guerilla growing weed

Guerilla growing weed

This method consists of using natural resources to grow your plants from seed to harvest (so you don’t take the risk of getting caught when watering, for example).

1. Guerilla Growing Definition

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2. Finding The Perfect Spot

Guerilla growing consists of camouflaging cannabis with the natural vegetation. The selected spot must be hard to access, with a good amount of sunlight, a water source nearby, and fertile soil because you don’t want to be seen going in multiple times, ideally you should only go to harvest your plants.

Guerilla growing weed

Some growers will fix fake plastic flowers to the branches of plants with wire; a trick that probably wouldn’t fool anybody up close, but one that can completely change their appearance if they are seen from a distance. We also recommend you don’t follow a regular pattern when planting, because neat rows of perfectly spaced plants, with a different shade of green than the other plants that surround them, will stick out like a sore thumb!

In general, when choosing varieties for guerrilla cultivation, it is important that they are fast-flowering and resistant to fungi and pests, as this will save us many headaches and hugely increase the chances of a successful harvest. As many of you will know, it can be incredibly frustrating to nurture the plants for months only to find them full of botrytis or powdery mildew on harvest day!

Substrates and slow-release fertilisers

An infection this severe could mean the loss of the entire harvest

Forest fauna can present serious problems in a guerrilla grow. We must have a pest prevention program to avoid snail and slug damage, as well as the typical insects that can attack outdoor cannabis, such as aphids or scale bugs. For snails, scattering crushed egg shell around the stem works perfectly, the snails don’t like to pass over the sharp fragments and will not approach the plants. There are many natural insecticides and preventive measures available on the market effective against other types of insects such as those mentioned.

Tips for guerrilla growers

Another water-saving technique is one commonly used in crops that rely solely on rainfall. A sheet of plastic, say 1 square metre in size, is buried about 10 cm deep, with a hole in the center, where a plant is placed. Then, small holes are perforated all over the plastic and it is covered with dirt, completely hiding it. Thanks to this system, when irrigating, water can pass through the holes we have made in the plastic and hydrate the substrate well. However, since a large part of the substrate is covered by plastic, it will be much more difficult for it to evaporate due to the environmental heat, offering a more efficient use of irrigation water. Of course, this technique can be combined with mulching, covering the soil beneath the plant with straw or dried vegetation.