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Want to Grow Weed Outside? These are the 10 Best Strains for Different Climates

Want to Grow Weed Outside? These are the 10 Best Strains for Different Climates

Find the best strain to grow where you live.

Jun 4, 2018 - Michelle Janikian

Young Rastafarian holding cannabis plants( Photo by Nastasic via Getty Images)

Want to Grow Weed Outside? These are the 10 Best Strains for Different Climates

Young Rastafarian holding cannabis plants( Photo by Nastasic via Getty Images)

It’s finally spring and that means it’s time to start planting your outdoor cannabis garden. It’s easier than you may think to grow weed outside, you just need to follow a few simple rules. One of the most important things to consider is which strain will thrive in your climate. A good rule of thumb to follow when planning to grow weed outside is to choose early-flowering indica strains for colder climates and sativas and hybrids for warmer climates. However, it’s not always that black and white. That’s why we’ve hand-selected the top strains for each type of climate so you can successfully grow weed outside this summer and smoke homegrown weed for the rest of the year.

Best Strains for Hot Climates

White Widow

White Widow is one of the most famous hybrid strains of weed known for its euphoric and high-energy experience. When considering how to grow weed outside, it’s a farmer favorite for its short flowering time, decent yield, and resinous trichomes. However, that sticky resin can make White Widow buds heavy, so this strain does best using the Screen of Green (SCROG) method.

Maui Wowie

Maui Wowie is a classic sativa strain known for its stress-relieving yet energizing effects and tantalizing, tropical aroma. Originally from Hawaii, this pineapple-scented strain does best in tropical environments with nutrient-rich soil. It also does well in climates like California. Maui Wowie thrives under the sun and in big open spaces, and if treated well, will produce a hefty yield.

Super Silver Haze is an award-winning sativa-dominant strain that’s adored for providing an uplifting cerebral high and full body relaxation. This citrusy, earthy-smelling strain does best outdoors if you live close to the equator. That’s because Super Silver Haze has a relatively long flowering time and needs temps to stay warm through the fall to produce its maximum potential.

Northern Lights

Although a classic indica strain, Northern Lights does best grown outdoors in warm climates. It’s favored by home cultivators for its low-odor and quick flowering time. Plus, Northern Lights’ flowers are covered in trichomes, smell sweet and earthy, and produce a super relaxing high. What’s not to love?

Amnesia Haze

Amnesia Haze is an invigorating and euphoric sativa with a citrusy aroma and taste. If you want to grow weed outside, this strain is a great choice if you live in a place that stays warm in the fall. That’s because Amnesia Haze has a longer flowering time than most of the other strains on this list, but produces a significant yield because of it.

Best Strains for Cold Climates


This sweet, fruity indica smells exactly like the name implies and produces a relaxing, euphoric high that’s great for stress or pain relief. Blueberry prefers to be grown outdoors under the sun and produces a high yield during a short flowering time. Another reason it’s a popular strain for people who like to grow weed outside is that it can handle colder temperatures without greatly affecting the plant’s yield.

Super Skunk

Super Skunk is an indica dominant strain with an incredibly pungent skunk-like aroma and sweet taste. It’s favored by those who want to grow weed outside for its short flowering time and dense buds. Plus, Super Skunk provides a seriously relaxing high in the body and mind that’s great for relieving stress as well as pain.


Although Strawberry is a sativa-dominant strain, it’s preferred by outdoor cultivators in colder climates. That’s because it has a short flowering time so it can be harvested before temperatures get too low. Plus, everyone loves this perky strain for its fresh strawberry aroma and stimulating effects.

OG Kush

OG Kush is a classic hybrid that provides a heavy high that’s great for stress. It’s loved by consumers for its sour lemon-pine aroma, and by outdoor growers for a number of reasons. For one, OG Kush has a relatively short flowering time, plus, it can handle colder nighttime temperatures. However, its dense buds often need some extra support and do well using the SCROG method.

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Power Plant is another sativa-dominant strain that can handle colder climates. It’s a good choice for those who want to grow weed outside because of its short flowering time and powerful resistance. Seriously, this strain isn’t called Power Plant without good reason, it can withstand almost any grow environment. Plus, it packs a punch with a focused head high that leaves users feeling happy and creative.

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