Guerilla grow: Growing weed in the woods
If you don’t have much room at home or a large garden but you do have an adventurous spirit, a guerilla grow can be the answer. And it is also an inexpensive option. Here are some tips for growing weed in the woods, although, of course, such an endeavour is never guaranteed! Start your guerilla grow at the end of spring after the danger of frosts has passed and follow our advice. With a bit of luck, your harvest should produce enough buds to last you through the cold winter months.
Choosing the right location is the key to success
Planting cannabis in the wild is dependent on the correct growing location and is of paramount importance to the success of your grow. Whether you intend to cultivate a couple of plants or a good dozen, it is the location of your secret plantation that will ensure success.
Things to consider
The growing site should be well away from any public footpaths or boundaries to prevent curious eyes from stumbling upon your secret or even stealing your harvest. The ground should not be excessively wet, so avoid boggy marshes or any area that is likely to be flooded. Check that the available water isn’t too far away from the site – this could be a stream, well, pool or river or even a trough for livestock. If any of these are situated near the growing area, you should also make sure the water is not stagnant or unclean. Stagnant water can contaminate the nearest aquifer. Ensure that standing water is at least a dozen metres from the grow site.
Good spots for a guerilla grow
- In the wood
- In the dunes
- In meadows
Adequate drainage is vital because cannabis needs plenty of water but does not do well growing in water as the roots will quickly rot, which means a speedy death for your weed plants. If you notice insects or larvae in the water, it means it is likely to be permanent, and is a sign that it is not the right location for a guerilla grow.
Get the young seedlings ready in a tub, or, even better, biodegradable pots (made from a natural plant fibre such as coconut coir). Planting cannabis seeds directly in the soil is also possible if you live somewhere with a long growing season.
Watch out for areas overgrown with weeds as they naturally prefer under the same environmental conditions as marijuana. Spend some time clearing this area, pulling weeds out by their roots and using a garden fork to aerate the soil and remove any large stones. Although, there is no need to make the site perfectly manicured and completely weed-free as this could draw unwelcome attention to the site!
Then it’s time to plant your seedlings in the ground. If the roots of your plant seem rather delicate, sink your tub directly into the soil, so that it is completely submerged. However, it’s a fact that during the transplantation process, your roots will probably sustain a bit of damage, no matter how careful you are. One tip is to use a pair of scissors to cut away the base of the tub to free the roots and then plant the pot in the soil – this technique is often used by tomato growers.
We recommend planting between 10 to 12 plants; a number which will lead to the probable harvest of 5 or 6 plants. Expect at least half of it to be lost to natural causes, such as insects or bad weather. Besides, eliminating male plants will also reduce the number of mature plants at harvest, although you could choose feminised seedeeds to avoid this.
If you don’t use feminized marijuana seeds, you should remove any male plants before they have a chance to pollinate the female buds with seeds. However, harvest management will be quite challenging unless you visit the plantation to check the condition of the plants as often as possible.
Tips for a successful guerilla grow
If you plan to grow in the wild, there are a number of points to consider. Here you can think of:
1. The growing medium
As it is not recommended to visit your guerilla grow daily, the culture medium should be able to hold plenty of water for as long as possible. Choose a mixture of potting soil, peat, and vermiculite. Well-rotted manure is always welcome, and tomato feed also works well for weed plants.
Worms are ideal creatures to help aerate the soil and should be encouraged.
If you have chosen to plant seeds, ensure the soil is well aerated by using an aeration tool or simply digging the soil with a fork. It’s really important to ensure that the soil is nice and pliable so that early roots can easily explore the soil.
Since weed needs a plenty of moisture, there will probably be occasions when you need to visit the site to water them. The rule of thumb is that if there is no rain for three consecutive sunshine-filled days, the plants will need to be watered.
You should aim to dampen the first couple of centimetres. Wait until the water sinks into the soil surrounding the base of the last plant, then return to the plant you started with, and water again on your return. This is the gentlest way of watering the growth medium. If too much water is chucked over the plants at once, there is an increased danger of exposing the roots and harming the plants. The sudden shock of cold water will also slow growth until the roots have a chance to warm up.
It’s also essential to avoid too much humidity in the autumn. While keeping your plants damp in the summer is key, it is just as crucial to keep your buds nice and dry in the autumn to prevent mould from taking hold.
Give the mature plants a shake every now and then to remove excess rain moisture. If it is really muggy and dampy, you may even have to harvest early to prevent mould from spreading.
3. Visiting your guerilla grow
If the planting area is in the middle of nowhere, it might be a good idea to take note of the exact location in case you forget where the location of the plants is! There are several ways you can track your location. Most growers prefer to place their plants well off the beaten track – at least ten minutes walk away. The simplest way is to use an app on your smartphone to record the geolocation and save it somewhere safe.
Or you could try a more old school way which is easy and fun and involves placing painted or memorable stones or marking trees and bushes along the trail indicating the site – a bit like Hansel and Gretel. The trick is to make the markers noticeable to you but not to anyone else!
Finishing up your guerilla grow
When the leaves fall, the resin flows and the colours begin to change, it’s time to harvest. Do it at a sensible time when you are less likely to come into contact with others, such as early in the morning on a cloudy day. Bring a large, strong container, like a 2-litre bucket with a secure lid, to avoid the smell attracting unwanted attention. Place the branches in the container with the cut end pointing down to keep your buds intact.
Once you and your plants are home and dry, you can start to dry them off and begin the process of curing your plants. Hopefully, you will have enough weed to keep you going for the whole year and some seeds for next year’s.Want to start growing weed in the woods? Use these tips for a successful Guerilla grow in the wild. Buy seeds at Weedseedsexpress and get 20% FREE SEEDS
Cannabis Guerrilla Grows
Cannabis Guerilla Grows are much more common than you’d think; people have been using this stealth method to grow for decades now. The idea is basically to plant your grow somewhere remote, away from any towns or villages, near a constant flow of water so you don’t have to worry about irrigation; you’ll practically only have to plant and harvest.
Guerilla grows have pros and cons like every other method; keep in mind that if you’ve planted in a remote area that you can get to, other people can get there too. You might end up with plants infested with insects, or maybe the quality might be bad. In this article we’re going to talk about the steps you need to follow to reach harvest time with your guerilla grow.
How to Grow in Guerilla
The first thing you’re going to need to do is find the right strain; for guerilla grows you’re going to want to find a sturdy strain that doesn’t require much caring for, as you want to be able to visit your grow as little as possible to avoid causing suspicion. If you’re looking for some hardy strains that will put up with harsh conditions then Skunk strains, White Widow and Northern Lights are all quite sturdy.
Once you have your seeds, you can go and look for a place for them while they’re germinating. The best plan is to find somewhere with a river close to it, even a small stream would do. If possible the area should have large plants or trees where nobody would even think to look; if you need to get your feet wet and cross a stream to plant them somewhere that’s a bit harder to see then do it. You’d much rather the journey to be uncomfortable than for someone to find your grow and take it, wouldn’t you? If you find somewhere with some sugar cane, you won’t even have to water them. Once you’ve found the perfect spot, you’ll need to open up some space in the bushes or cane so that the plants can grow hidden but still be in a place with sunlight.
If you can’t find somewhere to plant near a source of water, don’t worry; you can mix the soil with polymers that will help the soil to retain much more humidity and nutrients, although you’ll still need to go and water at least once every two weeks which can call some unnecessary attention to yourself.
Once you’ve picked the right place, you’ll need to prepare the soil properly. You’ll need to make a hole, which will be larger or smaller depending on the amount of plants you’re going to be growing. If you’re looking to grow a massive seasonal plant, planted in March-April then the hole will need to be about 40x40cm and 60cm deep. If you’re planting later so that they don’t get too big or even autoflowering plants, then 20x20cm and 40cm deep should be more than enough.
Once you’ve made your hole you’re going to want to fill it with substrate mixed with some organic fertilizers. If you plant it earlier for bigger plants then it’ll need a different mix than if you’re planting a bit later or autoflowering strains. The most important thing is that you pick a substrate that’s good for the kind of terrain you’re working with. If the terrain is dry then you’ll need to choose a substrate that’s good at retaining humidity like Light Mix or BioBizz, and if it’s too humid then you’ll need to use a substrate that dries out quite nicely like Canna terra Professional. If you want it to retain even more humidity than it already has then you can mix it with polymers which retain water until it’s needed. If you want it to be a lot dryer you’ll need to mix it with expanded clay balls.
If you’re growing in the spring time you’ll need to mix your substrate with worm hummus so that, even if you water scarcely, the soil will have enough nitrogen for growth as well as a good root system. You’ll need to repeat the dosage the next month to make sure that your plants will be able to begin flowering on just water.
If you’re growing late plants or autoflowering plants then you’ll need to use bat guano once they reach the flowering period. You’ll need to use two big spoonfuls per 7L of substrate that you’ve put in the hole; 50L of substrate means 15 spoonfuls. All you have to do is give them a smooth organic fertilizer for flowering like Bio Flores every now and then and you should get an amazing harvest.
To grow in guerrilla you need to visit your plants the least amount of times as possible. The best thing to do is to bring them to site once they’ve grown a bit so the insects won’t kill them off, or at least until they’re big enough to be sprayed with Neem oil.
Every 20 days you’ll need to spray them with Neem again and water them; you should bring big bottles with you so you don’t have to do various trips. Make sure you take your bottles back home with you, as many people have been caught out due to discarding their bottles near their grows. During the summer you can use some Bacillus Thuringiensis to keep other insects like worms away.
This is all the advice you need to begin your guerilla grow, and if you’re lucky you can harvest some genuinely decent plants without the risk of having them at home.
Author: Javier Chinesta
Translation: Ciara Murphy