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Guerilla growing cannabis plants

Guerilla growing is growing cannabis in the wild. In a place where you are sure that nobody will pass by accidently so you can just come back when the plants are finished and harvest your crops.


Guerilla growing



Find an isolated, secluded spot where no one comes. Check to make sure there are no footprints visible nearby or other signs that people are sometimes wandering around, such as garbage. Make sure that the spot you’re looking for is not near to paths or streets. Places like that are more easily discovered by passers by, since the odour of the grow will be noticeable up to 10 metres away, depending on the wind.

On top of this, any street lighting can mess with bloom timing by disturbing the day/night cycle of the plants. It is also important that the location is not maintained by a team who might stumble upon the plants when they’re trimming bushes and pruning hedges.

A short bike ride through your district or to other places you’re considering is a good idea, to get an idea of possible locations nearby.

Preparing suitable locations

  •  In a wood
  • On the waterfront
  • In or between maize fields
  • In the back garden of an empty flat or house  

If you don’t have the opportunity to scout out a location in one of the above mentioned examples, you can put aside a bit of land in your kitchen garden and grow your plants there. The biggest danger with this approach is neighbours who might tip off the police or run off with your harvest. Also, in domestic gardens there tends to be a lot of pests present, so your plants will need some protection from these (see too: Animals).

Maize field

Guerilla maize field

Should you choose for a location in a maize field it is important to research in advance whether there is somewhere in the vicinity where there are bridges or high buildings that might offer a view of the space you create in the field. It is also important to choose an early-blooming variety so that you can harvest before the maize is gathered in.


The disadvantage of an isolated spot is that they are often not deserted. Animals have often taken over these places and represent a threat to the harvest. It is recommended to avoid areas with lots of rabbit burrows around, or take steps against these nibbling animals. The most efficient solution to rabbits is to plant chicken wire around you plant(s). Note: the wire must be buried deep enough that the rabbits can’t dig under it.


If you grow on the edge of a wood or maize field make sure you choose the sunny side of the field. Look where the sun is stood at midday, where it comes up and goes down. The more sunlight your plant gets the bigger the yield during bloom will be.

Try not to change the location situation too much. Trimming bushes or chopping down trees gives rise to suspicion among the local inhabitants and can lead to the discovery of your plants.

Maintenance and precautions

Make sure no-one sees you creeping through the bushes when you’re on your way to your grow spot. People will wonder what you’re up to and are liable to investigate or ask you directly. Taking a fishing rod or a dog with you makes a good alibi for being in the place.

Preferably always go on foot to visit your plants, so that people nearby don’t see your parked car or bike. It can also be a good idea to wear dark clothing and only go visit at dusk. Another good time is during office hours, as most people will be at work and it is therefore quieter.


Never leave rubbish behind. It can be easily seen from the air and in areas where a lot of growing goes on direct action will be taken. On top of this it is likely that you’ll be leaving your fingerprints behind on your rubbish, which will make you easier to trace.

Footwear and luggage

To reduce your footprints wrap Duct tape on the soles of your shoes, thanks to which the relief of the sole is reduced and tracing is made harder. It is recommended that you clean your shoes as soon as you get home, given that soil on the shoes can also be used as evidence.

when packing your bags

  • Plants / clones / seeds (Tip: pack your clones or plants in a shoe box before putting them in your bag)
  • Planting tools: spade, shovel, trowel , spoon ,...
  • Container with water (with root stimulator if using)
  • Any protective materials: wire, slug pellets or coffee
  • Extra nutrient

Put all materials in a large rucksack thus leaving your hands free if you need to creep or climb.


The risk of being discovered also depends on the eventual size of the plant. With a relatively small plant of say 70 cm the risk is smaller that someone spots it, even if the person comes quite close to the plant’s location. The autoflowering varieties in particular will result in smaller plants.

To mimic the natural situation in for example a wood, the plants must not be planted in a fixed pattern. It is better to give the plants some room between each other; 5 metres or so makes for unobtrusive results. Try not to apply a pattern when planting, as this will stand out in a natural environment and draw attention to your plants.

It is better to tell no one the location of your plants. Bragging about your plants or taking someone to see them increases the chance that someone will open their mouths and then bang goes your secret harvest. Try to keep your guerrilla garden to yourself, unless you’re sharing the growing with someone else


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