24 Best LANDRACE Cannabis Strains to Grow from Seed

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Landrace cannabis seeds list of pure landrace sativa and landrace indica strains to buy in 2019. While many old-school landrace strains are hard to find, having been lost or outbred with time, a few breeders / collectors offer rare locale-adapted and sourced cannabis seeds, giving growers around the world access to resilient genetics for various climates.

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.

Chitrali

chitrali landrace indica strain marijuana plant

Overview: Chitrali is a rare, pure Hindu Kush charas landrace strain personally collected at the source in Yarkhun Valley, one of the most renowned charas producing valleys in the high Hindu Kush. Native to the upper Chitral district, Chitrali plants display a wide range of phenotypes from compact, broad-leaf indicas to taller, narrow-leaf sativas that grow anywhere between 1 and 3 meters outdoors. The buds are quite dense and resinous and give fruity to gasoline aromas/flavors. Warm, centered, heady effects. Seeds are the first generation from the original source, created by open pollenation using numerous males and females with minimal selection.

Flowering TimeOctober – Early November
Released ByThe Real Seed Company
Seed SexRegular
Yield1 kg+/plant

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Ciskei

ciskei african sativa strain landrace tropical seeds

Overview: Ciskei is a compact mountain sativa strain native to the former Bantustan territory at 5000-6500 ft. elevation in the Drakensberg mountains of South Africa. The plants stay quite small and bushy, even during flowering. A very fast yielder for a sativa, likely due to the night-time temperatures that drop significantly during early autumn in the plant’s home climate. Fruity, green apple buds that give a stimulating, social high. These are 5th generation Highland South African seeds that came from a 1990’s release by a Swiss seed company forced to cease operations, Tropical Seeds was given 40 of the original seeds to produce Ciskei.

Flowering Time55-65 Days; Early Autumn
Released ByTropical Seeds
Seed SexRegular
YieldHigh

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Ethiopian

ethiopian ace seeds landrace african sativa strain

Overview: Ethiopian by Ace Seeds is a third-generation subtropical African sativa strain sourced from Ethiopia. The seeds grow into tall, highly-vigorous plants that exhibit flexible branching with long internode length, and show a high resistance to moisture, molds, wind and heat. Ethiopian sativa flowering times are long, being ready to harvest outdoors near the 3rd week of November. Indoor growers are recommended to flower Ethiopian plants early and be careful of overfeeding, N especially. Earthy and woody sativa aromas. The buds give a high energy, happy, positive high.

Flowering Time91-98 days; Late November
Released ByAce Seeds
Seed SexRegular
YieldMedium-High

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Highland Thai

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Overview: Highland Thai comes from the Burmese border regions of northern and north-western Thailand, traditionally grown by the local hill tribes, including the Lahu people. A unique cultivar that develops irregular branching, large-caylxed and slightly-dense buds that differentiates it from the Thai-Lao strains. The effect is also more calming compared to the fierce psychedelic high that many Southeast Asian strains give. A rare and unusual landrace sativa recommended for collectors and breeders. Highland Thai plants are ready to harvest late in December and display a range of fruity, colorful phenotypes. The seeds are second-generation produced by open pollination.

Flowering Time18 Weeks; Late December
Released ByThe Real Seed Company
Seed SexRegular
Yield1-2 kg/plant

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Honduras

honduras landrace sativa strain ace seeds

Overview: Honduras by Ace Seeds is a 100% pure sativa second-generation landrace cannabis strain from Central America. The plants grow quickly during early stages of growth and appear in structure and life-cycle similar to old-time lowland Colombian strains, while the terpene-profiles and effects are more akin to old Mexican sativa strains or African sativas. Outdoors, Honduras yields high in the right climate that allows for late harvests in November. Indoors, powerful lighting is needed to mimic the subtropical sun. Growers may begin flowering 11 hours on – 13 hours off at 15 days from seed or 7 days from cutting to control stretch. The buds are floral, citrusy and give energetic, euphoric effects.

Flowering Time98 Days; November
Released ByAce Seeds
Seed SexRegular
YieldVery High

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Kerala

kerala rsc south indian landrace strain

Overview: Kerala is a pure South Indian landrace from the equatorial highland district of Idukki, known to produce the finest ganja in South India. Keralan strains are most famously known for their genetic contribution to the modern hybrids White Widow and Haze. A true tropical sativa that grows from 6 to over 12 feet tall, Kerala forms characteristic bamboo-like leaflets and often structures as ‘Christmas-tree’ structure plants, ready to harvest after a long wait, with phenos ranging from late October to even February. Resinous, minty buds give a pungent sweet smoke with elevated THC levels. Seeds are the second-generation from the original accession, reproduced by open pollination.

Flowering TimeNovember – Early Feb
Released ByThe Real Seed Company
Seed SexRegular
YieldMedium

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Ketama

wos ketama grow landrace weed strain

Overview: 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 yielding, 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 Time7-8 Weeks; Late September
Released ByWorld of Seeds
Seed SexReg / Fem
YieldIndoors: 300-400 g/m2; Outdoors: 400-500 g/plant

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Kumaoni

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Overview: Kumaoni is a pure Himalayan charas plant personally collected from source at the villages in the Kumaon Himalayas, near the borders of Nepal and Tibet. The resilient plants are adapted to pounding rain, cold, and humidity, making Kumaoni a well-suited variety for northern climate outdoor growers. Kumaoni’s fluffy buds high in resin produce a harder and coarser charas than the the Parvati types and gives users a bright, outgoing stoney high.

Flowering TimeMid-October – Early November
Released ByThe Real Seed Company
Seed SexRegular
Yield1-2 kg/plant

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Kwazulu

wos kwazulu landrace strain grown from seed

Overview: Kwazulu is a quick-flowering landrace strain obtained from wild pure sativa 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 Time8-9 Weeks; Mid-October
Released ByWorld of Seeds
Seed SexReg / Fem
YieldIndoors: 350 g/m2; Outdoors: 450-500 g/plant

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Lebanese

lebanese indica landrace cannabis hash strain

Overview: Lebanon is home of the famous Lebanese Red hashish, made from the powerful, high-resin content cannabis indica plants grown in the region. The Lebanese seeds by The Real Seed Co. are the earliest-maturing strain the company offers and breeds superb hybrids. First obtained by RSC in 2008, the current stock is bred using the same first-generation seeds. The plants typically do not grow above 5 feet tall in a spherical bushy or columnar growth structure, some phenos turn red colors during late flowering. Outdoors, Lebanese plants are ready to harvest from September to October. The dense, hard-hitting buds give sweet pine and fruity aromas.

Flowering TimeEarly September – Early October
Released ByThe Real Seed Company
Seed SexRegular
YieldHigh

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Malana Cream

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Overview: Sourced directly from Malana village, this famous North Indian Himalaya charas landrace sativa is used to make the legendary hand-rubbed high-mountain charas, Malana Cream. The resin of Malana Cream plants is world-renowned for the bold aromas, sticky-consistency and heady, cerebral high. Malana Cream seeds grow vigorously into resilient, tall, lanky-structured plants that can reach past 3 meters tall, producing sweet aromatic flowers gleaming with trichomes and dripping in resin ready late September to October. The high gives a nice cerebral buzz and can be psychedelic in large doses.

Flowering TimeLate September – October
Released ByThe Real Seed Company
Seed SexRegular
YieldHigh

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Malawi Gold

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Overview: Malawi Gold is an equatorial landrace sativa most famously known together with “Malawi Cobs”, a traditional curing method where the buds are wrapped and stored in corn husks. The Malawi Gold seeds come from the Nkhotakota region of Malawi and was chosen by Afropips after 10 years of research alongside some of the region’s best cannabis growers. Since Afropips seed stock has been discontinued, RSC has maintained the genetics for growers and collectors. Malawi Gold plants grow from 6.5 to 13 feet tall and produce sweet, floral sativa buds containing a high THCV content that give clear, uplifting effects.

Flowering Time14-16 Weeks; Long Flowering
Released ByThe Real Seed Company
Seed SexRegular
YieldHigh

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Manipuri

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Overview: Manipuri is a strong, landrace sativa strain with a long flowering time sourced from Imphal Valley, in the the Indian state of Manipur, located in Northeast India on the Burmese border. Cultivated by the Meitei people of Manipur, who have a long tradition of growing cannabis. The plants grow up to 4 meters tall and with most phenotypes displaying green, citrus earthy flavors while the prized chahao (black sticky rice) phenos are dark purple. Similar to a Thai or Lao strain but distinctly smooth. Harvest outdoors is late in December or even January.

Flowering TimeMid-December – Mid-January
Released ByThe Real Seed Company
Seed SexRegular
YieldMedium-High

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Mazar-I-Sharif

mazar-i-sharif charas hash strain landrace cannabis

Overview: Mazar-I-Sharif is a top-shelf indica landrace strain that comes from the desert towns of Balkh, Mazar-i-Sharif and Sheberghan in the far north of Afghanistan, near the borders of Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. The Mazar-i-Sharif strain grows into large, hashy indica plants that can reach over 12 feet tall and produce an immense yield of intensly resinous flowers. In their native climate, Mazar-I-Sharif handles cold weather well and even snow, turning a deep red color in lower temperatures, which is why growers prefer to harvest as late as winter outdoors. The buds have a distinctly pungent, sweet smell that give dreamy, couch-lock narcotic effects. Seeds are 3rd generation from the 2007 Afghan charas and seed merchant in Peshawar.

Flowering Time60-82 Days; October
Released ByThe Real Seed Company
Seed SexRegular
YieldIndoors: 300 g/m2; Outdoors: 1.5-2 kg/plant

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Nepal Highland

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Overview: Nepal Highland is a 100% pure sativa landrace cannabis strain from 3,000-10,000 ft. elevation in the Himalayan mountain region of Nepal, where the local farmers hand-press resin out of the buds to make charas. The genetics were originally obtained by The Reeferman, and is currently is a 4th-gen IBL regular seed strain maintained by Tropical Seeds. The flowering time of Nepal Highland is quite short for a sativa, likely an adaptation to the mountain areas that get a very cold autumn. Grown outdoors in the northern hemisphere, Nepal Highland plants are ready to harvest by mid-October and produce nice floral, citrus buds with a strong, uplifting high.

Flowering Time60-70 Days; Mid-October
Released ByTropical Seeds
Seed SexRegular
YieldHigh

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Nepalese

nepalese rsc landrace cannabis charas strain

Overview: An authentic Nepalese landrace strain first-generation direct from Rolpha in midwestern Nepal, a major charas production area of the old-school Nepalese Temple Balls from the Hippie Trail era. Nepalese seeds grow into big sativa plants 3-4 meters tall with long branches and resinous colas that are ready to harvest in outdoor climates Mid-October through November. Floral and fruity buds with a high resin production.

Flowering TimeMid-October – November
Released ByThe Real Seed Company
Seed SexRegular
Yield1 kg+/plant

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Old Afghan NLD

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Overview: According to Tropical Seeds, Old Afghan NLD comes from 100 seeds preserved from the 1970’s, marked as the original Afghanistan by Sacred Seeds – making this perhaps the most worked pure breeding line of the past century. The first open reproduction was released as these Old Afghan NLD limited-edition seed packs. The plants show a wide range of phenotypes, some being very similar to plants of the Kandahar area while others more similarities to Mazar-i-Shariff varieties. The large, fat colas may require support and finish outdoors in the 2nd half of October. Narcotic, sedative, and incredibly odoriferous Afghani buds.

Flowering Time70-90 Days; 2nd-half October
Released ByTropical Seeds
Seed SexRegular
YieldVery High

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Pakistan Chitral Kush

pakistan chitral kush strain cannabiogen

Overview: One of the most beautiful indicas that Cannabiogen has ever grown, Pakistan Chitral is a pure indica strain originally sourced from the Chitral District northern Pakistan, famous for it’s hash. The genetics have been inbred in the Iberian Peninsula since middle 90’s and since reproduced by Cannabiogen seeds. The colorful red, purple and green plants show a surprising resistance to fungus and rain issues. Grows into medium-sized plants. Pakistan Chitral is a prime breeder’s tool that has been used as a parent to develop many great fast-flowering hybrids. The resin-soaked fruity buds give a chill body-stone.

Flowering Time8-9 Weeks; End of September
Released ByCannabiogen
Seed SexReg / Fem
YieldMedium

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Pakistan Valley

pakistan valley wos landrace marijuana plant

Overview: 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 for indoor growers to try, Pakistan Valley seeds grow into fast flowering, compact plants with many side branches that show 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 Time45-55 Days; Early October
Released ByWorld of Seeds
Seed SexReg / Fem
YieldIndoors: 400 g/m2; Outdoors: 500-600 g/plant

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Parvati

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Overview: Parvati is a resinous charas landrace strain from the Parvati Valley region of the Indian Himalaya. Parvati plants make soft, sticky charas akin to the famed Malana Cream, included above on this list. Parvati seeds germinate into tall, lanky plants that can reach over 15 ft. tall with long internodes and sparse buds, similar to other Himilayan landrace strains. A good strain for growing outdoors in damp, northern climates that handles rain, humidity and wind well. The buds are floral, fruity and very hashy. Seeds are sourced personally in Parvati by RSC.

Flowering TimeMid-October – Early November
Released ByThe Real Seed Company
Seed SexRegular
Yield1-2 kg/plant

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Sinai

sinai egyptian landrace cannabis strain

Overview: Sinai is a cannabis strain cultivated deep in the desert mountains of Egypt, by the Bedouin tribes in the wadis of the Sinai Peninsula where the plants are grown in camel dung and occasionally mud sourced from the Nile. The demanding, hot ~100°F summers help to create a hardy, heat-resistant plant. Two phenotypes are common when grown from seed, a 2-5 foot tall indica Christmas-tree shaped plant and a 4-6 foot sativa that grows like a vine. Sinai is ready to harvest outdoors late September to early October. The foxtail buds are slightly airy, covered in resin and give a blissful effect. Seeds obtained personally in Sinai.

Flowering TimeLate September – Early October
Released ByThe Real Seed Company
Seed SexRegular
YieldHigh

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Syrian

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Overview: 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, the most desirable indica ideal for hashish 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 TimeSeptember – October
Released ByThe Real Seed Company
Seed SexRegular
YieldMedium

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Turkish

turkish strain rsc wild cannabis plant

Overview: Turkish is a short, typically indica strain that stays under 5 feet tall and shows resemblance to other middle-eastern cultivars such as Lebanese or Syrian cannabis. Turkish plants are fast flowering, being ready to harvest outdoors around August to September. Hashy, floral and spicy aromatic buds that give a moderate effect. These Turkish seeds were obtained by The Real Seed Company through their collector community, note that the precise origin and characteristics of this Turkish landrace cannabis strain are not yet known.

Flowering TimeAugust – September
Released ByThe Real Seed Company
Seed SexRegular
YieldMedium

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Wild Thailand

wos wild thailand landrace sativa strain

Overview: 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 mold and pest 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 Time75-90 Days; End of November
Released ByWorld of Seeds
Seed SexReg / Fem
YieldIndoors: 300 g/m2; Outdoors: 450-500 g/plant

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Your Own Strain Hunt

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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. Very long “finger” leaves and the buds give you a real trippy, speedy 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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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

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