Outdoor Marijuana Growing In Michigan: Strains That Best Suit Your Climate
By legalizing cannabis in 2018, the state of Michigan made a giant leap forward from the time when growing marijuana was a felony. However, although it’s now legal, please learn all the dos and don’ts, especially if you plan to grow weed outdoors. Our short guide to the best strains that suit Michigan climate will also help you understand the restrictions placed by Mother Nature.
Outdoor Cannabis Seeds
Growing Marijuana In Michigan: Legal In Stealth Mode
If you’re 21 years or older and live in Michigan, you’re free to grow up to 12 plants in your place of residence, possess up to 2.5 ounces, and stash even more under lock and key. All this is kind of lenient, but here’s the catch: your marijuana garden must be completely hidden from view. This is easy when you grow indoors, but outdoors, you’ll have to go the extra mile to make your cannabis patch invisible to outsiders. Basically, your only legal option is to build a shed or a greenhouse around it. And check your local regulations, too, because your municipality may have banned marijuana cultivation altogether.
Climate In Michigan: Watch Out For High Humidity
With 200 days of non-freezing temperatures, the growing season in Michigan is long enough to successfully grow many good cannabis varieties. You’ll get plenty of sunshine throughout the summer and early fall, comfortable but not too hot temperatures, and enough rainfall to help you with watering your plants. The drawback is the high humidity, which can cause problems with mold and bud rot for marijuana buds in the later stages of flowering. One way to deal with this issue is to protect your plants from rain in a greenhouse (which is required by law anyway), and another is to stick to strains that are especially mold-resistant.
Top 10 Mold-Resistant Cannabis Strains
The Best Strains Are Those That Finish In September Or October
You can put your marijuana plants in the ground as early as the middle of May, and a whole month earlier in a greenhouse. You can further extend the vegetative period if you start your seedlings inside. This is a good option for those who want to have huge tree-like plants by harvest time. To choose a strain that’s best in terms of reliability, mold-resilience, and high yields, look for September finishers. Strains that fully mature in October are trickier, but allow you to produce more exotic and sought-after varieties normally associated with indoor growing.
Our following top five strains to grow outdoors in Michigan not only have the best chance to cross the finish line, but also guarantee you buds of superb quality.
Gorilla Glue #4: When Too Much Of Everything Creates A Balance
Photoperiod Relaxing euphoria 28 % 800 g/m² indoors 1000 g/plant outdoors
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Gorilla Glue #4 is a strain to both fear and respect, because the Gorilla family in general is famous for its insane resin production and pheno #4 is the stickiest of them all. Obviously, this guarantees over-the-top THC and terpene levels. Quality-wise, this strain of weed is all about balance: it’s a 50/50 Sativa/Indica mix, with effects that combine intense euphoria and happiness with a strong body buzz, plus the smell and taste of chocolate and diesel that are as harmonious as they are complex.
Gorilla Zkittlez: You Can Grow These Sweets By The Pounds
Photoperiod 24 % Total tranquillity 600 – 700 g/m² indoors2000 – 2500 g/plant outdoors
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Among the countless crosses based on the paragon of stickiness (see the one above), Gorilla Zkittlez stands out due to its eye-popping multicolored bag appeal, super-strong high delivered by 24% THC, and fruity and sweet, almost candy-like flavor. The yields of up to 4-5 pounds per plant can’t help but attract outdoor gardeners. Multiply it by the legal limit of 12 plants, and you’re looking at a harvest that will last you a lifetime.
Bruce Banner #3: Intoxicating Smell And Electrifying Effect
Photoperiod A good balance between high and stone 28 % 800 g/m² indoors 1000 g/plant outdoors
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Another US legend in our all-American list, Bruce Banner #3 dominates the top shelves of legal dispensaries, both in Michigan and elsewhere, and what put it there was the astonishing 28% THC! This strain leans slightly more on the Sativa side, so the airier structure of buds gives them good protection against mold outdoors. You can harvest them only in October, but the smoke is worth the wait. It has a sweet, earthy, and gassy smell and taste, and the effects fill your head and body with intense euphoria.
Amherst Sour Diesel: Tons Of Happiness
Photoperiod 27 % Initial euphoric happiness 400 – 600 g/m² indoors2000 – 3000 g/plant outdoors
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If only money grew on trees! Well, in the case of Amherst Sour Diesel, they actually do! This outdoor champion turns into a huge branchy plant capable of producing 4-6 pounds of buds by late October. Smelling of exotic wood and tropical fruit and packing 27% THC in its monstrously thick buds, this Sativa-dominant strain will fuel your happiness, energy, and creativity from the moment you start your wake and bake session until you finish it late at night.
The Incredible Bulk: A 3-Pounder Finishing In Mid September
Photoperiod Makes life easier and happier 20 – 24 % 600 – 1000 g/m² indoors800 – 1500 g/plant outdoors
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If Sativa isn’t really your cup of tea but you still want an insanely high-yielding strain, try The Incredible Bulk. This 80% Indica will bring you 2-3 pounds of dry bud – not as much as our previous strain, but you don’t have to wait as long, either. By mid-September, this gorgeous lady will be ready to harvest, and then you can enjoy the smoke that relaxes you without killing motivation and lets you get on with your life while wrapped up in happiness and protected from pain.
Top Marijuana Strains In The USA
Take Care Of Legal Issues And The Michigan Climate Will Do The Rest
There’s nothing easier than growing marijuana outdoors in Michigan, at least in terms of climate. The best Indicas, Sativas, and hybrids are at your disposal as long as they finish no later than October. So build a greenhouse or a large enough fence and pop some seeds – the results won’t disappoint you!
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Growing marijuana in Michigan: Here’s what to know about the law
You can grow up to 12 plants indoors
Dave Bartkowiak Jr., Digital Managing Editor
DETROIT – As of Dec. 6, 2018 it is legal to grow your own marijuana in the state of Michigan.
According to the new Michigan law, a person who is at least 21 years old is allowed no more than 2.5 ounces of marijuana within his or her place of residence unless any excess marijuana is stored in a container or area equipped with locks “or other functioning security devices that restrict access to the contents of the container or area.”
That’s how the law reads.
Of course, while growing and using is legal, law enforcement officials are reminding residents that marijuana will be treated like alcohol: You can’t drive while under the influence, and using it openly in public can get you arrested.
But how much can you grow and where can you grow it?
Legal adults in Michigan are allowed to grow up to 12 marijuana plants inside their residence. That’s according to the proposal language that was approved.
According to the new law, individuals are not allowed to grow marijuana:
- if the plants are visible from a public place without the use of binoculars, aircraft, or other optical aids;
- or outside of an enclosed area equipped with locks or other functioning security devices that restrict access to the area.
That means you’re going to want to be growing indoors, or outside in a shed or grow house. Keep in mind this is Michigan — the weather changes rapidly.
Meanwhile, medical marijuana caregivers in Michigan are still allowed up to five patients registered to him or her and can grow up to 12 plants for each of them. If the caregiver is also a patient and has five patients, he or she can grow up to 72 marijuana plants. Medical marijuana growers will emphasize the importance of having enough plants to serve a patient, or multiple patients, adequately with the correct strains at the correct times. This is where it can get complicated. Moreover, if you ever hear a grower use the term “cloning,” then you know they’ve been through the process extensively.
Michigan is first in Midwest
Michigan is the first state in the Midwest to legalize recreational marijuana. Here are the other states where recreational marijuana is legal and when it was made legal:
- Alaska (2014)
- California (2018)
- Colorado (2012)
- Maine (2016)
- Massachusetts (2016)
- Nevada (2016)
- Oregon (2015)
- Vermont (2018)
- Washington (2012)
- *District of Columbia (legal, but not for commercial sales — 2014)
Growing marijuana in Michigan compared to other states
Michigan is one of only two states, the other being Alaska, where households are allowed to grow 12 marijuana plants. Most of those states listed above allow only six plants per household.
In Alaska, households are allowed to grow 12 plants if at least two adults (21 and older) live in the household. In Michigan, any household with at least one adult 21 and older is allowed to grow 12 plants.
That makes Michigan’s household marijuana cultivation law the least strict out of all of the states.
State issues marijuana sales licenses
The state’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) needs to issue the appropriate licenses for anyone who wants to start a recreational marijuana business.
Here are the license types that are offered:
- Marijuana retailer
- Marijuana safety compliance facility
- Marijuana secure transporter
- Marijuana processor
- Marijuana microbusiness
- Class A marijuana grower authorizing cultivation of not more than 100 marijuana plants
- Class B marijuana grower authorizing cultivation of not more than 500 marijuana plants
- Class C marijuana grower authorizing cultivation of not more than 2,000 marijuana plants
If you’re looking to grow some plants at your house for you, then you’re looking for the Class A license.
By the way . here’s why you may see the state spell marijuana as ‘marihuana’
LARA offers the following explanation for why you may see the department refer to marijuana as “marihuana,” substituting the “j” for an “h”:
The spelling of marijuana has a long history in the United States. Michigan’s history primarily starts from the spelling that was chosen for the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937. Michigan adopted its statutory definition of marijuana in the Public Health Code, utilizing the then current federal spelling, marihuana.
As governing state laws spell marihuana with an “h,” BMR legal communication and references to statutes in relation to the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act or the Michigan Medical Facilities Licensing Act or the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act – and the corresponding administrative rules will use an “h” in the spelling of Marihuana. In non-formal communication, “j” will generally be used.
An act of the Michigan Legislature would be required in order to change the spelling of marijuana in the Michigan statutes, such as the Public Health Code or the newer marijuana laws.
For more coverage of marijuana in Michigan, go here.
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As of Dec. 6, 2018 it is legal to grow your own marijuana in the state of Michigan.