In N Out: A Deep Dive into Indoor vs Outdoor Grow Operations

In N Out: A Deep Dive into Indoor vs Outdoor Grow Operations

As much as we wished this blog post was about In-N-Out Double-Doubles, we’re here to kick off harvest season and discuss the difference between indoor and outdoor grow operations and help you determine which is best for your team and your budget - or state!

Growing weed indoors is typically ideal if you live in an apartment or condo, and can be a fulfilling hustle if you do it right. A few of the most important considerations are going to be the electric bill you pile up, the location in which you place your plants and whether or not the smell will impact you or your neighbors.


Let’s talk about your electric bill. We already pay too many utilities as it is, so an indoor weed operation can send your account into overdraft if you’re not prepared. According to, you’ll need the following information to move forward:

  • Cost of electricity where you live
  • Wattage of light/fan/pump

-Wattage refers to a light’s power rating. If you’re working with a smaller space, one or two lights with high wattage may be just enough.

  • Number of hours the appliance will be running

If you’re growing one or two weed plants, the cost will most likely be lower than if you’re growing several. Indoor growing can be a solid hobby if you’re ready to invest a couple extra dollars, but can quickly turn into an overwhelming mission. We recommend starting a pros & cons list to determine whether or not growing indoors is the right solution for you!


Let’s focus on communication. In terms of where to grow indoors, you’ll need a space where you can fit lots of ventilation in addition to the plants themselves. And not just at the beginning of your operation - save space for your plants to grow up to 2x the size!

If you live in a relatively sunny area, feel free to place your plants outdoors rather than subjecting them to artificial light. If indoor growing is your best bet, though, the next best lights would be LED. Just like any house plant, you have to make sure they’re placed in a spot where they’ll best flourish and give them the luuuv they deserve.

If you plan on a larger harvest, do your research on the different lights you’ll have to invest in before you dig yourself into a financial hole.

If you live alone, the smell of your indoor growing operation won’t be too much of an  issue. However, the smell of weed plants can be overpowering to people or pets you’re living with, so make sure that your air filtration system is working in your favor and consider buying anti-odor products. These products range in price from pretty affordable to expensive af, so pick your battles.

Growing weed indoors is preferred by many from a legal standpoint, as the historical illegality of the drug in certain spaces has caused several individuals to make their operation more lowkey.


The quality of weed grown indoors is thought by some to be higher than its counterpart, so if you have the supplies and space necessary we won’t stop you from going for it. However, there are some environmental concerns when it comes to this method in particular - with energy costs being at the top of the list.

Outdoor growing is more of an option to consider if you’re working with a bigger team and harvest. Growing outdoors has everything to do with where you live and the climate you’re dealing with, so consider all these factors before you begin!

Leafly News says that “outdoor cultivation (is the) most technologically elegant, sustainable, ethical, and economically viable approach for minimizing the rising energy and environmental burden of cannabis production.”

One of the benefits of growing outside is that you won’t have to spend as much on electricity or air conditioning and you can rely on your girl Mother Earth to get most of the job done.

However, you will have to consider variations in weather such as droughts or excess rainfall that could negatively affect your harvest.

The growing cycle usually ranges around three months, so make sure the climate you’re located in is comfortable with this timeline.

In addition, you will most likely have more space when growing outdoors.


Weed plants thrive off of bright sunlight and must be watered on a regular basis. If you stick your finger into the soil and it’s dry, that’s usually a solid indication of when you should water your bbs. Setting a calendar reminder or getting an app that lets you know when to water your plants is always a good call!

In terms of the size your weed plants will achieve, Weedmaps says, “The sizes of the buds are, in many ways, the first visual cues to tell whether buds were grown indoors or outdoors. But it is a general rule of thumb that everything is bigger with outdoor-cultivated buds.”

Outdoor growing can definitely be a more cost effective route - especially if you’re growing directly in the ground. Before making a decision, though, figure out what’s most important for you and your partners because concerns differ for everybody.

Whether you decide to grow indoors or outdoors, allow Trim Daddy to take care of the rest.

With a remarkable self-cleaning blade system and the ability to trim wet or dry, Trim Daddy has your back for the long haul. Shop today and receive yours in time for harvest!

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