Coltivare cannabis sul balcone

Growing cannabis on the balcony

In this article we will tell you how it is possible to grow marijuana on the balcony of your home, the tricks and secrets for carrying out this hobby with the utmost discretion. In recent years the "green" sensitivity of many has made its appearance in many cities: on balconies, in gardens and also in other places, a green revolution that is transforming people's mentality and sense of the environment. Read the whole article to find out how you can grow cannabis on your home terrace. Specifically we will address these points:

  1. The perfect balcony for growing cannabis
  2. Protect your plants
  3. What are the best varieties?
  4. What precautions for your safety

Cannabis light

Those who live in the city know it well: balconies and terraces are a real luxury! Having an outdoor space is a blessing; it allows you to enjoy the first sun in spring and the cool air on summer evenings, but above all it allows you to give free rein to your green thumb . Gardening is relaxing and healthy: with a few precautions, even small spaces can become respectable vegetable gardens.

There are those who choose to grow basil and tomatoes, those who choose to plant roses and tulips... We are sure, however, that many of you would like to try growing cannabis on the balcony ! Terrace cultivation is a full-blown outdoor cultivation, which requires a few more precautions for reasons of space and safety.

The perfect balcony for growing cannabis

A balcony, even a small one, is more than enough to start a modest indoor cannabis cultivation. In fact, the main issue is not space, but the exposure to the sun of your outdoor space. Cannabis plants need a lot of light, especially in the vegetative phase. The flowering phase requires less sun, since the plant must be deluded that a change of season is underway , to encourage the growth and development of branches and flowers.

In order to grow, cannabis plants require a minimum of 6 hours of direct sunlight per day. However, if your goal is to get large amounts of weed, you will need more than 10 hours of sunlight per day . The best solution is to move your plants from one part of the balcony to another, following the movement of the sun, to keep them exposed to direct light for as long as possible.

The flowering phase requires a little more patience: it will be necessary to confuse the plant, deluding it that winter is approaching. To do this you will have to cover the plants with a black cloth a couple of hours before sunset, or move them to a completely dark room, in order to get as close as possible to a cycle of 12 hours of light and 12 hours of darkness.

Protect your plants!

If the balcony or terrace is located on a high floor, you must pay close attention to the wind . Especially in the early stages, a very strong wind can easily break branches or overturn pots. Even long periods of rain can halt the development of the plant due to excess water. High humidity for too long periods can cause bud rot and destroy your flowers. The same goes for the strong summer heat. Plants can assimilate water very quickly, and cannabis is absolutely no exception: you need to pay close attention to the amount of water, especially if you intend to leave the plants "alone" for a few days. Forgetting to water before leaving for the weekend could be fatal!

If the balcony is suitable, you can build protective structures that prevent excessive wind and sun from destroying your cultivation. It is also advisable to use a real greenhouse , but when the plants have already grown it could prove to be a somewhat cumbersome solution. Starting a cannabis cultivation requires commitment and dedication, so you will have to make some sacrifices and be timely in intervening to defend your "little garden".

cannabis seeds

What are the best varieties?

To be sure of harvesting before autumn you need to keep a close eye on daily light fluctuations. Having unlimited access to sunlight and natural air is certainly a great advantage, but it is almost impossible to manage variations in sunlight. As a result, autoflowering strains can be a great alternative to ensure that your plants grow consistently, regardless of light and dark cycles.

In fact, autoflowering plants do not have a standard photoperiod , but always require 12 hours of light and 12 hours of darkness. Since autoflowering plants usually go from seed to harvest in a few weeks, they should always be grown in the hottest months of summer, to make the most of the powerful rays of the sun and obtain the best productive yields.

During the early stages of growth, especially immediately after germination, it is necessary to protect the seeds from external threats, such as parasites . You can use a greenhouse or build a protective structure; it is possible to intervene with biological insecticides and neem oil, once a week, to prevent or destroy parasites.

Some precautions for your safety

If you live in a condominium, you will almost certainly have neighbors and your balcony will be exposed to many prying eyes, in addition to the risk of overlooking the street.

To try not to attract too much attention, it is best to use an aggressive pruning technique or tying, to force the plant to grow downwards and take on a stocky and bushy shape, instead of the classic Christmas tree shape. You can use the HST and LST techniques that we have talked about many times, such as trimming, trimming, main-lining, fluxing, lollipopping and others.

If during the vegetative phase the smell does not constitute a significant problem, in the flowering phase it becomes a rather cumbersome presence. The plants begin to develop buds and the resin increases, along with the pungent smell of weed almost ready to be dried. In indoor cultivations, ozone and activated carbon filters can be used, while for the balcony you need to adopt a slightly more old school technique.

The best solution is to focus on the smell : our advice is to fill the terrace with aromatic herbs, plants and flowers with strong scents such as gardenias, jasmines and freesias. They will camouflage even the most persistent odor!

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