#4 makes cultivating cannabis easy peasy…
As more countries and states in the USA are beginning to recognize marijuana as legal on a recreational level, interest in cultivating the healing herb has begun to grow. Cannabis can be expensive, and if you know you have a green thumb, you have probably considered the concept of growing your own Mary Jane; maybe you have already attempted this task and proved successful. Unfortunately, not everyone is lucky enough to possess a green thumb and be familiar with the endless information that helps make growing cannabis promising. Lucky for those who still want to grow their own and just did not think it was a viable option before, certain seed breeders and developers have made it easier…
Did you know that some marijuana strains are simpler to cultivate than others?
This is totally the truth, and some breeders actually have concentrated their production of new seed types to include ease of cultivation, which helps them sell their seeds to a wider market, one that does not need much experience to produce killer cannabis.
If you have been searching for cannabis that is simple to grow, keep reading to discover the 5 best marijuana seeds for beginners…
What Makes a Marijuana Strain “Easy to Grow”?:
This is actually quite an important question. There are a few factors in particular that make certain cannabis strains simpler to cultivate when compared to others. Ease of growth can be broken down into the following categories:
- Resistance to disease, pests, powdery mildew, mold, etc.
Resistance to disease and mold is important because, just like all the other plants of the world, cannabis can also be affected by outside factors, which can impact both indoor and outdoor grown crops. The most common diseases and pests to affect marijuana are typically mold, powdery mildew and spider mites, but the list of possibilities is endless. Some pot seeds are bred to naturally withstand these prominent issues, which already increases the chances that the grower will end up with a healthy, high-yielding crop.
- Feminized seeds, with fewer gender differences
By purchasing already feminized seeds, there is an unlikely chance that your sprouts will end up becoming male and have to be destroyed. This saves a lot of time and effort, especially during the identification process when you have to recognize the differences between the genders and take action accordingly. Instead of the classic 50% female, 50% male ratio that is typical with regular seeds, feminized seeds will almost always end up female.
- Quantity of yield
Certain strain types are prone to exemplify higher yields, while others less so. Not all high-yielding strain types are the ideal of what is desired, but there are certainly some classic strains that also just happen to be high-yielding.
- Specialized qualities: autoflowering, quick flowering period, etc.
Sometimes strains can be autoflowering types, and they are usually bred this way. This means that the flowering period is likely much quicker, often around 8 weeks or less. That said, some strains are just naturally quick to flower, even though they are not autoflowering. This increases convenience for the newbie cultivator.
The 5 Best Marijuana Seeds for Beginners:
Based off the criteria explained above, here are the 5 best marijuana seeds for beginners to attempt the cultivation of cannabis.
1. Cinex (Sativa):
The only sativa on our list, Cinex is known for its intensely potent THC levels, which often appear at around 20-24% in conducted lab tests. Additionally, the crop is rather high yielding, offering on average 16 ounces of herb per plant when cultivated outdoors, and 19 ounces of herb per meter squared when grown indoors. The genetic breeding of Cinderella 99 and Vortex, these plants are rather bushy, especially for a sativa, making them suitable size-wise either inside or outside; you will not have to worry about owning a massive room to grow just a few plants. Naturally possessing genetics that are resistant to mold and powdery mildew, you do not have to closely monitor humidity levels, because it is difficult for this crop to become affected by overly wet conditions. Best of all, the flowering period for Cinex is quick, at around just 7-9 weeks, and feminized seeds can be purchased, so do not worry about having to pick the males out of the bunch.
- High yielding.
- Naturally resistant to mold and powdery mildew.
- Strong THC content and sturdy genetics.
- Medium and bushy plant height.
- 7-9 weeks flowering period.
- Can be purchased feminized.
2. Northern Lights (Indica):
A classic indica in the world of marijuana, obtaining seeds from Northern Lights is no challenge because they are widely distributed all over. This strain type does not typically grow any taller than 5.5 feet in height, so they can be planted in either indoor or outdoor conditions.
Unlike many strains on this list, Northern Lights is actually a rather pure strain and derives from two landrace types, Thai sativa and Afghani indica, making it an old-school crop. Known to be naturally resistant to many diseases, the maintenance is less of an issue for Northern Lights, but it does do best in a dry, warm Mediterranean climate, which can be challenging to recreate indoors and will require close humidity monitoring.
With just a 7-9 week flowering period, growing this indica does not require a ton of patience, because it is ready to be harvested rather quickly and, due to its vintage origins, many breeders have developed new versions of this strain that are feminized. Best of all, for an indica, Northern Lights is super high-yielding, with successful crops producing on average 18 ounces of bud per meter squared indoors and 22 ounces per plant outdoors.
- Easily acquirable seeds for planting.
- High resistance to disease, generating lower maintenance requirements for care.
- Feminized seeds available for easy gender monitoring.
- 7-9 weeks flowering period, little patience required.
- Long-lasting high that is potent.
- High yielding at 18 oz. per meter squared indoors, 22 oz. per plant outdoors.
3. Blue Dream (Hybrid):
Like Northern Lights, Blue Dream is another classic, but a little less ancient genetics-wise. Bred in California originally, it is super simple to cultivate either seeds or clones of this hybrid cannabis type. The wide availability of clones speeds up a lot of the cultivation process, especially for beginners who might have less patience waiting for their crops to be ready for harvest.
This helps a lot, because Blue Dream has a slightly longer flowering period at 9-10 weeks, so it already requires a greater waiting time. The biggest challenge with Blue Dream is ensuring that this hybrid gets the quintessential conditions it desires, which is a subtropical or mediterranean climate. These environmental conditions need to be accurately recreated if Blue Dream is grown inside. Be sure to have plenty of growing space, too, because BD reaches very tall heights.
All these factors actually make Blue Dream an ideal outdoor growing strain, so long as you are blessed with the right climate. Although this cannabis strain is resistant to some diseases, it is susceptible to spider mites, which need to be watched out for. If you do manage to produce healthy crops, you will be properly rewarded, because not only are the buds potent, weighing in at 18-24% THC on average, the yields are also high, typically resulting in 21 ounces of herb per plant outdoors, and 21 ounces of herb per meter squared indoors. Blue Dream is definitely the most challenging strains to cultivate on this list.
- Clones and seeds widely available.
- An amazing strain to grow outdoors if the right environmental conditions exist.
- Extremely potent, with 18-24% THC on average.
- High yielding, at 21 ounces per plant outdoors and 21 ounces per meter squared indoors.
4. Easy Bud (Hybrid):
Just as the name implies, the Easy Bud hybrid strain is probably the simplest one to grow on our list; it was bred specifically with novices in mind, so that they too could enjoy the benefits of home-grown weed. What primarily makes Easy Bud so convenient is the fact that it is auto-flowering, which means that the cultivator does not need to understand as much information regarding light-cycle shifts to achieve successful yields. Bred by Royal Queen Seeds focusing on the needs of complete beginners, Easy Bud is a ruderalis type hybrid, which is part of what gives it its autoflowering properties, as well as its short stature at just 50-60 centimeters. Ideal for cultivation both indoors and outdoors, after around 3-4 weeks, Easy Bud will automatically begin to flower, becoming fully ready for harvest after a flowering period of just 8-9 weeks, which is quite average. Even though this hybrid possesses rather small plants, its yields are average, at around 45 grams of top-quality flower per plant.
- Autoflowering cannabis type, requiring less technical knowledge of light cycle changes during the flowering stage.
- Short growing height, reaching just 50-60 centimeters.
- Can grow in all conditions, even places where light is not as readily available.
- Average length flowering period, at 8-9 weeks.
- Decent yield size at 45 grams per plant.
5. Papaya (Indica):
Papaya’s primary attribute that makes it easier to grow is the fact that it is ready to harvest after a flowering period of just 8 weeks. Reaching only around 3 feet in height at its tallest, this indica has heavy sedative effects that make it perfect for getting a deep sleep at night, especially for those that struggle with insomnia. Those who have successfully cultivated Papaya, have reported that this cannabis type cultivates well, even in very stressful conditions, because it is naturally resistant to powdery mildew and mold. A genetic crossing between Nirvana Seeds’ Citral #13 and Ice #2, Papaya actually also yields phenomenally – regardless of its average growing height – producing around 28 ounces per plant outdoors, and 15 ounces per meter squared indoors.
- Quick flowering period at just 8 weeks.
- Average growing height, reaching only 3 feet at its tallest.
- Sedative-inducing conditions, perfect for those who have difficulties sleeping or even insomnia.
- Naturally resistant to powdery mildew and mold, as well as other stressful conditions.
- Very high yielding, especially outside, producing on average 28 ounces per plant outdoors and 15 ounces per meter squared indoors.
Roundup: Which are the 5 Best Cannabis Seeds for Beginners:
If you have recently sparked an interest in cultivating your own cannabis, but do not have much experience and were wondering how to get started, this list can serve as a guide for what marijuana seeds would be your best bet to achieve the greatest success possible during your initial growing experience.
It is valuable to note that, no matter the strain type, marijuana is always going to be a tad complex to grow, as are most plants. Do not lose hope and just do your best; you may not be successful during your first attempt, but as you gain a bit more practice, this will change. We hope you not only found this article to be entertaining, but also educational and informative. It is important to remember that the consumption of cannabis is the sole responsibility of the user, and discretion should always be taken.