Growing cannabis outdoors can be a difficult endeavor. Picking the right seeds and marijuana strains can make all the difference. Growing weed outdoors isn’t as simple as throwing seeds in the ground and letting Mother Nature take care of the rest. 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:
Article written by
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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5 iconic cannabis strains that grow great outdoors
Growing weed outdoors isn’t as simple as throwing seeds in the ground and letting Mother Nature take care of the rest. Sure, these seeds could grow without TLC, but they probably won’t reward you with a ton of THC.
While planting weed outdoors isn’t as simple as plopping seeds in a patch of dirt, it’s getting easier for new cultivators to experiment with outdoor cultivation. Indeed, thanks to the popularity of day-neutral cannabis (often referred to as autoflowers) seeds, even novice gardeners can successfully grow legendary strains outdoors in only a few months.
Unlike traditional cannabis varieties that can generally only be grown outdoors as one crop per year as an annual plant, these flowers don’t depend on the sun to trigger their natural maturation, and thus allow you to grow outdoors any time of the year the weather permits. This autoflowering trait, which was first identified in wild Cannabis Ruderalis varieties found in Russia that produced very little usable flower, is now being bred into modern strains, giving growers the best of both worlds. 1
If you’re getting started growing cannabis outdoors, you must research the resiliency of your chosen strains. Some cannabis cultivars perform better in outdoor environments, while others have been bred for indoor growth. 2 Be sure to select seed distributors who provide information on the optimal environmental conditions to ensure the most suitable outdoor strain for your climate. Reviewing these factors should help you plant a successful outdoor “ganja garden.”
Growing weed outdoors: the crucial factors to consider
Since cannabis naturally evolved outdoors, it may seem strange that you can’t plant every strain outside your home. While it’s true cannabis is generally resilient enough to grow outdoors, some of the more modern varieties have bred specifically for growing indoors and could struggle with elements, pests, or both.
For instance, many of today’s specialty hybrids were made in controlled indoor environments. When you’re starting out growing weed outdoors, you should try to look into a strain’s history to ensure it isn’t overly reliant on the precision of an indoor grow tent.
Ideally, outdoor weed seeds should have a strong record of mold and pest resistance. These strains should also be able to handle slight temperature fluctuations with ease. Since you can’t control humidity and temperature outdoors, it always helps to plant robust varieties that won’t die off after a few unseasonably brisk nights.
Lastly, you have to consider your environment when choosing the best cannabis seeds to plant outdoors. Take a look at historical temperature, precipitation, and humidity data in your area. Be sure to compare these average ranges with the preferred climate for your favorite cannabis varieties, which should be provided by the breeder. After a bit of analysis, you should develop a short list of strains that would do well outside your home.
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.