• Temperatures never drop below 12°C
• Temperatures never exceed 30°C
• 6–8 hours of direct sunlight each day (south-facing location is ideal)
• Shelter from torrential rain and heatwaves (e.g. temporary tarpaulin, greenhouse)
• Companion planting: Plant basil, lemon balm, or dill to repel pest insects.
Growers in warm climates can start their plants directly in pots or garden beds outdoors. However, plants require high humidity during the seedling stage. Consider starting outdoor plants in a greenhouse or polytunnel.
On the other hand, raised beds enable growers to cultivate multiple companion species within the same block of soil. Not only does this enrich the biodiversity of the soil, but it also creates a shield of protective plants that fend off pests while attracting beneficial insects.
This calendar revolves around the average climate in Europe. If you live in a more extreme climate (or in a different hemisphere), it’s worth looking into the relevant growing conditions.
But don’t get too complacent with sativa genetics as they too can succumb to mould and fungus. Check the weather and be at the ready to harvest from September onward should the rain come early. Here are our recommended Hazes to grow in a hot and humid climate:
Another great choice if you need a super-fast autoflowering strain to beat the bad weather is Easy Bud. Similar to Royal Dwarf, but with a few genetic differences, this girls shines with good yields and a moderate THC level. Plant your seeds, and she will soon be showing off her ripe, juicy buds in a short 8–9 weeks post-germination. With 12% THC, Easy Bud is just the perfect strain if you enjoy a mild high that won’t knock you out. Staying at a compact height of 60–100cm, the strain can yield as much as 80g of citrus-flavoured bud per plant.
Not much needs to be said about OG Kush, one of the most iconic cannabis strains of all time. This super dank specimen, a 75% indica, is just ideal to grow outdoors under the sun. Here, a single plant can yield 500 grams in a short 8 weeks of flowering. Once you can finally set her buds ablaze, you will enjoy delicious citrus, pine, and fruit flavours. Her extremely relaxing indica effect makes OG Kush the perfect nighttime strain for chilling and watching movies.
WARM-WET COASTAL CLIMATE
It would be a shame not to dabble with some fine photoperiod strains in a warmer climate. How about some organic, soil-cultivated OG Kush or Sour Diesel goodness to have your ladies growing into great ganja trees for some truly monster yields? But do keep an eye out when growing in these hot climate zones, as the scorching sun can be too much for plants to handle in excess. Shade, rather than shelter from rain, may be required. Watch out for heatwaves! Here are our favourites when growing in a hot and dry climate:
Our Royal Haze Auto brings simplicity to the Haze family! Being an autoflower, she does away with a major inconvenience that growers encounter with photoperiod Hazes—their long flowering time. Instead, Royal Haze Auto moves from seed to harvest in a short 10–12 weeks. She is also a great choice if you want to harvest several Haze crops over one summer season—something you can’t accomplish with photoperiod strains. Get ready for a great smoke with citrus and herbal flavours and a cerebral, uplifting Haze high.
Beginner growers can gain experience with some gourmet warm climate autoflowering varieties. In fact, the next-generation RQS auto hybrids are also a great option for more experienced growers looking to double-crop in a single season. Royal Haze Automatic and Northern Light Automatic immediately spring to mind as winners in a warm climate. All you have to decide is whether you prefer indica or sativa-leaning stash.
Sun, sea, and outstanding outdoor sinsemilla. If you are living around the Mediterranean, you are also spoiled with choices. Although, cropping cannabis strains resistant to bud mould is probably advisable, especially if you’re a novice cultivator. Unfortunately, thick, tight colas and high humidity don’t mix.
A favourite among growers due to its natural resistance to common cannabis pests and fungi, LSD is a low-maintenance strain. Similar to Grape Ape, LSD grows best in sheltered outdoor areas. LSD plants will usually flower in about 9 -10 weeks. A cross between Mazar and Skunk #1, LSD appropriately delivers a vivid, psychedelic experience with a robust body buzz and cerebral high. This is the perfect strain for getting high.
of energy to produce a flower, and it’s known to yield up to 1100 grams of bud per plant. OG Kush has a reputation as one of the stonier strains, famous for calming effects. Best for people seeking relaxation over the weekend!
This strain is known for blueberry flavours. Growing Blue Dream outdoor in the soil can bring out the smooth blueberry flavours, typically grown in hydro to maximise yields. With extremely uplifting and cerebral effects, Blue Dream is excellent to work on their next plantation projects.
Blue Dream has been a blockbuster of outdoor cannabis crops for quite some time, boasting big yields and a relatively low-effort growth process. A perfect strain for outdoor growers, Blue Dream, does well in many summer climates and will take all the sunlight that it could have.
OG Kush thrives in warmer climates and is one of the purer strains to grow. The plant reaches up to 9 feet when grown outdoors; the buds give off a distinct earthy pine and sour lemon scent with woody undertones. Despite growing so tall, OG Kush still has plenty
One of the most famous strains in the UK, the origins of OG Kush is unknown although many believe it came out of Florida. OG Kush has gained a reputation over the past few decades amongst growers for its potent high and mellow calming effects.
A cross between Skunk #1 and Afghani, Grape Ape is a prevalent strain both for its upbeat body high, deep purple leaves and dense, compact buds as well as its distinctive grape flavour. The plant thrives in sheltered outdoor spots, in a patch of soil where there is plenty of sunlight, heat and humidity. Each plant can return a yield of about 750 grams.