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growing weed in indirect sunlight

Growing weed in indirect sunlight

Cannabis is a hardy plant—but before you start growing, it is best to find a spot with a lot of sun exposure. This could be a clearing or a particularly open part of your yard, away from trees and other obstacles that might prevent your plant’s leaves from utilising as much solar power as possible. It’s always a good idea to start growing your photoperiod cannabis in early spring to take advantage of the valuable solar energy early in the growing season. Darkness is what triggers flowering in cannabis, so starting your grow in the springtime will ensure your plant receives as much sunlight as possible by the end of the summer.


The fastest-growing and smallest plants are typically autoflowering seeds, making them perfect for a stealthy operation. This allows for a low-maintenance and cost-effective grow with fast results. Don’t forget to learn the approximate growth and flower time of the strain you are using, so that you can start growing your next seeds before harvest.


Sunlight is what encourages natural leaf and stem production in cannabis, allowing it to flourish and reach heights that can far exceed indoor grows. With an outdoor grow, the best yield will come from plants that have the most access to sunlight (in favourable conditions), so this will always be key to take into consideration when moving your cannabis growing skills outside.

At the bare minimum, make sure your marijuana plants are receiving five hours of direct sunlight, as well as five additional hours of indirect sunlight. This is tricky because even the briefest amount of light will make plants start growing again and put off flowering.

Do indoor marijuana plants need sunlight?

about 2 – 4 inches
Different plants have different light intensity needs, but most seedlings grown for the garden will need higher intensity light to flourish. In general, the leaves should be about 2 – 4 inches away from the light source (assuming use of a fluorescent bulb – see below).

What happens to a plant if it doesn’t get enough sunlight?

During summer, marijuana plants grow tall and big to their full potential as they await the fall to flower. Towards fall, the sun produces redder spectrum rays, inducing the plants to produce hormones which help them develop flowers.