The Best Outdoor Strains for 2020
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This post is all about the best cannabis strains for outdoors; it’s a selection of strains that we’ve tried and tested outdoors so that you can narrow down your search for the perfect plant without getting a random strain that might not be best for outdoor settings. Outdoor season is almost here, and it’s time to get your seeds ready! Growing cannabis outdoors is a long, tiring process at times, taking from 4 to 8 months to finish maturing depending on the chosen strain; that’s why you should always plan ahead of time and know exactly what you’re going to be growing.
We’re going to give a brief overview of some of our tried and tested favorite outdoor cannabis strains so that you don’t blindly go into growing a random strain outdoors. There are literally thousands upon thousands of different strains on the market, all of which have various different characteristics – some are resistant to excess humidity, heat, insects and many other issues, some can be harvested earlier than others, some do better with stress than others… the idea here is to pick one that has the best characteristics for a successful outdoor cannabis plant.
The Best Outdoor Strains | Indicas
Caramel 100% Feminized
The first of our favorite outdoor indicas is over 80% indica and is perfect for outdoor growing. This strain is one of our 100% fem bulk strains. It won third place in the indica category in the Farallones Cup in Cali, Colombia – Caramel 100% Feminized.
Caramel is a 90% indica strain that stands out with its high quality yields marked by an intense, pungent aroma. This strain is a great alternative for those looking to grow outdoors thanks to its early harvest; it should be ready to harvest towards the end of September, with a strong, sturdy structure and incredibly compact flowers which allow for maximum airflow regardless of how compact they are, which allows them to stay dry in humid conditions.
Barney’s Farm Peyote Cookies
This strain belongs to the well-known Barney’s Farm seed bank, which is one of the best seed banks in Europe thanks to the high quality of its strains and their genetic make-up; Barney’s farm is always trying to create incredibly high quality strains.
Peyote Cookies is an indica-dominant plant, which is almost entirely indica, and it adapts well to pretty much any environment, making it easily one of their sturdiest strains. This is thanks to its genetic make-up, which allow it to grow super strong and compact, easily capable of dealing with rain and strong winds. Its buds are similar to those of Caramel, so they can easily stay dry in humid conditions, within reason.
The Best Outdoor Strains | Sativas
Amnesia 100% Feminized
Haze strains are known for being highly resistant to humid environments thanks to its open flower structure. In this case, Amnesia 100% Fem is a great choice as a sativa strain to be grown in rainy, high humidity levels, even though it’s ready to harvest in October outdoors.
Amnesia 100% Feminized is an 80% sativa strain that has been crossed with an Afghan in order to give it a slightly faster bloom period. This plant grows into an open structure easily, growing over 2.5m without needing much care at all. Due to being a sativa-dominant strain, its structure is a bit weaker than indicas, although this allows for more flexibility; its branches should be able to easily deal with issues such as rain and wind, however we recommend training them in order to be safe. This strains’ genes allow for plenty of incredibly aromatic plants outdoors.
Gorilla Girl® by Sweet Seeds®
Ever since Sweet Seeds released this beauty a few years ago, it’s turned into one of the favorite strains of outdoor growers around the world thanks to the amazing results that it produces. The reasoning behind this is that Gorilla Girl comes from a combination between two of the best US strains of the last decade, and possibly in all of cannabis history; one of them is Gorilla Glue and the other is a Girl Scout Cookies phenotype called Thin Mint – neither of these strains need an introduction, as they are two of the most well-known strains of cannabis in the world.
If you decide to try this strain in your outdoor grow, you’ll find that it’s a sativa-dominant plant that grows quite strong, producing an open structure and strong branches that can easily deal with bad weather and the weight of its hefty buds. When grown at the start of the season and in the ground it can easily grow up to 2.5m tall, producing almost 1kg per plant. It should be ready to harvest towards the start of October, although it should be fine when it comes to humidity as it’s naturally resistant to humidity and rot. However you’ll need to take care that caterpillars don’t get near your plants’ juice buds.
The Best Outdoor Strains | Hybrids
Sensi Seeds Jack Herer
Just like Durban and Amnesia, Jack Herer is another classic strain that many consider to be one of the best strains of all times. It’s a slightly delicate plant that needs a little extra care in order to produce some of the best buds you’ve ever seen.
Jack Herer is a 50/50 hybrid strain that tends to grow more like a sativa plant; its indica side helps for strong growth and allows it to deal with issues such as dry climates or low quality substrate. This strain is great for outdoors, although you’ll need to give it a helping hand by training its branches; it does well with issues such as heat and cold, as well as rainy climates. The only inconvenience regarding this strain is its long flowering period, taking until mid-October to harvest outdoors. The wait is well worth its delicious flowers.
Critical 100% Feminized
Critical strains have become a world-wide sensation ever since they started being grown in Spain, and there’s good reason for it; these plants are complete in every sense of the world, dealing incredibly well with many issues, although it is slightly susceptible to fungi infestations due to its massive, compact buds. Compared to other strains of similar stature, this one holds up the best when it comes to stress.
Critical 100% feminized is a 50/50 hybrid strain that grows almost as strong and steady as a sativa plant, although once it begins to bloom you’ll easily notice its indica heritage. It can adapt to pretty much any environment and easily deal with arid, cold, rainy and mild climates – it’s a great choice for guerrilla growers, although its aroma can be a bit scandalous at times. This strain comes from Skunk and Afghani plants, hence its genetic sturdiness and strength.
The Best Outdoor Autoflowering Strains
Auto Gelatto 100% Fem
Autoflowering strains are a great choice for those looking to grow cannabis in practically place in the world; it may take a bit of extra care at the start to get it going, but this strain will shoot up once it really gets a hang of it. The interesting thing about this strain is its short life cycle; there’s hardly any time for insects or fungi to even think about infesting it, although under extreme conditions it may happen. Auto Gelatto 100% Fem is a great choice for any grower, alongside the rest of out Growbarato.net bulk strains.
We’ve included this particular strain in this list, as it’s known for growing incredibly compact buds with plenty of distance in between to allow for airflow and humidity dissipation. It’s resistant to drought and excess heat too, which may end up causing it to grow less but it will also produce more resin. This strain is one of the best outdoor cannabis strains thanks to the amazing results that it provides without much effort at all.
Cream Mandarine XL Auto by Sweet Seeds
Autoflowering strains that produce large yields are popular right now, and this is definitely one of the best strains of the last few years; Cream Mandarine XL Auto. This strain comes from a cross between a Cream Mandarine Auto and a select clone of Super Tai’98, which makes for a plant that is incredibly strong and can grow up to 1.5m tall, impressive for an autoflowering plant. You can harvest between 50 and 300g per plant, harvesting after a total of 65 days from start to finish.
When grown outdoors, whether in a flowerpot or in the ground, this strain is an absolute monster in both height and width – keep this in mind when spacing them out, as they may end up shading eachother. On the other hand, this extreme growth allows you to prune and train it to fit your needs and to make sure that it can deal with strong winds while also increasing the size of its buds. This strain is generally quite resistant to insect infestations and humidity-induced fungi, so it’s great for both dry and humid climates; if you’re a beginner and not sure where to start, this autoflowering strain is a great idea.
The Best Outdoor Strains | Growing Recommendations:
Hopefully, after this brief review of some of the best outdoor indica, sativa and hybrid strains, you’ll have made your mind about about what strain you want to grow this year. Keep in mind that growing cannabis outdoors requires work; none of these plants will grow successfully if simply left to their own devices from day one. We recommend regular feeding schedules, as well as organically-sourced preventive products in order to keep them insect and fungi-free; try and get products specifically for typical cannabis infestations such as spider mites, caterpillars, fusarium fungi and others.
How much do you know about best outdoor strains? Find out more from our personal experience; find out which types of strains do well in which climates.
Top 5 outdoor cannabis strains
There are more outdoor growers than ever. Outdoor cannabis growing is the cheapest way to grow your own cannabis. You don’t need any grow lights, fans, filters or electricity. All you need is a safe grow location with nutritious moist soil and some quality outdoor cannabis seeds.
How to choose the right seeds when growing outdoors
Don’t just assume that a particular cannabis strain will grow well outdoors. Just because it grows well indoors doesn’t mean that it will be ready to harvest outdoors before cold autumn weather arrives. The best outdoor cannabis seeds are created only after many years of hard work. Often this means selectively breeding outdoors over many generations, only selecting and breeding the toughest plants which finish earlier than the others.
The top outdoor cannabis strains are also selected to be resistant to mold, mildew, and other outdoor threats. A quality outdoor cannabis strain needs to be tough, robust and able to deal with the worst that nature can throw at it. Again, these qualities are not found by accident. A top outdoor cannabis strain is the result of many years of hard work and careful genetic selection.
It’s not just about choosing genetics which are tough, durable, weather resistant and early finishers. Outdoor growers also want to be able to savour the best terpene profile and flavours. They also want good yields of quality buds. Creating a high quality outdoor cannabis strain requires a great deal of effort. You need top quality starting genetics and highly experienced breeders skilled in the delicate art of outdoor selective breeding to produce the following properties.
- Speed of harvest. A good variety is ready to harvest in early autumn before the bad weather sets in.
- Tough and durable enough to survive outdoor weather
- Resistance to weather and disease such as mold etc
- Above-average yields
- Appealing taste and aroma with a strong smoke/vape quality
Best cannabis strains to grow outdoor
Selected from Dutch Passion’s outdoor seed collection, all these varieties are tough enough to grow at Dutch latitudes and climate.
Frisian Dew, tough and resilient feminised outdoor cannabis seeds
Frisian Dew is quite possibly the most successful and popular outdoor feminised seed strain ever created by Dutch Passion. She has been a best seller ever since she was released, and grows easily as far north as northern UK/Denmark in the northern hemisphere. The genetics come from crossing Super Skunk with Purple Star. This variety was selectively bred outdoors over several years in the Frisian area of the northern Netherlands. The earliest blooming plants with heaviest yields and best mold resistance were systematically selected for the next generation until the Dutch Passion breeders had what they believe to be one of the toughest and most resilient outdoor cannabis strains they have ever seen.
This is an indica/sativa hybrid strain, in the northern hemisphere she is usually ready to harvest around late September or early October. Some of the plants will be purple, once cured the buds from these purple phenotypes have a beautiful appearance and a fresh, earthy aroma.
Frisian Dew also grows well in a greenhouse. The greenhouse helps protect the plants from the worst of the early and late season weather. When grown in good quality soil with optimised conditions, a greenhouse-grown Frisian Dew can reach 4m tall and just as wide with a yield of several Kilograms.
The hybrid genetics give a great vape/smoke with a stress-busting head high and relaxing body effects. It’s an easy and robust outdoor seed strain to grow. If you can focus on providing good quality soil with a sheltered and sunny location then you can expect heavy yields of medium strength outdoor cannabis.
Like all the outdoor cannabis strains mentioned in this blog, Frisian Dew seeds are feminised and will produce only female plants. In general, outdoor growers hugely prefer to grow feminised photoperiod seeds (or feminised autoflowering seeds). This is because outdoor growers may not visit their plants for several weeks at a time. Male plants are an unwanted inconvenience for most outdoor growers. For that reason, few outdoor growers use regular cannabis seeds.
Passion #1, reliable outdoor cannabis seeds with proven performance
Passion #1 is a green Californian Indica with XL yields and a superb outdoor performance. This is a hybrid strain which has been a best selling outdoor variety for many years. Passion #1 doesn’t thrive in the far northern extremes in the way that Frisian Dew does. But Passion #1 remains a firm favourite with growers at central and southern European latitudes where she delivers heavy harvests. If anything, her buds may be more potent than those of Frisian Dew. When started early in the season, Passion #1 can reach as tall as 3.5m. But usually 2m is more common. In a greenhouse, protected from the elements, she can reach large proportions and yield heavily.
Expect long and heavy blooms packed with resin. Passion #1, just like Frisian Dew, was developed exclusively for outdoor and greenhouse growers. Many of the most experienced outdoor growers germinate their seeds at home and grow their ‘outdoor’ seedlings at home under artificial light for a couple of weeks. This is a way of giving your plants a head start and protecting them while they are at their most vulnerable. The seedlings are often planted outdoors after the last frost has passed. Serious outdoor growers understand the value of carefully selecting and preparing their grow locations. If the local soil is low quality, the successful outdoor grower will either improve the soil (manure, fertilisers etc) or replace the soil with some from the garden centre.
Passion #1 is ready to harvest in early autumn, typically early October for northern hemisphere growers. In the southern hemisphere she is ready to harvest around early April.
Durban Poison, legendary cornerstone variety with superb outdoor performance
Durban Poison is a famous South African sativa known for being both a high quality indoor strain as well as a reliable go-to outdoor variety. She has chunky buds, a beautifully sweet aroma and a sticky resin coating on all her buds. With a soaring sativa high, Durban Poison is the perfect variety for any outdoor grower that demands the best sativa buds.
As well as being a legendary genetic line in her own right, Durban Poison was selected as a parent variety for the hugely successful Girl Scout Cookies (‘GSC’) family, along with OG Kush. The GSC line subsequently gave rise to some of the USA’s best new varieties. Be in no doubt at all, Durban Poison is one of the very finest classic strains of all time.
Outdoors Durban Poison can reach around 2m tall in typical conditions and is ready to harvest in early autumn. Just like the other outdoor cannabis seeds mentioned, Durban Poison is hardy and robust with solid yields and particularly strong buds. At some unknown point during the original outdoor breeding selection in the Netherlands it is thought that some indica genetics were accidentally added. This possibly occurred from airborne pollen from an outdoor grown indica being grown nearby. It’s worth adding that this, if it happened, has only strengthened the outdoor performance.
Durban Poison is also loved for the spicy and hazy taste. It also has hints of aniseed, liquorice, lemon and cloves. It’s an appealing and complex aroma – one of the reasons why Durban Poison has such a large following of repeat growers.
Frisian Duck and Auto Duck, unique stealth leaf shape for outdoor growers
Frisian Duck is the product of some truly unique Dutch Passion genetic research. Using some special and rare genetics, some highly skilled breeders created a cannabis plant that looks like no other! Instead of the iconic traditionally shaped cannabis leaf, Frisian Duck and Auto Duck exhibit a stabilised leaf mutation. The individual fingers on each cannabis leaf give cannabis it’s distinctive appearance. However, Frisian Duck and Auto Duck have leaves where the leaves look like a ducks footprint, with webbing between the individual fingers of each leaf.
The result is a cannabis plant which you could walk straight past without giving it a second glance. The leaves can look more like a nettle than traditional cannabis. The aroma from this plant is also light, meaning that she can be grown in a back garden with less of a worry about the smell. In fact, the only time ‘the Duck’ looks like cannabis is just around harvest time when the blooms are heavy. But by that stage, the hard work is done and harvest is imminent.
Frisian Duck isn’t the highest THC variety in the Dutch Passion collection. She is classified as a medium-level THC plant. She may not be the strongest strain, but with medium THC levels she offers a highly relaxing experience with a particularly pleasant effect. Perhaps you may need to use a little extra when you roll a joint. But that shouldn’t deter you from growing this completely unique variety, which was awarded the ‘2016 Plant Of The Year Award’ by Soft Secrets.
Frisian Duck is available as a feminised photoperiod seed variety, ready to harvest in early autumn. Or you can buy Auto Duck, the autoflowering seed version which grows from seed to harvest in around 100 days outdoors. Below are some of the many successful customer grow diaries.
Auto Mazar, autoflower seeds with fast and robust outdoor growth
Selecting just one of the Dutch Passion autoflower strains is not easy. One of the beauties of autoflower seeds is that they are so easy, simple and fast to grow indoors or outdoors. Indoors, most autoflower seeds take around 75 days to grow from seed to harvest. Outdoors, autoflowers tend to take nearer 100 days due to the cooler conditions.
With such a fast growth cycle, autoflower seeds can be grown even in Scandinavian outdoor conditions with the briefest of summers. This makes autoflowering seeds a particularly attractive option for the outdoor grower. Of all the different autoflower strains, Auto Mazar seems to have a particularly good reputation with outdoor auto growers. Some growers refuse to grow anything else!
Auto Mazar uses tough, durable Hindu Kush genetics. She needs little care or attention from the outdoor grower. Just select a sunny location with good quality soil and let the genetics take care of the rest. Auto Mazar usually reaches around a metre tall. The indica dominant genetics give a powerful effect and a long lasting high. It’s a great variety to really chill out and relax. Feel your stress dissolve and allow your soul to feel refreshed after enjoying buds grown from these classic genetics.
Why should you consider outdoor strains?
For most outdoor growers there are several key benefits of growing outdoors. Firstly you don’t have the hassle of buying and running an indoor grow tent. For some people, for example those in shared or rented accommodation, growing indoors may occasionally be a little too risky. Growing your plants outdoors is a worry-free way of growing your cannabis. Just find a good location with quality soil, plenty of sun and a little bit of privacy. Then all you need are some reliable outdoor cannabis seeds from a seed supplier you can trust.
Outdoor cannabis growing is cheap. There is no electricity bill to pay, no carbon filters to replace nor any replacement HPS bulbs to buy. Which all adds to the appeal of planting a few outdoor marijuana seeds!
With the top outdoor cannabis seeds you can expect heavy harvests and strong buds. Note that outdoor growers in places like California can produce several kilograms of stunning quality grown buds from a single plant.
You don’t need much space to grow cannabis seeds outdoors. An auto will often stay around or below a metre tall, allowing it to be easily hidden in the natural outdoor bushes, shrubs and weeds. Many people are completely self sufficient in their cannabis needs thanks to a few outdoor plants. You can grow in unused areas of the countryside, river banks, hillsides, unused urban land – anywhere your imagination allows you! Many also grow a plant or two at home in the garden or greenhouse if privacy allows.
The best outdoor cannabis seeds
You can rely on Dutch Passion’s many years of experience at the top of cannabis breeding to deliver you the best quality seeds, with next-day delivery if you wish. Our outdoor cannabis seeds are all proven and reliable. You can also grow any of the Dutch Passion autoflower seeds outdoors. They will all grow well, just choose a sunny 3 months to grow.
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