When selecting a cannabis strain to grow outdoors, speed shouldn’t be the only concern. It’s also important for plants to be productive, to have a good aroma, and to induce a pleasant effect once smoked.
Growing cannabis outdoors is extremely rewarding, if mostly for the large yields and low cost of operation. Many of Royal Queen Seeds’ varieties take very well to the outdoors, thriving under the natural sunlight. That said, when it comes to outdoor growing, the strain you choose can make all the difference between success or failure. For that reason, we’ve put together a list of our top 5 outdoor strains—cultivars that are ready to harvest by late September.
1. HONEY CREAM FAST FLOWERING
For outdoor cultivators and novice growers, choosing Speedy Chile Fast Flowering is a wise decision. You can fill your bags with buds in early September, which leaves no room for uncertainty regarding climate or mould issues. And the buds you gather will be excellent in their own right, producing sumptuous flavours of fruit and pine alongside a THC content of 16%.
• Fast flowering so you can beat rainy weather in fall
• Good natural resistance to mould and pests
• High yields
• Great potency, aroma, and flavour
• Superb effect
Here are the traits your outdoor strain needs to include:
Beginner growers can gain experience with some gourmet warm climate autoflowering varieties. In fact, the next-generation RQS auto hybrids are also a great option for more experienced growers looking to double-crop in a single season. Royal Haze Automatic and Northern Light Automatic immediately spring to mind as winners in a warm climate. All you have to decide is whether you prefer indica or sativa-leaning stash.
Not much needs to be said about OG Kush, one of the most iconic cannabis strains of all time. This super dank specimen, a 75% indica, is just ideal to grow outdoors under the sun. Here, a single plant can yield 500 grams in a short 8 weeks of flowering. Once you can finally set her buds ablaze, you will enjoy delicious citrus, pine, and fruit flavours. Her extremely relaxing indica effect makes OG Kush the perfect nighttime strain for chilling and watching movies.
Bred from Afghani genetics sometime in the 1970s, Northern Light has become one of the most popular strains among cannabis enthusiasts. Our autoflowering variant of this popular indica hybrid isn’t just a great indoor strain, but makes a formidable figure outdoors as well. Not that the photoperiod version isn’t awesome already (she sure is!), but there are cultivators who cherish the 9–10-week life cycle of the automatic version. And, let’s be honest, who likes to wait for awesome weed? Smoke Northern Light Auto to enjoy a relaxing physical stone with just the right amount of uplifting stimulation.
ROYAL HAZE AUTO
It would be a shame not to dabble with some fine photoperiod strains in a warmer climate. How about some organic, soil-cultivated OG Kush or Sour Diesel goodness to have your ladies growing into great ganja trees for some truly monster yields? But do keep an eye out when growing in these hot climate zones, as the scorching sun can be too much for plants to handle in excess. Shade, rather than shelter from rain, may be required. Watch out for heatwaves! Here are our favourites when growing in a hot and dry climate:
Northern European growers from the west coast of Ireland to eastern Poland need to go with cannabis strains that can survive in less-than-perfect conditions
It’s time to get our hands dirty with some old-school marijuana cropping in the great outdoors. Match up the right cannabis with the local climate and you’ve taken the first step on the route to a successful outdoor harvest.
But don’t get too complacent with sativa genetics as they too can succumb to mould and fungus. Check the weather and be at the ready to harvest from September onward should the rain come early. Here are our recommended Hazes to grow in a hot and humid climate:
When we talk about northern climates, we are generally referring to grow environments which are cooler and wetter than some of the more southern areas of Europe, such as the UK, parts of Germany, and the Netherlands.
Northern climates aren’t ideal for growing sativa cannabis environments. These strains are usually native to warmer climates closer to the equator, and therefore struggle to hold up against the sometimes cold and frosty conditions and short grow seasons of the northern hemisphere.
UNDERSTANDING NORTHERN CLIMATE
Before we shine the spotlight on a handful of sativa strains that grow well in northern climates, it’s important to understand what actually distinguishes a normal climate.
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Luckily, we’ve gone ahead and created this list of the top 5 sativa varieties that can grow in the less friendly climate of the north. Read on to find out what strains made the cut.