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Cold Weather Cannabis Strains

The Best Cold Weather Cannabis Strains

The Best Cold Weather Cannabis Strains

If you live in a place where there is 4 seasons and you want to grow outdoors, chances are you will get the best results by growing a cold weather cannabis strain.  Being a weed cannabis is capable of growing in many different climates, but some strains thrive in cold weather and some do not. For cannabis purposes, cold weather zone starts at temperatures below 60F or 15C.

There are some characteristics that can help identify a good cold weather cannabis strain:

  • They were bred in a cold weather country originally
  • They grew wild in mountainous regions
  • They start to flower early.
  • They have relatively short flowering times
  • They are harvested end of September through Mid October.

 Here is a list of the top 5 cold weather cannabis strains:

1. Skunk 

The original Skunk is an Indica dominant hybrid.  It is a small plant with high resistance that actually prefers a colder climate.  Skunk produces resin covered buds and a lot of them. Typically a high THC strain, some feminized versions of Skunk can  flower in 45-50 days. Autoflower skunk is normally a 9-10 week plant from seedling to harvest. Skunk has been used in many crossing over the years so most hybrids that come from Skunk will also be adaptable to colder climates.

2. White Widow

Widow is another strain that likes, or even prefers, a colder climate.  Developed in Amsterdam, White Widow is still one of the basic coffeeshop menu staples in many of the shops in town.  

A mixture of a landrace from Brazil sativa and a resin-heavy indica from South India. Its flowers coated with a crystal resin that warn you of the strong effects that are coming. Widow releases a powerful euphoria and energy burst, inspiring debate and creativity. White Widow Feminized’s genetics have developed many other strains like White Russian, White Rhino, and Blue Widow.

3. Northern Lights

Northern Lights is one of the most popular varieties ever, a sheer indica cherished for its resinous leaves, quick growing, and resilience. Northern Lights has created renowned hybrids such as Shiva Skunk and Super Silver Haze, and originated from a mixture of indigenous Afghani and Thai landrace species.

For those who favor quality over quantity, Northern Lights is a perfect strain. Northern Lights is highly recommended for night use and insomnia, like most of its Indica-based predecessors and offspring. It is one of the purest Indica species that render it an extremely sedative plant around (95% Indica). Relieving stress and anxiety and reducing chronic pain, Northern Lights numbs the body. It also increases appetite so it can be used to assist those with eating diseases such as anorexia.

4. Blackberry

Because of its indica aspect, Blackberry is a common plant renowned for its effective sativa high and elevated plant returns. It was born in 2009 as a combination between a U.S. Black Domina clone and their own Raspberry Cough by the Dutch Seed Bank Nirvana Seeds. After 9 to 11 weeks of blooming, crops will have a narrow leaf framework and frosty flowers. It is suggested to grow indoors, but be advised that Blackberry crops are pungent. This strain has powerful smoke, which may have a smell of oil, but is predominantly fruity.

This flower’s composition is tight and narrow, typically discovered in sativa varieties, but the frosty flowers with vibrant orange pistils and more trichomes than you would anticipate.  Blackberry, and its offspring, Blackberry Gum prefer a colder climate, as the colder nights help bring out the purple hues.

5. AK

Together with elevating feelings, this indica dominant strain offers completely mellow levels. This strain is ideal for cold environments with a brief flowering cycle. It is actually quite common in the nations of Eastern Europe. AK is known for its high levels of THC and is often used as a crossing parent to increase the potency of a new hybrid.

It is renowned for its strength and is simple to grow as well. AK is a dominant sativa plant that can maintain a height that is extremely manageable. This plant also has a flowering time span of 8-9 weeks, compared to most dominant sativa kinds, which is comparatively short.

In addition to the 5 strains mentioned above, Afghani and Hindu/Pakistani Kush are two mountainous cannabis strains that are also renowned for growing in colder climates.  Any strains that come from crosses of Afghani or Kush will typically be a cold weather cannabis strain.

Perhaps the best advice for growing in colder climates is to avoid strains that prefer hot climates.  Cannabis is a very adaptable plant, but there are plenty of cold and warm weather strains that will grow in cold weather.  Even more importantly, don’t try to grow cold weather strains in hot environments. Mold becomes an issue as temperatures rise and cold weather strains typically are not strong resistors of mold.


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