Growing cannabis outdoors can be a difficult endeavor. Picking the right seeds and marijuana strains can make all the difference. Although cannabis is an extremely hardy plant that can grow in many different climates, there’s no doubt that some marijuana strains are better suited to Planning to grow cannabis outdoors in 2021? Find out our selection of the best outdoor photoperiod and autoflower cannabis seeds for the Northern Hemisphere.
Most Durable Outdoor Cannabis Strains
Even though cannabis is an extremely durable plant that can grow in a number of different climates, there is no doubt that some cannabis strains or varieties are more well-adapted to growing outdoors than others. Here’s some advice on which strains are ideal for growing cannabis outdoors.
What to Look Out For In an Outdoor Variety or Strain of Cannabis
- Hybrid vigor – you will want a strain that is the offspring of two or more other strains, as hybrids are more likely to be resistant to mold, mildew, pests and other diseases.
- Cannabis ruderalis –Autoflowering varieties are tough, grow quite quickly and are very stable. They do not require a long vegetative period, and grow based on age rather than light cycles, due to their being from cold climates with much less sunlight. Autoflowering strains are ideal for guerilla growers.
- Feminized cannabis seeds – If you can’t find what you’re looking for with autoflowering varieties, then feminized seeds may be ideal, and can still save you some time making sure there aren’t any males in your crop. In the past, regular and autoflowering strains were usually a bit tougher and could take sudden shocks (e.g. sudden changes in lights or nutrients) a lot better, but this has changed somewhat.
- Tried and tested – Names like Skunk #1, Northern Lights and Holland’s Hope may not be as exciting these days, but they have stuck around because they’re reliable and can be grown over-and-over again without much fuss. Usually, a variety that has been used to cross and make other strains is a good candidate for an outdoor grow.
- Outdoor grow reports – There are plenty of forums where people share their expertise and experiences with growing a particular strain/variety/chemovar outdoors. Check them out, as they’ll give you tips on how best to grow a particular strain.
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Now, onto some of the best outdoor cannabis varieties.
Early Queen / Early Skunk Feminized – Mr. Nice Seedbank / Homegrown Cannabis Co.
The breeders at Mr. Nice Seeds have been responsible for some of the most important hybrids available today. Early Queen – a cross between Early Pearl, Early Girl and Super Skunk – is one of them, and is perfect for growing outdoors due to its short flowering time, ease of management and hybrid vigor.
Early Skunk feminized
Gorilla Glue #4 Autoflower – Blimburn Seeds
Gorilla Glue is a modern classic, and is one of the most popular indica cannabis varietals on the market today. The autoflowering version is ideal for those seeking a type of cannabis with a relaxed, calming, sleepy effect that is potentially useful for treating anxiety, depression and arthritis. As this version is an autoflowering indica, it won’t grow very large, either – 90 cm. This is great for guerilla growers and those trying to keep discreet.
Gorilla Glue #4 Autoflower
Kyle’s Skywalker OG by Homegrown Cannabis Co. and Skywalker Haze by Dutch Passion
Skywalker OG is a cross of Mazar and Blueberry. It is a well-loved and potent indica that has been grown for many years, which has now been stabilized and been perfected for growing outdoors by Kyle Kushman. Skywalker OG is an excellent indica for insomnia and chronic pain.
Add some Amnesia Haze to the mix, and you now have a similarly potent, high-yielding sativa that is excellent for growing outdoors. Skywalker Haze is a hard-hitting, sativa dominant hybrid with a taste leaning to the citrus side of the spectrum, whilst still packing that legendary Mazar/Blueberry punch and fruity aftertaste.
Skywalker OG Feminized by Kyle Kushman
Nikki and Swami’s Lemon OG Feminized
Swami and Nikki are some of California’s premier outdoor cannabis growers, so you can bet that most if not all of the cannabis varieties they’ve created are excellent for growing outdoors. Lemon OG feminized is a cross between Las Vegas Lemon Skunk and OG #18. Even though it grows like an indica, Lemon OG has sativa-like effects, elevating the mood and lending creative inspiration. This is short-lived, however, as it can lead to more drowsy, relaxing effects.
Nikki and Swami’s Lemon OG Feminized
Steve’s Dream Queen Feminized
The list here was looking a little indica-heavy, so we thought to add an uplifting, energetic sativa to the mix – excellent for those with conditions like chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, depression and stress. Steve’s Dream Queen is a THC- and CBD- packed beauty that doesn’t grow too tall, but still has a solid yield.
Steve’s Dream Queen Feminized
Mango Kush Feminized / CBD Mango Feminized
Mango Kush is a cross between Mango and Hindu Kush. As Kush plants naturally grow in dry, arid and mountainous areas, they are a hardy plant that can withstand harsh environments. Mango Kush is a calming and relaxing plant that packs a strong and weighty punch. It has analgesic effects, and is perfect for treating chronic pain.
CBD Mango is a cross between Mango and a high-CBD strain. It has CBD levels of up to 15%, and THC levels ranging from 15% to 24%. This means that CBD Mango has a THC:CBD ratio roughly between 1:1 and 2:1. It is an excellent choice for conditions that can cause muscle spasms (e.g. multiple sclerosis), inflammation and irritable bowel disorders (IBDs). Cultivation-wise, this strain is quite easy to manage. Moreover, Mango CBD boasts a prolific harvest of purple-hued buds that grow up to the size of a softball.
Mango Kush Feminized
A Few More Classic Cannabis Strains to Finish With
There are hundreds of cannabis varietals that are great for outdoor growing. Here’s some more you should take a look at:
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Dipak Hemraj Head of Research and Education
Dipak Hemraj is a published author, grower, product maker, and Leafwell’s resident cannabis expert. From botany & horticulture to culture and economics, he wishes to help educate the public on why cannabis is medicine (or a “pharmacy in a plant”) and how it can be used to treat a plethora of health problems. Dipak wants to unlock the power of the plant, and see if there are specific cannabinoid-terpene-flavonoid profiles suitable for different conditions.
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The best marijuana seeds and strains for outdoor growing
Although cannabis is an extremely hardy plant that can grow in many different climates, there’s no doubt that some marijuana strains are better suited to outdoor cultivation than others. With the arrival of spring and the start of the outdoor season, here are some tips on the perfect varieties for growing outdoors.
Spring has arrived, awakening in many the urge to grow some cannabis in the open air, be it in a patio, balcony, or garden. If you’re one of those people, you’re definitely on the right track, as outdoor cultivation can provide you with multiple benefits.
Don’t underestimate the therapeutic power of gardening. Many people find that saying goodbye to winter by going outdoors, rolling their sleeves up, and getting their hands dirty whilst looking after their cannabis plants can be a truly relaxing experience. Besides, there’s nothing more satisfying than enjoying the marijuana that you’ve grown yourself in your very own garden.
Advantages of growing outdoors
Thanks to the power of nature, there’s no need to spend a lot of money. All you need at the beginning is some good soil, nutrients, seeds, and possibly a small greenhouse. Remember that wind, rain, and sun are all free!
When growing outdoors, sky’s the limit. You can let your plants grow as high as you wish, as long as they’re manageable, so you’ll only need a bunch of seeds if your grow is for personal use.
Nonetheless, a growing environment in the open air also presents some unique challenges, such as temperature fluctuation, the chance of torrential rains, and a higher risk of suffering pest attacks and diseases. In addition, not all strains adapt to specific climates in the same way.
Therefore, it is essential to choose the cannabis strains that are better suited to outdoor growing, so that all your efforts aren’t in vain when it comes to harvest time.
How to choose marijuana seeds for outdoors
To a large extent, the choice of strain depends on the environmental conditions of the area where you live. In humid areas with short summers, it’s best to choose varieties with a quick flowering time, which minimises the risk of fungi when the first autumn rains arrive.
If you live in a region where the warm weather only lasts between 2 and 3 months, then the autoflowering varieties are definitely your best bet. As these strains have a very short life cycle and don’t depend on the photoperiod, they are ideal for areas with short outdoor seasons.
If, on the contrary, your grow is in an area with a warm or Mediterranean climate, then you’re in luck! This type of environment meets all the ideal conditions to grow practically any type of strain.
The selection process is essential
However, you can’t assume that a specific marijuana strain will grow well outdoors no matter what. The best outdoor marijuana seeds are produced only after many years of hard work. This often involves reproducing the specimens selectively in the open air for a very long period of time.
The perfect outdoor cannabis strains are also selected to be resistant to mould, amongst other threats. The ideal outdoor strain needs to be hardy, robust, and capable of facing the worst case scenarios that nature can throw at it. Once again, these qualities are not accidental but the result of many years of thorough genetic selection and hard work, which is also our work philosophy at Kannabia Seeds.
So here’s our list of four of our best marijuana varieties to grow outdoors, that have been selected with regards to their ability to reward you for all your hard efforts.
The best autoflowering seeds for outdoors
There’s no better way to start than with this cross between the potent Amnesia Haze and the speedy Amnesia Auto. This strain was created to prove that a sativa-dominant seed can also be grown outdoors in autoflowering format; with a shortened life cycle of 70-90 days; and with adapted genetics so that it can also deliver an impressive yield outdoors (hence its XL surname). When provided with plenty of sunlight, this beauty can develop into plants that easily exceed 1.2 metres in height and yield up to 300 grams of fantastic sativa quality. Amnesia Dream XL Auto Edition will surely captivate you with its old-school Haze aroma with touches of incense, flowers, and wood, which is combined with a deliciously citric and earthy flavour.
Our automatic version of the renowned Gorilla Glue is one of the new additions to our catalogue for this season. Gorilla King Auto is definitely an option that lovers of North American flavours should consider. This strain doesn’t require much maintenance and is characterised by an outstanding yield both in terms of flowers and resin. A fabulous option for all kinds of growers whose full life cycle takes around 75 days, resulting in stunning bushy plants that develop strong branching and big buds, with an aroma and flavour surprisingly similar to the original Gorilla Glue’s… really intense, with sweet and earthy tones blended with fresh hues.
The best feminised seeds for outdoors
If you’re growing cannabis outdoors, you should keep ZKIT Kandy Dream Edition in mind. This is a hardy indica-leaning strain that has many outstanding benefits up its sleeve. The perfect combination of the great Dutch star Somango and the North American icon Zkittlez. A really vigorous plant that’s versatile and easy to grow, so it can easily adapt to different environments. A true all-rounder that will reward you with massive amounts of weed and whose flavour is the closest thing to tasting a fruity sweet. Besides, its high THC content produces a comforting effect that leads to a state of mental happiness that is very much needed in these turbulent times.
And we finish with another new addition to Kannabia’s catalogue for this season. This certainly is a true candidate for best outdoor strain of the year. Born from the cross of Hellfire OG and White Widow, this plant is adaptable, robust, and easy to grow, which makes it a suitable option for both expert and rookie growers. With a short but productive flowering period (of only 50 days), you could think this is an autoflowering, but its height of over two metres and its yield of up to 700 grams per plant quickly erase that idea from your mind. You’ll be rewarded with compact and resinous buds that ooze a strong lemony scent derived from its complex terpene profile. This is undoubtedly a perfect example of how an outdoor cannabis plant needs to be to guarantee success this season.
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Top 10 outdoor cannabis strains
If you’re thinking of growing some outdoor cannabis this year you will need some reliable, proven and dependable outdoor cannabis seeds which won’t let you down. The good news is that Dutch Passion have decades of experience with outdoor seeds and cultivation.
This Dutch Passion Top 10 list of outdoor cannabis seeds is useful reading for anyone thinking of growing some outdoor cannabis. You will need seeds that are proven to grow even in borderline climates such as those at northern European latitudes. Your outdoor cannabis seeds need to be resistant to mold/bud-rot and able to grow in cool grey climates which may have only limited sun and short growing seasons.
Growing your own cannabis outdoors (‘guerrilla growing’) is the most cost effective way to be self sufficient in medical/recreational marijuana. All you need is a grow location with good quality moist soil. We recommend the most reliable top 5 outdoor autoflower seeds as well as our top 5 most dependable photoperiod outdoor feminised cannabis seeds.
These seed recommendations have thousands of repeat growers and several cannabis cups. With many decades of experience supplying outdoor cannabis strains, you can rely on these seeds to deliver heavy harvests even where other outdoor cannabis seeds would fail.
Best feminised photoperiod cannabis seeds for outdoor growing
Feminised cannabis seeds often grow outdoors over a 5-6 month period. The plants can reach 2-3m+ tall and just as wide in ideal conditions. Although they take longer to grow than autoflower seeds you can usually expect heavy yields. Plants are usually ready to harvest around early October in the northern hemisphere (April in southern hemisphere)
Frisian Dew – tough & potent with XL yields, one of the best all round outdoor cannabis strains
Frisian Dew is one of Dutch Passion’s best outdoor guerrilla cannabis strains with thousands of repeat growers. She is very reliable and copes remarkably well with the cool, grey northern European summers. Frisian Dew is usually ready to harvest around the end of September or early October in the Northern Hemisphere (March/April in the Southern Hemisphere).
Frisian Dew is a great choice for anyone looking for a purple hybrid medical stealth outdoor strain. Some, though not all, of the plants turn purple during bloom. The purple hues increase during cool bloom conditions.