted outdoors there are things to consider like the genetics of the seeds. Seeds that have been bred to grow in places like Mexico or Jamaica where the growing season is much longer than many parts of the United States or Canada means this would not be the type of seed to plant. 

When the seedlings are planted it will take at least 12 weeks for male plants to be ready to harvest and between 15 and 17 weeks for the female plant to be ready to harvest. Many growing areas are already beginning to cool down from the summer weather within 15 to 17 weeks and that means a seed that takes longer to mature will not make it to maturity before the weather gets to cold. 

This is why the genetics of the seed needs to be considered prior to planting in most locations, so the weed crop has the time it needs to mature and be ready to harvest. The only choice if a grower insists on a seed that is not genetically the right fit for the growing location is to plant in a greenhouse. This way the frost can be avoided and the temperature can be maintained when it becomes cooler outside. Temperatures of 40 degrees is deadly to the marijuana plant and that means the crop would either never make it from seedlings or it would not make it to harvest.

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