By legalizing cannabis in 2018, the state of Michigan made a giant leap forward from the time when growing marijuana was a felony. However, although it’s now legal, please learn all the dos and don’ts, especially if you plan to grow weed outdoors. Our short guide to the best strains that suit Michigan climate will also help you understand the restrictions placed by Mother Nature.
Growing Marijuana in Michigan: Legal in Stealth Mode
If you’re 21 years or older and live in Michigan, you’re free to grow up to 12 plants in your place of residence, possess up to 2.5 ounces, and stash even more under lock and key. All this is kind of lenient, but here’s the catch: your marijuana garden must be completely hidden from view. This is easy when you grow indoors, but outdoors, you’ll have to go the extra mile to make your cannabis patch invisible to outsiders. Basically, your only legal option is to build a shed or a greenhouse around it. And check your local regulations, too, because your municipality may have banned marijuana cultivation altogether.
Climate in Michigan: Watch out for High Humidity
With 200 days of non-freezing temperatures, the growing season in Michigan is long enough to successfully grow many good cannabis varieties. You’ll get plenty of sunshine throughout the summer and early fall, comfortable but not too hot temperatures, and enough rainfall to help you with watering your plants. The drawback is the high humidity, which can cause problems with mold and bud rot for marijuana buds in the later stages of flowering. One way to deal with this issue is to protect your plants from rain in a greenhouse (which is required by law anyway), and another is to stick to strains that are especially mold-resistant.
The Best Strains Are Those That Finish in September or October
You can put your marijuana plants in the ground as early as the middle of May, and a whole month earlier in a greenhouse. You can further extend the vegetative period if you start your seedlings inside. This is a good option for those who want to have huge tree-like plants by harvest time. To choose a strain that’s best in terms of reliability, mold-resilience, and high yields, look for September finishers. Strains that fully mature in October are trickier, but allow you to produce more exotic and sought-after varieties normally associated with indoor growing.
Our following top five strains to grow outdoors in Michigan not only have the best chance to cross the finish line, but also guarantee you buds of superb quality.
Gorilla Glue #4: When too Much of Everything Creates a Balance
Gorilla Glue #4 is a strain to both fear and respect, because the Gorilla family in general is famous for its insane resin production and pheno #4 is the stickiest of them all. Obviously, this guarantees over-the-top THC and terpene levels. Quality-wise, this strain of weed is all about balance: it’s a 50/50 Sativa/Indica mix, with effects that combine intense euphoria and happiness with a strong body buzz, plus the smell and taste of chocolate and diesel that are as harmonious as they are complex.
Apple Betty: Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice
Our very own Apple Betty also makes the list of the best weed strains to grow outside in Michigan. Why? This trendy apple-flavored cultivar finishes already in September and still produces astounding yields of up to 2600 g (92 oz) per plant! Growing aside, smoking 30+% THC Apple Betty is always a great experience – a euphoric and highly psychedelic high will deeply relax you while keeping your head clear.
Bruce Banner #3: Intoxicating Smell and Electrifying Effect
Another US legend in our all-American list, Bruce Banner #3 dominates the top shelves of legal dispensaries, both in Michigan and elsewhere, and what put it there was the astonishing 28% THC! This strain leans slightly more on the Sativa side, so the airier structure of buds gives them good protection against mold outdoors. You can harvest them only in October, but the smoke is worth the wait. It has a sweet, earthy, and gassy smell and taste, and the effects fill your head and body with intense euphoria.
Lemon AK Auto: Sativa-Heavy Lemonade
If you’re a newbie grower who wants to buy cannabis seeds in Michigan but scared of messing your first plant up, get yourself Lemon AK Auto – super beginner-friendly autoflowering strain that’s quick, potent, and easy to grow. This 24% THC cultivar is a Sativa-dominant autoflower with uplifting, energizing effects. You can use it throughout the day without worrying about getting drowsy or unproductive.
Gorilla Zkittlez: You Can Grow These Sweets by The Pounds
Among the countless crosses based on the paragon of stickiness (see the one above), Gorilla Zkittlez stands out due to its eye-popping multicolored bag appeal, super-strong high delivered by 24% THC, and fruity and sweet, almost candy-like flavor. The yields of up to 4-5 pounds per plant can’t help but attract outdoor gardeners. Multiply it by the legal limit of 12 plants, and you’re looking at a harvest that will last you a lifetime.
Orange Sherbet Auto: Tons of Happiness
Concentrate fans, bring your attention over here! A real terp champion, Orange Sherbet Auto turns into a stocky and branchy plant capable of producing extreme amounts of flavorful resin after just 70 days from seed. Smelling of juicy fruit and sour citrus while packing 24% THC in its monstrously thick buds, this Sativa-dominant strain will fuel your happiness, energy, and creativity from the moment you start your wake-and-bake session until you finish it late at night.
Black Cherry Punch: Roaring Rush of Euphoria
Also among top-selling strains in Michigan is this dark purple beauty, Black Cherry Punch by Pyramid Seeds. She’s not all about the looks, though. This 90% Sativa strain produces 25% THC buds that are packed with euphoric resin. Try its cherry-flavored smoke once, and you’ll be coming back for another portion of intense cerebral effects.
The Incredible Bulk: a 3-Pounder Finishing in Mid September
If Sativa isn’t really your cup of tea but you still want an insanely high-yielding strain, try The Incredible Bulk. This 80% Indica will bring you 2-3 pounds of dry bud – not as much as our previous strain, but you don’t have to wait as long, either. By mid-September, this gorgeous lady will be ready to harvest, and then you can enjoy the smoke that relaxes you without killing motivation and lets you get on with your life while wrapped up in happiness and protected from pain.
Grandmommy Purple: Flagship Genetics with Record-Breaking THC Levels
If you’re a fan of THC-heavy genetics and looking for the best strains to grow in Michigan, our 33% THC Grandmommy Purple will satisfy your cravings. This purple-colored plant produces large amounts of grape-flavored buds by early September. After taking a hit of this lady, expect to feel the calmest you’ve ever been. Grandmommy Purple relaxes you like a narcotic, both body and mind, and that’s why it found its way to homes all over the globe: our customers use it aid with stress and sleep problems.
Original Cinderella Auto: Magic Experience for All
Closing our list of the best strains to grow outdoor in Michigan is Original Cinderella Auto – a super-quick autoflower that finishes in 9 weeks from germination! This means that if you plant it in May and harvest in early July, you can plant another batch right away and snatch two harvest in one season by mid-September! Effect-wise, expect to feel creative, focused, and energized as soon as this strain’s fruity smoke touches your lungs.
Take Care of Legal Issues and the Michigan Climate Will Do the Rest
There’s nothing easier than growing marijuana outdoors in Michigan, at least in terms of climate. The best Indicas, Sativas, and hybrids are at your disposal as long as they finish no later than October. So build a greenhouse or a large enough fence and pop some weed seeds – the results won’t disappoint you!
If you’re searching for cannabis seeds for sale in Michigan – there’s no need to go outside, you’re already in the store with thousands of strains to choose from! Order them at Herbies, and enjoy all of our perks, like free seeds with every order or free stealth shipping!
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