Top 5 Cannabis Strains To Grow Outdoors In 2020
Do you plan to grow outdoors this year? Take a look at our top 5 outdoor cannabis strains to grow in 2020. Get ready for fast growth and large yields!
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.
With the selections on this list, you can avoid unnecessary trouble with rain and frost in October and November. While other growers are busy inspecting their developing buds for mould, you’ll be drying and curing your harvest and filling up your jars. If you missed out on our top 5 strains for colder and warmer climates, feel free to give those a look as well!
BENEFITS OF CHOOSING THE RIGHT STRAIN WHEN GROWING OUTDOORS
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.
Here are the traits your outdoor strain needs to include:
• 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
TOP 5 EARLY-FINISHING CANNABIS STRAINS TO GROW OUTDOORS IN 2020
Now that we know what makes a good strain to grow outdoors, it’s time to look at some recommended cultivars. Here are 5 of the best early-finishing outdoor strains to grow in 2020:
1. HONEY CREAM FAST FLOWERING
Honey Cream Fast Flowering is one of our recently updated favourites. This variety is very popular in Spain due to its sweet, creamy aroma, but you can grow it virtually anywhere in Europe.
Its remarkably short flowering time of only 6–7 weeks makes it a good strain in regions where the weather can get ugly early in fall. However, grow it in July and August, and this will provide a sufficient window for Honey Cream to receive a lot of sunlight so she can bulk up. This way, you can harvest good amounts of sweet, potent buds in September.
Besides its short flowering period and amazing flavour, Honey Cream convinces with a solid indica background composed of BlueBlack (Blueberry x Black Domina), Maple Leaf Indica (100% Afghan indica), and White Rhino. These three strains give Honey Cream FF an indica-dominant genetic profile, but there’s also a decent amount of sativa potency from White Widow, the predecessor of White Rhino. When things go well, plants reach outdoor heights of 180–250cm and yield up to 675g/plant.
Honey Cream (Fast Flowering)
|Honey Cream (Fast Flowering)|
|BlueBlack x Maple Leaf Indica x White Rhino|
|500 – 550 gr/m2|
|100 – 160 cm|
|7 – 8 weeks|
|Sativa 35% Indica 65%|
|625 – 675 gr/plant|
|180 – 250 cm|
2. SPEEDY CHILE FAST FLOWERING
Next up is Speedy Chile. This girl combines Early Skunk genetics with several Chile indica landraces, although a third generation autoflowering plant is partly responsible for its very short flowering time of just 6 weeks (42 days!).
But make no mistake, Speedy Chile is a photoperiod strain that flowers depending on the amount of available light hours per day. One could say that fast flowering strains are the next breeding evolution after autoflowering genetics: These strains produce high THC levels while maintaining an incredibly short total crop time.
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%.
Speedy Chile (Fast Flowering)
|Speedy Chile (Fast Flowering)|
|Early Skunk x Skunk x Chile Indica|
|475 – 525 gr/m2|
|60 – 100 cm|
|7 – 8 weeks|
|Sativa 30% Indica 70%|
|450 – 500 gr/plant|
|100 – 170 cm|
3. CRITICAL KUSH
You’ve probably already come across Critical in your career as a hobby grower, a true heavy-yielding champion we recommend for indoor and outdoor growers seeking the best ratio between yield and flowering time.
Critical, which also made it into our Top 5 Strains For Colder Climates, is a vigorous and rapid-flowering indica that deserves to be featured in every cannabis ranking that exists. However, crossing Critical with the notorious OG Kush took potency to a whole new level.
Critical Kush features some of the cerebral and rather sativa-like effects of OG Kush in addition to the powerful couch-lock stone of Critical—a classic scenario of “buy one high, get one free”. Growers looking for a sturdy, potent, and profit-yielding strain for the outdoors won’t make a bad decision with Critical Kush. The rewards you’ll receive in late September are huge: outdoor yields of up to 550g/plant, a long-lasting and intense effect, and a final product with an average THC level of 20%.
|Critical x OG Kush|
|500 – 550 gr/m2|
|60 – 100 cm|
|8 – 10 weeks|
|Sativa 20% Indica 80%|
|500 – 550 gr/plant|
|100 – 140 cm|
|Long Lasting , Physically Relaxing, Powerful|
4. SWEET ZZ
Sweet ZZ is our own version of the legendary Zkittlez. With its fruity aroma and succulent flavour, it’s top favourite for all candy-loving cannabis growers.
Bred from Grape Ape and Grapefruit, this indica-dominant hybrid takes only 7–9 weeks to flower, so you can cut this plant down in late September outdoors. When you do, better bring an extra bag, as this girl can yield up to 600g/plant in good conditions.
Although Sweet ZZ is indica-dominant, its effects are firmly focused on the mind, not the body. It will hit you with waves of uplifting thoughts and feel-good vibes. Add its delicious flavours of citrus, berries, and candy, and you get the physical embodiment of happiness in one awesome smoke. Good thing it’s not ultra-powerful with 15–20% THC. This way, you can savour its taste and effect for a long time before reaching the point of no return.
|Grape Ape x Grapefruit|
|550 – 600 gr/m2|
|80 – 140 cm|
|7 – 9 weeks|
|Sativa 20% Indica 80%|
|500 – 550 gr/plant|
|160 – 200 cm|
5. FAT BANANA
With Fat Banana, the breeders at RQS managed to hybridise the biggest and fattest Banana OG specimens. This Kush strain will seduce you with fruity flavours, and it may lay you flat on your couch with its incredibly potent smoke.
Perfect for growing outdoors, the strain needs about 7–8 weeks to mature its flowers. If all goes well, you can bring in 500g/plant by mid-September.
Fat Banana is one of those creeper strains where you’ll want to take it slow. The high starts out with a mild euphoric wave accompanied by mouth-watering fruity flavours, which makes it very difficult to put the doobie down again. It is easy to forget that the strain is immensely potent, with up to 25% THC or more. Before you know it, a powerful physical stone will take hold, and you’ll find yourself glued to the couch in utter relaxation.
Click here for a selection of the best early-finishing outdoor cannabis strains that you can harvest by the end of September. Grow great weed in 2020!
Top 10 Outdoor Cannabis Strains for 2021
Growing indoors is fun but there’s nothing like having a thriving outdoor garden full of massive plants covered in big buds. Anyone who has tried it before will know that growing outdoors is cheap, easy and most of all, extremely rewarding.
Not all cannabis plants grow well outside. Cannabis has been selectively bred by the indoor growing community so many times that now we have plants that have almost outgrown the outdoors. So which strains can you grow in your back garden? This article will send you in the right direction.
Glookies – Barney’s Farm
We’ll start off with this mega resistant indoor/outdoor strain from Barney’s Farm. Glookies is a delicious cross between Gorilla Glue and Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies that will have your crop looking irresistible. Plants produce both top quality bud and huge yields.
This bushy, indica dominant plant can rake in over 2kg per plant outdoors. As well as being highly resistant to most problematic fungus and rot, it is super easy to grow, making it a great choice for first time outdoor growers. This is not one to be missed.
Durban – Sensi Seeds
Durban is a pure sativa that originates from South Africa and has been well known for many years. The original Durban Poison is famous amongst breeders across the world for its adaptability and ease of growing in an outdoor environment, even in colder climates.
Plants grow quite short for a sativa plant, with long branching activity to host plenty of dense buds during the flowering phase. Oozing with sweet, citrusy aromas, the flowers provide a strong cerebral high that is very relaxing and creative. Perfect for a day time smoke.
Cream 47 – Sweet Seeds
Next, we have a wonderful hybrid cross between AK 47 and Sweet Seeds’ Cream Caramel. Cream 47 is a powerful indica/sativa plant that produces tasty crops both indoors and outdoors. Grown outside, this super producer can yield up to 750g of dense, resinous buds per plant.
Cream 47 is a strong plant and has a robust structure of thick branches for supporting massive growth. The weed is aromatically potent with an inviting earthy, sweet touch. This vigorous genetic is definitely worth checking out if you are interested in a reliable outdoor strain for your next grow.
Atomical Haze – Paradise Seeds
Paradise Seeds created Atomical Haze by combining some of the top Afghani and Indian genetics with the Original Haze. The result is a sativa dominant plant that explodes with sweet and sour, fruity flowers. Outdoor yields are rewarding to those who take good care of her, leaving you with approximately 800g per plant.
Atomical Haze needs generous amounts of sunlight and warmer climates. Its longer than average flowering times mean harvesting outdoors takes place towards the end of October. Atomical Haze might not be the easiest strain to grow but it is well worth the effort.
Super Bud – Green House Seeds
Super Bud is another indoor/outdoor indica strain that dominates if cultivated outside. This Big Bud and Skunk breed is fast flowering and will produce 1000g per plant by the end of September, depending on the region. Super Bud is easy to grow, making it perfect for first timers.
The structure of Super Bud is relatively short however branches can spread out, eventually developing nice, long buds that are covered in frosty trichomes. Flowers are sweet and fruity, with a strong, narcotic effect that leaves you feeling relaxed and calm. A great choice for relieving stress after a hard day at work.
Purple Queen – Royal Queen Seeds
Purple Queen is a pretty Kush origin lady with deep purple hues and a hint of upper class quality. This vibrant indica hybrid from Royal Queen Seeds is a real gem that can satisfy any grower with juicy harvests of up to 700g per plant when grown outdoors.
Purple Queen has inherited impressive bushy traits from its parents, meaning plants develop short, stocky branches with tight flowers that spread outwards rather than upwards. High resistance to outdoor pests and mold, this genetic can handle the outdoors with minimal problems.
Forest Dream – Dutch Passion
This sativa dominant strain is an all round dream. Forest dream is suitable for the outdoors and can also be grown in greenhouses. It grows large with plenty of branches, reaching up to 3 or 4 metres high and producing heavy yields. Buds taste smooth and sweet, delivering a potent, cerebral sativa high that is welcomingly uplifting and energetic.
Forest Dream has a relatively short flowering time due to its slight sensitivity to mold as temperatures drop. Harvesting should take place during autumn or early October for the northern hemisphere. Overall, the plant is easy to grow and recommended for those looking for decent outdoor cannabis plants.
Thinking about which cannabis strains to grow next season? We present some of our top outdoor picks for 2021.