Looking to get into the cultivation side of things and grow your own weed? Here are the top 8 most popular strains that make a great addition to any garden. We’re also including several reasons we think you’ll love them and why they come highly recommended.
1. Jelly Rancher (S)
Jelly Rancher is a great choice for just about anyone looking for something simple to cultivate, ultimately flavorful, and exceptionally potent. It was first propagated by Humboldt Seeds and comes in auto-feminized seeds, making it possible to avoid any pesky males in your garden. The strain is a sativa-dominant hybrid cross between Verry Cherry and Notorious THC which was then backcrossed three times to itself, checking in at a massive 30+% THC. The buds are thick and grow dense and frosty like an indica, meaning it flowers fast and offers thicker stems so it’ll be sturdier in the garden. Best of all, it smells like blue cotton candy and tastes like strawberries and grapes.
2. Yuzu Tangie (H)
If you’re already familiar with growing, you’ll find that Tangie strains are exceptionally quick and easy to grow. They also offer extremely pleasant hybrid effects that make them perfect for a friendly, uplifting, and clear-headed high. Massive Seeds’ Yuzu Tangie grows like a standard indica with a dense cola structure and thicker stems, which are useful for the massive weights these plants throw. You can expect delicious tropical fruit flavors from this cross between Tangie and Lemon Pineapple crossed once more with Orangeade. Best of all, this strain dumps resin, making it a great choice for potency, checking in at 25-30% THC.
3. White Runtz (I)
White Runtz is an excellent strain for indoor grows since it grows very compact and bushy when properly trained early on. This potent cross of Gelato and Zkittlez by Dark Heart Nursery also produces massive trichome-laden flowers that check in at 20-25% THC. White Runtz is a phenotype of classic Runtz with more indica-leaning effects and more trichomes. It took home Leafly’s Strain of the Year in 2020 thanks to its incredible candy-like sweetness and fruit-tinged aroma.
4. Peanut Butter Breath (H)
Peanut Butter Breath has quickly become one of the most popular hype strains available to cultivate. It promotes notably sedative effects and a very rich, creamy, and nutty flavor that is reminiscent of peanut butter patties and earth. This popular choice from Thug Pug Genetics is a high yielder that is relatively easy to grow. It checks in at a whopping 28-32% THC and makes a great addition to any garden that needs something flavorful and exotic. While it promotes more relaxing, indica-leaning effects, the strain grows tall and wiry like a sativa, so it will need trellis support to keep the growth manageable and to support the flowers when they begin to form.
5. Zkittlez (I)
The Zkittlez strain bred by 3rd Gen Family and Terp Hogz took home the best indica award at the 2015 Cannabis Cup. This autofem strain boasts a blend of mouth-watering apple and grape flavors along with pungent sour notes of cheese and a powerful and relaxing range of effects. Zkittlez is the result of Grape Ape and Grapefruit crossed with an unknown third strain, making for a candy-like sweetness and a medium grade potency of 15-23% THC. The strain itself is a great addition to any garden thanks to its dense structure that is easy to maintain with training. It’s also a high-yielder and puts out a lot of resinous trichomes, making it a great choice for processing.
6. Slurricane (H)
Slurricane is a cross between Do Si Dos and Purple Punch and makes a welcome addition to the garden thanks to its lightning fast flowering speed and its high yield. This potent hybrid first bred by In House Genetics checks in at 23-27% THC on average and offers a blanket of dense resinous trichomes that make the strain a good choice for drying and processing alike. Slurricane flowers are sugar coated with a OG Kush like spice and a bright citrus forward tropical flavor. At the end of her life, her foliage turns a beautiful shade or red and orange making it an incredibly attractive strain to cultivate.
7. Layer Cake (H)
Layer Cake is a balanced hybrid cross between Wedding Cake, GMO, and TK Skunk. It was first propagate by Talking Trees and checks in at a moderate 20-25% THC on average. The strain boasts a vanilla-tinged flavor with an earthy, skunky aroma. People like Layer Cake for its relaxing and uplifting effects that make it potent against pain. However, cultivators like it for its quick flowering time and dense cola structure. It grows sturdy branches and produces a lot of resin, making it a good choice for both drying and processing.
8. Apple Fritter (S)
Apple Fritter is another sativa, though this one is from unknown origins. It’s a potent cross between Animal Mints and Sour Apple that offers a tart-like apple flavor with a cheesy, nutty aftertaste. Its sweet and earthy aroma brings a cake-like pastry note that is sure to make your garden smell ultimately unique. The strain checks in between 25-30% THC and is one of the more difficult strains on this list to grow, but only since it can be tricky to keep her massive growth under control. These seeds grow tall branches and produce extremely frosty, potent buds, making it both an impressive sight and a pleasant smoke.
Whether you’re looking for something exotic, potent, or plain easy to grow, these 8 strains are sure to be a welcome addition to any garden. If you’ve grown any of these strains in the past, let us know.