Read on for more info about growing cannabis seeds in cold climates. Discover the top 5 cold climate cannabis seeds as well as expert tips/advice Knowing which autoflowering cultivars are better suited for colder climates, can give you an advantage when it comes to growing outdoors. In this article, you w
Top 5 cannabis strains for colder climates
Growing cannabis outdoors can have its challenges, especially if you live in a cool climate. But even growers in northern Europe around, or above, latitude 50 can expect to get good results if they choose their feminised outdoor seeds carefully. Growers at more extreme latitudes may struggle to guarantee that their photoperiod feminised strains will fully ripen before bad weather arrives. But even these growers can find success when growing autoflower seeds outdoors.
Growing cannabis outdoors is one of the most cost-effective ways to be self-sufficient in cannabis. You won’t need the cost, complexity and equipment associated with an indoor grow room. All you will need is a selection of proven, tough outdoor cannabis seeds that you can rely on. Read on for Dutch Passion’s top 5 recommended cannabis seeds for colder climates.
Best cold-resistant feminised seeds and autoflower seeds
The following feminised seeds and autoflower seeds are popular, fully proven outdoor strains. These are the most reliable, most trusted outdoor cannabis seeds. Many of those that grow these outdoor seeds have been repeat buyers/growers for several years. The genetics are fully proven. In many cases these outdoor seeds have been carefully and selectively bred over many years in order to ensure their reliability in cold climates with short summers.
|Complete Dutch Passion outdoor cannabis seed collection|
Frisian Dew: Tough, robust cold climate cannabis seeds
Frisian Dew is one of Dutch Passion’s most successful outdoor cannabis seeds. She was developed over several years of selective outdoor breeding in The Netherlands. Each year, the best performing outdoor plants were selected and crossed. The seeds from these crosses were saved and planted the following years.
After several years Frisian Dew had become one of the toughest and most dependable outdoor strains ever seen by the Dutch Passion breeding team. In Northern Europe, Frisian Dew is ready to harvest around early October (early April in southern hemisphere). Some of the plants exhibit beautiful purple hues. Yields are heavy. In optimised outdoor (or greenhouse/polytunnel) conditions, yields in excess of 1-2 Kg per plant are quite possible. Frisian Dew can reach 3-4 metres tall, and almost as wide. Frisian Dew seeds are part of the Dutch Outdoor seed collection.
The genetics found in Frisian Dew seeds come from Super Skunk x Purple Star. Frisian Dew is grown successfully as far north as Denmark/Northern UK. She is the perfect choice for outdoor growers looking for a robust and easy-to-grow cold climate outdoor strain. Select a sunny, sheltered sun-facing spot for best results. Other than supplying water in times of drought, Frisian Dew needs no special attention. Just make sure you have plenty of large jars for the harvest!
|Frisian Dew grown outdoors in northern Europe|
Super Skunk X Purple Star
Super Skunk X Purple Star
Super Skunk X Purple Star
Auto Mazar: Robust and reliable autoflower outdoor seeds
Auto Mazar seeds have been almost as popular with outdoor cannabis growers as they are with indoor growers. She is part of the Dutch Passion High THC seed collection meaning you can expect some powerful and potent buds. She has a deeply satisfying and rich taste/aroma too, thanks to her heritage in the Afghani Kush seed family.
Outdoors, Auto Mazar takes around 100-110 days to grow from seed to harvest. This is much faster than the typical 5 months or so taken by many feminised photoperiod strains. This makes Auto Mazar a great choice for any grower who fears that their outdoor growing season is simply too cold and short to grow photoperiod feminised seeds. All you need is a warm and sunny 3 month spot to grow Auto Mazar seeds. The plants usually reach around a metre tall with plenty of side branching. Yields of over 100g per plant are quite possible in good outdoor conditions.
Auto Mazar has lots of repeat outdoor growers. These hardy genetics need no maintenance once they are established in a good location. If you have a cold climate, autoflowering seeds are a great option for the short summer growing season.
Auto Mazar is definitely one of Dutch Passion’s most trusted outdoor cold weather autoflower seeds. But don’t let that put you off trying any of Dutch Passion’s other autoflower seeds. All of them will grow easily outdoors with a life cycle of around 100 days. If you are looking for cold climate autoflower seeds, they don’t come much more dependable than Auto Mazar.
|Complete Dutch Passion autoflowering seed collection|
|Auto Mazar seeds grown outdoors in Scandinavia|
|Outdoor cannabis cultivation and weather conditions|
Mazar X Indica autoflower
Mazar X Indica autoflower
Mazar X Indica autoflower
Pamir Gold: High altitude cannabis seeds
Pamir Gold (along with Snow Bud) seeds are part of the Dutch Passion high altitude cannabis seed collection. Pamir Gold was created for growers that want to grow plants at higher altitudes. These are genuine cold climate cannabis seeds that will cope in environments where other seeds would fail.
Pamir Gold originated in the western Himalayas of Tadzjikistan. The plant was gradually adapted to the demands of high altitude growing in the Swiss Alps during several years of selective breeding. Only the plants with the best resistance to cold and altitude were selected for the next generation of breeding. Once selected, the Pamir Gold seeds were produced in the Netherlands. Pamir Gold is a mostly Indica variety (60% indica) with a sweet earthy taste and notes of lemon and sweet pear. Healthy plants can reach 1.5 to 1.8 meters in height outdoors. These cold climate cannabis seeds are also mold and mildew resistant with above average yields.
If you’re planning to grow some outdoor cannabis seeds at high altitude in cool conditions then Pamir Gold (or Snow Bud, the other high altitude Dutch Passion outdoor strain) are highly recommended.
Western Himalayas Hybrid
Western Himalayas Hybrid
Western Himalayas Hybrid
Frisian Duck: With stealthy naturally camouflaged leaves, you have never seen cannabis like this before
Frisian Duck is a stealth outdoor cannabis strain. Not only does she do very well in difficult outdoor conditions, but the leaves have a stabilised natural deformity. This makes Frisian Duck difficult to identify as cannabis, especially during early vegetative growth. Without the iconic marijuana leaf shape you could walk straight past Frisian Duck and not realise that it’s cannabis. This, along with the light aroma, makes Frisian Duck seeds a great option for outdoor growers that want an outdoor strain with added natural camouflage.
Frisian Duck created quite an impact when she was first released. This was the first outdoor strain with natural stealth leaf camouflage that grows easily in cold climates. Such was the impact of these unique outdoor genetics that Frisian Duck was awarded the prestigious ‘Plant Of The Year’ award by Soft Secrets magazine. She has medium THC levels and is part of the Dutch Outdoor cannabis seed collection.
|Frisian Duck, Soft Secrets Plant Of The Year 2016|
Frisian Duck combines a funky new leaf shape with the same outdoor performance characteristics of the outdoor champion Frisian Dew. With Frisian Dew genetics, you can be assured that Frisian Duck delivers a tough, robust and dependable outdoor performance. In the northern hemisphere she is usually ready to harvest around early October. Yields are heavy, if you’re looking for marijuana seeds that grow well in a cold climate Frisian Duck is a solid choice.
For cold climate autoflower seeds, Auto Duck is highly recommended. With the same stealthy leaf structure and a height of around a metre Auto Duck plants are convenient to grow and easy to hide in your garden or the countryside.
|Auto Duck grow review from Denmark|
Whether you choose to grow autoflower seeds or feminised seeds may be determined by the length of the growing season at your specific location. These days, many outdoor growers plant a mix of fem and auto seeds. The autoflowering seeds offer the security of an early harvest, just in case there is an end-of-season problem with the outdoor feminised seeds.
|Dutch Passion feminised seed collection|
|Frisian Duck grow review, Netherlands outdoor grow|
|Frisian Duck customer grow pictures and info|
Frisian Dew X DucksFoot
Frisian Dew X DucksFoot
Frisian Dew X DucksFoot
Passion #1: Powerful outdoor feminised cannabis seeds with exceptional results
Passion #1 is one of Dutch Passion’s best selling outdoor cannabis seeds of all time. Along with Frisian Dew, this is one of Dutch Passion’s ‘go to’ feminised outdoor seeds. She can reach 3-4m tall with numerous branches and heavy harvests. She grows well outdoors as far north as the UK/Southern Scandinavia. In central/southern European latitudes, Passion #1 is one of the best performing outdoor strains we have ever seen with vigorous growth and heavy yields of high THC cannabis.
Passion #1 is uncomplicated to grow. She uses proven outdoor indica genetics from 1970’s California and has been grown outdoors in The Netherlands since the 1980’s. With a gentle citrus aroma and high THC levels (around and perhaps even above 15% in good conditions), Passion #1 feminised seeds are some of the best outdoor cannabis seeds you can buy. She is easy to grow. Once she is established in a good grow location she grows herself with no support or maintenance. Harvests can be well over a Kg per plant in good conditions. Passion #1 feminised seeds are part of the Dutch Outdoor seed collection.
How cold is too cold for cannabis to grow?
Even in Scandinavia growers find it easy to get outdoor cannabis harvests, especially with autoflower seeds. Many growers find out the last frost date for their area/latitude online and aim to plant their seedlings outdoors after that point. Putting your plants outdoors when frost is present is a serious risk to their survival.
Those growing cannabis seeds outdoors in cold climates often geminate their cannabis seeds indoors and keep the plants under artificial lights for a couple of weeks. This allows the plants chance to grow and become stronger/more resilient to outdoor life. Once the last frost has passed, you can gradually acclimatise your plants to outdoor conditions.
Will cannabis seeds germinate in a cold climate? The answer is usually a clear ‘no’. Try to germinate your cannabis seeds indoors under carefully controlled conditions for maximum seed germination rates.
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Early season cold weather can be avoided if growers keep their seedlings indoors until the frost/cold weather has passed. Late season cold weather can be a different kind of problem to deal with. If you live at a latitude with cold weather around harvest time it can make harvesting a nervous, uncertain undertaking. If the plants are suffering with cold temperatures you may have to harvest early rather than risk losing the full crop.
If your local climate doesn’t allow sufficient latitude to safely harvest your photoperiod plants, you may be better off considering the use of autoflowering cannabis seeds for outdoors. These are usually quick enough to grow even in the shortest of summers.
Expert advice and tips for growing cannabis seeds outdoors
Growing cannabis seeds outdoors, or in a greenhouse/polytunnel, is easy with the right seeds. Your two main options are outdoor feminised seeds or autoflower seeds. Autoflower seeds have the advantage of speed. You can grow them easily in the shortest of summers. If your climate is cold and the growing season is short, autoflower seeds are a great option for the outdoor grower.
Many of the most successful outdoor growers will germinate their cannabis seeds indoors and keep their seedlings inside under artificial lights for a couple of weeks. This protects the seedlings from the worst of the weather (and predators) while they are youngest and at their most vulnerable. It also allows your seedlings a good, strong head start.
Selecting your outdoor grow location is one of the most important decisions for the outdoor grower. Ideally you need a few different grow locations just in case one is compromised. Look for sunny sheltered locations with good quality moist soil. If local soil is poor quality you can bring supermarket soil, manure/fertilisers. If you are lucky enough to be able to grow outdoors safely on your own land then you have an advantage that could allow you to spend more time checking your plants and caring for them e.g. in times of drought.
The following articles are useful reading for any outdoor grower.
|How to grow cannabis in a greenhouse|
|How to grow cannabis outdoors|
|The complete Dutch Passion cannabis seed collection|
|Top 5 best yielding outdoor cannabis seeds|
Remember that outdoor growing has several benefits over indoor cannabis cultivation. You won’t have an expensive electricity bill, nor will you need to consider the expense of an indoor grow room. Many outdoor growers feel that their outdoor grown weed has an extra kick thanks to the natural sunlight.
If you hope to grow some cannabis seeds outdoors this coming season, some careful upfront planning can go a long way towards making it a successful grow. Choice of grow location and choice of outdoor cannabis seeds are the two most important decisions that you will need to make. Choose your cannabis seeds wisely and enjoy the grow!
Top 10 Autoflowering Cannabis Strains For Cold Climates (2022)
These strains are fast flowering, highly resilient and will give you the upper hand when it comes to harvesting outdoors.
- 1. Zkittlez auto
- 2. Purple lemonade auto
- 3. Wedding glue auto
- 4. Gelato auto
- 5. Cream cookies auto
- 6. Original northern lights auto
- 7. Stardawg auto
- 8. Blackberry auto
- 9. Purple punch auto
- 10. Kosher cake auto
- 11. In conclusion
Knowing which autoflowering cultivars are better suited for colder climates, can give you an advantage when it comes to growing outdoors. In this article, you will discover the 10 best autoflowering strains for taking on challenging weather, with the highest resistance to the cold, wet, wind, and pathogens.
1. Zkittlez Auto
A unique Cali strain that got everyone’s attention due to the sugary candy sweet lemon flavors, massive yields, and an excellent performer outdoors in all scenarios. This mainly Indica variety will take between 9-10 weeks before harvesting, making her fast flowering time ideal for those who experience short summers and require fast flowering cultivars that will mature in a short time without affecting the yields and quality.
Just an easy to grow, solid packed buds. A heavy feeder and can be a bit prone to light burn at the end but otherwise perfection!
Zkittlez will stop growing at 100cm in height, giving her a stocky and compact appearance, one she begins to fill out with buds. With 23% THC and an incredible terpene profile, this cultivar is a must-have for commercial growers and flavor chasers living in all types of climates.
- She has a strong resistance to cold, wind, pathogens, and insects.
- Due to her excessive weight, supporting the side branches is advised.
- A nutrient-hungry strain that can take high amounts of nutrient solution, just be careful to avoid overfeeding.
2. Purple Lemonade Auto
A purple giant of an autoflower with an extremely citrusy aroma and beautiful purple buds. This is a medium height, fast flowering Indica dominant hybrid with the ultimate bag appeal. Flowering time will take 9-10 weeks where she will produce purple colored plants, glistening in resin. Height wise expect this cultivar to grow between 70-110cm making her ideal for anyone with limited height.
it’s so sweet and a bit zesty and refreshing. I love tasting it and guessing all those subtle notes, especially when I’m already a bit high.
Sweet citrus lemon terpenes, yields of 500 gr/m2, and THC levels of 22% make Purple Lemonade an excellent strain for beginner growers, as well as growers who require a fast flowering strain. She loves to be trained and tied down using L.S.T techniques and will reward first-time growers with dense and chunky nugs.
- We recommend tying down the plants during the first 4 weeks.
- A very versatile strain that can endure long periods without nutrients if needs be.
- A vigorous and sturdy plant with a very short and squat structure, resistant to strong winds.
3. Wedding Glue Auto
An autoflowering version of a cross between two extremely popular varieties with a unique terp blend; Expect an extremely potent effect with 26% THC, pungent vanilla, kushy, and earthy terps with rock-solid performance, making Wedding Glue Auto a wise choice for growers who experience colder climates. This unique variety will grow between 70-120cm low meaning she is perfect for those looking for heavy yielders, while flowering in 70 days.
Easy grow and she wants to live calmag poisoned her and two others I was on to it quick she is super sticky starting week 9 time of photo
Well recommended for beginner growers in search of a quick flowering crop perfect for a Sea of Green setup. Outdoors, Wedding Glue Auto is very resilient meaning she can take cold temperatures and wet weather, with a strong resistance to mold, mildew, and insects.
- Thanks to her extra-tough resistance, this cultivar is ideal for all types of climates.
- When growing outdoors, be careful of how pungent her aroma can become.
- She enjoys a higher than a normal nutrient solution and is a big feeder.
4. Gelato Auto
Gelato Auto ticks all the boxes when it comes to yield, potency, and resistance. This Indica-dominant hybrid is amongst the most popular Cali strains due to the strong high and unique flavors; This is a very fast flowering strain taking 9 weeks, perfectly suited for commercial growers who want multiple outdoor harvests each year.
I didn’t think I’d harvest much at first but then I was surprised by the yield. It was 87 grams from one plant. Not bad, not bad at all.
Not only will this lady reward you with abundant harvests of sweet, citrus, vanilla cookie flavored terps, but she can also adapt to challenging colder climates easily, meaning those who experience a short Summers and cold Winter will get excellent results. Thanks to the medium height of 70-100cm, Gelato Auto reacts very well to topping and tying down allowing to enhance production further.
- We recommend this cultivar to extract artists and hash makers, thanks to her prolific resin profile. some fan leaves during the early stages of growth will allow sunlight to penetrate further to the lower parts of the plant.
- Topping and tying down can increase yields further and reduce the final plant height.
5. Cream Cookies Auto
For all the cookie lovers out there, Cream Cookies is an Indica-dominant, highly resistant, easy to grow, and a short cultivar that boasts 23% THC. Expect a pleasant smooth smoke that’s not harsh on the throat thanks to the creamy and earthy terps.
An extremely resistant strain, well adapted to colder climates that grows one main cola making her ideal for the Sea of Green where she produces chunky, sugar-coated buds that have an array of green and purple tints.
Sweet and smooth taste, high comes quick and strong. easy to grow, it was my first grow and I made many mistakes, she still yielded well.
A very large producer who will require 10 weeks before harvesting and thanks to her height of 60-90cm, she is well suited for balcony and terraces. Her effects are upbeat yet deeply relaxing and bordering on couch lock, with mouth-watering flavors that are highly sought after.
- Perfect for Sea of Green setups that involve growing many plants close together.
- Can take the cold weather with no issues from mold or powdery mildew.
- A very quick flowering strain that can be successfully harvested multiple times a year.
6. Original Northern Lights Auto
An old-school gem that is well known for her ability to thrive in all conditions. Original Northern Lights Auto is a rapid flowering, Indica-dominant cultivar taking only 9 weeks before harvesting, making it a great choice for growers seeking resilient strains that grow fast and yield a lot. Commercial growers will find this strain to be very rewarding producing up to 600 gr/m2, allowing for a perpetual harvest all year.
just finished this grow a week and a half ago, yielded around 160g off one and about 100 on another. dry. 5 out of 5 from me!
Height-wise, she will finish around 90-120cm in height with a stocky and bushy appearance, reacting superbly to basic training such as L.S.T. Original Northern Lights Auto is the ultimate autoflowering cultivar for cold and wet climates.
- Planting closely together in a Sea of green will allow for uniform plants and huge yields.
- Very resistant to insects, pathogens, and mold.
- Can be harvested up to 4 times per year outdoors with excellent results.
7. Stardawg Auto
Stardawg is a very robust plant that is very resistant to cold climates flowering in 9-10 weeks. Fans of Chemdawg will know that extra loud, pine, diesel, and fuel terps followed by lip-licking flavors. Testing at 22% THC and producing extra-large yields, this cultivars is ideal for beginner growers looking for an easy to grow strain that will grow as tall as 70-120cm while producing good yields fast without affecting the quality and quantity of the harvest.
when I first put the buds into jars to cure, they were very airy. the quality improved a bit but not by much. I usually do better
When flowering, she will produce one main thick central cola, with short side branches, giving this cultivar a very stocky appearance once harvest time comes around.
- Growing Stardawg in a Sea of Green works very well, maximizing yields per grow space.
- Be careful when planting outdoors of how aromatic she will become late into flowering.
- Using L.S.T will increase production further and open the structure of the plants as well.
8. Blackberry Auto
This cup winning cultivar is an Indica-dominant, berry, citrus, kush flavored, easy to grow plant that is ready to harvest in only 9 weeks. Beginner growers can expect extra large harvests of bright purple-colored flowers that smell incredible and has through the roof bag appeal meaning Blackberry Auto is a great candidate for commercial growers.
Grew blackberry in my past 3 runs, love the Fruity berry smell and taste. Everything I grew it always comes out purple buds.
Thanks to her Indica dominance, she will grow between 70-110cm and with a bushy appearance making her perfect for Sea of green. Highly resilient to colder weather, this rapid blooming cultivar tests at 23% THC and has a very impressive trichome production, with a delicious sweet berry flavor with exceptional kushy and citrusy hints, making it highly rewarding for hash makers and extractors.
- A very easy to grow strain ideal for beginner growers, as she requires little maintenance
- Due to her bushy canopy, pruning of fan leaves to expose more direct light may be necessary.
- Blackberry Auto will thrive in cold and wet conditions at the end of Summer.
9. Purple Punch Auto
The perfect ratio of Indica and Sativa makes Purple Punch Auto a very productive, and highly resistant autoflowering hybrid. Her height will range from 90-150cm, however, she can take heavy winds and cold temperatures with ease, allowing a grower to achieve yields of up to 600gr/m2.
nice seeds for a small setup like mine, the smoke makes me mostly lazy and hungry but not without an initial creative rush
The terpene profile can be described as a delicious blend of blueberry muffins and spices with cherry overtones and sweet-tart that every smoker will fall in love with, leaving you feeling like you just ate a delicious dessert with just a couple of tokes. With such a rapid flowering time of 63 days before harvest, it is possible to plant this cultivar outdoors many times per year with no worry about mold, mildew, or pathogens.
- Purple Punch Auto can grow as tall as 150cms, so better for those with plenty of grow space.
- It is advised to tie down your plants if you are concerned about height, to allow plants to stay around 80cm.
- We advise growing this strain in a SCROG setup to maximize yields.
10. Kosher Cake Auto
A delicious variety that has an insane resin profile, super-resistant, and a very easy to grow strain. Kosher Cake Auto can be harvested in just 9 weeks, where she can yield 550gr/m2. She is a medium/tall-sized cultivar that will grow between 80-120cm making her a great yielder.
It does what it says on the tin ,after slow start this plant just took over ,very nice aroma and perfect smoke just ideal for wake&bake
THC levels will test at 25% and the terpene profile and flavor can be described as a blend of herbs, deliciously sweet lemons and a strong cake background. Highly recommended for SCROG set-ups thanks to her uniform and homogenous traits. An exceptional choice for hash makers looking to take their extractions to the next level due to the quantity and quality of the resin.
- Planting Kosher Cake Auto late into the year will also produce great results, even in cold climates.
- Make sure you make hash and extracts with the high amount of sugar leaf this strain produces.
- It is possible to grow this cultivar 3-4 times per year outdoors with no problems.
11. In Conclusion
These cultivars will produce amazing results in types of challenging climates. For growers who experience shorter summers, followed by a cold and wet winter will find the above list to be their way of filling up those curing jars all year long. Just remember that plants are living beings and they won’t doubt to show you signs that they’re not happy; The strains mentioned above can be grown in colder climates but they’re not freeze-proof so keep an eye on your babies and if the leaves are droopy or they’re showing other signs of something not being okay, make sure you take appropriate measures. Covering your plants with a plastic sheet or simply building a basic greenhouse structure to protect your plants can make a difference between a normal harvest and a great one, so always keep an eye on your crop to check for mold just to be safe and keep your plants healthy and well-fed so they can grow super strong and tough even in the most challenging climates outdoors.
If you’ve grown any of the strains mentioned in this article before and have some tips for fellow growers that also grow (or are planning on growing) in colder climates, feel free to leave a comment in the comment section below!