Top 6 Easiest Cannabis Strains to Grow
Published on 5/14/21
Growing cannabis can be incredibly rewarding. The ability to care for plants from seed to harvest is a unique opportunity and a great hobby. In terms of gardening, cannabis cultivation is relatively simple, but it does come with certain challenges. Thankfully, several strains are ideal for beginners and easy to grow, even if your thumb is decidedly not green.
Challenges of Growing Cannabis
The primary enemy of any cannabis grower is pests. They come in all shapes and sizes, show up at different stages of the growth cycle and are attracted to different parts of the plant. The most common are leaf miners, thrips, beetles, aphids and spider mites. Besides being bad for your health moldy weed, white powdery mildew and other fungal diseases are also debilitating to marijuana plants. It can also be a challenge to get plants to produce substantial yields. Some of this might be due to the strain of the plant, but it is more often the result of growing conditions like space, the strength and use of grow lights, containers and fertilization.
One reason that growing marijuana is fairly straightforward is crossbreeding. Two strains (or more) are combined to create a new strain with the desired traits that exist in each parent strain. Hybrid strains have been developed over time to be stronger and more resistant to bugs and disease. Some have been manipulated to be the best strains to grow indoors or the best strains to grow in certain climates. Most of the strains listed below are easy to grow because they are hybrids.
The Easiest Strains to Grow for Novice Cannabis Cultivators
As you might expect, these strains represent some of the most common and most popular types of cannabis on the market.
White Widow is a wonderful strain for novice growers. It takes about four months from planting to harvest and flowers with pronounced buds that hover around 20% THC. White Widow does very well with little attention and is known for its consistently high yields. Another wonderful trait of this strain is that you do not have to have the indica vs. sativa debate. White Widow deftly combines the best of both types of cannabis with a mild euphoria complemented by a light body high. First developed in the Netherlands, the strain is enormously popular around the world, and most experts believe it was developed by crossing a Brazilian sativa with a hybrid from the south Indian state of Kerala. The heavy frosty white trichomes that grace this strain are what gives it its famous name. White Widow won the High Times Cannabis Cup in 1995 and its effects are of a heavy indica with some mental stimulation. It is the best strain for beginner growers.
This is a strong hybrid that is (yes, very sticky) fast-growing and can easily handle a variety of conditions and weather changes. Indoors, Gorilla Glue is one of the best strains for home grow. It is very potent with THC levels that can reach 28% with a strong sour aroma. Gorilla Glue offers relaxation and euphoria in abundance. The parents of Gorilla Glue are Sour Dubb, Chem Sis and Chocolate Diesel. Flowering time is usually between eight and nine weeks, with Gorilla Glue #4 (GG4) being the most common phenotype.
Blue Dream is a very common, if not the most common strain found in dispensaries across the county. Originally from California and bred from a combination of Blueberry and some type of Haze (though Super Silver is the preferred mate). It is popular with consumers for its blissful high and the medicinal qualities that stem from a CBD content that hovers around 2%. THC percentages normally reach the low 20s. Blue Dream is popular with cannabis cultivators thanks to its massive size and large yields of fruity flowers. Some Blue Dream plants grown outdoors measure over 14 feet tall. The enormous size and strength of this strain help keep pests and diseases like root rot at bay. It just might be the easiest strain to grow.
Durban Poison is a fantastic landrace strain that hails from South Africa. A sativa, Durban Poison produces buds with massive resin glands and provides a strong and energetic high with occasional psychedelic notes. Most seeds of Durban Poison for sale these days are no longer the pure sativa that hailed from Durban - they have been crossed and inbred for strength and quality. Regardless, they will easily grow into gorgeous plants that are hyper-resistant to mold and mildew. Durban Poison also contains THC-V, the cannabinoid that can be effective in treating Alzheimer's disease and PTSD and act as an appetite suppressant. THC levels can reach upwards of 26%.
Unsurprisingly, Blue Cheese is cross between Blueberry and Cheese that is simple to grow both indoors and out. A sativa-dominant hybrid, this strain has beautiful light blue flowers, a delicious fruit flavor and a high that is both joyful and relaxing. Blue Cheese rates very well for mildew resistance and pests thanks to the hardiness and thickness of its stems. With a quick flowering time of only 60 days, it provides almost instant gratification. It flourishes in wet and cold climates. THC percentage levels normally land in the mid-20s.
Early Skunk is an indica-dominant strain known for its rapid growth. THC contents average around 20% and the high is mellow yet active enough for socialization. Cannabis cultivators will enjoy the small and wide bushes with consistently high yields that produce buds after seven weeks. Early Skunk is resistant to molds and bugs and contains low levels of the beneficial cannabinoid CBG.
Are you new to the cannabis growing game? What are you cultivating? Why did you choose to go with that strain? Let us know in the comments section below!