What are the best cannabis strains for first-time growers? You probably don’t need anyone to tell you that all cannabis strains are by no means the same. This includes the way they grow, which is precisely why it is extremely important to be mindful of which strains you start out with. Gaining experience in home growing means benefiting from being able to choose from hundreds of readily available strains, producing outstanding results every time. However, if you happen to be relatively new to cannabis cultivation, there are certain strains you should definitely stay away from, along with others it’s difficult to go wrong with.
There are various ways in which certain cannabis strains make life easier or more difficult for their respective growers. From susceptibility to disease to general health and growth-rates to how forgiving they are when you make a mistake, certain cannabis strains tick all the right boxes for beginners. But contrary to popular belief, when you come across a cannabis strain that fits into the bracket ‘suitable for beginners’, this doesn’t mean in any way that it is a substandard or lacklustre cannabis strain. Quite to the contrary in fact, as some of the most spectacular strains on the market right now also happen to be some of the easiest to grow.
Suffice to say, once you’ve grown your own, it’s unlikely you’ll ever buy any again.
So if you’re looking to get up and running in cannabis cultivation for the first time, we personally suggest starting up with one of the following five strains which are great cannabis strains for first-time growers:
5. Gorilla Glue #4
First up, Gorilla Glue #4 is the kind of strain that is incredibly deceptive in the quality of the results you can expect with little to nothing required on your part. It has taken home all manner of prestigious awards, including multiple gongs at the Cannabis Cup in 2014. Coming out of nowhere to take the market by storm, Gorilla Glue #4 is no less than a connoisseur’s choice with an incredible cerebral euphoria that hits as hard as the fragrance of the plants while growing them.
The best thing about Gorilla Glue #4 is that along with being incredibly easy to grow, the plants themselves tend to be extremely short and bushy. Which in turn means that if you only have a relatively limited amount of space available to you, this is a great strain for making the most of it. You only need a very small amount of space to come up with a lot of quality bud, which also tends to be consistently strong and perfectly suited to the production of hash. If you are yet to experience Gorilla Glue #4 for yourself, you may never have come across a stickier strain.
4. Dutch Treat
A strain that more than lives up to its name, Dutch Treat is a modern classic with an enormous fan base all over the world. It is an Indica-dominant hybrid that was originally cooked up for the first time in Amsterdam, though made a name for itself predominantly along the west coast of the United States. Though Indica-dominant, it is known for delivering a delightfully balanced cerebral buzz, while at the same time giving you exactly what you’d expect from a quality Indica strain.
In terms of growing your own, Dutch Treat is perfectly suited to indoor growing, producing plants that are superbly robust and extremely generous. It’s another great plant for making the very best use of all space available to you, promising high yields and the most delightful fragrance during the flowering stage often compared to sweet candy. You’ll get the best possible results with a hydroponic setup, but it is still perfectly possible and simple to deliver the goods with classic soil growing.
3. Blue Dream
Like we said, just because a strain is considered suitable for beginners does not mean it cannot be one of the most incredible strains in the history of history. The case in point example of this being Blue Dream, which rocketed to the top of the table over recent months as the single most popular strain sold in legal dispensaries in the United States. Quite simply, anyone that has ever tried Blue Dream for themselves cannot get enough of it. Which isn’t hard to understand, given the way it delivers the most wonderfully balanced high, combining a blissful head buzz with deep relaxation and a sense that everything in the world is simply awesome. It has even made a name for itself in the medical cannabis community as a daytime strain of choice.
Given this incredible popularity, this sublime hybrid that was born in California can be picked up almost anywhere in the form of seeds and clones. Along with being extremely resistant and easy to grow, it also performs great against root rot and powdery mildew, which are two of the most common problems that blight cannabis cultivators at all levels.
2. Green Crack
Also originally from California, Green Crack is perfectly suited to anyone looking to pop their proverbial cherry when it comes to cannabis cultivation. If you are looking for something heavily on the Sativa side of the scale, look no further than this. It promises the most gorgeous citrus fragrance while growing, along with a motivational, uplifted and positive high that will have you feeling as if you can accomplish anything.
What makes Green Crack such a gem is the way in which it is one of few high quality Sativa-heavy strains you’ll come across that don’t require a great deal of TLC to grow. The plants remain comparatively small throughout the entire growth cycle, yields are boosted by the Indica genetics and flowering times are comparatively short.
Last but not least, if Cinex is a strain you’re yet to try out, it’s high time you did. It’s a combination of Vortex and Cinderella 99, resulting in a superbly energetic strain that has the potential to deliver THC concentrations as high as 22%. As such, the kind of euphoria you can expect from its Vortex ancestry tends to be intense to say the least.
Extremely resistant to common problems and great for growing in small spaces, Cinex does the business for newcomers to cultivation in every way. You’ll probably come out with the best results using a hydroponic setup, but chances are you’ll also be happy with the results if you simply set up one or two plants in the most basic pots. After all, there’s plenty of time to step things up and get complicated later on.
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