best marijuana to grow for beginners

This cross of legendary Super Silver Haze and Lemon Skunk will definitely bring some lemon scents to your garden. Super Lemon Haze has some strong sativa in its genetics, so it likes slightly warmer climates with a little more humidity, but it is still versatile and can thrive in most places.

Tried-and-true, Blue Dream is a classic and one of the most popular strains, for both consumers and growers. This cross of Blueberry and Haze originated in Northern California and is a dream to grow—it usually grows big and strong and has high yields of buds, likely a result of its sativa-dominant genetics. Be sure to scrog it to maximize yields.

Another relatively new strain, GMO Cookies will smell like nothing you’ve ever grown before—its nickname is “Garlic Cookies.” Crossing two classic strains, GSC and Chemdog, GMO has dense, sticky, light green buds with orange hairs and is a high yielder. Its trichome levels make it a good one for pressing your own hash.

This is a strong, sturdy plant that doesn’t need much attention, but be sure to give it plenty of space to stretch out—it grows tall, like parent Lemon Skunk. Scrogging always helps, but you’ll likely get solid yields even without it. SLH usually takes a little longer to flower, around nine weeks, another sign of its sativa roots, so you may need to be a little patient when waiting to harvest this one.

Its indica-dominant genetics means it usually grows short and stout, but it still gets solid yields and has dense buds. You’ll want to be sure to prune and top Wedding Cake to get rid of some of its foliage, for fear of it developing mold. This frosty strain is covered in trichomes and will be a sticky one in your garden, but its sweet citrusy smells with hints of vanilla make it a pleasure to grow.

Super Lemon Haze.

This strain can handle many climates, both indoors and outdoors, but it can take a long time to flower—more like nine or ten weeks. Regardless, GMO Cookies is a new standard that packs a punch and brings some great savory scents to your garden.

Growing weed is pretty easy, but some strains can be trickier to grow than others. Some are delicate and need a lot of attention or are prone to disease or mold, while others are sturdy and can handle missing a watering for a day or two. Also, certain strains have adapted to specific climates, so it might not make sense to grow one suited to warm weather if you live in a cold place.

So here are five strains that are easy to grow for beginners: they grow strong, yield high, can grow in many different climates, and have a forgiving margin of error.

A relative newcomer to the strain world, Wedding Cake is a Cookies cross that launched a whole new family of cake strains, such as Ice Cream Cake, LA Kush Cake, Cake Batter, and so much more.

And to make things even easier, you may want to check out feminized or autoflower versions of them—feminized seeds don’t need to be sexed out to identify and get rid of pesky male plants; with autoflowers, you don’t have to worry about light changing, and you can harvest plants 2-3 months after seeds sprout.

Its sturdiness gives it a large margin of error when growing, in case you forget to water or give it nutrients, or give it too many nutrients for that matter. Blue Dream grows well in many different climates, both indoors and outdoors and can handle cold nights.

Sour OG is a great strain for beginners looking to grow something a little different. This OG Kush and Sour Diesel cross has a complex mix of scents—skunk, spice, and of course fuel, with some hints of pine and lemon.

The OG Kush genes come out in its dense buds, but it can take more humidity and does well when trellised or scrogged. Its got a moderate flowering time—about 8 weeks—yields well, and is a tough plant. If you’re looking for something a little more potent and with a unique flavor profile, Sour OG may be for you.

Blue Dream.

GMO Cookies.

Although they’re generally hardy, in some ways auto-flowering strains can be tough for a beginner because they don’t leave a lot of time for mistakes. If you mess up in the first 3-6 weeks, you can sometimes end up with a tiny plant and small yields at harvest and unfortunately there’s really nothing you can do about it at that point.

Although there are “quick flowering” photoperiod strains, they are rarely ready to harvest in less than 3 months from seed, which means you can usually get a quicker harvest with autos.

Here are 3 recommended auto-flowering strains for beginners (and connoisseurs!)

Easy – Forgiving and Easy to Grow.

Example of good strains for grow boxes.

When it comes to growing medical marijuana, the goal is usually to grow strains that are either very high in THC (psychoactive effects), high in CBD (relaxing effect), or high in both.

When I first started growing cannabis, I was so excited to finally be able to pick my own strains! I was also a little (a lot?) confused about the whole concept of strains. I had so many questions… What’s the difference between each strain? Which ones are the most potent and what about yields? Is it even worth paying attention to strain?

When it comes to trying to get to harvest as quickly as possible, your best choice is often to grow an auto-flowering strain of cannabis. With an auto-flowering strain, you’ll have the option to harvest your plant 2-3 months from seed, and it’s not unusual to harvest an ounce or two off each plant. Under powerful grow lights and with some room to grow, auto-flowering plants can produce 5-6 ounces per plant or even more!

On the flip side, a photoperiod plant gives you as much time as you need to dial in your grow and make mistakes because it won’t start making buds until you “tell” it to. That gives you time to conduct experiments and/or really see what a plant can do!

Based on personal experience, I’ve put together a list of popular cannabis strains with exceptional genetics which makes them…well, just plain better to grow. I’ll explain why I picked each strain so you can use the knowledge to further your own research and help you pick the best strain for your next grow!

Sometimes you want to grow something that has won dozens of awards around the world! These strains have become famous for a reason!

Gorilla Zkittlez buds produce outstanding effects.

For that reason, I highly recommend sticking with photoperiod (“regular”) strains if you’re specifically looking for a strain that’s particularly easy to grow and can bounce back from problems.

Blue AutoMazar Just Before Harvest.

Years of non-stop experimentation and breeding for positive traits has resulted in there being a superabundance of strains available. The sheer number of choices can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. In fact, it’s pretty fun when you start with a little bit of information and choosing a good strain is very rewarding!

​Want to grow more than one strain at the same time? Learn about growing multiple strains together!

I wanted to share two types of strains with you – Cannabis Cup Winners & Top Dispensary Strains!

When it comes to growing cannabis with CFL grow lights, there are a few things to keep in mind that will help make things easier for you. Photoperiod or auto-flowering strains are both suitable for growing with CFLs, and you can make CFLs work with any strain. However, if possible you want to choose a strain that naturally stays short because CFLs don’t have a lot of light penetration and need to be less than a foot (30 cm) away from your plants to be the most effective. In order to maximize yields with CFLs, you always want to train your plant to grow short and flat, so many bud sites can be close to the CFLs.

An example of a Black Jack Auto just before harvest at 75 days old.

Sometimes the most important thing is producing as much bud as possible!

In order to get the best results with growing cannabis, you need to pay regular attention to your plants. However, that’s a lot easier said than done! Maybe you don’t have a lot of time, and you just want to do the “bare minimum” and still get to harvest. Although I highly encourage you to take great care of your plants, if this sounds like you, you may get the best results by choosing a hardy strain that’s been specifically bred to be easy to grow and can roll with the punches.

If you grow Cinex indoors, it has a flowering time of 7-9 weeks. It yields around 19 ounces per square meter. If you cultivate it outdoors, it should generate an average of 16 ounces of bud per plant. Cinex is typically ready to harvest by the beginning of October.

There is a school of thought that 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! There is weed blessed with top-shelf genetics and Mary Jane that is ‘middle of the road.’

If you want to grow a sizable crop, then a compact, indoor grow room is entirely unsuitable for cultivation.

What makes a marijuana strain easy to grow indoors? Well, one that is resistant to common mold and mildew definitely helps. Experienced indoor growers will tell you the importance of controlling humidity levels. It is absolutely vital to prevent excess humidity levels in an indoor grow room, or your crop could potentially be destroyed by bud rot.

We’ve taken all of these factors into account before compiling our list of five easy-to-grow outdoor marijuana strains . Check them out below.

4 – GG4 (A Hybrid Cannabis Strain)

Please note that when we say a strain is sativa or indica, it is still a ‘hybrid’ of sorts. As far as experts are aware, there are no marijuana plants that are 100% indica or sativa.

Furthermore, some strains are naturally much larger than others. If you want to grow a sizable crop, then a compact, indoor grow room is entirely unsuitable for cultivation.

This is another outstanding Californian strain that was initially called Green Kush. However, Snoop Dogg had a taste. He famously declared that it provided an uplifting high akin to what you might get from crack. Consequently, he renamed this sativa-dominant (75%) strain. As well as benefiting from high energy once consumed, Green Crack’s sweet citrus aroma is heavenly.

For some helpful tips for growing Durban Poison, check out our grow guide: 8 Tips for Growing Durban Poison [Grower’s Guide]

Here are five of the easiest marijuana strains to grow indoors.

For more helpful tips, check out our White Widow grow guide.

Novice growers will love this strain, too, as it is easy to grow and provides high yields indoors. It is resistant to mildew and common mold and thrives in a warm and dry environment. Blackberry’s indoor flowering period is between 8-9 weeks, and it typically yields around 18 ounces per square meter.

Dutch Treat is a strain that prefers being grown indoors. 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.

If you grow it outdoors, the return is 20 ounces per plant. It has a harvest date of late September or early October. If you decide to grow Green Crack outdoors, be wary of its capacity to stretch.

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. It has a reputation 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.

Easiest Marijuana Seeds To Grow.

Quick One Auto is another ideal cannabis strain for beginners . Just like Easy Bud Auto, novice growers can stand back and allow this strain to move automatically into the flowering period independently. Quick One Auto also goes from seed to harvest in eight to nine weeks. It contains approximately 13% THC and produces up to 12 ounces per square meter indoors.

If you are considering growing this strain, then check out our Mango Kush grow guide for some helpful pointers.

For example, Cinderella 99 plants are 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. Therefore, amateurs will get away with a few mistakes.

Growers rate LSD’s difficulty level as easy because it is low maintenance and highly resistant to disease. The LSD strain has a flowering time of between 9-10 weeks and provides indoor growers with high yields of 21 ounces per square meter.

If you are looking specifically for a marijuana strain that thrives indoors or outdoors, then check out the ones we listed above. As an added bonus, we’ve included five more of our favorite top-shelf cannabis strains below that are great for starting points for novice growers. So, without further ado, here are, in our opinion, five of the easiest marijuana strains to cultivate.

LSD is a potent (up to 24% THC), slightly indica-dominant marijuana strain. This cannabis plant is a great indoor option for novice growers. However, it’s only suitable for experienced cannabis users to consume.

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. This strain 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.

1. Durban Poison.

We realize that not everyone is fortunate enough to live in a part of the world with a warm, sunny climate. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the five easiest strains to grow indoors for our readers below.

It is also essential to keep humidity in your grow room on the low side of recommendations. This plant is sensitive to powdery mildew. If you cultivate it outside, bear in mind that Green Crack thrives in a Mediterranean climate.

If you intend to grow cannabis plants with dense buds for recreational use, then you may want a sativa-dominant marijuana strain with uplifting and energizing effects. However, if you are a medicinal cannabis consumer looking to alleviate the symptoms of your condition, growing cannabis plants with a high CBD content may be best for you.

Even top-shelf buds are easy to develop when you find the right strain.

Outdoor growers can expect a return of 16 ounces per plant and to harvest by mid to late October.

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 also offers high resin production, making it a clear favorite for users looking to investigate the effects of concentrate. When it’s time for harvest, bring an extra pair of scissors because wet trimming clogs up the blades quickly.

Is this the strain for you? Check out our in-depth GG4 grow guide here.

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 ideal for novice growers because they are more forgiving of a few mistakes.