Top 10 Best Outdoor Strains of 2020
For a grower, there is nothing more rewarding than producing his or her own yield of plants. From selecting the seed distribution center, to committing to the perfect growing location; cultivating and facilitating the growth of the crop, and then coaxing it into the final, harvestable product; the experience of growing your own plants is truly extraordinary.
Make the Decision
When you decide to finally begin cultivating your own supply, you have complete control over the process. You know every detail about the strain you will be utilizing to maintain healthy sleep. But, if not approached with fidelity, this process can quickly become one of the most frustrating experiences you’ve yet to encounter. Fortunately, we’ve done the work for you. Here are our top ten best outdoor strains, with special attention given to those that promote healthy sleep:
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Top 10 Best Outdoor Strains of 2020
#10: “Grape Ape” Indica-dominant-100% Indica—21% THC
This famed variety can be grown indoors or outdoors with relative ease. Known for its gorgeous purple hue, this strain gives quite generously, averaging around 28 ounces per plant.
It is best to provide this plant outdoor protection, such as a translucent awning, covered outdoor space, or a greenhouse, to prevent excess moisture from creeping into the plant and producing subsequent mold; also referred to as “Bud Rot”. What makes such a manifestation so dangerous is not only the reality that once you visually notice the issue, it’s too late, but also that it can work to destroy entire crops. Monitoring humidity levels and ensuring plenty of sunshine while maintaining the plant’s amount of moisture is key.
This plant does well in a warm climate, and you’ll want to begin with a humidity of about 50%, during the vegetative phase. Reducing the humidity during the flowering phase is crucial; seek to maintain a humidity somewhere between 30-40%. Once you’ve nearly reached harvest, you will want the humidity to gauge at approximately 30% to produce the ideal crop.
#9: “Bubba Kush” Indica-dominant 95:5—27%THC
Bubba Kush has popularized the market for quite some time now, having resonated with consumers for its beautiful appearance and smooth hashish flavors. This plant produces gorgeous trichome-colored buds that will impress even the most experienced of growers.
This strain flourishes in moderate, dry climates, and flowers after approximately 8-9 weeks. Yielding, on average, about 20 ounces per plant, this strain offers a gorgeous harvest like no one else; rich with purple-hued buds. To maintain optimum conditions, provide plenty of direct sunlight and be sure to trim back excess growth to prevent excess humidity from causing bud rot. This plant’s high natural resistance to disease makes it ideal for beginning growers.
#8: “LSD” Hybrid Blend 55:45 Sativa/Indica Blend—24% THC
True to its name, LSD is like a dream for growers, particularly novices, for its natural resistance to common cannabis pests and fungi. LSD does very well in heat, but optimum conditions call for planting in a protected area, so ensure that you have provided this strain a bit of shelter if you’re to see your harvest live up to its full potential. Flowering in 9-10 weeks, LSD produces an average 18 ounces per plant, flowering buds with a pungent, albeit earthy smell that users note has a subtle but sweet aftertaste.
For optimum growth, like most strains, this plant type requires plenty of sunlight and warmth, but does prefer a bit of shelter. However, it is a very hardy strain that is naturally resistant to most common pests and parasites. Just provide the few essential ingredients this variety needs to thrive, then sit back and relax as this hardy plant comes to full yield.
#7: “Northern Lights” Indica-dominant strain: 95:5—21%THC
Our 7th pick for best outdoor strains that promote healthy sleep is a variety that has literally become a part of American vernacular. Popularized in the early 1980s, this strain has stood the test of time and continues to be wildly popular today.
Incredibly well-suited for the outdoors, Northern Lights maintains a natural resistance to common pests as well as molds. Granted, you will want to periodically trim and top your plants to ensure that they are receiving adequate sunlight and don’t retain too much moisture. The typical yield you should be expecting is 22 ounces or more, per plant.
#6: “Pineapple Express” 60:40 sativa/Indica ratio—24% THC
At number six, Pineapple Express will undoubtedly impress every grower. Once, a highly obscure, albeit highly sought-after strain, it is now very easy to procure and is well-known for its flavor profile as well as the ease with which it can be cultivated.
Producing an impressive average yield of 19 ounces per plant, it is naturally resilient, being resistant to both common pests as well as mold. You will want to protect these plants from heavy winds, though it is best to expose them to a small breeze as it will help to encourage the plants to gain integrity and strength and become more resilient as they grow.
Feeding the Pineapple Express Variety, a diet rich in Silica will produce stems that are both large and healthy, and more capable of sustaining and supporting larger buds. Your crop should be ready to harvest in mid-October, when grown outdoors.
#5: “Purple Kush” Pure Indica—27% THC
Purple Kush earns our number five spot for its relaxing qualities, gorgeous indigo-tinted buds, and ease of cultivation. Having originated in an area of Oakland, CA, Purple Kush was created by crossbreeding Afghani with Hindu Kush.
A favorite to this day, Purple Kush will need to be monitored to ensure that humidity levels do not become so high as to cause bud rot. Additionally, this plant should be heavily fed throughout the vegetative phase as well as the flowering phase to allow this strain to reach its full potential.
#4: “Blue Dream” Sativa-dominant hybrid; 60% Sativa/40% Indica—24% THC
Blue Dream earns our number four spot for being a low-maintenance strain that is absolutely perfect for beginners and experienced growers alike. Blue dream will thrive in a variety of summer climates, largely due to the fact that it is capable of handling any amount of direct sunlight without damaging the yield or otherwise negatively affecting the crop.
#3: “White Widow”-Balanced Hybrid; 60:40 Sativa/Indica ratio—20% THC
Landing our number three spot is White Widow; a strain that has maintained a highly popular status due to its crystalized buds and its potency; producing a fast, intense, long-lasting euphoria. Originally created by Greenhouse Seeds in the Netherlands, White Widow continues to popularize the market, with attributes that resonate with each new generation.
A variety that is well-suited to warm, sunny settings, White Widow can also adapt to cooler climates. Provide this strain a bit of protection from the elements, monitor humidity levels to avoid bud rot, and allow approximately 8-10 weeks to flower. Upon harvest, this strand produces about 21 or more ounces of product, per plant, after harvesting sometime around mid-October.
#2: “God’s Gift” 90:10 Indica / Sativa ratio—27% THC
God’s Gift undoubtedly earns our number two spot for both its chemical attributes, as well as its ease of cultivation. A combination of Granddaddy Purple and OG Kush, God’s Gift is a plant bursting with color. Expect gorgeous buds laden with sparkling trichomes that will positively light up your garden.
This plant thrives in warm settings with optimum temperatures for production ranging anywhere from 68°-80°. Humidity should be kept relatively low and should be sustained anywhere from 30%-40%. Taking 8-9 weeks to harvest, the average yield is approximately 10 ounces per plant, ready for harvest by mid-October. This one-of-a-kind strain is robust, hearty, and naturally resistant to most parasites and disease, allowing it to thrive in the hands of the amateur gardener just as easily as it does in the master horticulturist.
#1: “OG Kush” Indica-Dominant Strain-90:10—25% THC
This is the ultimate Kush strain. With a cannabinoid profile that is THC-dominant, OG Kush will not only relax your body and mind, but will be sure to provide a relaxing experience in the garden. Highly resistant to parasites and other pests that would do harm to plants, the only monitoring necessary is in regard to moisture and humidity, which should be maintained at a relatively low percentage—roughly 30%.
This particular strain is popular for both indoor and outdoor growth, with outdoor cultivation requiring plenty of sunlight and ideally, a temperature that hovers around the 75° mark. A hybrid variety that has stood the test of time, this plant is wonderful for experts and beginners alike, requiring minimal maintenance and just a bit of trimming and topping to ensure that the plant is consistently receiving enough sunlight and airflow. If obscured, the potential for mold and parasite invitation is high, so be sure to trim your plant occasionally.
On average, the plant itself will reach approximately 2-4 ft. in height, with typical yields averaging about two ounces of flower per plant.
Hard Work Always Pays Off
Premier cannabis takes years and years of hard work and dedication. Finding the perfect strain for outdoor production can take even longer. Immeasurable people benefit from the consumption of all kinds of varieties—people suffering from depression, insomnia, chronic conditions, and even those who simply feel the use of marijuana is their quality of life.
We trust that this piece has helped you as you set out on your adventure selecting the perfect strain for your greenhouse or backyard garden. Check out our other links for answers to some of the most common cannabis-related questions and direct connections to some of the finest seed banks in the country. Happy growing, everyone.
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