Growing cannabis outdoors in Australia isn’t difficult, the long hours of daily sunshine during much of the year, provides the perfect environment. With a little care, and regular watering, cannabis plants can grow very tall and bushy, yielding several pounds of high quality buds from a single plant. The main disadvantage is that cannabis plants require a reduction in daylight hours to flower and mature, leading to a long wait from Spring planting until harvesting towards the end of the Summer season.
Growing indoors negates this problem with the use of artificial lights. Indoor lighting can be set for either vegetative growth, around eighteen hours on, or a standard 12/12 on-off regime, which promotes the best flowering conditions. Several harvests can be achieved in a single growing area per year when growing cannabis indoors.
Although all cannabis strains can be grown both indoors, or outside, certain strains are known to be better suited than others. Often, longer-flowering Sativa dominant strains are better suited to outdoor conditions, while many of the modern, popular hybrid strains prefer a more controlled indoor environment.
Alternatively, many cannabis growers in Australia are choosing to grow autoflowering seeds, strains of cannabis that grow and flower simultaneously, reducing the time needed from germination to harvest to an absolute minimum, with many mature in around eight weeks from sprouting, regardless of the number of daylight hours the plants receive. This makes outdoor growing much easier, and allows for both staggered planting and harvests.