Outdoor Marijuana Growing In Michigan: Strains That Best Suit Your Climate
By legalizing cannabis in 2018, the state of Michigan made a giant leap forward from the time when growing marijuana was a felony. However, although it’s now legal, please learn all the dos and don’ts, especially if you plan to grow weed outdoors. Our short guide to the best strains that suit Michigan climate will also help you understand the restrictions placed by Mother Nature.
Outdoor Cannabis Seeds
Growing Marijuana In Michigan: Legal In Stealth Mode
If you’re 21 years or older and live in Michigan, you’re free to grow up to 12 plants in your place of residence, possess up to 2.5 ounces, and stash even more under lock and key. All this is kind of lenient, but here’s the catch: your marijuana garden must be completely hidden from view. This is easy when you grow indoors, but outdoors, you’ll have to go the extra mile to make your cannabis patch invisible to outsiders. Basically, your only legal option is to build a shed or a greenhouse around it. And check your local regulations, too, because your municipality may have banned marijuana cultivation altogether.
Climate In Michigan: Watch Out For High Humidity
With 200 days of non-freezing temperatures, the growing season in Michigan is long enough to successfully grow many good cannabis varieties. You’ll get plenty of sunshine throughout the summer and early fall, comfortable but not too hot temperatures, and enough rainfall to help you with watering your plants. The drawback is the high humidity, which can cause problems with mold and bud rot for marijuana buds in the later stages of flowering. One way to deal with this issue is to protect your plants from rain in a greenhouse (which is required by law anyway), and another is to stick to strains that are especially mold-resistant.
Mold-Resistant Cannabis Strains
The Best Strains Are Those That Finish In September Or October
You can put your marijuana plants in the ground as early as the middle of May, and a whole month earlier in a greenhouse. You can further extend the vegetative period if you start your seedlings inside. This is a good option for those who want to have huge tree-like plants by harvest time. To choose a strain that’s best in terms of reliability, mold-resilience, and high yields, look for September finishers. Strains that fully mature in October are trickier, but allow you to produce more exotic and sought-after varieties normally associated with indoor growing.
Our following top five strains to grow outdoors in Michigan not only have the best chance to cross the finish line, but also guarantee you buds of superb quality.
Gorilla Glue #4: When Too Much Of Everything Creates A Balance
Photoperiod Relaxing euphoria 28 % 800 g/m² indoors 1000 g/plant outdoors
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Gorilla Glue #4 is a strain to both fear and respect, because the Gorilla family in general is famous for its insane resin production and pheno #4 is the stickiest of them all. Obviously, this guarantees over-the-top THC and terpene levels. Quality-wise, this strain of weed is all about balance: it’s a 50/50 Sativa/Indica mix, with effects that combine intense euphoria and happiness with a strong body buzz, plus the smell and taste of chocolate and diesel that are as harmonious as they are complex.
Gorilla Zkittlez: You Can Grow These Sweets By The Pounds
Photoperiod 24 % Total tranquillity 600 – 700 g/m² indoors2000 – 2500 g/plant outdoors
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Among the countless crosses based on the paragon of stickiness (see the one above), Gorilla Zkittlez stands out due to its eye-popping multicolored bag appeal, super-strong high delivered by 24% THC, and fruity and sweet, almost candy-like flavor. The yields of up to 4-5 pounds per plant can’t help but attract outdoor gardeners. Multiply it by the legal limit of 12 plants, and you’re looking at a harvest that will last you a lifetime.
Bruce Banner #3: Intoxicating Smell And Electrifying Effect
Photoperiod A good balance between high and stone 28 % 800 g/m² indoors 1000 g/plant outdoors
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Another US legend in our all-American list, Bruce Banner #3 dominates the top shelves of legal dispensaries, both in Michigan and elsewhere, and what put it there was the astonishing 28% THC! This strain leans slightly more on the Sativa side, so the airier structure of buds gives them good protection against mold outdoors. You can harvest them only in October, but the smoke is worth the wait. It has a sweet, earthy, and gassy smell and taste, and the effects fill your head and body with intense euphoria.
Amherst Sour Diesel: Tons Of Happiness
Photoperiod 27 % Initial euphoric happiness 400 – 600 g/m² indoors2000 – 3000 g/plant outdoors
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If only money grew on trees! Well, in the case of Amherst Sour Diesel, they actually do! This outdoor champion turns into a huge branchy plant capable of producing 4-6 pounds of buds by late October. Smelling of exotic wood and tropical fruit and packing 27% THC in its monstrously thick buds, this Sativa-dominant strain will fuel your happiness, energy, and creativity from the moment you start your wake and bake session until you finish it late at night.
The Incredible Bulk: A 3-Pounder Finishing In Mid September
Photoperiod Makes life easier and happier 20 – 24 % 600 – 1000 g/m² indoors800 – 1500 g/plant outdoors
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If Sativa isn’t really your cup of tea but you still want an insanely high-yielding strain, try The Incredible Bulk. This 80% Indica will bring you 2-3 pounds of dry bud – not as much as our previous strain, but you don’t have to wait as long, either. By mid-September, this gorgeous lady will be ready to harvest, and then you can enjoy the smoke that relaxes you without killing motivation and lets you get on with your life while wrapped up in happiness and protected from pain.
Top Marijuana Strains In The USA
Take Care Of Legal Issues And The Michigan Climate Will Do The Rest
There’s nothing easier than growing marijuana outdoors in Michigan, at least in terms of climate. The best Indicas, Sativas, and hybrids are at your disposal as long as they finish no later than October. So build a greenhouse or a large enough fence and pop some seeds – the results won’t disappoint you!
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Top 5 Cannabis Strains To Grow Outdoors In 2020
Do you plan to grow outdoors this year? Take a look at our top 5 outdoor cannabis strains to grow in 2020. Get ready for fast growth and large yields!
Growing cannabis outdoors is extremely rewarding, if mostly for the large yields and low cost of operation. Many of Royal Queen Seeds’ varieties take very well to the outdoors, thriving under the natural sunlight. That said, when it comes to outdoor growing, the strain you choose can make all the difference between success or failure. For that reason, we’ve put together a list of our top 5 outdoor strains—cultivars that are ready to harvest by late September.
With the selections on this list, you can avoid unnecessary trouble with rain and frost in October and November. While other growers are busy inspecting their developing buds for mould, you’ll be drying and curing your harvest and filling up your jars. If you missed out on our top 5 strains for colder and warmer climates, feel free to give those a look as well!
BENEFITS OF CHOOSING THE RIGHT STRAIN WHEN GROWING OUTDOORS
When selecting a cannabis strain to grow outdoors, speed shouldn’t be the only concern. It’s also important for plants to be productive, to have a good aroma, and to induce a pleasant effect once smoked.
Here are the traits your outdoor strain needs to include:
• Fast flowering so you can beat rainy weather in fall
• Good natural resistance to mould and pests
• High yields
• Great potency, aroma, and flavour
• Superb effect
TOP 5 EARLY-FINISHING CANNABIS STRAINS TO GROW OUTDOORS IN 2020
Now that we know what makes a good strain to grow outdoors, it’s time to look at some recommended cultivars. Here are 5 of the best early-finishing outdoor strains to grow in 2020:
1. HONEY CREAM FAST FLOWERING
Honey Cream Fast Flowering is one of our recently updated favourites. This variety is very popular in Spain due to its sweet, creamy aroma, but you can grow it virtually anywhere in Europe.
Its remarkably short flowering time of only 6–7 weeks makes it a good strain in regions where the weather can get ugly early in fall. However, grow it in July and August, and this will provide a sufficient window for Honey Cream to receive a lot of sunlight so she can bulk up. This way, you can harvest good amounts of sweet, potent buds in September.
Besides its short flowering period and amazing flavour, Honey Cream convinces with a solid indica background composed of BlueBlack (Blueberry x Black Domina), Maple Leaf Indica (100% Afghan indica), and White Rhino. These three strains give Honey Cream FF an indica-dominant genetic profile, but there’s also a decent amount of sativa potency from White Widow, the predecessor of White Rhino. When things go well, plants reach outdoor heights of 180–250cm and yield up to 675g/plant.
Honey Cream (Fast Flowering)
|Honey Cream (Fast Flowering)|
|BlueBlack x Maple Leaf Indica x White Rhino|
|500 – 550 gr/m2|
|100 – 160 cm|
|7 – 8 weeks|
|Sativa 35% Indica 65%|
|625 – 675 gr/plant|
|180 – 250 cm|
2. SPEEDY CHILE FAST FLOWERING
Next up is Speedy Chile. This girl combines Early Skunk genetics with several Chile indica landraces, although a third generation autoflowering plant is partly responsible for its very short flowering time of just 6 weeks (42 days!).
But make no mistake, Speedy Chile is a photoperiod strain that flowers depending on the amount of available light hours per day. One could say that fast flowering strains are the next breeding evolution after autoflowering genetics: These strains produce high THC levels while maintaining an incredibly short total crop time.
For outdoor cultivators and novice growers, choosing Speedy Chile Fast Flowering is a wise decision. You can fill your bags with buds in early September, which leaves no room for uncertainty regarding climate or mould issues. And the buds you gather will be excellent in their own right, producing sumptuous flavours of fruit and pine alongside a THC content of 16%.
Speedy Chile (Fast Flowering)
|Speedy Chile (Fast Flowering)|
|Early Skunk x Skunk x Chile Indica|
|475 – 525 gr/m2|
|60 – 100 cm|
|7 – 8 weeks|
|Sativa 30% Indica 70%|
|450 – 500 gr/plant|
|100 – 170 cm|
3. CRITICAL KUSH
You’ve probably already come across Critical in your career as a hobby grower, a true heavy-yielding champion we recommend for indoor and outdoor growers seeking the best ratio between yield and flowering time.
Critical, which also made it into our Top 5 Strains For Colder Climates, is a vigorous and rapid-flowering indica that deserves to be featured in every cannabis ranking that exists. However, crossing Critical with the notorious OG Kush took potency to a whole new level.
Critical Kush features some of the cerebral and rather sativa-like effects of OG Kush in addition to the powerful couch-lock stone of Critical—a classic scenario of “buy one high, get one free”. Growers looking for a sturdy, potent, and profit-yielding strain for the outdoors won’t make a bad decision with Critical Kush. The rewards you’ll receive in late September are huge: outdoor yields of up to 550g/plant, a long-lasting and intense effect, and a final product with an average THC level of 20%.
|Critical x OG Kush|
|500 – 550 gr/m2|
|60 – 100 cm|
|8 – 10 weeks|
|Sativa 20% Indica 80%|
|500 – 550 gr/plant|
|100 – 140 cm|
|Long Lasting , Physically Relaxing, Powerful|
4. SWEET ZZ
Sweet ZZ is our own version of the legendary Zkittlez. With its fruity aroma and succulent flavour, it’s top favourite for all candy-loving cannabis growers.
Bred from Grape Ape and Grapefruit, this indica-dominant hybrid takes only 7–9 weeks to flower, so you can cut this plant down in late September outdoors. When you do, better bring an extra bag, as this girl can yield up to 600g/plant in good conditions.
Although Sweet ZZ is indica-dominant, its effects are firmly focused on the mind, not the body. It will hit you with waves of uplifting thoughts and feel-good vibes. Add its delicious flavours of citrus, berries, and candy, and you get the physical embodiment of happiness in one awesome smoke. Good thing it’s not ultra-powerful with 15–20% THC. This way, you can savour its taste and effect for a long time before reaching the point of no return.
|Grape Ape x Grapefruit|
|550 – 600 gr/m2|
|80 – 140 cm|
|7 – 9 weeks|
|Sativa 20% Indica 80%|
|500 – 550 gr/plant|
|160 – 200 cm|
5. FAT BANANA
With Fat Banana, the breeders at RQS managed to hybridise the biggest and fattest Banana OG specimens. This Kush strain will seduce you with fruity flavours, and it may lay you flat on your couch with its incredibly potent smoke.
Perfect for growing outdoors, the strain needs about 7–8 weeks to mature its flowers. If all goes well, you can bring in 500g/plant by mid-September.
Fat Banana is one of those creeper strains where you’ll want to take it slow. The high starts out with a mild euphoric wave accompanied by mouth-watering fruity flavours, which makes it very difficult to put the doobie down again. It is easy to forget that the strain is immensely potent, with up to 25% THC or more. Before you know it, a powerful physical stone will take hold, and you’ll find yourself glued to the couch in utter relaxation.
Click here for a selection of the best early-finishing outdoor cannabis strains that you can harvest by the end of September. Grow great weed in 2020!