Autos are much more compatible with the high humidity, short summers, and cold nights of cooler northern regions. The underpinning ruderalis genetics of these strains adapted to their harsh environments in Russia and surrounding regions, making them perfectly suited to other cold climates.
But, what makes a successful outdoor strain in these environments? Well, speed and hardiness play an important role. Autoflowering genes tick both of these boxes. These varieties handle pests and bad weather with relative ease.
Sweet Skunk Automatic
We start our list with Sweet Skunk Automatic. This indica-dominant hybrid was created by combining two popular strains: Critical Domina and Big Devil #2. Taking the best properties from both parents, this quick-growing plant races from seed to harvest in around 8 weeks. Rarely growing taller than 60–100cm, it is the perfect choice for those with limited space. But don’t be fooled into thinking this small plant won’t provide worthwhile yields. On average, you can expect up to 110g/plant.
Do you avoid growing outdoors because you live in a cold climate? Did you know you can still achieve a fantastic yield outdoors with autos? These five strains thrive in the cold! They also produce high levels of THC, delicious aromatic terpenes, and rewarding yields that will keep your stash jars topped up to the rim.
Living in a cooler climate doesn’t mean you can’t grow weed outdoors. By growing strains designed for these conditions, you can also enjoy the blissful moments of tending to cannabis plants under the summer sun.
To master the basic skills you can take a look at our blog ‘growing weed outdoors step by step‘.
Northern Lights is probably the best cannabis strain for a cold climate. This strain develops a strong strain so you don’t have to worry about gusts of wind. The chance of twigs breaking is therefore quite small. Northern Lights is also resistant to rain and cold. It also needs relatively few hours of sunshine and the fungal resistance of this plant is above average. In short, an ideal weed plant for the colder climates. You are almost assured of a good harvest in September/October because Northern Lights can yield up to 650 grams per m2 on average.
Cultivating cannabis strains in cold climates
The Netherlands, a lot of European countries, many states in the USA and Canada have warm summers and mild winters. Because we don’t really have harsh winters anymore, this is not a very unfavourable climate to grow weed outside. It’s good to know that despite the fact that there are hardly any severe frosts, it’s wise to start growing outdoors only after the winter. So April and/or May. Then you have until about September/October to harvest. So it is important to choose fast growers. Then you know for sure that you can harvest within this period.
Growing cannabis outdoors can be very rewarding, because it is well known that the yield of outdoor cultivation is higher than when growing indoors. Moreover, it is cheaper. This way you don’t have to invest in lamps and you also save on indoor space.
In countries where summers are warm and winters mild, it is therefore quite possible to grow weed outside in a cold climate. However, the success of your harvest is determined by the variety you choose, because not every cannabis plant can withstand the cold, wind and rain. Choosing the right seeds is therefore the first step and increases the chance of a successful cultivation.