For growers who want the biggest harvests out of each plant, high yield cannabis strains are the golden ticket. Not just for cash croppers, high yield strains can produce superb quality buds and really ‘bring home the bacon’.
Compiled here is a list of strains & seeds for sale – some of the largest and heaviest yielding cannabis strains available now. These were voted on and recommended by contributors, friends and readers of the site. If you have any additions to the list, please comment below and describe your experiences with the strain(s)!
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Landrace Thai Sativa (Thai Stick)
Thai is a monumental landrace cannabis sativa strain known for it’s goliath size, super long flowering time, frighteningly high THC content, and of course the ‘Thai sticks’ exported from South-East Asia.
The Thai sativa plant grows vigorously, shooting up in height quick. These big plants typically outgrow the modern hybrid strain, reaching insane heights of over 12 feet easily… although taming them to produce well can be quite the challenge, especially for growers outside the tropics. Massive 13 fingered leaves are common, and when grown in higher latitudes, hermaphrodites can be problematic.
So why grow this crazy strain? Thai sativa plants, when finished correctly can present a harvest full of monster leg-sized colas on multiple pound XXL yield plants. Outdoors, these huge strains can flower all the way until January! For the skilled cultivator, landrace Thai sativa is the ultimate rewarding challenge.
Cured buds of Thai sativa strains range from smooth and sweet to exotically spicy. A specific spice smell, similar to anise, seems to be present in all phenotypes of the strain. Red tinted buds and large calyxes with a low leaf-to-bud ratio are some examples of superb phenos. A true breeding strain, many high quality modern hybrids have gotten their magical qualities from a Thai sativa parent.
You will need to make a real game-plan if you plan to finish a Thai sativa plant to harvest successfully. For growers in the tropics, this is not as complicated, as it’s already in it’s natural environment where the plant can flower for an extended time. Northern climate growers should start early and consider light deprivation techniques to induce early flowering. Finishing in a greenhouse during winter with additional lighting can help tame the dragon into producing mystical quality cannabis buds.
The original insane cash cropper, Big Bud touts some of the highest yields for an indica dominant hybrid of it’s type. Huge buds that gain almost too much heaviness during flowering – the branches often require staking to keep them from falling over by their own ridiculous weight.
Gaining popularity and respect since the 1980’s Big Bud was created from Afghani, Skunk #1, and Northern lights genetics, and has been preserved to this day by the Sensi Seeds company. Big Bud won first prize in 1989 at the second-ever High Times Cannabis Cup, under the mostly indica category.
A classic indica dom, Big Bud plants do not get too tall, and grow in a fat bushy structure similar to other dank indica strains. Flowering time is super fast – 58 – 70 days ’til harvest for the different phenotypes. Big Bud can be grown easily indoors or outdoors, however outdoor growers should be careful of bud mold (botrytis) close to harvest. Big Bud likes the heat and dry weather. Treat her right and get colas thicker than a human leg.
The Big Bud strain is considered a true breeding IBL (in-bred line), meaning that breeders can use the seeds to create their own generation of Big Bud, or create high-yielding hybrids. Ken’s Grand Daddy Purp is a prime example of using this high yield strain in order to pump up the normally low yields of a purple strain.
Drowsiness, red eyes, munchies are common of this herb’s mellow stone. Big Bud’s effects are the typical couch-lock indica. Sweet and musky flavors, plus the cured buds are truly BIG. Yield: 150 gram+ plants indoors. Outdoors, multiple pound plants.
Blue Dream flooded the West Coast scene once growers found out how big and how much this awesome strain can yield. A cross between a Blueberry and a Haze strain, Blue Dream hybrid plants can grow into gargantuan monsters producing top-shelf quality A grade pot.
The high yields are up to the grower’s ingenuity. For as big as you can plan to get them, Blue Dream will stack up the sweet buds on tree-sized huge cannabis plants. Many people like to pump Blue Dream plants up hard in vegetative growth, using additional lighting and a well prepared nutrient regime. Set into flowering, Blue Dream finishes up relatively quick for a sativa dom – being ready to harvest in 10 weeks time.
A production plant with a noticeably sweet berry flavor, Blue Dream is a cash croppers dream strain. This 60:40 sativa/indica hybrid boasts a respectable 17-24% THC content. Quality and yield made this strain a legend. Whether you’re growing indoors or outdoors, Blue Dream will be an all-star in the garden.
Sticky silver-coated nuggets scream pure dankness, pleasing even the most stubborn of connoisseurs. The tastes and aroma of Blue Dream is a smooth and sweet blueberry tone, very light on the lungs. Effects are balanced – sativa-like speedy high and potency with an indica body kick to it.
Easy to grow and easy to get rid of, Blue Dream ranks in as one of the all-time best high yield strains. Mass yield potential outdoors and indoors. A cultivator’s ‘dream’.
Texada Timewarp has been the BC Vancouver and Gulf Island’s prime outdoor cash cropper for over 30 years. This back-crossed stabilized strain can grow over 2.5 meters tall and yield more than a kilo per plant. A true old-school sativa/indica hybrid.
Specifically bred to handle the outdoors, Texada Timewarp is a very mold resistant strain, able to flower properly in wet and cold conditions. Texada Timewarp finishes around the last week of September in the northern hemisphere. Flowering time ~45 days.
The savory green nuggets often get hues of purple when exposed to cold climates. Big plants. Although not the most dense buds out there, the calyxes of Texada Timewarp are huge and will please sativa connisuers who like something energetic and unique. Sweet musky grape flavor.
Breeders will appreciate the fast-flowering qualities of Texada Timewarp – a refreshing change to other watered down quick-flowering genetics in many popular hybrids. Goldwarp (Texada Timewarp x Guerrilla Gold 5) is one of the most successful crosses with local outdoor growers.
Perfect for the beginner outdoor cultivator, Texada Timewarp can handle the rough weather while still churning out quality buds with a high yield FAST.
Pure Power Plant (PPP)
If fat cola bud plants are what you’re looking for, look no further. Pure Power Plant, or Power Plant, gets absurdly large dominant colas on easily managed sativa dominant plants. Potency + high yield = champion.
A hybrid of South African landrace strains, Pure Power Plant is a stable inbred hybrid (IBL) developed by Dutch Passion in the 1990’s. Winning numerous awards such as two first place HighLife Cups (2008, 2009), it’s a surprise that Pure Power Plant isn’t as popular with the current cannabis scene today.
Pure Power Plant smells of sweet orange and spice, and the big buds add to this strains bag appeal. Tasting of musky sandal wood with a dash of fruitiness, there is no sacrifice in quality with this XXL high yield strain. A sativa dominant strain (70:30 sativa/indica) with balanced indica qualities, Pure Power Plant is suitable for both daytime and nighttime tokers, although a heavy toke session may put you down on the couch.
Grown terrifically indoors and outdoors, Pure Power Plant has been a staple of many cash croppers for years. Massive plants. The speedy 8-9 week flowering time opens up the door for all growers to try this plant. Large calyxes and a low leaf-to-bud ratio on this African beauty. Pure Power Plant appreciates a heavy nutrient regime during flowering to build her large resiny flowers.
A mold resistant strain, Pure Power Plant is a great choice for guerrilla growers planting in humid climates, as well as all growers. Keep her clean close to harvest and see these strong dominant colas form up fat.
Super Skunk is a next-level indica hybrid made from backcrossing the legendary Skunk#1 with a old-school landrace Afghani plant. Through this, the yields have been pumped up while still retaining the stink-through-the-bag qualities that everyone loves about Skunk.
Super Skunk released in 1990, won the mostly-indica High Times Cannabis Cup immediately that year. Super Skunk is ideal for growers and smokers who want high yields of dense, cheesy dank indica buds with a sweet taste. The moderately high THC content (tested above 19%) add to the appeal of this cash cropper strain.
Short flowering, finishing it’s cycle in a mere 45 – 50 days. Super Skunk performs well in all cultivation set-ups including hydroponics, indoor, and outdoor grows. Easy to grow, although beware of mold issues in late flowering due to her heavy dense indica nuggets. Yields of potential kilo plus plants outdoors, and 21 g/m2 indoors.
This 80% indica dominant hybrid can morph into a goliath when cultivated accordingly. Super Skunk loves lots of light and nutrients for it bulky stock and buds. A heavy feeding large plant. Super Skunk harvests light green chronic herb reminiscent of classic “Cali Homegrown”.
Skunk strains get their name from the extreme pungent odor the buds exude. For those who get off on the stanky stank, Super Skunk is the high-yield choice for you.
Super Silver Haze (SSH)
The proclaimed “King of Sativa’s” during the 90’s, Super Silver Haze (SSH) rose to fame winning three consecutive High Times Cannabis Cups in 1997, 1998 & 1999. Known for it’s uplifting effect and silvery-green THC coated nuggets, Super Silver Haze produces very high yields of big buds.
Bred by the famed Neville Schoenmaker and Shantibaba, this sativa-dominant hybrid (80:20 sativa/indica) consists of Original Haze, Northern Lights #5 and Skunk #1 genetics. Through the years Super Silver Haze has been stabilized true breeding (IBL), and has become a building block for many of the most popular cannabis hybrids on the market today.
Super Silver Haze performs great in all grow set-ups including hydroponics, outdoor and indoor cultivation methods. The slightly long 10-11 week flowering time may turn off some growers, but rest assured the heavy harvests are well worth the wait! Bud colas get huge during late flower cycle. Humongous plants. A slightly finicky strain to grow, be careful of over-fertilization as well as under-fertilization… too much nitrogen will burn her up during vegetative growth.
Skunky, spicy and citrusy, Super Silver Haze tastes sweet to the tongue and provides a psychoactive energetic effect. Not as mind-racing as an Asian sativa, Super Silver Haze is ideal for users who desire an uplifting high without the paranoia. Yields indoor average 450-550 g/m2, outdoors 550+ g/plant.
Milk rewarding high yields from this plant with the right care and techniques. Super Silver Haze is a great all-around sativa-dominant strain, with a huge track record of awards.
Chocolope, originally named D-Line is a nearly all-sativa hybrid (95:5 sativa/indica) consisting of landrace Thai (Chocolate Thai) and Cannalope genetics. Chocolope plants grow vigorously, dominantly taking over the cultivation area. Flowering time ~69 days.
Chocolate Thai is a legend of the 1980’s, being one of the first popular high THC Asian sativas going around the cannabis community. Combined with the Cannalope Haze, the resulting hybrid Chocolope has the quintessential South-East Asian sativa qualities: long flowering, LARGE plants whose buds have a creeper high (+20 minutes onset).
More tweaked toward a bold chocolate type flavor Chocolope has unique fruit and minty spice traits with an extremely smooth smoke. Perfect for big bong hits, the smoke of Chocolope is easy on the lungs, but beware of the potent racy high that will follow. Smells like grapefruit and anise seed with a powdery high-THC coating.
Outdoors, indoors or hydro. All cultivators have had great success growing Chocolope as proven by the numerous awards she has earned: 1st place Hydro Highlife Cup 2008, 2nd place Sativa HT Cannabis Cup 2010, 2nd place Coffeeshop HT Cannabis Cup 2007, 2nd place Hydro Highlife Cup 2007 2nd place Outdoor Spannabis 2011… and the list goes on.
This 500-600g/m2 high-yield strain is available in seed form, although Chocolope seeds often go out of stock quick. Check the link below.
The legendary old-school sativa Colombian Gold exploded in the United States during the 1960’s. Hailing from the Santa Marta mountains of Colombia, this cannabis strain grows BIG… yielding large amounts of sweet, potent sativa buds.
A not-so-well known fact about Colombian Gold is the “gold” in her name comes from a technique locals used with the plants before harvest. Right before the buds were prime and ready, cultivators would ring the bark, causing the plant to “die on the hoof” and resulting in a gold-like color scheme.
Through continuous inbreeding, Colombian Gold has been stabilized into a true breeding strain that has been used to create lots of the modern hybrids we love today. Breeders appreciate the high vigor and yield that this strain provides, as well as the 19%+ THC content.
Colombian Gold has a moderately long 10 – 11 week flowering time as the massive plant morphs into a budded beast. Yields indoor from 350g indoor to 450-600g outdoor. Buds are covered in crystal.
This sativa has some indica introduced in it’s genetics. About 75:25 sativa/indica. A smooth and tangy flavor plus sweet lemon skunk aroma makes for high quality nuggets.
Mango Haze is balanced hybrid (50:50 sativa/indica) plant with a high 23% THC content and the potential to grow BIG. This cannabis strain exhibits a distinct mango aroma and flavor, which makes it a great choice for the cash cropper who wants fruity buds.
Mango Haze was created from the same genetic pool as Super Silver Haze, consisting of 25% Northern Lights #5, 25% Skunk #1 and 50% Original Haze. The phenotypes exhibit a variety of flowering times, from 8 to 11 weeks until harvest.
Indoor cultivators limited to space can flower Mango Haze almost immediately after germination, and still produce a 1 – 1.5 meter plant. Some people like to trim the lower branches to concentrate on heavy dominant cola production. Outdoor growers can take advantage of Mango Haze’s massive size capabilities and really milk a high yield of fruity pot, finishing around October.
Renowned for it’s creative, cerebral and motivating high. Mango Haze, although possessing a fair amount of indica genetics, does not drag users down on couchlock. Perfect for all day smokers. The tropical fruit flavors of Mango Haze set this high yield strain out from the rest.
Mango Haze cured buds have the foxtail nugget look with amber hairs and crystal-clear white high THC trichomes. Multiple pound plants outdoors. Indoors, 550 grams plus.
The original Panama Red was smuggled in huge lots to California during the late 1960’s from Panama. The “red” was no joke, buds were tinted red in color and had a truly psychedelic high.
With huge plants that grow in the jungle, Panama Red took over a generation with giant yields of next-level pot. The delicious taste and killer effects had people coming back for more. Just ask anyone who was in the scene and they’ll tell you.
Smoking this strain often leads to the giggles, a happy-go-lucky sativa for the adventurous stoners. The THC level is not huge by today’s standards (16% max), although the presence of THCV likely attributes to the high energy psychedelic effects produced by Panama Red.
The long flowering time (11 – 13 weeks) is a challenge for some growers, who will find it difficult to produce the same quality buds indoors. Panama Red is a true outdoor strain, and it’s jungle inbreeding makes it very mold resistant.
Obtaining the true Panama Red genetics nowadays is not so easy. If you want the real deal old-school kind, you may have to go there yourself and do some hunting. Only a few major seed companies offer a Panama strain in seed form now – the hybrids below.
White Widow x Big Bud
One of the most popular indoor cash crop plants, White Widow x Big Bud is a pure production goddess. Big sparkling buds covered in frost make growing for yield and quality both possible. 7-8 weeks flowering time.
Expect a knock-out stone from this one, White Widow x Big Bud will set you red-eyed on the couch with it’s soothing narcotic effects. Munchies will come no doubt. For those who love dank indicas and want to max out their yields. A-grade pot that retains the minty skunky sweet widow flavor.
The enormous yield of White Widow x Big Bud is purely dependent on how well you can work her. This heavy-feeding strain loves to be pumped up with maximum light and a healthy diet of nutrients. Fat big plants. Indoors is really where White Widow x Big Bud thrives, as her monstrous fat buds are prone to bud rot and mold during the end of the flowering cycle. Be sure to provide lots of airflow and keep the grow area dry.
Cracking these seeds, you will notice a few different phenotypes, some of which have more of the Big Bud genes than the others. The short and compact fast-flowering pheno is the best keeper for indoor cash croppers.
This easy-to-grow indoor plant is perfect for beginner growers too, who wish to reap a good harvest from their efforts. Lots and lots of high quality indica dominant buds drenched in resin.
Here’s a challenge. Try finishing Golden Tiger plants. Not that easy, unless you live in a tropical/sub-tropical climate that can keep her satisfied for the long 13 – 14 week flowering cycle. Greenhouse and indoor cultivators can pull it off though, with the right care and practices.
A highland Thai strain and ACE’s Malawi combine to create this deadly pure sativa hybrid. 100% sativa. Extremely high levels of THC (up to 25%) and THCV make for one of the most psychedelic, frighteningly potent highs out there.
Not for novices, the superb high is what makes growing Golden Tiger worth it. Increased heart-rate, paranoia, and other effects similar to psychedelic mushrooms is what you’ll get. For people who really want to get HIGH. Monstrous-sized plants.
Golden tiger is super resistant to molds and mildews, mites, white fly, heat and can be grown outdoors in any area that allows for her long flowering cycle. Turns into a massive long-limbed beaster with buds that fill out BIG. Perfect for the south. High yields will come after an excruciatingly long wait that’s well worth it.
Sweet musky flavor similar to other South-East Asian sativa strains. Golden Tiger is only worth it if you’re going to be able to finish her correctly. The guys who rip on these strains as light and fluffy pull them way to early and don’t haven’t seen the large tight nuggets they’re capable of producing.
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