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5 High-Yielding Strains for Your Cannabis Garden

July 24, 2017
5 High-Yielding Strains for Your Cannabis Garden(SEASTOCK/iStock)
When cultivating cannabis, growers aim to produce a potent, fragrant bud–and ideally, lots of it. Genetics, nutrients, grow mediums, climate, and many other factors are responsible for determining the yield of your garden. The first of those factors, the plant’s genetics, dictate which attributes the plant is capable of expressing, while environmental factors are what help coax them out in the growing process.

Below are five strains with genetics that predispose them to heavy yields. Consider sowing these strains if you’re looking to achieve a bigger harvest this year.


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White Widow

White Widow is a famous Amsterdam hybrid that was created by crossing landrace strains from Southern India and Brazil. Now famous worldwide, White Widow is known for its impressive resin production and powerful euphoria. Consumers may celebrate its effects, but growers celebrate White Widow’s large yields.

There’s a reason why this award-winning hybrid remains popular since its birth in the 90s. Not only is this strain a heavy yielder, White Widow is resilient toward mold and pests, and flowering wraps up in just eight to nine weeks. White Widow fares best in indoor gardens, so find some seeds and watch this plant take off.


Tips for growing White Widow cannabis

Cheese Quake

Cheese Quake combines the power of a quality strain with high yields. Created by TGA Subcool Seeds, this indica-dominant hybrid combines genetics from Cheese and Querkle. Its effects strike a balance between cerebral and physical, elevating the mind while saddling the body with relief. The aroma is sour and funky like cheese, with sweet fruity undertones.

Generally grown indoors, Cheese Quake will grow fast and big. Top this plant early on in vegetation to help it grow into a bushy shape. Low stress training (LST) and pruning will help keep this plant headed towards an epic yield of quality buds.


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Purple Trainwreck

Another outdoor California classic, Purple Trainwreck is famous for its high yields and ease of growing. This strain was created by the Humboldt Seed Organization by crossing the longtime favorite Trainwreck with Mendocino Purps. The resulting hybrid holds onto both Trainwreck’s wonderful aroma and effects and Mendo Purp’s weight and resilience. Purple Trainwreck offers a euphoric and uplifting high, making it a perfect strain for entry-level consumers looking for a mellow experience.

This strain will thrive either indoors or outdoors, with a favorable flowering time of just eight weeks. For this reason, Purple Trainwreck is a hit for light-deprivation greenhouses or growers looking to harvest early in the fall.

Critical Kush

Critical Kush was created by breeding two legendary strains, Critical Mass and OG Kush. Its parent strain Critical Mass is known for its sweet citrus flavor while OG Kush brings to the table earthy flavors and potency. With their forces combined, Critical Kush inherits potency, flavor, and heavy yields.

Any moisture influx will cause Critical Kush’s buds to mold from the inside out, which is why this strain needs to be grown in a space where humidity can be precisely regulated. For this reason, growing indoors or in a greenhouse is recommended. Heavy feeding is necessary to ensure the buds grow dense, healthy, and heavy.


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Blue Dream

Blue Dream is regarded as the most popular strain in the United States. This hybrid is heavy-yielding, mildew-resistant, flavorful, easy to find, and calming in effects. Due to its overwhelming presence and pacifying, mellow euphoria, Blue Dream is popular among novice consumers. However, many connoisseurs and heavy consumers have moved past the Blue Dream hype.

Having been bred for outdoor farming in California, Blue Dream reaches its full potential under the sun. It responds well to a Mediterranean climate and takes off vertically. Blue Dream grows lanky and tall, but produces dense buds which help to make its yields exceptional.


Tips for growing Blue Dream cannabis

The quality of Blue Dream varies widely depending on how it was grown, hence why so many connoisseurs steer toward other genetics. As a popular high-yielding strain, many cultivators grow Blue Dream as a cash crop without putting enough attention towards the quality of the product. Try finding a quality Blue Dream and see if this changes your opinion.

While this is a short list of popular, high-yielding strains, there are so many others out there begging to be discovered, grown, and celebrated. As farming tactics and technology improve, yields will continue to increase. But don’t forget that behind any high-yielding crop is a capable farmer who pays attention to his or her plant’s needs.

Which heavy yielders would you add to this list? Drop a comment below for other curious growers.

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Trevor Hennings

Trevor is a freelance writer and photographer. He has spent years in California working in the cannabis industry.

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  • Legalize420

    If you want s MASSIVE yield of HUGE baseball or football size nugs, extreme crippling indica afghanica hashplant narcotic/euphoric/pain killing effects look no further than the amazing, beautiful, and very rare WILLIAMS WONDER!! This strain is LEGENDARY and has been around since possibly the pre-soviet invasion. It’s a landrace but it’s very special in that it finishes fast and it’s nugs are known to mold in too warm climates as they get so big and dense. Because it’s buds get to the size of baseballs in the 90s it was known as Major League Bud. There’s some hybrids out there but yield is sacrificed every time even if a reasonable amount. Blue Magoo, herijuana x WiWo, or Trainwreak x WiWo it’s still available in clone, or hybrid form. One specific breeder carries the 86 Super Sativa IBL Williams Wonder, but sadly it sells out almost immediately and there’s usually a waiting list to contend with. It’s a VERY special Landrace Afghanica Indica. I managed to import 10 seeds for $140 so I am going to really enjoy my medication once I grow it for the VERY first time. I could add lots more info but I’ll leave it at…

    IF you are a recreational user or medical patient with a STRONG tolerance, and your genetic lineage of choice is Indica, you will LOVE Williams wonder. It’s been called the ONLY indica one will EVER need. I KNOW some older people will remember this beauty and it’s crippling potency and super potent terpines/aroma.

    • Bobby Baker Jr.

      Where do I find that strain

  • Cannabis Kamikaze

    White Widow is described as a high yield in this article, however in the video it’s described as “moderate to low” yield. Which one is it?

    • Nareth Leang

      Moderate at best.

      • Cannabis Kamikaze

        Thank you Nareth

  • les

    White Widow high yielding??? Blue Dream is now ho hum?? Are you also a movie critic???
    Think you smoked too much before you wrote this. For someone with supposed credentials you don’t really seem to know much about strains. and that’s the biggest problem with Leafly too many young, know-it-all punks writing poor quality “articles”. I’ve probably forgot more than you know. At least do your homework before writing, give us statistics that back up your claims. Or grow some weed at least so that you actually know what your talking about!

    • ryder

      I’ve grown many a white widow lady’s and have always got an exceptional yield. Sorry to here you can’t. Keep trying!

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    • Kale

      I didn’t get much critical either

    • Kelly Jordan

      I second that motion, the only way you know yield is by experience!