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Best Outdoor Strains To Grow In Maine: Top-Notch Harvests Every Time

It may be hard for a beginner to navigate the complicated landscape of outdoor cannabis growing in the United States, both in terms of legality and climate conditions. However, in this series of articles, we’ll attempt to guide you on your way to bountiful and legal harvests, starting with the state of Maine.

Can You Grow Marijuana Outdoors In Maine?

The law says yes. If you’re 21 or older, you can grow up to 3 flowering marijuana plants, as many as 12 immature plants, and an unlimited number of seedlings. You can set up your garden within your home or in a fenced-in and secure area outdoors where your plants are out of sight.

Okay, But What About The Climate?

Although it’s the northernmost state in the New England region, Maine has quite favorable weather conditions during the growing season. Marijuana plants flourish when daytime temperatures fluctuate between 73 and 83 °F, and this is exactly what you’ll see on most summer days in Maine. More importantly, there’s a lot of sun when it matters most, toward the end of summer. At the same time, fall arrives early and it can get really cold really fast. This raises a very important question: what are the best outdoor strains to grow in Maine?

Best Strains For Your Maine Outdoor Garden Are September Finishers

One unique thing about cannabis is that it enjoys the same weather as many people do. Since the best period for warm-weather activities in Maine is from late June to early September, it gives you an exact idea of when it’s best to harvest your outdoor buds. Just look for strains that finish from early to mid-September.

Most of these faster flowering varieties will be Indicas, probably of Afghani descent. However, Indica flowers are so dense that they can become like magnets for mold and bud rot. Balanced Sativa/Indica hybrids have a more airy bud structure and thus are better protected against mold, but they take a couple of weeks longer to mature. Sativas finish even later, likely not earlier than October, but their fluffy buds are more resilient to mold.

As you can see, there’s always a trade-off between speed of flowering and mold-resistance, and you’ll probably need a couple of seasons of trial-and-error before figuring out what strain works best for you.

It’s Best To Choose An Auto For Your First Maine Grow

Luckily for you, you don’t have to bite your nails while waiting for your first ever outdoor harvest. The season in Maine may be short, but there’s a type of plant that requires an even shorter period of time to come all the way from seed to harvest. We’re talking about autoflowers – and here are our top five candidates for a successful New England grow.

    Autoflowering The real thing! 15 – 20 % 350 – 500 g/m² indoors30 – 150 g/plant outdoors

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+ Speed Auto: Get Two Consecutive Harvests In One Season

Finishing in just 50 days from seed, + Speed Auto is ideal where there are restrictions as to the number of mature plants you can have at the same time, as is the case in Maine. Plant your first batch of seeds in late May, and by September, you’ll get two harvests and a double yield without breaking the legal limits. If you germinate your seeds indoors at the end of April, put them into the ground two weeks later and begin the new cycle a couple of weeks before the previous one is over, you can even have three harvests in a single season. You’ll also be rewarded by plenty of big and dense buds and the kind of uplifting social high that makes you happy and talkative.

    Autoflowering Makes the day easier and happier 22 % High

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AK420 Autoflower: A Gorgeous And Generous Sativa

This sage-green beauty will produce a lot of bulky yet airy colas that won’t give you trouble with mold in the oppressively warm and humid July weather. It will perform even better if you time your grow so that the plants finish flowering in the drier conditions of late summer or early fall. With AK-47 genetics in its lineage, AK420 Autoflower is a classic Sativa: it produces a heady high that lifts your mood, dissolves anxiety, and makes you happy, social and creative.

    Autoflowering Successive waves of high and stone 20 – 24 % 400 – 600 g/m² indoors50 – 300 g/plant outdoors

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Gorilla Glue Auto: A Summer’s Harvest Will Last You A Year

Gorilla Glue Auto is famous for its over-the-top resin production. The plant’s frosty and sticky appearance promises an unbelievably strong effect and an intense flavor. With notes of pine, citrus, diesel and even chocolate, the smoke is very rich and delicious. This autoflowering strain is also a high-yielder, although you’ll hardly need so much bud – most users won’t be able to smoke Gorilla regularly, except perhaps in the evenings or on weekends.

    Autoflowering Activation of creativity 26 % 400 – 500 g/m²

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Auto Orange Bud: The Most Bang For Your Buck

You’ll love the sweet fruity aroma of blood oranges that these tight and hard nuggets produce. Especially if your senses are sharpened by the previous hit, the smell and taste of the smoke will overwhelm you. The effect is equally strong, making you blissfully spaced out, so Auto Orange Bud is best consumed late in the evening. Plant seeds in the middle of June so that the buds see as many dry and clear days as possible during the late flowering stage.

    Autoflowering High escalation 26 % 400 – 550 g/m² indoors
    50 – 200 g/plant outdoors

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Gelato Auto: Rocket Fuel For Your Energy And Creativity

Brimming with 26% THC, this strain is probably the strongest auto you can grow outdoors. It’s also one of the most delicious: sweet and creamy, but also reminiscent of freshly baked cookies and with notes of pine forest soil. And the best thing is, you can keep savoring Gelato Auto without passing out or hitting the ceiling in your high. Every hit will only bring you to a new level of great mood and creative energy.

Don’t Be Afraid To Experiment In Your Future Grows

As you can see, these five autos are a fail-proof way to grow premium-quality buds in Maine. And while they mature in your garden, you can go ahead and run some bolder experiments with photoperiod genetics. Look for an early finishing and mold-resistant strain according to our guidelines above, or simply type ‘early version’ or ‘fast version’ in our search box.

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In this article, we’ll attempt to guide you on your way to bountiful and legal harvests in the state of Maine. Can you grow marijuana outdoors in Maine? The law says yes

The top 5 indica strains to grow in northern climates in 2020

Looking for reliable strains that can handle the colder and shorter growing season of northern environments? Look no further; we’ve got you covered with these five fast and furious indicas.

Growing in the northern hemisphere can be challenging, especially in some areas of Europe where conditions can be cold, wet, and even frosty.

Luckily, thanks to expert breeding, there are a variety of cannabis varieties, that’ll still produce excellent results even in the most unforgiving northern climates. In this post we share a handpicked list of our top indica strains to grow in the northern hemisphere.


Before we begin looking at individual strains, it’s important, that we understand the northern climate and what grow conditions we’re dealing with.

“Northern climate” is a term that loosely refers to any climate of the northern hemisphere. These conditions are very generalised by cold winters and relatively cool summers, but obviously vary between different parts of the northern hemisphere.

Regular cannabis depends on its photoperiod for flowering, and is also seasonal. That means, that northern growers will usually germinate seeds between April and May and collect their harvests between October and November.

One of the biggest concerns for growing in the north are cold weather and frost, both of which can have detrimental effects on the development of cannabis plants. While indicas are generally thought to be a bit better prepared for these conditions due to their origins (mountainous regions of India and Nepal), they still suffer in cold or frosty conditions.

It is important to realize, that we have painted a very general picture of northern climates here, and that conditions obviously vary between different geographical locations. Hence, it is really important you understand your local climate and how to prepare for it before beginning your grow op.


Below is a special list of our top 5 recommended indica strains for northern growers. Read on for more information about each individual strain and remember; for the highest quality cannabis seeds delivered direct to your door, order at RQS today.


Whoever said quality cannabis couldn’t be grown in northern regions never met Sweet ZZ. This stoning indica prefers a warm climate, but barely even detects when things get a little cold. Sweet ZZ earned recognition in the cannabis world primarily for her fruity and zesty flavour, inherited from scrumptious parent strains Grape Ape and Grapefruit. As well as producing irresistible terpenes, her bulbous flowers churn out a THC content of 22%—nothing to be scoffed at! A few tokes sends a heavy wave of euphoria over every inch of the body.

Sweet ZZ performs well outdoors, even in the chilly air at the end of the northern growing season. She’ll stand strong at a height of 160–200cm and produce up to 550g/plant at the end of September. Indoors, she produces an equally impressive 600g/m² after an ultra-brief 7–9 weeks of flowering.

These indica strains are super robust and fast to flower, making them perfectly suitable to grow in northern regions. Find out more about our top five!