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As we all know, cannabis cultivation is still banned in most parts of the world. If you’ll get caught
growing some in your outdoor backyard, then just be ready to get sanctioned upon by authorities.
That is why it's essential that you’ll learn to practice your skills on creativity and resourcefulness to hide
efficiently your cannabis plants. These skills are a necessity to successfully lure out people on thinking of
cannabis in your backyard.
It may quite easy, you may think. However, it won’t be. As it grows, you’ll be having the struggle to
cover the size, flower, and its distinctive smell. You’ll really have to exert a lot of effort and time on
determining what works best for your own convenience.
In this article, we’ll look into ways how to ensure stealth upon growing cannabis plants in the outdoor
Why do we grow cannabis outdoors?
Cannabis cultivation outdoors takes a lot of risk than growing indoors. Your plants will be exposed to
uncontrolled environment’s conditions including air, pests, moisture, and heat. Apart from that, outdoor
cultivation will increase the chances of getting caught by neighbors, friends, or even the police.
We don’t want that to happen, right? So, why do we bother to grow ‘outdoors’ instead of indoors?
There are a few basic reasons.
a. Most Efficient Growth
Exposing it to the typical way of cultivation will get you a good-looking and healthy plant given
optimum conditions are being met. Outdoor growing will put no limit as it will attain the maximum
amount of soil nutrients and air ventilation.
b. Requires Minimum Finances
You don’t have to spend a lot of money when growing outdoors. Everything you need from the soil,
water, air, to light is naturally obtained without the expense of spending more money.
Though growing outdoors is a great option, there are people who settle on indoor growing to avoid
getting caught by authorities. Yes, this is a valuable reason. However, there are times that we should let
go of this fear and take a risk.
All you have to do is remember these few things.
One important tip to cover out your cannabis plants is camouflaged it. If you have a big space, then this
is a good choice. All that you have to do is cultivate miscellaneous plants surrounding over it. You just
have to make sure that it's evenly scattered in such a way that it will truly hide the cannabis plants into
Nature works a lot of wonders. The good thing is that there are a lot of plant varieties that you could
cultivate along with cannabis plants. This includes the following;
a. Staghorn Sumac
They are fern-like plants with fingered and dark green colored leaves on it. They uniquely bud, a bit
similar to few cannabis species as well. However, they appear to be short and won’t be suitable for
tall-looking cannabis plants.
b. Pride of Madeira
A flexible plant that looks astoundingly like the cannabis plant. Its leaves are thin yet slender and
stacked vertically towards its bud. Coincidentally, its flower looks very similar to the purple variety
of cannabis plants.
Another purple-colored flower with close physical characteristics to a cannabis plant. It’s a short-
length plant with a leaf shape similar to a cannabis plant. However, it does not have serrated edges
as a typical cannabis leaf possesses. It’s an easily cultivated plant to grow along with cannabis.
#2. Decorate it!
The second option is to put your creativity more to action. Mask your cannabis plants by creating more
distractions around it. The best method to use includes any plant, grass, or even trees. All you have to
do is positioned the cannabis in such a way that it will go unnoticed.
Either put it on one branch of a tree, surround it with a lot of flowering plants on its background, or
anything that turns your imagination.
Apart from putting vegetation on its background, you could also put anything that will cover or distract
everyone from looking for a cannabis plant. You could put a swing and hide it at the back or a bench.
With this phase, brainstorming is an ultimate necessity.
#3. Training Techniques
You could also train the cannabis plants in such a way that it will grow low. There are various methods
that you could do cannabis training. Methods such as SROG( Sea of Green) or Low-Stress Training are
efficient ways to mold or shape out your plants in such a way that it will go unnoticeable upon
cultivation. There’s no need for camouflage or decoration just to hide it.
These methods have simple procedures yet should be handled delicately. You should be an expert or at
least have read a lot before doing it as needed.
#4. Trimming and Defoliation
It’s an undesirable method since it will decrease its growing and bud efficiency. However, these
methods are still employed in the worst scenarios. All you have to do is cut or trim its canopy regularly
to hide if it grows over your fences. Apart from that, you could also put out and cut down large leaves to
make it less like cannabis plants.
Masking the Odor or Smell
The critical part of growing cannabis outdoors is covering out its smell. It’s relatively easy to completely
hide its stature or physical growth. However, it's definitely much harder to mask its smell.
As cannabis odor is readily distinguishable among few people, it easily diffuses throughout the
surroundings as prevented.
Here are a few ways that you could do to control or mediate the spread of its smell.
#1. Choose a cannabis variety that exudes a less powerful or toxic smell
There are a lot of cannabis strains being sold online. It's important that if your growing outdoors, you’ll
understand to select on a low-odor cannabis variety to easily mask its smell.
Recommended strains are Northern Lights, Papaya, Durban Poison, Shark’s Breath, and the Polar
#2. Camouflage it with other plants
To mask its smell, you could put plants such as mint, lemongrass, rosemary, or lavender around it. Just
make sure that you’ll plant more of these plants for the odor to be not overpowered by the cannabis
#3. Neutralize its Odor
This is the most practical way to mask strong cannabis odors into your plants. All you have to do is buy
these neutralizers and put it nearby the cannabis plants to effectively minimize its smell.
If you have a lot of cannabis plants, then you’ll definitely need more of this neutralizers. Examples of
these neutralizers include incense, air fresheners, and scented candles as well.
The Final Word:
With regulated policies on cannabis cultivation, it may seem hard to grow cannabis outdoors. However,
there are still escape ways to grow it without a lot of people noticing over it. All you have to do is use
your mind well and research a lot of it.
However, if you're skeptical on planting cannabis outdoors, then you don’t have to do it. It's best to be
safe than take a risk on something you’re not quite comfortable. It's best to do indoors first before doing
a bigger step on growing outdoors. Happy planting!
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