How To Choose the Best Strains to Maximize Your Harvest

Anyone who grows weed wants the highest possible yields come harvest time. Having plants that produce pounds is the goal of most growers. Not only is harvesting over a pound of plant something to be proud of but it feels amazing as well. It’s also something that can be extremely profitable to cannabis business owners.

Not every strain, however, is created equal. Cannabis genetics and how your crop is grown are a couple other factors that play a big role in how much weed you’ll yield in the end.

Knowing what strains produce the most weed and biggest buds, however, is paramount when it comes to reaping a harvest you can be proud of. When you know how to pick and choose the best strains to maximize your harvest, you can easily grow plants that produce up to a pound or more per plant.

Things to Think About Before Choosing the Best Strains to Maximize Your Harvest

Sea of green helps promote growthAs mentioned, aside from genetics, where and how you grow your weed is paramount to a healthy harvest. You’ll typically yield more weed by growing outside. Even the most advanced indoor setups with expensive lights, high ceilings, and a perfectly controlled climate can’t compete with growing in the great outdoors.

If you are growing outdoors, you’ll want to make sure your plants are getting plenty of sun. South facing slopes are the best for the most sun exposure, which is something vital for growing monster plants and maximizing your harvest.

4 Strains to Choose When You Want a High-Yielding Harvest

Jack Herer

Named for cannabis activist and author of best-selling book The Emperor Wears No Clothes, Jack Herer is a legendary strain that is well-respected around the world. It’s also one of the most cultivated strains and is truly a grower’s delight.

Jack Herer is known to flower fast and produce high yields when its ready to harvest. It’s resistant to disease and pests, making it an option that’s easy to grow and produces plenty of flower. This sativa-dominant hybrid is known to get tall, so expect to need some growing room if you plan to plant this strain indoors.

Jack herer has large yieldsJack Herer is famous for its short flowering period when grown indoors. Growers will harvest big, beautiful buds in just 8-10 weeks after they begin to flower. It also produces well over a pound on average when grown inside. When grown outdoors, Jack Herer likes a dry, Mediterranean-type climate. Outdoor growing yields can reach up to 20 ounces or more per plant. It is usually ready for harvest in late September or early October.

Big Bud

The name of this strain alone is an indication of what you can expect come harvest. Big Bud is a high-yielding predominately indica hybrid known for huge, sticky buds and strong body high. A 1989 Cannabis Cup winner, Big Bud is truly a strain that lives up to its name.

When grown outdoors, famous indica strain can reach a height of about 5 feet. The massive flowers that Big Bud produces are supported by thick stalks. Growers should keep in mind, however, that added support with wire and string can help hold this plant’s heavyweight.

When grown outdoors, Big Bud is typically ready to harvest in mid to late October. Flowering time indoors is around 55-60 days. Average outdoor yields of Big Bud are close to 24 ounces, making it an easy strain to harvest well over a pound per plant.

Indoor yields are typically around 12-24 ounces, making this one of the best strains to grow indoors if you want to maximize your harvest. If growing indoors a hydroponic setup and the Sea of Green (SOG) method of growing will get you the most bud on Big Bud plants.

Durban Poison

Durban Poison has been in high-demand by growers for years. This 100 percent sativa landrace strain is notorious for its clear, focused, energetic high. It’s also a strain that’s known for producing exceptionally high yields. 

Durban Poison has high yieldsWhen grown right, Durban Poison can produce up to (and well over) a pound per plant. This sativa can easily grow over 7 feet tall. This is a strain that prefers to be outside, where it will thrive in warm areas with plenty of sun. It’s resistant to pests and mold, making it one of the easiest strains of cannabis to cultivate.

When grown outdoors, Durban Poison is typically ready to harvest in late September or early October. Average yields per plant are around 16 ounces, but it’s not unheard of to get even more from this high yielding beauty.

Indoors, this South African strain will take an average of 9 weeks to flower. Keep in mind that when grown inside, Durban Poison will do best in a hydroponic setup.

Critical Kush

When choosing the best strains to maximize your harvest, Critical Kush could be one of your best bets. This strain is a grower’s go-to for several reasons. Not only does this almost pure percent indica strain produce heavy yields, but also contains extremely well-balanced effects.

Critical Kush will flourish in both indoor and outdoor settings. With the heavy, dense colas you’d expect from a pure indica, Critical Kush is recommended for both novice and experienced growers who want the biggest harvest possible.

While Critical Kush is recommended for warm, sunny climates, it is also a strain that does relatively well in colder climates. It’s a robust strain that is fairly easy to grow. When Critical Kush is grown outdoors, it is typically ready to harvest in late September or early October.  Plants can easily yield up to 24 ounces, with some producing up to two pounds or more.

Indoor harvest won’t yield quite as high, but growers should be pleased with the results. Flowering time is around 9-10 weeks. Each square meter indoors can yield well over 20 ounces.

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Jen Keehn

About the author: Jen Keehn is a Colorado-based writer focused on inspiring others to live their best lives. She writes regularly about recreational and medical cannabis, holistic health, addiction, and psychedelic therapy.