Why hide it?
Let’s face it, anyone who grows quality cannabis takes pride in their product, it’s the mark of a master craftsman. However, there are many reasons why discretion is important when growing your own cannabis. Chief among them:
- interested law enforcement agents
- competitors who might sabotage your crops
- garden variety (no pun intended) vandals
Here’s a few tips to keep your plants safe from potential threats.
Pick your spot carefully
Discretion begins with the selection of your grow location. Whether you’re growing one plant or many, the real challenge is finding a balance between optimal growing conditions and maximum protection for your plants.
For outdoor growing, remember that your plants will need between four and six hours of direct sunlight per day, excellent soil, and depending on the weather in your grow area, a ready water supply. In addition, your plants should not be visible to the naked eye or with binoculars from the borders of your property line.
For indoor growing, remember that you will need electricity to run your grow lights or hydroponic apparatus, as well as climate and humidity control. In addition, you want to be sure that your neighbors will not be able to see or smell your progress.
Tips for hiding outdoor cannabis plants
For personal use, you could grow cannabis outdoors easily in a small flower or vegetable garden. For larger crops or crops for sale to medical dispensaries, you’ll need a considerably larger space; planting cannabis among other crops in a space far removed from neighbors is a popular solution to the space issue.
Pot your plants
Again, no pun intended. Putting your plants in pots readies them for easy removal if you feel your grow location has been compromised or a portion of your crop has been damaged or vandalized. Keeping your plants in pots also allows you to consistently change your grow location and better manage the sunlight your plants receive.
Cannabis is friendly
Cannabis plants generally coexist just fine with other plants, thus making other tall, leafy plants a fine method of concealment for your cannabis crop. Smaller growers might consider tall ferns or other decorative, leafy plants, while growers of larger crops might consider corn or barley hops to hide their cannabis.
Insects are alright
Hate going to places where you know you’ll be likely to encounter a large number of bees, mosquitos, or deer ticks? So does anybody who might happen to stumble upon your stash. This may seem a little odd, but planting in locations that you know have a high population of unpopular insects that are harmless to your cannabis is actually a good way to discourage wanders from stumbling upon your grow location.
Tips for hiding indoor cannabis plants
For personal use, you could grow cannabis indoors easily in a basement, garage, attic, or even a closet. For larger crops or crops for sale to medical dispensaries, you’ll need a considerably larger space. Different from growing outdoors, there are some factors that are just plain out of your control when growing indoors:
- your plants will produce a palpable odor
- your grow lights will be very powerful
- your electric bill will increase
Of the highest priority is concealing the smell of your plants. Growing in a heavily insulated location, like a finished basement, will help curtail the odor of your cannabis. Growing in a garage or attic space might not conceal the odor of your crop as well.
Black out your windows
If you are growing in a space with windows, you must block your windows in such a way that the glow of your grow lights will not be visible during the day time.
Use a security system
A security system for the building, or even the individual room, in which you plan to grow your cannabis is essential.
Don’t be cocky
If you can not produce a discrete location for your grow project, consider scaling back your growing ambitions or consider not growing until you have access to better facilities.
Don’t talk about your plants
This is advice that beginning cultivators of cannabis should live by, whether growing indoors or outdoors, large quantities or just enough for personal use: don’t talk about your plants!
Never divulge your grow location or show off your plants to anyone but your most trusted friends or relatives. Carelessness with the concealment of your grow location will undoubtedly come back to bite you.[related_posts limit="5"]