Reducing The Risks Of Growing Marijuana In The USA
Guerrilla growing marijuana plants is becoming more common across many states in the USA, and areas of the world that restrict the growing and use of marijuana. Using discreet methods, designed to reduce the risks of being caught, guerrilla growing is often performed outdoors during the growing season, adopting different strains and methods depending upon the location. Guerrilla growing has been adopted in many parts of the world, including the USA, Canada and the UK to name just a few.
As the demand for high quality recreational and medical marijuana has increased, so to has the number of guerrilla growing set-up’s and operations. Even with many states changing the laws and decriminalizing marijuana, growing and cultivation are a separate issue and often strictly prohibited under both state and federal law. For many, the rewards from guerrilla growing during the Spring and Summer months are too good to ignore, providing a wealth of buds for personal use, or ‘cash-crop’ pay-outs for commercial growers. While there is demand, there will always be supply, and illegal or not, many people use guerrilla growing methods and techniques to reduce the risks of being caught, while still producing their own, high quality marijuana buds and cola’s.
Guerrilla Growing Explained
Across large parts of the USA, the possession and cultivation of marijuana is illegal and can lead to large fines and long jail-terms, guerrilla growing away from your own property reduces these risks significantly. Even in more liberal and ‘marijuana-friendly states that allow the use of either medical, and, or recreational marijuana, there are restrictions on the number of plants you can legally grow, if any at all. These guerrilla growing techniques have been adopted right across the USA, Canada and even in the UK, which, although smaller, has adopted different guerrilla growing styles including growing in the city, underground and even inside shipping containers.
Traditionally guerrilla growing techniques have focused on planting marijuana seeds outdoors and away from your own property to reduce the risks. There are however, many different methods and techniques that can be employed from the basic outdoor planting, through to renting large industrial sites using false documentation. From large-scale operations, down to the simple novice looking to produce a few, high quality buds for themselves, the art of guerrilla growing remains the same, to reduce the risks of being caught growing marijuana in the USA, or anywhere else it’s cultivation is illegal.
Guerrilla Growing Location Factors
Planning is essential when undertaking a guerrilla growing operational, and selecting the right location is crucial to producing a successful harvest. The security of both yourself, and your plants is a major factor, but there are others to consider to. You will need to find an area that’s secluded and remote, offering little access by car or foot, yet close enough for you to walk to when necessary. Look for signs of other walkers or hunters in the area, and keep away from any paths or points of easy access. Choosing the right area may depend on the number of plants you wish to grow, a few select plants can be easier to disguise and camouflage than a large cash-crop requiring a bigger clearing.
Marijuana plants need large amounts of water during the vegetative and early stages of flowering, and relying on the natural rainfall may not be an option for many guerrilla growers. Water is heavy, and with your plants located in a remote, secluded area, carrying large, full water containers to them could arouse suspicion, and will certainly be hard and tiresome. Try to find a guerrilla growing location close to a stream, lake or pond that you can use as a water supply once you are there. Take care in some of these remote areas however, as animals such as bears, lynx and deer may use it as their water hole and see you as a threat.
Although guerrilla growing can include indoor techniques, outdoor growing is more common, utilizing the natural sunlight to produce high quality marijuana plants and buds. Direct sunlight for as many hours as possible, especially during the afternoon when the sun is at it’s strongest provides the best energy for the plant, while the need for camouflage should also be considered. Where possible, provide cover around the plant, leaving it exposed to the afternoon sun for maximum growth and protection.
Large open spaces may offer easy access to long hours of sunlight, but offer little in the form of protection from strong winds or some of the Summer storms experienced across parts of the USA. Many sativa dominant strains grow extremely tall, leaving themselves exposed to the elements. Although the stems and branches are capable of supporting the large buds and cola’s that develop during flowering, they can break-off, or become damaged if subjected to storms or strong winds. Often these winds come from the same direction, and finding a location that offers some natural defense against them can protect your plants and buds until harvest.
- LOCATION – Locate your guerrilla grow away from recreational areas, walked paths and public view, in a remote, seldom visited location.
- WATER – Don’t rely on natural rainfall to adequately water your plants. Select a guerrilla growing location close to a natural water supply.
- SUNLIGHT – Strong, direct sunlight, especially during the afternoon provides the energy the plants need for vigorous growth. Try to leave this side of the plant exposed for maximum light penetration.
- PROTECTION – Marijuana plants exposed to strong winds can easily break, especially when heavy with buds. Try to find some natural protection for your plants.
Marijuana Seeds For Guerrilla Growing
There is a wide selection of marijuana and cannabis seeds suitable for a variety of guerrilla growing techniques and methods, choosing the best strains for your needs is often decided by climate. While all seeds and strains can be grown outdoors, some flower and mature quicker than others, making them a better choice for northern state growers. Only female marijuana plants produce buds and cola’s. male’s generate pollen for fertilization, you can avoid growing males or seeded buds by purchasing feminized marijuana seeds. All the feminized seeds available through us are guaranteed to produce pure, 100% female plants, with the highest quality, and heaviest harvests.
Climate plays a considerable factor in the growth and development of marijuana plants, and strains need to be purchased that are able to adapt to the environment and conditions of your guerrilla growing site. Although strains and seeds should be selected that appeal to your tastes and needs, if they are grown outdoors, they will require a long enough flowering period to fully mature before the temperatures drop and the first frosts cause mold and bud rot issues. While the longer growing season and gentle Winter’s in the southern states are perfect for slow-flowering, Sativa dominant strains, these marijuana seeds often struggle to mature when grown in the north. While the more compact and bushier Indica varieties have a shorter flowering period and are able to withstand lower temperatures and stronger winds.
Many guerrilla growers across the USA are selecting autoflowering seeds for their Summer grow. Feminized and guaranteed to produce female-only plants, these marijuana seeds are perfect for novice and outdoor commercial growers alike, producing high quality buds regardless of the number of light hours they receive. With no set hours of darkness necessary, autoflowering seeds are the perfect Summer-time marijuana seeds for guerrilla growing in the USA. Within approximately twelve weeks from germination, autoflowering seeds can grow, flower and fully mature under almost any lighting conditions, and although the yields are lower than traditional feminized seeds, the speed and ease with which they grow, allows for staggered planting and harvests.
Planting a variety of autoflowering, Indica and Sativa dominant strains early in the season can provide an abundance of high quality marijuana buds throughout the later part of the Summer and early Fall. Guerrilla growing in northern states requires planning and careful seed selection due to the shorter growing season and the quicker onset of the Fall. Autoflowering seeds may provide the only option for extremely northern states, while southern guerrilla growers plant them for quick harvests over their longer season, often achieving two or three complete grow’s using autoflowering seeds, rather than one large harvest at the end of the season.
SEED SELECTION SUMMARY
- FEMINIZED SEEDS – The best option for all guerrilla growing styles providing pure, female-only plants capable of generating high quality buds and cola’s.
- FLOWERING TIMES – Select marijuana seeds and strains capable of fully maturing before the onset of cooler temperatures and the first frosts appear.
- AUTOFLOWERING SEEDS – Quick to mature and very easy to grow, perfect for fast harvests in the north, or multiple harvests in the warmer, southern states.
- PLANNING – Be prepared, purchase the right seeds and strains, select and prepare the area in advance and keep quiet about your guerrilla growing operation and location.
Tips For Guerrilla Growing
After you have selected a suitable location and purchased the best marijuana seeds for your guerrilla growing operation, you’re just waiting on the guaranteed delivery of your seeds. Once arrived, and they are 100% guaranteed to do so when ordered through us, it’s time to get cracking. Many experienced growers germinate their seeds at home using tried and trusted methods, this produces a far higher percentage of seedlings than sowing them directly into the ground. Once your seeds have sprouted and become established, they are far more likely to survive and grow outdoors.
Preparation is a key part to a successful harvest, don’t just dig a small hole and expect the young seedlings to flourish, turn the soil making sure it’s loose enough for the roots to develop, and perhaps drop a few coins around the area. If the area is remote and secluded enough, they should still be there on later visits. Don’t plant in straight rows, nature rarely does, and water your plants generously before ensuring that all signs of your activities are removed, and the plant’s are disguised and camouflaged as much as possible.
Security is the primary factor in guerrilla growing, keeping your operation hidden and not boasting or telling anyone. The police won’t be the only one’s interested in your plants, and many growers have discovered their buds, and whole plants have been stolen and removed. Marijuana plants drink large amounts of water, and without natural rainfall, you will have to visit and water them regularly. Try to approach your plants from different routes, and vary the times you visit them, if there are people in the area, stay away, returning later, once the area is deserted.
As well as people, animals and nature damaging your plants, insects, bugs, fungus and root infections can also harm them before they are fully mature. Protecting against many of the most common problems requires a variety of formula’s at various stages of the plants development. You can shield your plants from the most common problems, including spider-mites, bud rot and mold as well as bacterial root infections with our recommended three-part plant protection system available from I Love Growing Marijuana, one of the world’s leading online marijuana growing specialists.
GUERRILLA GROWING TIPS SUMMARY
- GERMINATION – All our recommended marijuana seeds are 100% guaranteed to germinate and are supplied with all the help and information you require.
- PREPARATION – Visit your chosen guerrilla growing area several times before planting and prepare it it advance with security in mind.
- SILENCE – Keep your operation quiet, discretion is key and the less people that know what you are doing, and where, the better.
- PROTECTION – Defend your plants against the most common problems and bugs faced by outdoor guerrilla growers.
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Guerrilla Growing Footnote.
Unless you live in the northern USA states, there is ample opportunity to plant a selection of marijuana seeds and strains capable of generating staggered harvests over the later part of the season. Harvesting your own marijuana plants is a ‘buzz’ itself, and it can be easy to get carried away in moment, forgetting all the security factors that have made this a successful guerrilla growing operation. If you’re stripping the plants of the buds and cola’s before leaving the area, remove all waste leaves and any other signs you harvested there, otherwise it’s easy to arouse suspicions and possibly endanger any future harvests or the following year’s guerrilla growing area.