Now that it is officially December, I guess we can say Happy Winter! While cold months and snow are not something Southern Californian’s can relate to, unless you want to call 65 and sunny cold, many people around the world are pulling out their winter coats and snow boots. I, myself, am from the east coast so I can relate to the sadness of putting away my summer clothing and getting prepped for the freezing temperatures. So, what does this mean for the cannabis growers that will be stuck with cold winters?
This is something I was curious about myself, so after doing some research, I wanted to share what I learned.
Even though it is difficult since most cannabis strains prefer warm weather and sun, it is possible to grow in the winter. According to Steven Voser from Zamnesia, the best way to grow cannabis during the winter months is to move everything inside. When growing inside you can control the temperature of the room and the amount of light the plant gets. Though, it may be hard to make such a sudden change if you always grow outside. In this case, if you are planning on keeping your cannabis plants outside, make sure to check on the temperature of the soil.
If the soil gets to below 16℃ or 60℉, your plant’s growth will be hindered. Sensi Seeds says that the ideal temperature for cannabis in the daytime is 24-30℃ or 75-86℉ while the ideal temperature in the nighttime is 18-22℃ or 64-72℉. Once the temperature drops below these numbers, make sure to be prepared to move everything inside. To help this process, some growers invest in lights or heaters that will shine on their plants during the night time to help raise the temperature of the cannabis plant.
Another issue that growing cannabis in harsh winters brings is the chance of mold or fungi to start growing. This is due to the fact that colder temperatures may cause issues when trying to maintain humidity, which is an important factor for the growth of cannabis. Sensi Seeds recommends that winter growers should purchase a hygrometer that will help to track the humidity of your soil and growing areas.
Growing in winter is not something that is totally scary or impossible. You may just have to buy some extra supplies and plan ahead in case extremely low temperatures arise. As winter is here, make sure to have your thermometer in hand and get to growing!