A guide for choosing your cannabis strain according to yields, flowering time, THC content, awards…
Productivity of plants is one of the most frequently desired traits by cannabis growers. During the last years, yields have been improved thanks to successive selections and hybrids made by many breeders (seed producers).
What are the cannabis strains with best yields?
High yielding strains are normally Indica dominant plants with compact structure and tight buds. These plants are ready to harvest after 7-9 weeks of flowering, although they may need a more prolonged vegging period than plants with Sativa dominance.
Industrial Plant from Dinafem, Monster from Eva Seeds, Critical Kush from Barney’s Farm, White Widow x Big Bud from Female Seeds, or Milky Way from Kiwi Seeds are some of the most productive feminised Indica strains.
On the other hand, we can also find high yielding Indicas in regular form: Bella Ciao from Tiki or NL5/Afghan from Mr Nice are a good example!
Of course, a number of mostly Sativa strains are also top yielders, as for example feminized vairieties like Moby Dick 2 from Dinafem, Easy Haze from Philosopher Seeds, Grapefruit from Female Seeds or Wombat from Blim Burn Seeds.
In the regular seed range we can find varieties like Bambata from Tiki Seeds or Session from Reggae Seeds.
There are other balanced Indica-Sativa hybrids with amazing yields, as for example Critical Jack from Dinafem and Big Foot from Sweet Seeds (both feminised) or Agent Orange from TGA Subcool (regular seeds).
Still, and as we already know, yields mainly depend on phenotypes (individual plants) rather than genotypes (varieties). Thus, the best option to ensure constant and stable production is to select the best phenotype within a batch of seeds and take cuttings from it. In this way we can keep a mother plant from which to take clones and have always the same excact results (as long as growing conditions are always the same).
Is Big Bud the highest yielding strain?
The famous Big Bud cannabis strain was highly acclaimed at the end of the 90’s due to its extraordinary yields.
Over time Big Bud was improved by breeder Shantibaba, who crossed this variety with Skunk#1 mainly for improving the flavor. The result of this cross was the renowned Critical Mass strain, available in regular seed form from Mr Nice Seeds. Dinafem has created the feminised version of this variety, called Critical+.
Critical Mass / Critical+ isn’t necessarily the highest yielding cannabis strain, but another strong point of this variety is its fast bloom (approximately 7 weeks). This particular trait, of course combined with yields, explains the great success of this strain, apart from its intense, delicious and sweet flavor.
Automatic seeds for high productivity?
Automatic – also called autoflowering – cannabis strains will always have lower yields than “standard” ones. In this way, this type of seeds won’t be the ideal ones to get abundant yields since it’s not possible to trigger their flowering according to high productivity.
However, if you want to grow this type of genetics, the 3th generation of automatic varieties from Sweet Seeds seems to be the most suited for growing indoors, with strains like Big Devil XL Auto or Jack 47 Auto.
Other auto-flowering cannabis strains that may interest growers looking for high yields are: Moby Dick Auto from Dinafem, Think Different marijuana from Dutch Passion or Big Low from Seeds of Life.
There are also XXL automatic varieties, which often offer higher yields than conventional autos although their complete life cycle is slighty longer. Among this type of strains we can find Maxi Gom or Haze Gom from Grassomatic.
We wish you bountiful harvests!