5 easy cannabis strains for beginners

Growing weed is pretty straightforward, but some strains can be more difficult to grow than others. Some are delicate and need careful attention, or are prone to disease or mold, while others are hardy and can go a day or two without watering. Also, certain strains have adapted to specific climates so it may not make sense to grow one suitable for warm weather if you live in a cold place.

So here are five strains that are easy for beginners to grow: They grow vigorously, have high yields, can grow in many different climates, and are forgiving.

And to make it even easier, check out the feminized or autoflowering versions of them – feminized seeds don’t need to be sexed to identify and get rid of pesky male plants; With autoflowering strains you don’t have to worry about light changes and you can harvest the plants 2-3 months after the seeds have germinated.

Blue dream

Blue Dream strain of marijuanaBlue Dream is a source of income. (Leaf)

Blue Dream has proven itself and is a classic and one of the most popular strains for both consumers and growers. Hailing from Northern California, this cross of Blueberry and Haze is a dream to grow – she usually grows tall and strong and has high bud yields, likely a result of her sativa-dominant genetics. Be sure to scrogen it to maximize returns.

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

wedding cake

Wedding cake marijuana varietyWedding cake is getting icy. (David Downs / Leafly)

A relative newcomer to the world of flavors, Wedding Cake is a cookies crossbreed that has brought a whole new family of cake flavors to market like Ice Cream Cake, LA Kush Cake, Cake Batter, and more.

Her indica-dominant genetics mean that she usually grows short and vigorous, but still has solid yields and dense buds. Be sure to trim and top the wedding cake to get rid of some of its leaves for fear of it developing mold. This frosty strain is strewn with trichomes and will be a sticky strain in your garden, but its sweet citrus scent with a hint of vanilla makes it a joy to grow.

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Great lemon haze

Super Lemon Haze strain of marijuanaSuper Lemon Haze tolerates moisture. (Leaf)

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

This is a strong, sturdy plant that doesn’t need much attention, but make sure it has plenty of room to stretch out – it will grow tall, like parent Lemon Skunk. Scrogging always helps, but you will likely get solid returns 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 patient while waiting for this strain to be harvested.

GMO cookies

gmo cookies weed trunkGMO cookies dispose of hashish. (Creme of the Crop Gardens)

Another relatively new variety, GMO Cookies, doesn’t smell like anything you’ve ever grown before – their nickname is “Garlic Cookies”. GMO crosses two classic strains, GSC and Chemdog, has dense, sticky, light green buds with orange hairs, and is a high yield. Its trichomes make it a great way to press your own hashish.

This strain can tolerate 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 has it all and brings some great hearty scents to your garden.


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Sauer first floor

sour and marijuana strainsSour OG has it all. (Leaf)

Sour OG is a great strain for the beginner who wants to grow something different. This cross of OG Kush and Sour Diesel has a complex blend of scents – skunk, spice and of course fuel, with some hints of pine and lemon.

The OG Kush genes show up in her dense buds, but she is more moisture-tolerant and does well when hemmed or scrooged. She has a moderate flowering time – around 8 weeks – good yields and is a sturdy plant. If you’re looking for something stronger and more unique in flavor, Sour OG might be for you.

Pat Goggins

Pat Goggins is an editor at Leafly, specializing in growing cannabis after working for a commercial breeder in Oregon for two years. Unless you’re correcting typos, you can likely find it on a boat or in the mountains.

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