Hawaiian Grow Tips #1

Aloha! Hawaiian Grow Tip #1

Hawaiian grow tip #1: Introduction to a guerrilla pot growing secret that has been used for years by Hawaii ‘pakalolo’ growers to produce quality outdoor marijuana plants.

sativa strain grown in hawaii
Hawaii has some of the best sativa strains – Maui Wowie

Digging your hole – Guerrilla style


Growing weed outdoors in an area dense with weeds or competing grass can be a challenge – especially in a tropical/sub-tropical area where the surrounding vegetation is vicious. Competing roots will come in rapidly and aggressively, from a long distance to invade the cannabis plant’s root space – stealing valuable nutrients and moisture. This will surely lead to underdeveloped, weak marijuana plants.

Here’s some crucial key points for keeping pakalolo plants successful in the ground when guerrilla growing in tall grass or brush:

Finding the right spot is key – you want somewhere unfrequented by people, don’t be the guy who grows a patch right off the side of the highway. Also, while walking out to your patch, try to avoid trekking out there in a straight line – this will make it harder to locate for others. One path in, another path out.

Sun is a major factor in successful outdoor weed growing. This is why it’s preferred to grow in grass fields as opposed to under trees. Done correctly, will result in maximum sun exposure in a field and be rewarded with plump, juicy buds, all while keeping the crucial incognito cover.


Trek though a field you want to grow in and look for a nice dark green patch of grass – foliage height slightly over the head is a safe bet. Dark green foliage will help break the outline of the marijuana patch from being spotted by people on ground or in the sky – throwing a small amount of fertilizer around the perimeters of the patch will green-up the surrounding area.

Once you have picked the optimal guerrilla spot, go in there and clear out the vegetation and get ready to dig your hole out. Don’t clear too much of the brush from around the pot patch: keeping some living grass close to your plants is a stealthy advantage.

Use common sense, don’t make it look like a operation: while constructing the shape of the marijuana patch, avoid creating perfectly straight lines.

maui wowie guerrilla cannabis patch
Weed plants blend in well when there is no clear ‘outline’ of a patch

Now dig the soil hole out nice and deep (minimum 3 foot deep) – keep the soil close to the hole, it will be filled in back soon. Make sure the root balls dug out from the topsoil are effectively beat out – soil closest to the surface is highest in nutrients.

Be certain there are no remaining roots in guerrilla patch’s soil – these will grow back and disturb the cannabis plants’ root space.

After the soil hole is dug out to out to the desired size and you have gotten the grass and weeds out of the dirt, line the hole with thick, black polyethylene sheeting, poking a few small half-inch drainage holes in the bottom. The holes are essential – without them weed patches will flood during the rain, turning their root space literally into a pond.

Fill the pre-lined hole in with the already weeded, root free soil, then adding the necessary soil amendments. For Hawaiian soils, dolomite lime is a must, beneficial in raising pH and adding calcium the soil.

The Hawaiian Islands, being formed so recently in Earth’s history, do not contain nearly the amount of calcium in its soils compared to other places in the world. This is due to the fact that Hawaii has not had a long history of animals, insects, microorganisms, and plants depositing their remains in the soil – thus adding valuable nutrients.

Be sure to use quality long term fertilizer. For guerrilla growing, the less you have to venture out to your patch to visit your plants the better – going out too much will create visible trails, and increase your chances of being seen. Most simple and effective is supplementing blood meal, bone meal and foxfarm happy frog fertilizer (or any other mixed, full-spectrum organic fertilizer).

black plastic sheeting

Use heavy duty 4 mil polyethylene sheeting for best results. This roll can be cut up into suitable sizes, put in a backpack, and easily transported long distances. Be sure to give yourself enough length and width when cutting out pieces for your hole liner.

Remember to take into account the sides of your patch. For example a 4 foot by 10 patch roughly 3 feet deep would need a 10 x 16 foot piece of poly sheeting.




Blood Meal for Growing CannabisBlood meal has been the go-to nitrogen source for generations. It is non-water soluble, which means it will release nitrogen slowly into the soil and become available for your plant. This is essential for guerrilla growing – you need long-term slow-release fertilizer, as you want to minimize your plant visits. One of the most common beginner guerrilla grower problems is nitrogen deficiency, this will result in slow, non-vigorous growth and yellow leaves. Blood meal is rated around 12 – 0 – 0, a super nitrogen booster. Mix it into the soil as opposed to topdressing the surface. This is to minimize creatures getting whiff of the blood scent.




Now you can grow in the middle of a tropical grass field (or crop patch) and enjoy full sun without clearing back 10 feet around your plants – essential for stealth patches. Enjoy the benefits of the neighboring vegetation not being able to compete with the marijuana root space and stealing its valuable nutrients and moisture.

If thick quality material is used for pre-lining the soil hole, rest assured of re-usage durable for innumerable years of producing quality outdoor pakalolo.

 Keep vegetating clones or seedlings scheduled, ready to plug into patches as older crops get harvested. This constant rotation, treating the sub-tropical climate as a constant flowering room is the secret to optimizing multiple yearly harvests.


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8 thoughts on “Hawaiian Grow Tips #1”

    • I’m on Hamakua side of the Big Island where there’s around 8 feet of soil above the lava rock in most areas. For growers on parts of the Islands with mostly lava rock, guerrilla growing in pots or bags is easiest. 😉

      • Hey guys very experienced big island grower and connoisseur here. I buy the 30 gallon tubs from Walmart and slash holes in the bottom for drainage, you’ll pull about 2lbs per plant In our sweet Hawaiian sun so long as you watch for mold the higher in elevation you go and wetter it gets. I use the strain by nirvana called ICE it’s a 50 50 with great northwrlights and heavy thc heritage. By nirvana bank

    • Pretty common for here on the Big Island, a lot of the land on the Hamakua side been depleted from scraping the topsoil down to clay when they did the sugarcane. As a result, the soil is not very good alone. We perk it up for planting with perlite, coco peat, manures, bone and blood meal, dolomite lime and a bunch more. It helps 🙂


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