There is a school of thought which suggests that cannabis strains are effectively the same. In reality, it is a case of sativa and indica strains not necessarily producing the effects they are ‘supposed’ to. Marijuana strains are NOT all created equal, because there is weed blessed with top-shelf genetics and Mary Jane that is ‘middle of the road.’
There are strains with excellent resistance to mold, disease, pests, and drought, and weed that needs fewer nutrients than others. There are also marijuana strains that are ideal for novice growers because they are more forgiving of a few mistakes. In this guide, we show you five strains known to be easier to grow than most. If you are a beginner, we recommend either purchasing clones or seeds of one of these plants.
Please note that when we say a strain is a sativa or indica, it is still a ‘hybrid’ of sorts because, as far as experts are aware, there are no marijuana plants that are 100% indica or sativa.
1 – Blue Dream (A Sativa Cannabis Strain)
At one time, Blue Dream was the most popular strain in the world. Even today, this sativa-dominant (60%) strain is hotly sought after because of its ability to provide users with a quick pick me up during the day. It is a cross of Super Silver Haze and a Blueberry Indica. With a THC content of up to 24%, Blue Dream is extremely potent, but its 2% CBD content means it offers several potential medical benefits.
One of the main reasons why Blue Dream is such an excellent option for novice growers is its high resistance to root rot and powdery mildew. These are two of the most common issues found in any grow room and can destroy a crop if left untreated.
It will grow into a tall plant and is extremely easy to grow indoors. If you elect to grow Blue Dream outside, it is a slightly tougher task because it has a sensitivity to extreme climate changes. When outdoors, it is also susceptible to an infestation of red spider mites, because it offers a delightfully sweet scent.
Indoor growers could benefit from an average yield of approximately 21 ounces per square meter. The flowering period is 9-10 weeks. If you grow Blue Dream outside, it will yield up to 21 ounces per plant and is ready for harvest in October.
2 – Dutch Treat (An Indica Cannabis Strain)
This classic marijuana strain comes all the way from Amsterdam. It is an indica-dominant (80%) hybrid that offers a sweet taste. Its THC content is between 18% and 25%, and when you first use it you will feel as if you are soaring through the air. The cerebral high hits you quickly and provides you with a sense of euphoria.
Dutch Treat is a strain that prefers being grown indoors, and it responds well to a hydroponics system, although a good soil environment should ensure that it thrives. Even amateur growers find Dutch Treat easy to cultivate. You are better off only trying to grow it outdoors if you live in the Pacific Northwest (PNW) because the region’s climate is ideal.
You may have read a few guides that suggest Dutch Treat offers high yields, but the reality is different. If you grow indoors, it will take 8-9 weeks for the strain to flower. However, its average yield of 12 ounces per square meter planted is well below the rest of this list. Should you decide to grow outdoors, the yield is just eight ounces per plant on average, with the weed ready for harvest in late September.
3 – Green Crack (A Sativa Cannabis Strain)
This is another outstanding Californian strain that was originally known as Green Kush. However, once Snoop Dogg had a taste, he declared that provided an uplifting high akin to what you might get from crack, and consequently renamed this sativa-dominant (75%) strain. As well as benefiting from high energy once consumed, Green Crack’s sweet citrus aroma is heavenly.
Traditionally, sativa plants are classified as hard to grow because of a lengthy flowering time and a tendency to stretch upwards. While Green Crack maintains the upbeat effects associated with sativas, its indica genetics ensure it offers a high yield of 18 ounces per square meter indoors, with a rapid flowering time of 7-9 weeks. If you grow it outdoors, the yield is 20 ounces per plant with a harvest date of late September or early October.
If you decide to grow Green Crack outdoors, be wary of its capacity to stretch. It is also important to keep humidity in your grow room on the low side of recommendations, because this plant is sensitive to powdery mildew. If you grow it outside, bear in mind that Green Crack thrives in a Mediterranean climate.
One possible issue with Green Crack is availability. It is only available in clone form, which means growers in the West Coast may find it hard to track it down. Its THC content ranges from moderate at 13% to high at 21%. The euphoric head high you’ll feel after using Green Crack will make all your hard work worth it!
4 – GG4 (A Hybrid Cannabis Strain)
Also known as Gorilla Glue #4, this is a 50/50 hybrid with an extremely high THC content of at least 25%. It provides you with an exceedingly powerful and euphoric high along with a strong aroma. GG4 is a cross of Sour Dubb, Chem’s Sister, and Chocolate Diesel. The strain has won numerous Cannabis Cup awards, and now it is possible to grow it at home in states where cultivation is legal.
The bushy pattern of GG4 means you can grow it in a tiny room, especially if you use the Screen of Green (SCROG) technique. It is relatively easy to grow because it requires fewer nutrients than most strains. In general, it is best to grow Gorilla Glue #4 indoors, but it has been known to thrive in a warm climate when growing outdoors.
For indoor growers, GG4 will provide up to 18 ounces per square meter, and its flowering time is 8-9 weeks. If you grow outdoors, it produces up to 21 ounces per plant with a harvest date of mid-October. GG4 is also known for its high resin production, making it a clear favorite for users looking to investigate the effects of concentrate. When it is time for harvest, bring an extra pair of scissors because wet trimming clogs up the blades very quickly.
5 – Cinex (A Sativa Cannabis Strain)
Cinex is a slightly sativa-dominant (60%) strain with a THC content of between 22% and 25%. It is a cross of Vortex and Cinderella 99, and it is known for providing users with a burst of energy that instantly makes them feel more productive and creative. Cinex’s parents ensure it is an easy to grow strain.
Vortex is sativa-dominant and known for its euphoric effects, while Cinderella 99 plants are known for being bushy with high yields and a potent THC level. For novice growers, the Cinderella 99 traits of Cinex mean you can grow it in a small grow room using the SCROG method. As a bonus, it possesses a high resistance to mildew and mold, which means amateurs will get away with a few mistakes.
Cinex is often grown in the PNW region, which means it is weather resistant and capable of thriving in a cool climate. It is even easy to trim! If you grow Cinex indoors, it has a flowering time of 7-9 weeks and yields around 19 ounces per square meter. If you grow it outdoors, it should yield an average of 16 ounces of bud per plant. It is typically ready to harvest by the beginning of October.
Final Thoughts on the Right Marijuana for Novices to Grow
If you love weed, there are few things more satisfying than growing your own. There are a host of advanced strains that will pose a challenge to even the most experienced and talented growers. If you fall into the category of ‘novice,’ we recommend trying to grow one of the five strains mentioned above to get your feet wet first. Even top-shelf bud is easy to grow when you find the right strain.
Remember, marijuana strains vary regarding color, potency, and flavor. Even when you find the right strain, there are a host of external factors to consider. Examples include flowering time, whether the plants grow best inside or outside, the temperature of your grow room, amount of nutrients you have to provide, and the humidity of the environment.
When choosing a marijuana strain to grow, look for ones that are capable of handling cold weather, pest infestations, disease, and mold. Beginners should also look towards autoflowering strains because they can go from seed to harvest in just two months.