Growing cannabis is a beautiful thing. Unfortunately, most of us live in areas where cannabis is still illegal, meaning we have to be very secretive about where and how we decide to grow. That’s where guerrilla growing comes in.
Indoor growers love to pamper their plants with nutrients, fertilizers, and more. But remember, cannabis is actually a resilient plant that needs little more than water and good soil to survive. Frisian Duck really proves this and can produce great harvests, especially outdoors.
The fact that Timewarp originates from Vancouver tells us a lot about how this strain will perform in an outdoor guerrilla grow. Vancouver has a moderate oceanic climate with dry, hot summers and wet, cold winters. If Timewarp was able to grow natively in these conditions, chances are it’ll do fine where you live.
This duckling grows into big trees reaching up to 2.5m tall, flowers in roughly 8 weeks, and is best harvested in early October/May, depending on which hemisphere you’re growing in. If all goes well, you’ll be rewarded with a heavy harvest of nice, aromatic buds that produce an uplifting yet relaxing euphoria.
Frisian Duck is the perfect outdoor strain. It’s hardy, resilient, and, thanks to it’s uniquely shaped leaves, doesn’t look like a traditional cannabis plant. This makes Frisian Duck ideal for guerrilla growers as the strain is a little less likely to attract unwanted attention.
Thanks to its indica-like physical characteristics, Timewarp won’t grow as large as some of the other strains on this list. While that might result in a smaller harvest, it also minimizes the chances of someone spotting it, which is always a bonus when growing guerrilla style.
Northern Lights needs little introduction. Being an incredibly potent indica variety, Northern Lights has captivated smokers all across the globe. This autoflowering variety offers all the glory of the original Northern Lights, but in a compact auto package.
If you decide to start your own guerrilla grow, you’re probably wondering what strains can be left to fend for themselves yet still deliver great results. Here are 10 strains that are perfect for growing guerrilla style.
Timewarp, also known as Texada Timewarp, is a strain originating from Vancouver Island, BC. It is rumored to have been bred from landrace strains from the area. The final product is an easy-to-grow strain with slightly more indica characteristics.
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There are several tricks that allow us to to irrigate less frequently, for example using polymers mixed into the substrate, which work by absorbing water when irrigated, which they later release as the substrate dries. Mulching is another method often used, a thick covering of straw or plants such as bracken that is deposited as a layer on the soil, inhibiting evaporation from the soil. If the native soil in the chosen area is not of a quality suitable for growing cannabis, ideally dig a hole and fill it with a good growing medium, to which a little coco fibre or peat may be added (if the substrate doesn’t already include it), along with polymers and slow-release solid fertiliser, which we will discuss below. Some growers bury a perforated plastic sheet in the growing soil about 4-5cm from the surface, which allows water to seep through, but largely prevents its subsequent evaporation.
Although the success of the crop will depend largely on luck, with the plants being more or less left to their own devices for most of their life, a series of steps can be taken that, while not guaranteeing a successful harvest, can certainly help the plants to remain healthy throughout the season. In this way, guerrilla growers can harvest cannabis crops of a quality rivalling that of the most pampered outdoor gardens, where it’s far easier to provide the plants with all they need.In the following article we will outline the most important elements to consider for achieving a successful guerrilla harvest in the safest and easiest way possible.
Whichever type of seed or clone is chosen, it’s advisable to give them a small period of growth at home and take them to the selected guerrilla spot when they’ve got a little bigger. Young seedlings and newly-rooted cuttings are highly susceptible and will be at risk both from adverse weather conditions and insects or predators, so transplanting them when they are a few days older will greatly increase the chances of them reaching maturity.
This is undoubtably a fundamental aspect, there’s no point in choosing the perfect variety if we’re not going to plant it in an optimal place for its development. We must follow the same principles as in any outdoor crop in terms of altitude, orientation and solar exposure (try not to exceed 700-800 metres in altitude, situate the plants facing the south or east and in the spot with the most hours of direct sunlight), but also other factors such as water, wind or wild animals, which can cause significant complications. Placing the plants so they receive direct sunlight first thing in the morning will quickly evaporate any rain or dew left from the night before and dry the buds, greatly helping in the battle against fungi like botrytis or powdery mildew.
Choosing the right place and the correct variety is essential.
Another aspect to think about when choosing the growing area is to make sure it’s a good distance away from any homes, roads or paths, at least far enough to avoid problems from the intense smell that your plants will give off during flowering. In the forest there are often small paths used by animals to move between vegetation, and it’s important to avoid them when planting if we don’t want wild animals eating or simply trampling our plants. Choosing a sheltered spot protected from strong winds which, as well as breaking branches and damaging plants, can easily carry the smell of weed further than we’d like, will also help our crop to stay undiscovered.
Guerrilla-grown cannabis can give excellent results
We can currently find a good number of slow-release solid fertilisers on the market, products perfectly suited to this type of cultivation. Guerrilla Tabs work really well, as does the GK Organics range from Guanokalong, Trabe’s Nutrihemp or Terralba solid fertilisers. You can make an initial mix when planting, formuated towards the vegetative growth of the plant, and then add more fertiliser when the flowering phase begins. Another option is to use a sack of soil as a grow-bag. This is easily done by clearing the vegetation from a small area of earth, placing a bag of planting soil on the ground, e.g. All Mix by Biobizz. A simple slit in the form of a cross on the top of the bag provides the hole in which the seedling or clone is planted. The method gives a good amount of quality growing media for the plant to develop its root system and feed. The bag can also be perforated on the lower side, allowing the roots to also penetrate the native soil below. Once ready, the substrate bag is covered with soil or vegetation to keep it hidden from view.
Experienced growers often spread their plants around in several different growing spots within a relatively small area, enabling them to visit them all on the same day without having to travel too far. It’s also a safeguard against failure, should any of various spots be found out or suffer damage for some reason, the others spots will, with luck, remain undiscovered and intact to ensure a harvest of some kind. The most dedicated guerrilla growers install static wildlife monitoring cameras of the kind used by hunters to monitor the plants and ensure that they are in optimum condition.
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