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24 Best LANDRACE Cannabis Strains to Grow from Seed

Landrace cannabis strains sold at seed banks are often limited in stock quantity and quick to be discontinued due to the nature of obtaining the seeds (e.g. sources dry up). This list may change accordingly.

Balkhi

Flowering Time October
Released By The Real Seed Company
Pack Size 5/12 seeds
Yield High

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Congolese

Flowering Time 90–120 days
Released By The Real Seed Company
Pack Size 5/12 seeds
Yield

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Ciskei

Flowering Time 55–65 days; Early Autumn
Released By Tropical Seeds
Pack Size 5/10 seeds
Yield High

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Ethiopian

Flowering Time 91–98 days; Late November
Released By Ace Seeds
Pack Size 5/10 seeds
Yield Medium/High

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Highland Thai

Flowering Time 18 weeks; Late December
Released By The Real Seed Company
Pack Size 5/12 seeds
Yield 1–2 kg/plant

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Honduras

Flowering Time 98 days; November
Released By Ace Seeds
Pack Size 5/10 seeds
Yield Very high

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Kerala

Flowering Time November–Early February
Released By The Real Seed Company
Pack Size 5/12 seeds
Yield Medium

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Ketama

In the Rif mountains of northern Morrocco, Ketama is best known around the world as Morocco’s Hash Capital. The cannabis plants from Ketama are adapted to growing in the local arid conditions with barren, rocky soil and are naturally ideal hashish production plants. Ketama by World of Seeds are a high yield, pure indica variety chosen from a huge collection of seeds WOS brought back from Rif and reproduced. The large, fast-flowering, resinous buds are ready as early as September outdoors and give strong odors of the best Moroccan Hash. High resistance to pests, diseases and medium resistance to mold.

Flowering Time 7–8 weeks; Late September
Released By World of Seeds
Pack Size 3/7/10/12 seeds
Yield Indoors: 300–400 g/m2; Outdoors: 400–500 g/plant

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Kumaoni

Flowering Time Mid-October–Early November
Released By The Real Seed Company
Pack Size 5/12 seeds
Yield 1–2 kg/plant

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Kwazulu

Kwazulu is a quick-flowering landrace pure sativa strain obtained from wild cannabis plants growing along the north-facing slopes of South Africa’s Drakensberg ridge, since maintained by World of Seeds. An incredible cultivar that flourishes in various climates, Kwazulu seeds are easy to grow both indoors and outdoors, being ready to harvest in October for the northern hemisphere. Yields competitive quantities of mold resistant, big sweet buds tested up to 20% THC.

Flowering Time 8-9 weeks; Mid-October
Released By World of Seeds
Pack Size 3/7/10/12 seeds
Yield Indoors: 350 g/m2; Outdoors: 450–500 g/plant

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Lebanese

Flowering Time Early September–Early October
Released By The Real Seed Company
Pack Size 5/12 seeds
Yield High

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Malana Cream

Flowering Time Late September–October
Released By The Real Seed Company
Pack Size 5/12 seeds
Yield High

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Malawi Gold

Flowering Time 14–16 weeks; Long flowering
Released By The Real Seed Company
Pack Size 5/12 seeds
Yield High

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Manipuri

Flowering Time Mid-December–Mid-January
Released By The Real Seed Company
Pack Size 5/12 seeds
Yield Medium/High

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Mazar-I-Sharif

Flowering Time 60–82 days; October
Released By The Real Seed Company
Pack Size 5/12 seeds
Yield Indoors: 300 g/m2; Outdoors: 1.5–2 kg/plant

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Nepalese

Flowering Time Mid-October–November
Released By The Real Seed Company
Pack Size 5/12 seeds
Yield 1 kg+/plant

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Pakistan Chitral Kush

Flowering Time 8–9 weeks; End of September
Released By Cannabiogen
Pack Size 1/3/5/10 seeds
Yield Medium

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Pakistan Valley

Pakistan Valley by World of Seeds is a selectively-bred pure indica strain sourced from the Hindu Kush mountains of northern Pakistan. A favorite hardy indica strain for indoor growers, Pakistan Valley seeds grow into fast flowering, compact plants with many side branches. Shows good resistance to drought and moderate resistance to mold and pests. Outdoors the bulky plants are ready to harvest around early October in northern areas. The pungent resinous buds of Pakistan Valley have been measured containing 21.2% THC and give a strong, sedative high.

Flowering Time 45–55 days; Early October
Released By World of Seeds
Pack Size 3/7/10/12 seeds
Yield Indoors: 400 g/m2; Outdoors: 500–600 g/plant

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Parvati

Flowering Time Mid-October–Early November
Released By The Real Seed Company
Pack Size 5/12 seeds
Yield 1–2 kg/plant

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Sinai

Flowering Time Late September–Early October
Released By The Real Seed Company
Pack Size 5/12 seeds
Yield High

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Syrian

A hardy landrace cannabis variety adapted to hot desert summer days and cold nights, Syrian strains share similarities to Lebanese landraces from Bekaa Valley, likely due to Syria’s long tradition of cannabis cultivation, particularly in the mountainous western region bordering Lebanon. Two main phenotypes can be found, a most desirable indica ideal for hash making that stays near 3 feet tall and a more feral sativa that gets up to 5 feet high. Syrian plants benefit from dry periods between watering and the ideal phenos produce dense, “hash plant” buds packed with shiny crystals that give a positive, inspiring and relaxing high. Seeds obtained via local gene bank.

Flowering Time September–October
Released By The Real Seed Company
Pack Size 5/12 seeds
Yield Medium

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Tirah

Flowering Time Late September–October
Released By The Real Seed Company
Pack Size 5/12 seeds
Yield High

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Ukhrul

Flowering Time December–January
Released By The Real Seed Company
Pack Size 5/12 seeds
Yield Medium/High

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Wild Thailand

Wild Thailand is a potent pure sativa strain from the Koh Chang district in Thailand. The genetics have been inbred by local farmers to produce plants with a shorter flowering time with higher yields, and show a high pest and mold resistance. Outdoors, Wild Thailand seeds grow into big plants that finish around late-November. Indoors, growers may want to switch to flowering cycle quickly to control the stretchy growth tendencies of Wild Thailand. The exotic citrus-flavored buds contain a very high 22.3% THC content including THCV which tropical Southeast Asian sativas are renowned for. Racy, euphoric high.

Flowering Time 75–90 days; End of November
Released By World of Seeds
Pack Size 3/7/10/12 seeds
Yield Indoors: 300 g/m2; Outdoors: 450–500 g/plant

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Your Own Strain Hunt

While the strains on this list can be purchased at an online cannabis seed bank, another fun aspect of growing and breeding is finding your own rare cannabis genetics around the world in person. For example, here’s a Lao sativa that I saw growing in the Bolaven Plateau, near Pakse, Laos. It’s got very long “finger” leaves and the buds give you a speedy, trippy high. More photos on my Tumblr. There’s a lot of interesting genetics out there that you can make unique hybrids with or just enjoy pure.

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Born 1954 & raised in Vancouver BC, Started puffin Weed in 1966′ age 12, My Buddies Older Brother went down to 4th. ave in Kitsilano and scored off the hippies….back then it was all Compressed Kilos of seed weed Mexican,
Seemed like they just tossed in handfuls of seeds in the bricks, we even found Peyote buttons in them….Then Some sensimilla made its way up Gorraro, Yucatan Panama even Acapulco, then different kinds of Columbian Gold Chocolate. There was actually homegrown weed being sold here in the early ’70s it was pounds and pounds of leaf with no bud in it…This gave homegrown a bad name that took many years to break out from. The Jamaican came in so hard-pressed we would heat it up with microwave to get it apart, bout that time the odd bit of super Californian bud was sneaking its way up …and some Maui Wowie made its way across the Pacific from Hawaii into Van. Then the untied Thai was coming in massive loads on mother ships …there was one load that was in vac-packed kilos with paper tags in them with an Eagle on it and it was the kill …lol…Outdoor finally cleaned up its act got organized and up to the times and started pumping out seedless bud …then around 1984//85 people slowly started growing indoor weed here, and It’s popularity took off like wildfire. In the beginning, LB.’s were going for 36 hun. The last big load of untied Thai came in about that time and didn’t do to well the indoor was all the rage. As the years passed if was all indoor and outdoor which kinda peaked at around 23 and then the teens …when 9-11 happened in 2001 the boarders tightened up and we came to a grinding halt on the exports south which caused a huge glut and prices fell dramatically ….In the past couple years to now, the outdoor hit an all-time low around 500/lb and the indoor anywhere from 900 to mid-range kushes etc around 12-14 hun and the high ends /Trip.s up to 17 & 18 hun/lb….
…Then there is the “”Turn Hashish into Ashe’s”” Saga … But I’ll save something for tomorrow … East Van Guy.

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We started in high school with Mexican weed that had a high concentration, also, of seeds. Then came “sinsemilla” from Mexico which was easier to roll and of better quality, coming in from San Diego in kilos. We were then treated to indoor growers in 1971, one growing an African strain that had black, sticky buds that oozed when squeezed (never got to smoke it tho) and one who took the Santa Marta Gold seeds and produced a variety of outdoor and indoor buds, some being called laughing weed as we could not stop laughing when smoking and others that just tasted so nice that those Colombian seeds were the rage. One friend of a friend was arrested in S.F. for trafficking coke and called us, instead of his lawyer, cuz his experimental cross breeding in Oregon of all the Humboldt county seeds he collected, some with Hawaiian strains in the mix, were more important to him to keep from the DEA. We were treated to all those cross breeds as he put a bud and respective seeds in baggies with notes about their origins. We rolled joints and tasted the changes in strains as we smoked down the reefers. All the while, thai weed in stick form came with Panama Red and Alcupulco Gold. And then the bear cage hash was found by a hunter, or two, as the story goes, smuggled in square tubed bear caged, three i believe, and one broke open, losing both bear(s) and cargo. The hash was almost black with opium white streaks in the compressed fingers.

a lot of them good old school strains are gone now. i guess im very lucky to have some 1970s original colombian gold seeds still left

Landrace cannabis seeds list of pure landrace sativa and landrace indica strains to buy in 2021. While many old-school landrace strains are hard to find

What are cannabis landrace strains?

What are cannabis landrace strains?

Humans have grown, and used, cannabis for thousands of years. In that time, cannabis has provided millions of people with recreational comfort. In more recent years cannabis has found an incredibly important emerging role as a multi-purpose medicine. But what are people referring to when they ask what is a landrace strain? A landrace definition is a cannabis strain which simply hasn’t had the original genetics crossed with modern strains.

Summary:
What is a landrace strain and what makes it unique?
How many landrace weed strains are there?
How do you know if a cannabis strain is a true landrace?
Best landrace cannabis seeds from Dutch Passion

What is a landrace strain and what makes it unique?

Landrace cannabis strains and landrace seeds have held a special place in the cannabis seed collections of old school connoisseurs and breeders. Landrace strains are the original genetic foundations of modern cannabis hybrids. They have evolved naturally over thousands (possibly millions) of years. They slowly adapted perfectly to the local environment, or terroir. This often shaped the properties and features of the various phenotypes in the landrace strains. How many cannabis landrace strains are there? It’s impossible to say, the illegality of cannabis meant that no official historical botanical records exist.

Landrace sativa strains that evolved in warm, tropical jungle environments may show different properties to landrace indica strains which evolved to survive more hostile and barren mountainous habitats. Some of these genetic features are useful to modern cannabis breeders who may want to amplify certain properties in order to create a new modern hybrid.

Many original landraces strains may have a clue to their country of genetic origin in the strain name, such as Durban Poison (Durban, South Africa), Malawi Gold, Thai, Afghani Kush, Mazar etc.

How many landrace weed strains are there?

Landrace strains

Where is landrace cannabis from? All modern cannabis strains evolved from the many hundreds of original landrace strains. In recent decades, cannabis breeders have bred extensively with original landrace strains in order to improve or amplify their best features.

This has resulted in most landrace strains being somewhat changed from their original pure genetic state. This will sound disappointing to the old school purists. But the breeding work was done for good reasons. Without it, many landrace strains would simply be rejected by modern growers for e.g. being low yielding or with low THC levels. Most of todays cannabis growers don’t mind the fact that landrace sativa seeds were crossed to create some modern sativa crosses with shorter bloom times than e.g. the original landrace Thai sativa.

Where to find landrace strains in the wild? Cannabis still grows in the wild in many tropical climates and mountainous areas. These are probably the best places to find landrace weed and landrace seeds.
If harvest yields/consistency of original landrace strains are improved and THC levels increased, the average indoor grower might consider that to be solid breeding progress. But original cannabis seed companies like Dutch Passion still retain collections of pure unadulterated landrace seeds for future generations.

Many cannabis lovers are torn between the romantic ideal of retaining all landrace strains in their original pure genetic form and the modern desire to maximise yields, taste & potency whilst minimising bloom times. Some growers assume that landrace strains are fundamentally superior to modern strains, yet it should be said that many landrace strains simply lack the cannabinoid content and other features (heavy yields, fast bloom times) that many modern growers consider mandatory.

Landrace cannabis seeds have a fond place in the heart of many cannabis growers. But it’s also fair to say that many of todays cannabis growers perhaps prefer the properties and features of modern cannabis seeds, which may contain landrace genetics. But the best contemporary cannabis seeds also tend to have many of the features demanded by modern growers such as fast bloom times, heavy harvests, high THC levels etc.

Landrace sativa strains:

Sativa landrace strains

Landrace sativa strains often originated in Asia and North Africa. The enjoyable effects meant that they were helped on their way around the world by humans and got an early introduction to the west. Once they reached the Americas, landrace sativa seeds thrived in warmer southern states. They grew taller, with greater internodal distances and stretch compared to other types of cannabis. These landrace sativa strains simply didn’t do as well at more northern latitudes until they were hybridised with other genetics. Some of the original landrace sativa seeds included the following:

  • Durban Poison from Africa (Malawi & Kilimanjaro landrace strains are other examples)
  • Acapulco Gold from Mexico
  • Lambs Bread from Jamaica
  • Panama Red, Punto Rojo (a.k.a. Tierra Adentro) & Colombian Gold from South America
  • Thai & Chocolate Thai strains from Asia

Landrace indica strains:

Indica landrace strains

Landrace indica strains are thought to have evolved in the tough, rugged mountain ranges of Afghanistan, India, Nepal and Pakistan. Having to cope with a cooler and less forgiving climate, landrace indica strains tend to be shorter, more compact and resinous than landrace sativa strains. Due to climatic pressures and short summers they tend to bloom faster than landrace sativa strains too. Afghan landrace flowering time can be as little as 7-8 weeks in photoperiod feminised seeds.

Landrace indica genetics saw increasing popularity as hippy travellers began visiting these regions in the 1960’s, returning home with landrace indica seeds. Conflict in the 1970’s saw many international military personnel also return landrace indica seeds to the west. Some original landrace indica strains include the following:

  • Afghani (Pure Afghan genetics coming from various mountainous areas in Afghanistan)
  • Mazar
  • Hindu Kush
  • Lashkar Gah
  • Tashkurgan
  • Sheberghan

Landrace ruderalis strains:

Autoflowering landrace strains

Ruderalis cannabis was largely forgotten until autoflowering cannabis seeds became so popular. Ruderalis often stays very short, reaching just 0.5m – 1m tall. Ruderalis is often found in places with harsh climates and short growing seasons such as Siberia and Northern Europe. THC levels are very low in landrace ruderalis strains, but that hasn’t stopped genetic specialists using ruderalis for breeding experiments with hemp and cannabis.

The onset of ruderalis bloom is determined by age rather than light conditions and it is this which differentiates ruderalis strains from all others. This ‘automatic blooming’ trait is necessary since the days can have 20 hours of daylight (or more) at extreme latitudes. Automatic flowering genetics have been taken from landrace ruderalis strains and used in modern autoflower seeds.

Autoflowering cannabis seeds are now a firm part of cannabis culture. Many people grow their own marijuana using autoflower seeds. Autoflower seeds have developed a reputation for being the easiest, simplest and fastest way to grow top quality cannabis with ruderalis genetics. Some examples of popular THC rich autoflower strains are:

  • Auto Mazar. Great for indoor or outdoor growers, with genetics from the Mazar-i-Sharif region
  • Auto Blueberry. Original Blueberry genetics, THC rich, often ready 8-9 weeks after seed germination. One of the top 5 fastest cannabis seeds to grow.
  • Auto Cinderella Jack, with THC levels over 25% is this the world’s strongest autoflower?
  • Auto Ultimate. She may take a little longer from seed to harvest, but this may well be the worlds best yielding autoflower seed.
  • Think Different. Since her launch, Think Different has had more repeat buyers than almost any other Dutch Passion strain. Superb combination of potency and yield.
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How to grow autoflower seeds
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How do you know if a cannabis strain is a true landrace?

True landrace strains remain relatively rare. That’s not because seed companies enjoy deliberately mixing landrace genetics with modern genetics. It’s because cannabis growers tend to be quite picky about the cannabis seeds which they grow. Most weed growers only buy a few cannabis seeds each year for a couple of grows.

The discerning cannabis seed buyer usually has quite specific requirements for their autoflower seeds or feminised seeds. Often they want a specific type of genetic background with demanding performance features. That could be, for example, a fast auto harvest with high THC levels. You could try to source some landrace ruderalis seeds which would provide you a rapid crop. But if you want high THC levels as well you would need to buy some modern autoflower seeds. Landrace ruderalis seeds simply wouldn’t provide the potency. That principle runs through many of the landrace seed options. They may offer some of the features wanted by the grower, but not necessarily all of them.

That’s why so few true landrace genetics are on offer, most people are not that interested in growing them. Landrace genetics remain important among cannabis breeders looking to create a new strain. But unfortunately landrace genetics tend to be of less useful practical value to the modern home grower. That said, there are plenty of landrace genetics in the breeding collections of the older seed companies where the original genetics remain of great interest.

If you want to buy some landrace seeds how do you know if a strain is landrace? Can you trust the claimed landrace strains list from a breeder? As with most cannabis seeds on sale today, the buyer simply has to trust the vendor claims. It helps if you choose a cannabis seed company with a reputation you can trust and a successful track record established over many decades. Choose your cannabis seeds carefully and enjoy growing your next crop!

Best landrace cannabis seeds from Dutch Passion

Dutch Passion were formally established in 1987, but they were informally gathering cannabis seeds and genetics from around the world since the 1970’s. This has allowed the Dutch Passion breeders an unsurpassed gene bank with some of the best landrace strains including African landrace strains which supplied the genetics for Durban Poison and Power Plant. The best of the landrace marijuana genetics are safely preserved in Dutch Passion’s deep freeze where they are occasionally revived and used in modern breeding projects.

Genetics from the best of the landrace weed strains have been used extensively when breeding modern strains. Girl Scout Cookies, for example, uses Durban Poison genetics. The following Dutch Passion strains are all largely based on landrace genetics with only a modest amount of modern tweaking.

Mazar, Indica dominant Afghani Strain with very high THC levels

Mazar by Dutch Passion

What is the most consistent landrace strain? Many would say that accolade should go to Mazar. This is an indica dominant Afghani with a famously powerful vape/smoke and penetrating pungent hash aromas. Mazar genetics were sourced from the Mazar-i-Sharif region. This landrace strain is known for being tough, hardy and easy to grow in just about all grow conditions. To improve yields, some Skunk genetics were introduced, though this doesn’t detract at all from the superb taste, aroma and long lasting high.

Mazar feminised seeds take around 8 weeks in bloom. They are also available in regular cannabis seeds and are proud members of the Dutch Passion very high THC seed collection. This means that you can expect THC levels up to 20%, possibly a touch higher in optimised conditions. Mazar seeds are part of the Afghani Kush seed collection.

Fans of autoflower seeds should check out Auto Mazar. Auto Mazar grows well under 20 hours of indoor light, taking around 11 weeks to grow from seed to harvest. Auto Mazar is also particularly recommended for outdoor growers. She takes around 100 days to grow from seed to harvest outdoors, her landrace Mazar genetics ensure she is tough enough to deliver harvests even in poor outdoor conditions.

Related:
Mazar grow review
Auto Mazar grow review by The King

Durban Poison, stress-busting South African sativa

Durban Poison by Dutch Passion

Durban Poison is a stunningly powerful South African sativa. This well known Dutch Passion strain is famous for it’s ultra relaxing anti-anxiety high. Stress and tension simply melt away after a few vapes of this THC rich, resin-drenched beauty.

Originally a landrace strain which evolved in South Africa, Durban Poison seeds were taken to Europe in the 1980’s by Dutch Passion to select some parents which would provide offspring suitable for outdoor European cultivation. During this outdoor selection process a small amount of unknown indica genes were introduced to Durban Poison. The indica genetics didn’t substantially change the results from Durban Poison. The soaring sativa high is special enough to create a generation of repeat growers, some of whom will grow nothing else.

With unusual aniseed, cloves, lemon and liquorice aromas together with heavy yields, Durban Poison is equally at home indoors or outdoors. Outdoors, she can grow at Dutch (or Southern UK) latitudes. Durban Poison is ready to harvest after around 8-9 weeks of 12/12 indoor bloom. THC levels are high thanks to the incredible resin production and the seeds are part of the Dutch Outdoor collection.

Related:
Durban Poison outdoor grow review

Power Plant, African sativa genetics with stunning yields and ease of growth

Power Plant by Dutch Passion

Anyone looking for an easy to grow sativa with generous yields and a deliciously enjoyable high should take a close look at Power Plant. This unusual African sativa bends a few rules when it comes to delivering heavy harvests of THC rich buds. The plants are ready to harvest much quicker than most sativas. In good conditions, Power Plant is ready to harvest after around 8 weeks of bloom. Yields are very generous too. THC levels are high, Power Plant seeds are part of the Dutch Passion Classics collection.

Power Plant isn’t as stretchy as some other pure sativas (like Desfrán for example) and can produce medium height plants with notably chunky blooms. It’s a variety that you can grow well in a SOG (Sea Of Green) system with little (or no) vegetative growth.

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Power Plant grown in a SOG grow with LED grow lights

Power Plant is a forgiving strain to grow with a wide grow latitude. No matter how you grow her, Power Plant has earned a reputation for delivering heavy, powerful harvests with remarkable ease. It’s one of those robust strains that can be recommended to novice growers as well as expert growers. If you want connoisseur quality sativa buds then Power Plant seeds should be high on your shopping list.

Related:
Power Plant grown in soil/coco fibre mix with an HPS grow light

If you prefer the convenience of growing cannabis with autoflower seeds, then Auto Power Plant comes with our highest recommendations.

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