by Diana on 04/02/2015 | Cultivation

Cannabis growing according to variety, climate and habitat

For those who wish to grow cannabis outdoors, it is extremely important to consider the local climate. When you buy cannabis seeds in shops, it is impossible for sellers to determine exactly the right varieties for your area; they can only give you general indications. You are therefore always recommended to buy varieties from a seed bank that specifies detailed information on the climate, as the team at Sensi Seeds Bank does. Determining the correct variety for the habitat in which you live depends on several factors, such as temperature, precipitation rate, wind, and the average hours of sunlight during the growing season.


Cannabis seedsFor those who wish to grow cannabis outdoors, it is extremely important to consider the local climate. When you buy cannabis seeds in shops, it is impossible for sellers to determine exactly the right varieties for your area; they can only give you general indications. You are therefore always recommended to buy varieties from a seed bank that specifies detailed information on the climate, as the team at Sensi Seeds Bank does.

Determining the correct variety for the habitat in which you live depends on several factors, such as temperature, precipitation rate, wind, and the average hours of sunlight during the growing season.

Choosing the correct variety

Once growers have all the information available, they should then decide on the variety to grow. Don’t give up, as this can mean years, even, of trial and error until you find the perfect variety, but for many it is worth the while, because in the end, they will be able to focus on the more “reliable” varieties which give them better results. You don’t need to be an expert from the beginning to obtain an exquisite yield.

If you are lucky to live in a sunny, Mediterranean climate, Jack Flash #5 from Sensi Seeds is highly recommended due to its incredible, flavourful results. The heads full of resin and bold potency on a mental as well as a bodily level make growing these marihuana seeds an unforgettable experience.

What to choose? Regular, Feminized or Autoflowering?

Many people wonder why gardeners choose one type or another. Everyone knows that regular seeds have a loyal legion of followers. We could say that those who choose them make up the most purist sector of cannabis growers. On the other hand, many people have certain reservations about choosing regular seeds, due to potential pollination problems, and choose the easy option: auto-flowering or feminized seeds. Which is better? That is a question of personal preference.

Northern Lights from Sensi Seeds
Northern Lights from Sensi Seeds

Regular

If you choose regular marijuana seeds, you should bear some important factors in mind. Regular seeds are bred from a male and female plant, so they can produce male as well as female plants. When gardeners decide to grow regular seeds, they have no idea whether they will become male or female plants. The only thing growers can do is to wait patiently for the plant to flower, and once it does, distinguish whether it is one or the other.

The tedious process of identifying males and females is what makes some growers opt for feminized or autoflowering varieties. It is, however, very worthwhile to grow a regular variety if you choose, for example, Northern Lights from Sensi Seeds. Compact and very dense, it is capable of producing exquisite heads with a scent of honey and harvests that are more than generous.

Feminized

Feminized seeds are exactly what you would expect. They are seeds that are bred so that they do not contain male chromosomes (XY).
This is not as simple as it sounds. It is achieved through a complicated reproduction programme which consists of several stages of tests that may take years.
Growers who decide to plant feminized seeds have an almost 100% guarantee that the plants obtained will always be female plants.

Autoflowering

Autoflowering seeds are the easiest way of growing cannabis. These seeds (which are also feminized) allow growers to obtain high-quality rewarding harvests without having to remove the male plants and make changes in the light cycle. As easy as can be.

Varieties for cold climates or hot climates

Climate Zone. Source: European Comission
Climate Zone. Source: European Comission

Many of the varieties adapted to colder climates are Indica varieties originally from the north of India, Pakistan and Nepal, which have evolved to be successful in mountainous climates. The reason is that in this climate type there are many variations in temperature and in precipitation throughout the year. That is why these resistant varieties are capable of tolerating wind as well as rain, and even frost.

If a gardener lives in a more favourable climate, or at least a less extreme climate, he or she may be more flexible in making decisions. The ideal climate for many varieties is, without a doubt, the Mediterranean, in which an endless number of different varieties can be grown.

In hot, dry climates with little wind, meanwhile, Afghan varieties or those from the north of Africa and Central Asia often flourish without any problems. Certain varieties from South America will also do well. In hot and humid climates, varieties such as Hawaiian, Thai, Brazilian or those from the African coast are recommended.

Roughly speaking, it is important to know that cannabis generally prefers temperatures below 30ºC, although some varieties can tolerate a few degrees warmer. If you grow in temperatures above 30ºC, it may be advisable to find a place which provides a bit of shade for your prized plants.

To sum up, ‘different strokes for different folks’ applies to the world of cannabis, too. So although the choice of marijuana seeds is perhaps the most important process of growing, what is really essential is to enjoy it to the full!

 

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Barbarella a.k.a. The Mad Cat Lady

Thanks for this article. I´m a total beginner and before I start planting I want to get all the information I need to make my growing a success! :)

12/02/2015

Christel

Could you please help me which seeds to order?
climate: Mediteranean - in Italy Hot summer und low winters
Is Northern Light the right one 1. Autoflowering. 2. Feminized?

Thanks for your help - I am a beginner

09/01/2018

Scarlet Palmer

Hi Christel,

Thanks for your comment. Please have a look at this article and this section on cannabis strains for beginners, and also the Sensi Seeds Forum may well have some posts on this question - and if not, you can easily join and post questions there that a thriving community can answer. Personally, unless someone in your position has a lot of experience growing plants in general in the environment you describe, I would start with something more basic and affordable...

With best wishes, and good luck :)

01/02/2018

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