Top 15 Easiest Strains to Grow For Beginners - 2021 UPDATE

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Cannabis plants are reputed to be quite fussy and demanding in their requirements. While that may be true in some cases – and perhaps daunting for novice growers – it’s certainly not the full story. So here is our beginners guide to weed strains. A selection of easy-going strains any beginner should be comfortable getting started with, and which are far from picky in their horticultural prerequisites.

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What makes a strain easy to grow?

In plant cultivation, as in many other fields, it’s the divas and thoroughbreds that make life difficult. So this collection will exclusively highlight beginner-friendly strains known to be easier to cultivate. As with all plant species, different varieties have different requirements, especially as regards temperature, humidity, light and nutrients. Beyond this, some strains may be particularly susceptible to certain pests or diseases.

Your plants will still need careful nurturing, but the listed strains will generally be more hardy and tolerant. Beginners should find these varieties better able to resist insects, mold and plant diseases. In particular, that means your cannabis plants will flourish in a wider range of environments and growing conditions, yield stronger, and be more forgiving into the bargain.

Autoflower

Autoflowering cannabis plants are day-neutral strains that don’t quite play by the same growth rules as most plants. In essence, that means their transition from a growth phase to a flowering phase is governed by the age of the plant. So the proportion of light they actually receive is not the critical factor which triggers productive flowering.

In a nutshell, an autoflower variety won’t have specific light demands and thus potentially offers growers a faster life cycle. Many plants can thus be harvested some 8-12 weeks from the moment the seeds germinate.

Feminized

Simply put, the advantage of feminized seeds is that (for biological reasons) they always produce predictable (female) plant outcomes. By contrast, male seeds may well produce more erratic results. For the novice grower, feminized seeds make plant cultivation much easier because it is possible to plan and anticipate matters such as the required growing space, and better manage plant husbandry considerations such as plant feeding and insecticides.

The 15 best and easiest strains to grow for beginners:

  1. Northern Lights auto (easiest autoflower strain)
  2. Blue dream auto (easiest Sativa strain)
  3. Gorilla Glue fem (easiest indoor strain)
  4. Green Crack fem (easiest outdoor strain)
  5. Blue Cheese auto
  6. AK-47 fem
  7. OG Kush fem
  8. Girl Scout Cookies auto
  9. Super Skunk auto
  10. White Widow auto
  11. Bubba Kush fem
  12. Critical Purple auto
  13. Sour Diesel fem
  14. Zkittlez auto
  15. Tangie fem

1. Northern Lights auto – easiest autoflower strain

Northern Lights autoflower feminized seeds are renowned for being quick and easy to cultivate. Add in the fact that this is a reliable, high-yield strain suitable for a range of climates, and what’s not to like?

Growing

This plant matures in 11-13 weeks, is moderately resistant to fungus infections, and will grow in indoor, outdoor and greenhouse settings. However, being a little sensitive to fungal growth, Northern Lights generally does better indoors – something for novices to remember. One plus point is that this high yielding variety will grow fairly tall (70 cm – 120 cm indoors, up to 170 cm outdoors), thus taking up only minimal indoor space. But note, too, this plant generally produces its highest yields under optimum outdoor growing conditions.

Smell, taste and effect

Northern Lights offers a distinctive sweet, spicy smell with a faint citrus aroma. The taste is typical for a mild Skunk, with a residual lemon flavor and some pine-like notes. This strain offers a relaxed, sleepy feel. You’ll be happy, though not hyperactive, and maybe hungry too.

Northern Lights autoflowering feminized seeds Northern Lights autoflowering feminized seeds
Levels 20% THC / 0.2% CBD
Variety 70% Indica / 10% Sativa
Yield 175 to 400 grams/m²
Flowering time up to 63 days
Growersprofile Beginner

2. Blue Dream auto – easiest Sativa strain

Blue Dream is a beautiful Sativa strain, offering delicate indigo and purple tones. And with optimum amounts of light and nutrition, these autoflowering seeds can become great indoor performers.

Growing

Novices will find Blue Dream grows readily, but will require careful monitoring for best results. Producers generally use a SOG or autoflower SCROG to get the best yields from this variety, which can be grown indoors, outdoors or in a greenhouse. In all locations, the plants develop a compact, bushy appearance which makes plant height very easy to control – expect 50-75 cm indoors, and 75-125 cm outdoors. Dense buds appear over a 6 to 8-week flowering period, which means this high-quality weed will become available in something like 2-3 months.

Smell, taste and effect

You can anticipate a wonderful blueberry smell, accompanied by the sweetest undertones, often with a hint of pine. Expect to feel relaxed, happy, even euphoric effects. Blue Dream is a weed often used by those seeking an intensely calm, uplifting experience for stress relief or other medicinal purposes.

Blue Dream autoflowering seeds Blue Dream autoflowering seeds
Levels 19% THC / 0.8% CBD
Variety 20% Indica / 60% Sativa
Yield 150 to 450 grams/m²
Flowering time up to 42 days
Growersprofile Beginner

3. Gorilla Glue fem – easiest indoor strain

Gorilla Glue is an easy-grow strain which does more than stick in the memory. It also produces a sticky resin strong enough to bind scissor blades – a feature which more than proves its ultra-high THC content (which can be as much as 26%).

Growing

Gorilla Glue is an autoflower variety which can be grown indoors, outdoors and in the greenhouse. Though this strain is undoubtedly optimized for indoor environments, it also does well outdoors in warm, sunny climates and doesn’t mind rain. These plants have a rapid growth cycle, grow to a height of 60-100 cm, and can be harvested in two months or so. Though flowering times are quite short, plant yields are good (up to 200 grams per plant) and of outstanding quality.

Smell, taste and effect

Gorilla Glue offers a pungent, woody, pine-smelling aroma with traces of sandalwood. So naturally, the taste also reflects woody, petrol tones with a pine after-taste. Some experience darker more spicy accents, e.g. coffee or chocolate with a certain sweetness, or even a faint chemical sensation. This uplifting strain offers a strong social dimension, which is useful if you’re relaxing with friends.

Gorilla Glue #4 feminized seeds Gorilla Glue #4 feminized seeds
Levels 25% THC / 1.5% CBD
Variety 50% Indica / 50% Sativa
Yield 450 to 750 grams/m²
Flowering time up to 53 days
Growersprofile Beginner

4. Green Crack fem – easiest outdoor strain

Despite its evocative name, Green Crack is simply a strain with great popular appeal. Growers can expect high yields in optimum conditions, while users can anticipate the prospect of enduring highs.

Growing

Green Crack is known to grow strongly indoors, outdoors and in greenhouse environments. This is a medium to large, variety with a beautiful, light-green growth. The plant adopts a regular, Christmas Tree growth pattern and is inclined to grow vigorously in indoor conditions – so some pruning back is recommended. Indoors, Green Crack will get no taller than two meters, but outside it may shoot up to a height more like 3.5 meters. Flowering time is achieved in just two months, though novices growing indoors should be aware this phase is also accompanied by a seriously pungent aroma.

Smell, taste and effect

Green Crack weed offers a strongly concentrated fruity aroma and taste. Users also identify traces of mango and pineapple, as well as frankincense and other less-familiar tropical woods. This strain shows no side effects beyond a dry mouth and is often used for medical purposes, e.g. pain relief, and to address anxiety. The potent cerebral high is euphoric and motivating without impeding normal function.

Green Crack autoflowering seeds Green Crack autoflowering seeds
Levels 21% THC / 0.7% CBD
Variety 30% Indica / 50% Sativa
Yield 250 to 400 grams/m²
Flowering time up to 42 days
Growersprofile Beginner

5. Blue Cheese auto

Easy to grow, Blue Cheese offers novice producers a signature taste alongside rapid growth.

Growing

Blue Cheese can be expected to begin to flower after 21-28 days of growth and is ready to harvest 13-14 weeks from sowing. This strain can be cultivated indoors, outdoors and in the greenhouse and will tolerate a broad range of climates. Even with minimal attention, it is possible to secure a decent harvest of high-quality weed with a THC content of around 16%. Indoor plants will reach a height of 40-47 cm, with outdoor crops likely to achieve a little more (60-110 cm).

Smell, taste and effect

The after-taste of Blue Cheese auto is its dominant, and most often reported feature. Users also describe a fruity aroma, containing ‘notes of sweet berries and cheese’. Reputed to be relaxing and uplifting, its potent effects offer a pathway to unwind after a stressful working day. No unpleasant side effects have been reported, and a plentiful supply of water for rehydration will help to avoid a dry mouth.

Blue Cheese autoflowering feminized seeds Blue Cheese autoflowering feminized seeds
Levels 16% THC / 0.3% CBD
Variety 40% Indica / 35% Sativa
Yield 275 to 400 grams/m²
Flowering time up to 84 days
Growersprofile Beginner

6. AK-47 fem

AK-47 has acquired a deserved global reputation as a premier cannabis strain. For novice producers, AK-47 seeds require little expertise and will reward growers with an abundant, high-quality crop.

Growing

Very suitable for outdoor projects thanks to their superior mold resistance, AK-47 seeds are also recommended for indoor/greenhouse locations. Here, they will require adequate ventilation throughout the growth cycle and respond well whether rooted in potting soil or nurtured in nutrient-rich hydroponic environments. Outdoor plants generally grow to 130-170 cm, while indoor heights are in the 80-140 cm range. AK-47 is a Sativa-dominant marijuana strain with a 7-9 week flowering period.

Smell, taste and effect

Though some suggest a hint of licorice, the majority of users find AK-47 offers a somewhat dank, acidic smell accompanied by a spicy combination of floral and fruity elements. An AK-47 high is stimulating and quite prolonged – which suggests the inexperienced should be a little cautious at first. Medicinally speaking, this strain can be used to address states of anxiety and depression, as well as to combat muscle spasms.

AK 47 feminized seeds AK 47 feminized seeds
Levels 19% THC / 0.5% CBD
Variety 40% Indica / 60% Sativa
Yield 350 to 575 grams/m²
Flowering time up to 53 days
Growersprofile Beginner

7. OG Kush fem

OG Kush feminized seeds are a tried and tested Indica-dominant variety which remains consistently popular among consumers. The plant is easy to grow and can mostly be relied upon to yield well at harvest time.

Growing

OG Kush tolerates a broad range of climatic conditions. The plants can be grown outside, but the general preference is for an indoor/greenhouse environment, where hydroponic cultivation is likely to increase the yield. Outdoor growers should be aware OG Kush can fall prey to mildew, mites and other afflictions, which means extra vigilance will be required throughout the growth cycle. Indoor plants can grow to as much as 160 cm, while those grown outdoors could reach 200 cm. There is a short flowering period of 56-63 days, when lots of lime green buds appear, and indoor growers can expect a yield of 425-550 grams per square meter.

Smell, taste and effect

The strong, earthy aroma of OG Kush is reminiscent of pine wood. The bouquet includes traces of fresh lemon and pine oil, with a residual sense of petroleum as a pleasantly lingering after-taste. The OG Kush high is a subtle blend of Sativa animation and Indica relaxation.

OG Kush feminized seeds OG Kush feminized seeds
Levels 20% THC / 0.5% CBD
Variety 75% Indica / 25% Sativa
Yield 425 to 550 grams/m²
Flowering time up to 56 days
Growersprofile Moderate

8. Girl Scout Cookies auto

Girl Scout Cookies auto (GSC auto) is a highly rated strain, proving popular with both medicinal and recreational consumers. Beginners will find GSC auto flavorsome, easy to grow, and very useful for those seeking relief from certain health issues.

Growing

Descended from outdoor strains grown in arid climates, GSC auto now flourishes in a whole range of environments. Beginners will find these seeds happy to grow in outdoor, indoor and greenhouse conditions. However, indoor growers will need to use hydroponic cultivation to maximize growth by providing optimum nutrient resources and controlling environmental conditions. Indoor plants grow to heights of 100-130 cm, while their weathered outdoor cousins may achieve heights of 130-190 cm. The flowering period of 63-70 days is a vibrant time of orange and purple-pink tones, with harvest yields of up to 400 grams per square meter (indoors) and up to 600 grams per square meter (outdoors).

Smell, taste and effect

GSC auto is pungent. Be ready for chocolate, brown sugar and dank earth, with more subtle traces of mint somewhere in the background. Medicinal users will be seeking relief from chronic pain and inflammation, anxiety and depression, nausea or loss of appetite.

Girl Scout Cookies autoflowering seeds Girl Scout Cookies autoflowering seeds
Levels 22% THC / 0.5% CBD
Variety 60% Indica / 20% Sativa
Yield 250 to 600 grams/m²
Flowering time up to 63 days
Growersprofile Beginner

9. Super Skunk auto

Super Skunk has been charting high in Amsterdam for some considerable time. So novice growers will be pleased to discover this delicious, sun-loving variety can also be successfully cultivated by keen home producers just starting out.

Growing

Super Skunk seeds are very happy to grow indoors or in the greenhouse, but optimum yields are best achieved outdoors in pleasant, sunny climates. The seed-to-harvest growth cycle takes around three months, including a flowering period of 56-70 days. Indoors or out of doors, your plants will remain relatively compact and modest in height – maximum height indoors 110 cm, outside 130 cm. However, they will soon produce you a healthy harvest of aromatic buds. In fact, Super Skunk has the potential to produce two outdoor croppings in ideal conditions, and perhaps as many as four in optimal indoor settings.

Smell, taste and effect

Super Skunk produces a dense smoke, and tastes and smells of sweet citrus aromas such as tangerine and lemon. Its effects begin as a powerful cerebral high which cascades down through your entire body. Maximum relaxation is then guaranteed.

Super Skunk autoflowering seeds Super Skunk autoflowering seeds
Levels 14% THC / 0.3% CBD
Variety 60% Indica / 20% Sativa
Yield 400 to 550 grams/m²
Flowering time up to 56 days
Growersprofile Beginner

10. White Widow auto

Over the years, White Widow has acquired a loyal following because of its reputation as a cannabis pain reliever. This auto-flowering variant blends the properties of the original strain with the on-demand convenience of modern cultivars. So now novice growers and more advanced producers alike can enjoy the White Widow experience.

Growing

White Widow seeds lend themselves to cultivation indoors, outdoors, or in the greenhouse. The plants grow well where indoor space is limited and will reach a height of 70-120 cm. This extends to 100-180 cm in outdoor conditions. Growers are advised to include 30% coconut in their soil mix and water frequently, but only in small amounts. And for best results where plants are grown for medicinal and/or therapeutic purposes, growers should try to use organic fertilizers rather than their chemical counterparts. White Widow’s quick time to harvest will soon be apparent, with flowers appearing 14-28 days after seed germination and the total growth cycle completed in little over three months. That makes it feasible to crop twice outdoors and up to four times a year with indoor setups.

Smell, taste and effect

White Widow blends sweet and sour, crisp and earthy tones into one seamless experience. Users report bittersweet tastes such as pine/citrus combinations which bring prolonged periods of relaxation.

White Widow autoflowering feminized seeds White Widow autoflowering feminized seeds
Levels 20% THC / 0.5% CBD
Variety 40% Indica / 40% Sativa
Yield 150 to 350 grams/m²
Flowering time up to 70 days
Growersprofile Beginner

11. Bubba Kush fem

Bubba Kush is an Indica dominant hybrid strain (80% Indica / 20% Sativa) with an (indoor) seed-to-harvest cycle of 16-18 weeks. With feminized seeds, your crop will be properly regulated from the outset, and the relaxing effects of the fruits of your labor will not disappoint.

Growing

Bubba Kush is at home both indoors and outdoors, as well as in the greenhouse. This slightly diminutive, chunky plant needs little persuasion to grow its dense, bushy foliage, which turns to wonderful shades of dark green and deep purple as maturity approaches. At this phase, growers are encouraged to cut back any leaves which would otherwise smother the central buds and restrict their development. Bubba Kush averages around a meter in height indoors, while plants grown in a sunny outdoor spot may reach up to 180 cm.

Smell, taste and effect

Bubba Kush aromas will give you an earthy petroleum-laced smell with a faint taste of citrus, cinnamon and coffee. A Bubba Kush high can be an ultra-calming experience, leading on to an extended sleepy phase.

Bubba Kush feminized seeds Bubba Kush feminized seeds
Levels 20% THC / 0.1% CBD
Variety 80% Indica / 20% Sativa
Yield 600 to 1500 grams/m²
Flowering time up to 63 days
Growersprofile Beginner

12. Critical Purple auto

Critical Purple is another cross strain (60% Indica / 20% Sativa / 20% ruderalis) tailor-made for the inexperienced grower who wants to learn on the job. It tolerates a range of climates and is a recommended low-maintenance option.

Growing

Critical Purple can be cultivated indoors, outdoors and in the greenhouse. Outdoor plants grow tallest (up to 120 cm) and give a marginally better maximum yield – 300 grams per square meter indoors, 350 grams per square meter in outdoor locations. Though not essential, indoor plants will fare better if grown via a dedicated hydroponic system. Being autoflowering, Critical Purple will know exactly when to enter the flowering/harvest phase – leaving you to simply savor the outcome.

Smell, taste and effect

Best described as floral and sweet, Critical Purple conjures up a bouquet of fresh summer roses. Consumers should get ready for an ultra-relaxing experience of quite some duration. Critical Purple also has a reputation for addressing the symptoms of chronic pain, nausea, anxiety and stress, as well as limiting the severity of headaches and bouts of migraine.

Critical Purple autoflowering seeds Critical Purple autoflowering seeds
Levels 25% THC / 0.7% CBD
Variety 60% Indica / 20% Sativa
Yield 150 to 350 grams/m²
Flowering time up to 70 days
Growersprofile Beginner

13. Sour Diesel fem

Sour Diesel (or Sour D) is considered a classic Sativa-dominant strain (30% Indica / 70% Sativa) and is highly recommended for novice growers looking to take their first steps in marijuana cultivation.

Growing

While Sour Diesel will perform well in indoor, outdoor and greenhouse environments, it is perhaps best suited to warmer outdoor sites. Indoor growers will need plenty of room for this larger variety, which could reach around 160 cm without pruning, and up to 300 cm tall when grown outside. A tendency to acquire mildew means Sour D environments must be kept scrupulously clean and sterile to avoid any risk of failures.

Smell, taste and effect

True to type, Sour D will give off a distinct petro-diesel smell, moderated by lemon herbal notes. Regular users describe the taste as mildly spicy and earthy. Sativa dominance brings strong euphoric effects associated with increased talk and social interaction. This stimulating mood and energy boost can last for around five hours.

Sour Diesel feminized seeds Sour Diesel feminized seeds
Levels 19% THC / 0.4% CBD
Variety 30% Indica / 70% Sativa
Yield 400 to 600 grams/m²
Flowering time up to 68 days
Growersprofile Beginner

14. Zkittlez auto

Zkittlez auto is a good choice for enthusiastic beginners seeking a popular strain with good yields. This attractive, colorful plant will deliver a fast growth cycle with a refined end product.

Growing

Zkittlez auto is a low growing variety suited to indoor, outdoor and greenhouse locations. Its rapid growth cycle, generous yields and autoflowering habit will be much appreciated by novice growers. However, those with greater experience will be pleased to learn that this strain also responds well to Low Stress Training and a variety of other strategies designed to maximize the yield potential. Zkittlez auto can get quite thirsty during the growth cycle, and also requires plenty of nutrients. Some heavy flowering branches may need extra support.

Smell, taste and effect

Given time to mature well, this strain will reward you with a full palette of tastes and aromas. Expect sweet candy, berries, citrus accents like mango and grapefruit, all accompanied by an undertone reminiscent of solid, dark chocolate. Smokers sense a fast-developing euphoria and an intensely relaxed mood which will persist for hours. Medicinal users report this strain combats feelings of stress, anxiety and depression, while chronic pain sufferers also gain symptom relief.

Zkittlez autoflowering seeds Zkittlez autoflowering seeds
Levels 20% THC / 0.3% CBD
Variety 40% Indica / 40% Sativa
Yield 100 to 300 grams/m²
Flowering time up to 56 days
Growersprofile Beginner

15. Tangie fem

Sativa-dominant, Tangie delivers a signature energetic high which has brought this strain popular acclaim all around the world. Even beginners can aspire to good yields and look forward to the powerful, uplifting boost this variant offers.

Growing

Though it will grow in all locations, Tangie is at its best outdoors in a warm, Mediterranean-style climate with room to grow. This variant dislikes cold, and indoor growers will probably need to learn something about plant management and control techniques, such as topping and how to encourage lateral growth. Tangie prefers nutrient-rich soil as a growing medium because this creates the conditions which promote its trademark orange aromas.

Smell, taste and effect

Tangie brings a strong, flavorsome blend of syrup oranges mixed with bittersweet citrus elements. There are few traces of spicy elements, but you will still notice a musky aroma somewhere in the mix. Users typically experience a euphoric high, which in no way impedes clarity of thought. In medicinal terms, Tangie brings anxiety and stress relief, and its soothing action helps to treat pain and combat insomnia.

Tangie feminized seeds Tangie feminized seeds
Levels 22% THC / 0.25% CBD
Variety 30% Indica / 70% Sativa
Yield 500 to 750 grams/m²
Flowering time up to 56 days
Growersprofile Beginner

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