Growing weed is something that is on many people’s bucket lists, but not many people actually get around to doing. You might have the motivation to get started but immediately abandon the plan because it seems like too much work or too many challenges could arise. Some people don’t even get as far as deciding whether they would want an indoor or outdoor cannabis crop which is one of the first things to consider. Deciding on an indoor or outdoor grow operation may seem like a no-brainer, but there is actually a lot to think about before coming to the final decision.

People living in Canada who are now allowed to grow four recreational plants at home are faced with this problem more than ever. Now that they can grow legally more and more people are motivated to take on the hobby. Some Canadians are even able to grow up to 500 plants after receiving their ACMPR license – click here for more info on this. For Canadians and anyone else around the world interested in growing, check out the pros and cons to growing indoors and outdoors.


Pros: When you grow your plants indoors, you have much more control. You control the climate and environment making it easier to grow your crops to their fullest potential – there is no worry of things like rain, snow, or wind. You can grow year round without worrying about changing seasons since your indoor environment will remain ideal for you plants. Indoor plants typically have a shorter flowering period allowing you to harvest faster and start smoking sooner.

Cons: If you don’t properly ventilate your grow space and create some sort of air circulation your crops will suffer (you don’t have to worry about this when growing outdoors). Setting this up can become costly and can become difficult because you also have to make sure your plants are receiving CO2. Overall indoor growing is much more expensive; you have to purchase lights, a ventilation system, grow tents, and there will definitely be an increase in your power bill.


Pros: Outdoor cannabis plants have a constant supply of CO2 and you don’t have to try to generate it yourself (it can be found in the air). If you are growing on fertile land they can receive proper nutrients straight from the soil and you won’t have to purchase nearly as many fertilizers and nutrients to feed your crops. In addition, outdoor growing is much better for the environment than indoor. And the best part? It can cost you next to nothing!

Cons: You have little to no control over the environment and you have to consider the changing seasons (not everywhere is suitable for outdoor growing). You never know if a big storm will hit, if there will be a forest fire or if the season will bring much more rain than average. Since you are letting your plants grow naturally, the timeline of the grow cycle is much longer so you must be patient. On top of this, you have much less security with an outdoor plants from both animals and humans. Tons of animals and critters see those nice big buds as a delicious snack, so you have to take more measures to protect your crop.