Cannabis Strains For Guerrilla Growing
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Best Cannabis Strains For Guerrilla Growing

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Keeping your cannabis growth stealthy is priority number one when guerrilla growing cannabis. You can increase your chances of success by selecting the right cannabis strains. Check out which Zamnesia varieties are best suited for guerrilla growing.

Guerrilla growing involves growing cannabis outdoors in a secret location to avoid detection, such as in a forest or field. This method minimises the chances of getting caught in the act and allows growers to keep their activities completely concealed. Cultivators can take many measures to increase the secrecy of their growth, such as choosing strains like Frisian Duck that don’t even look like cannabis plants!

Advantages Of Guerrilla Growing

Guerrilla growing is an ideal cultivation technique for those who can’t grow at home. The method allows growers to dodge authorities and minimise risk. It’s also an extremely cheap way to grow weed. You don’t need lights, a grow tent, or other typical pieces of equipment. The feeling of harvesting a guerrilla grow will also fill you with massive pride!

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However, there are a few risks. Plants may be exposed to all kinds of weather conditions and you can’t rule out the possibility of a curious hiker discovering your site. You will need to grow hands-off as much as possible, as the risks of getting caught increase every time you check out your cannabis plant. Although there are some risks, guerrilla growing is the best option for those without a lot of land to themselves, those with nosy neighbours or those who are up for a challenge.

Ideal Strain Characteristics for Guerrilla Growing

Ideal Strain Characteristics for Guerrilla Growing

When considering a clandestine guerrilla type grow, species choice should be of first concern. Sure everyone dreams of gigantic mega plants. However not everyone has access to the type of dense cover needed for such exploits. Breeds that don't grow too tall and mature quickly are ideal for hidden grows. They can be easily put out of sight under tree canopies. They can be tied down and hidden in long grass or among a vegetable patch. Two or three pot plants on an apartment balcony tied down among the potted petunias and palms will disappear to a neighbours eye.

They probably won't disappear to a neighbours nose though. So judicious companion planting of other strongly perfumed flowers and herbs is recommended in the urban garden. Lavender, hops and marigolds go a long way to disguise the distinctive cannabis aroma. Include them in covert home grows to disguise smells and benefit the cannabis itself as it grows.

Best Strains For Guerrilla Growing

There are many contemporary strains that are ideal for guerrilla growing. The advent of autoflowering strains has been a boon for the guerrilla grower. Quickly maturing crops of high quality weed that can allow two crops per season in warmer climates. Feminized weed now reduces the need to continually investigate crops for males. Less time spent at a guerrilla spot is less of a chance of being uncovered due to "suspicious activity".

Guerrilla's Gusto

Guerrilla's Gusto (Sensi Seeds)

Guerrilla's Gusto was specifically bred with the stealth grower in mind. It is a cross combination of some of the best contemporary cannabis on offer today. This strain will suit outdoor growers as far north as the UK, Germany, France and the Netherlands. Hybrid vigour is showcased in the ways a guerrilla grower likes. Rapid growth. Fast to flower. Heavy resin production. Quick to finish. Bug, mold, cold and pathogen proof. Ideal for novices or the experienced grower will be able to produce some world class yields.

Guerrilla's Gusto dazzled the growers in northern Spain when it was being stabilized and bred. The 2-3 metre size is unusual for such a rapidly growing plant that matures in mid September. An early start under lights can really boost things along when larger plants are possible. When dried and cured the darkly shaded nuggets impart a long lasting body stone. A spicy fruitiness is coupled with a skunk familiarity in the fragrance and taste that any aficionado will enjoy.

Guerrilla's Gusto (Sensi Seeds) regular

Parents: Indian Indicas x Sensi Genetics (Skunk, among others)
Genetics: 90% Indica / 10% Sativa
Flowering Time: 9-10 weeks
THC: Unknown
CBD: Unknown
Flowering Type: Photoperiod

Frisian Duck

Frisian Duck (Dutch Passion)

Frisian Duck has built in stealth. It just doesn't look like cannabis during the vegetative period. The breeding process has retained the webbed leaflets of the Ducks Foot parent. The long leaf stalk from petiole to trunk gives the plants a shaggy look rather than a recognizable cannabis silhouette. More traditionally shaped leaves appear during flowering, but these are sparse. The Frisian Duck has an excellent leaf to bud ratio. Fresian Duck has a cloak of invisibility when hidden in a quiet sunny corner between other non cannabis plants.

The purple flowers on a maturing plant are a dead give away in the end though. As is the distinct citrus and pine forest smell, but only to the cannabis savvy. The brain knows weed, but the eye has difficulty spotting it.

Expect a 1.5 metre plant if left untopped that will mature in eight quick weeks after flowering has begun - finishing sometime in October. The thick sparkly colas really showing the indica lineage. Providing a mellow body and cheeky cerebral sparkle the eyecatching dark buds do not disappoint . All that guerrilla stress will disappear with one spicy exhale.

Frisian Duck (Dutch Passion) feminized

Parents: Frisian Dew x DucksFoot
Genetics: Indica-dominant
Flowering Time: 8-9 weeks
THC: 7%
CBD: Unknown
Flowering Type: Photoperiod

Golden Cannary Regular

Golden Cannary Regular

This is a bizarre cannabis strain that will not draw the attention of casual eyes and noses—making it a perfect choice for a guerilla grow.

A true albino strain, Golden Cannary has a low chlorophyll count, and as such, develops into a pale yellow plant – a far cry from the vibrant, dark green of most cannabis strains. A sativa, indica and ruderalis hybrid, it can thank a unique mix of genes for these unique traits. And its appearance isn't all that differs. The unusual scents and aromas of Golden Cannary are unlike the traditional smell of weed, meaning that even as this plant nears completion and gets smelly, the smell is much less likely to give you away!

Are there any drawbacks? One, potentially. Golden Cannary is a regular seed, meaning that you'll get around 50% male plants. Unless you want your females pollinated (thus reducing their yields), you'll want to keep a close eye on the plants as they leave the vegetative phase and enter flowering. The males will begin to develop pollen sacs (like little balls) at their nodes. As soon as you identify this, it's probably time to cull these plants for the good of the overall crop.

Otherwise, Golden Cannary is both a great option in terms of stealth and for those growers who want to cultivate something truly unique.

Golden Cannary (Top Tao Seeds) regular

Parents: Demon Auto Tao x Big Auto Tao
Genetics: Ruderalis/Indica/Sativa
Flowering Time: 13-14 weeks
CBD: High
Flowering Type: Autoflowering

Lemon Wonder Automatic

Lemon Wonder Automatic (Zamnesia Seeds)

This quick growing strain is what guerrilla tactics are really all about. In and out quickly with the most bang for your buck. Lemon Wonder Automatic will deliver world class buds in a jaw dropping eight weeks. Amazingly yields are not compromised per square metre with such a speedy grow time. Lemon Wonder Automatic produces large tight buds on plants no taller than 80cm.

These dwarf Christmas trees are easy to hide and their subtle fragrance can mean bolder growing strategies.

Lemon Wonder Automatic  represents the next level in stealth gardening without compromise in flavour, taste and potency. With no need to worry about males this feminized strain requires less attention than regular seeds. Just good soil and regular water is all it takes to put chunky knuckles of sweet flowers in the jar. The breeders at Zamnesia have really created a mini monster in this indica dominant strain.

Lemon Wonder Automatic (Zamnesia Seeds) feminized

Parents: Lowryder x Lemon OG
Genetics: Indica-dominant Auto
Flowering Time: 8-9 weeks from seed to harvest
THC: 12%
CBD: 0-1%
Flowering Type: Autoflowering


Skunk+ (Kannabia)

Skunk+ is a feminized Skunk #1 that has been given an indica turbocharging by crossing with a Black Domina. Denser and heavier Skunk type buds seem like a dream, but after a short 55 days the dream is reality.

Oozing that well-known Skunk aroma, feminized Skunk+ is a classic. Bushy, with that distinctly serrated Skunk leaf these plants can grow to an impressive 2 metres outdoors. Tipped and kept shorter they will fill a cubic metre easily.

Germinated in late April, Skunk+ will be weighted with fat buds and ready for harvest by October. Retaining the unique Skunk fragrance is a joy in the jar, but outdoors location must be considered. Famously called Skunk for a reason, the signature Skunk aroma is difficult to disguise and may attract unwanted attention. If you have a great spot with no prying noses, Skunk+ will reward the guerrilla grower with heavy sticky yields. All the benefits of Skunk in a chunkier and faster producing package with a twist of citrus.

Skunk+ (Kannabia) feminized

Parents: Black Domina x Skunk
Genetics: 75% Indica / 25% Sativa
Flowering Time: 7-8 weeks
THC: 16%
CBD: 0-1%
Flowering Type: Photoperiod

Good luck, guerrillas!

Luke Sumpter
Luke Sumpter
With a BSc (Hons) degree in Clinical Health Sciences and a passion for growing plants, Luke Sumpter has worked as a professional journalist and writer at the intersection of cannabis and science for the past 7 years.
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