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