Have you ever spent long periods of time planning your grow without detailed thinking about what strain you will actually grow? You wouldn’t be the first or last person to do so. You may know exactly about what equipment you will use or what the layout of your grow-room will be but may miss planning which strain you will harvest. Or like many of us, you'll grow whatever samples you got at events or seeds that friends gave you (that's how we got started).To make it easier, we've put together a few recommendations for which strains are easy to grow in different circumstances and grow conditions.
Best Strains for Growing Outdoors
White Widow is one of the most popular strains worldwide, best known for its unique, frosty appearance. Luckily, it is also one of the easiest strains to grow outdoors, making it a perfect plant for novice growers. Even though it can grow under many different conditions, White Widow is best suited to warm climates. And while it is an indica-dominant hybrid, it tends to produce euphoric and energetic effects, making the effort to harvest this plant all the more worth it.
If you’re looking for a heavier sativa that is also easy to grow during the hot, summer days check out Super Silver Haze. This strain has won the High Times Cannabis Cup for three years in a row starting in 1997 and is sure to produce an energetic, long-lasting high. Super Silver Haze also grows quickly and produces high yields, once again making this strain especially appealing to newer growers.
If you live in a cooler climate, do not worry – we haven’t forgotten about you! OG Kush is one of the most widely recognized strains and has especially gained fame in the US. It grows dense buds that are easy to harvest and can grow well in colder climates of Northern US, Canada and Northern Europe.
Best Strains for Beginner Growers:
If you’re a novice grower, your best option may be to grow an auto-flowering strain of cannabis. Auto-flowering strains generally have the quickest time from seed to harvest. They usually flower in less than 3 months and some auto strains are ready to harvest in as little as 2 months! This is good as it means there is less time for you to mess something up! It also allows you to start your next grow more quickly, and get more practice at it.
Auto strains also don’t need any special light periods. Typical cannabis plant needs about 12 hours of darkness in order to flower, while autos will make buds no matter what light schedule they receive. This can be helpful for you if you're less sure about when to change the light cycle and are less experienced with how the plant changes during each stage of its growth. It also means you don’t have to worry about separate rooms for vegging and flowering. Pick any type of an auto strain and see what type of results you get.
Best Medical Cannabis Strains:
While cannabis contains various chemical compounds that have medicinal properties, CBD (Cannabidiol) is widely thought to provide the most benefit to cannabis patients. CBD has also been shown to deliver relief to a wide range of symptoms, including pain, nausea, anxiety, inflammation and even seizures. And, unlike its more popular relative THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD is non-psychoactive and offers more relaxing effects. As such, strains high in CBD and low in THC are great for cannabis patients who need to keep a clear head while treating their symptoms.
If you want to grow your own medical supply, consider purchasing the Candida (CD-1) strain produced by Medical Marijuana Genetics. With approximately 20% CBD and less than 1% THC, Candida is one of the first strains that were specifically bred for patients who desire to medicate without experiencing the typical high that comes with taking cannabis. Another strain with similar CBD-THC ratio is Charlotte’s Web. This strain was cultivated by Colorado breeders The Stanley Brothers and was made popular by Charlotte – a young girl who was suffering for epilepsy. After treating her symptoms with oil derived from this high-CBD strain, Charlotte’s seizures decreased significantly and helped lessen the stigma of using cannabis as a medicine.
Have you grown any of these strains? Tell us what your experience has been like. If not, share with us what your favourite strain is to grow and why.