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The top 5 indica strains to grow in northern climates in 2020

Looking for reliable strains that can handle the colder and shorter growing season of northern environments? Look no further; we’ve got you covered with these five fast and furious indicas.

Growing in the northern hemisphere can be challenging, especially in some areas of Europe where conditions can be cold, wet, and even frosty.

Luckily, thanks to expert breeding, there are a variety of cannabis varieties, that’ll still produce excellent results even in the most unforgiving northern climates. In this post we share a handpicked list of our top indica strains to grow in the northern hemisphere.


Before we begin looking at individual strains, it’s important, that we understand the northern climate and what grow conditions we’re dealing with.

“Northern climate” is a term that loosely refers to any climate of the northern hemisphere. These conditions are very generalised by cold winters and relatively cool summers, but obviously vary between different parts of the northern hemisphere.

Regular cannabis depends on its photoperiod for flowering, and is also seasonal. That means, that northern growers will usually germinate seeds between April and May and collect their harvests between October and November.

One of the biggest concerns for growing in the north are cold weather and frost, both of which can have detrimental effects on the development of cannabis plants. While indicas are generally thought to be a bit better prepared for these conditions due to their origins (mountainous regions of India and Nepal), they still suffer in cold or frosty conditions.

It is important to realize, that we have painted a very general picture of northern climates here, and that conditions obviously vary between different geographical locations. Hence, it is really important you understand your local climate and how to prepare for it before beginning your grow op.


Below is a special list of our top 5 recommended indica strains for northern growers. Read on for more information about each individual strain and remember; for the highest quality cannabis seeds delivered direct to your door, order at RQS today.


Whoever said quality cannabis couldn’t be grown in northern regions never met Sweet ZZ. This stoning indica prefers a warm climate, but barely even detects when things get a little cold. Sweet ZZ earned recognition in the cannabis world primarily for her fruity and zesty flavour, inherited from scrumptious parent strains Grape Ape and Grapefruit. As well as producing irresistible terpenes, her bulbous flowers churn out a THC content of 22%—nothing to be scoffed at! A few tokes sends a heavy wave of euphoria over every inch of the body.

Sweet ZZ performs well outdoors, even in the chilly air at the end of the northern growing season. She’ll stand strong at a height of 160–200cm and produce up to 550g/plant at the end of September. Indoors, she produces an equally impressive 600g/m² after an ultra-brief 7–9 weeks of flowering.

These indica strains are super robust and fast to flower, making them perfectly suitable to grow in northern regions. Find out more about our top five!

Good strains for outdoor new England?

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A 50/50 will do well for you. Full Indica’s may lead to mold/disease problems, you live in an environment that is warm/cold and humid. It is important to take this into consideration, my top choices if I lived in that area would be,

Early Pearl
Early Queen
Early Riser
Matanuba Poison
Big Buddah Cheese

These varieties finish mid-late september to avoid cold rains in late season which could harbor mold issues.

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If you want a pleasant surprise, try Durban Poison. Finishes early, cold tolerant. Good potency and the best part is that you don’t build a tolerance to it. Consistent and effective. Bought my first DP seeds in ’87.

Avoid Dutch Passion’s version, imo. I purchased some DP seeds there, and found them weak and dead. Got 2 females, finally. Crossed them with another DP line. Ended up with some incredibly vigorous plants.

Below are a few DP shots. The first pic is of young DP that produced very well. I grew two, one outdoors, and another in one of my greenhouses.

The second a few weeks later. Three is later, yet. The screen is at 7 feet.

A couple weeks later, the fourth pic a week or two before harvest.

Straight up, I’ve never known an outdoor gardener who abandoned this strain after growing it.

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Good thread, I’m in the same sitch. I’m in Northern New England, less than 50 miles south of the border, and it gets cold up here pretty fast. Got some nice purply kush seeds from a good friend who’s been growin monsters outdoors here for like 40 years, he usually yields like at the very least a pound per plant outdoors. I also have northern lights goin indoor, so I’ll probably try that outdoor too. I’m really interested in ordering this though for some variety:

it’s the sensi seeds outdoor mix, looks like a really good and practical mix of strains that are designed for northern climates. I’m thinkin i’ll veg em mostly indoors (maybe stick em on the deck on sunny days) until they’re a foot, put em out side in some organic soil/compost beds in like mid-late may, and hope they’re trees by sept-oct. it’s getting to be that time where to get through the winter we gotta look forward to spring! Happy smoking and here’s to sunnier days ahead!

So this comming spring (bout 4 months away) I'm going to try and grow a plant or two, nothing big, just to see how hard or easy it is. I'm just wondering…