Where in the yard to plant

I’m going to try and make a sun map tomorrow but I’m wondering what is ideal for outdoor.
Maxium hours of intense sunlight would be my presumption…

Better to get afternoon sun or morning sun or evening sun?
I would think afternoon…

Just trying to decide where to place my autopots for the season.

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It depends what latitude you’re at. I’m guessing you’re in North America, in that case you want a south facing garden. Morning sun of 6+ hours is preferable afternoon sun gets hot.

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Keep in mind, if there’s a tree line, the sun will be much lower in the sky come fall (when they really need direct light).

I’m not sure where you are, but here in VT, humidity and high winds are prevalent in the fall/late summer. So I try to pick an area that has some wind blockage, as well as far from weeds/shrubbery that can retain moisture and increase humidity at ground level.

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Yeah south facing definitely, afternoon sun is to hot? Mayne in other places but it rarely gets over 30*c here… So I think I should be good eh? I’m worried more about low’s then highs I think.

@Drinkslinger
Very good points as well
The spots I have are either grass or deck and it’s all in a fairly small yard with a large solid fence which gives me great wind coverage.

Its a little L shaped yard behind/ to the side of a mobile home in a park.

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My info was generally spoken :slightly_smiling_face:

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I agree. The earliest morning sun, up until it’s peak is best. It has to do with the type of light coming through the atmosphere at different times of the day. They prefer the blue/white light. Which I’m sure you might already know lol
I know it’s not cannabis, but my tomatoes that get direct sun by 7 a.m. are twice as tall as the ones that don’t get direct sunlight til 11 or 12.

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That may effect flowering though then… I do belive sunlight is 5000k regardless of time of day no?

The type of light the plants receive growing outdoors changes throughout the day, and throughout the season. It won’t affect flowering, because as the sun gets lower in the sky, in fall, it leans more towards the red/orange side of the spectrum.
Just as throughout the day, it starts off more blue/white in the beginning of the day, but closer to sunset, appears more red/orange.

I’m not trying to say the sun is changing colors, obviously lol It’s how the sun shines through the atmosphere, and is reflected off different amounts and types of amtomspheric particles, at different times of the day and season.

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It makes me more motivated to cut the tree down that is blocking the garden’s early morning sun. It is a volunteer / weed tree I should have removed a couple of years ago.

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The rule of thumb is: if it’s too hot for you it’s too hot for the plant. Same with cold. I would recommend they get partial sun and needs to see 9 hours of actual sunlight to keep from flowering.

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Wow I never thought about it like that, thank you for your explanation.
Not used to this outdoor stuff!

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I just had a monster oak cut this year for garden purposes lol


I’m so surrounded by trees though that I don’t get direct sun until 10am then they’re in shade around 4-430. Waiting on the property next to mine to go up for sale so I can clear cut and make a monster garden.

At least the oak makes good fire wood.

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In two years when it finally dries lol

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Afternoon sun is most intense radiation because from 11:00 to 14:00 the atmosphere is thinnest at that angle. The ideal scenario for cannabis is full sun from sunrise to sunset each and every day. Cannabis is a sun whore. She will suck as much sunlight as possible. But if I had a yard that had a spot that gave the most sun in the fall time that is where my dope would be. Fortunately for me I have such a place! The other thing to consider, can I cover my plants come the rainy season and to protect from frost?

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I’d lOvE to have one of those retractable awnings for rain lol

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Hi, I’m in the Central Valley of CA. It’s been super hot lately in the 100s about 30% humidity. My plant gets sun from sunrise to 2pm then I put her in the shade.
I’m not ready for her to flower yet… should I put her back in the sun around 6ish for another couple hours to prevent that from happening? Or just leace her in the sun and make sure she has enough water??

Thank you !

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Plants outside need about 6 to 8 hours of direct or mostly direct sunlight followed by bright enough daylight to keep from flowering.

When it’s really hot, dappled shade is best. If worried about flowering too early just set a light to go off over the plant for 15 minutes around midnight and this tricks the plant into thinking it’s a longer day.

If you have significant light pollution you may already have issues…

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I see. No light pollution whatsoever… just manually moving her closer to the house to avoid the direct sunlight when it’s been so hot. I’ll just stop being so scared of the sun lol. Thanks.

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