Best Outdoor Cannabis Strains To Grow In The Netherlands
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Best Outdoor Cannabis Strains To Grow In The Netherlands

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Struggling to grow great weed in Holland due to the climate? In this article, we'll provide you with a hand-picked list of strains and grow tips to help you cultivate a killer crop anywhere in the country.

Some of the best weed in the world comes from the Netherlands. Yet, the Dutch climate, with its cool summers, chilly winters, strong winds, and plenty of rainfall, is less than optimal for growing cannabis outdoors. Fortunately, there are a variety of strains that will flourish in the Dutch climate—you just need to know where to find them. Don’t worry, Zamnesia has you covered. In this article, we’ll feature some of the best autoflowering and feminized strains to grow in the Netherlands. This way, you can achieve harvest after harvest of top-notch outdoor bud!


Growing Cannabis In The Dutch Climate

The Dutch climate isn’t ideal for growing cannabis, as weed normally loves it hot, dry, and sunny. Located in Northwest Europe on the coast of the North Sea, the Netherlands has a maritime climate with cool summers and moderate winters. In autumn and winter, strong Atlantic low-pressure systems cause gales and wet weather to sweep through the country.

Easterly winds can sometimes cause warm and dry weather in summer, and clear, cold weather in winter. Rainfall is pretty evenly distributed across the country, and the driest period of the year is usually between April and September.

If you want to grow weed outdoors, you can do so as soon as it stops freezing. May is probably the best time to sow your seeds. When growing outdoors in the Netherlands, it’s crucial to select fast-flowering specimens. Otherwise, if your plants are not ready to harvest come the rainy months, mould could spoil your crop.

The good thing is, by choosing the right strain, you can easily mitigate this issue.

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How To Choose The Right Cannabis Strain For The Netherlands

When choosing cannabis seeds to grow outdoors in the Netherlands, you can select between feminized (photoperiod) strains and autoflowering strains.


Feminized photoperiod cannabis will grow and flower depending on the natural sunlight hours. If you set them out in spring, they will veg for a few months as the days get longer and longer. At the end of summer, as daylight hours diminish, they will start to flower, with their buds being ready in September or October.

Autoflowering cannabis doesn’t rely on daylight hours to veg and flower. Instead, flowering is determined by age. No matter the season, plants will spend around four weeks in vegetative growth before flowering automatically. As their life cycle is shorter (most autos are ready 60–75 days after germination), you can harvest them before the autumn rain.


Whether you want to grow feminized or autoflowering, here are some things you should look for in a strain when growing outdoors in the Netherlands:

  • Mould resistance

Some strains are more resistant to mould than others. For example, strains that develop less densely packed buds are less prone to mould.

  • Resilient and robust strains

You’ll want robust strains that can handle harsh conditions such as unexpected cold spells at night, strong winds, and cannabis pests. Shorter indicas are generally more robust than spindly sativas.

  • Fast flowering

Unless you’re growing autoflowers, make note of the outdoor harvest times of various strains. If you know your autumn is going to be wet and rainy, go with strains that tend to finish in late September.


Best Cannabis Strains To Grow Outdoors In The Netherlands

Now let’s get to some examples! We’ve collated four autoflowering and four feminized strains for you to consider growing outdoors in the Netherlands.


Autoflowering cannabis seeds are ideal for growers looking to tackle Holland’s tough climate for the first time. Advantage: they have a quick turnover, which means you can time your grows to produce multiple harvests per season!


Blueberry Automatic (Zamnesia Seeds)

Zamnesia gave the tasty Blueberry a makeover, adding some autoflowering magic to this iconic strain! Blueberry Automatic grows vigorously, and thanks to her speedy growth, delivers her mouth-watering goods in a brief 8–9 weeks from seed. At a height of only 75cm, she is ideal for growing outdoors on a balcony or terrace. She has the same great berry taste as her bigger sister, and pleases with a deeply relaxing indica effect.

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Critical+ Autoflowering (Dinafem)

Dinafem has further improved Critical, a grower’s favourite that has long impressed cultivators with her massive yields of extraordinary bud. They crossed the strain with ruderalis to churn out Critical+ Autoflowering, a remarkable high-yielder that performs best outdoors. More than 100g/plant is easily possible, with some growers reporting twice as much! But that’s not even the best part: she does it all in only 65–70 days from seed. The indica-dominant auto (60% indica) is easy to grow (newcomers welcome!) and rewards with a very relaxing high.

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Northern Lights XL Autoflowering (Zambeza)

Northern Lights XL Autoflowering by Zambeza is an autoflower like no other. A highlight is her massive production potential for an auto: she can produce 200g/plant in good conditions. This cross between all-time favourite Northern Lights, Power Bud, and ruderalis quite literally stands out—she can reach up to 150cm. But of course, all this wouldn’t be impressive if it wasn’t for her superb-quality product. Her resinous buds feature the same awesome taste as the original, and will get you stoned in no time!


Sticky Beast Automatic (Zamnesia Seeds)

Sticky Beast Automatic by Zamnesia combines three awesome cannabis strains. The delicious Bubble Gum meets up with the productive Critical Auto and a good old stoner’s favourite, OG Kush. This girl has a sweet aroma blended with earthy notes that makes for a well-rounded smoke. Oh, and let’s not forget her effect. Although very relaxing (and just the right smoke if you need some herbal assistance falling asleep), she doesn’t knock you out cold like some strains. Her entire life cycle is a short eight weeks, so she’s perfect for growing outdoors in less than optimal conditions. No surprise that Sticky Beast Auto won 1st prize at the 2018 Highlife Cup in the autoflowering category.

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Feminized seeds are created to ensure no male specimens thwart your growing operation. This means you have almost no chance of ruining your crop with a male invader—one less thing to worry about!


Hollands Hope (Dutch Passion)

The expert breeders at Dutch Passion created Holland’s Hope with Dutch growers in mind. Pretty much everything about this 100% pure indica is attuned to the unique climate of this region. The robust plant takes just eight weeks to flower, so you can bring your buds in before the weather gets nasty. She doesn’t get too tall either, reaching 100–200cm. Her yields are impressive as well. Some cultivators have reported harvesting as much as 1kg/plant. She’s very mould-resistant as well. Smoke the girl, and you can enjoy a classically earthy indica flavour profile alongside a powerful indica stone!

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Freeze Cheese ´89 (Big Buddha Seeds)

Freeze Cheese ’89 by Big Buddha Seeds is an old-school indica from the Netherlands. She is the successor of the famous Friesland Indica from 1989, combined with Big Buddha Cheese. She is very robust, easy-to-grow, and adapts well to all kinds of environments. This 80% indica needs just 8–10 weeks to flower. If you smoked in the old days, you will love this strain. She combines a classic Haze flavour with a bombastic indica stone.

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Frisian Dew (Dutch Passion)

Frisian Dew by Dutch Passion is yet another strain that was designed to be grown outdoors. This prize-winning hybrid (1st prize at the Highlife Cup 2008) is a 50/50 indica/sativa that doesn’t just look awesome with her purple-tinged buds. She is extremely mould-resistant, and her small leaves allow maximum sunlight to reach her buds so they can really fatten up. Ideal for the Dutch climate is her short flowering time of 7–8 weeks. When you can finally smoke her buds, you will enjoy a well-rounded effect that is relaxing and uplifting all at once!

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Power Plant (Dutch Passion)

Power Plant by Dutch Passion stands out on our list as she is an almost pure sativa—not normally what one would opt for when growing outdoors in a colder climate. This unique inbred South African sativa includes just a bit of indica to endow her with good growing vigour, higher yields, and fatter buds. Very uncommon for a sativa is her short flowering time of only eight weeks, not to mention her reasonable height of 100–150cm. She is highly adaptable to all types of environments and does remarkably well outdoors. Her smoke has a rich taste and provides a strong, physical stone.

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Tips For Growing Cannabis In The Netherlands

Here are some more tips to help you achieve optimal results when growing outdoors in the Netherlands.

  • Choose your growing location wisely and with care

Find a good spot where your plant is partially sheltered from the elements. You don’t want strong winds or rain damaging your crop. By growing in containers, you can mitigate this issue by moving your plants to a safer spot outdoors, or even indoors temporarily.

  • Give your plants plenty of sunlight

Your cannabis plants need to be protected from the elements, but you also need to make sure they can access plenty of sunlight. A south-facing spot in your garden is optimal, and so too is a rooftop terrace or a sunny spot on your balcony. The sun in the Netherlands isn’t as strong as in some places further south, so the more sun your plants get, the better.

  • Keep plants in an ideal temperature range

Cannabis loves warm temperatures—definitely not too chilly, but also not scorching hot. Temperatures should be between 10–30°C at all times. Keep an eye on your local weather report so you can plan ahead in the event of unexpected frost, storms, or dry spells during the growing season.

  • Timing your growing cycle

Autoflower: Even though autoflowers are fast growers, you still don't want to start them too late; rain and plummeting temperatures become more and more of a threat the further into autumn your plants are allowed to mature.

Photoperiod: With photoperiod strains, if you're worried they won't have enough time to finish their bloom phase before the bad weather arrives, you can induce bloom yourself—yes, even outside. Although photoperiod plants flower based on daylight hours outdoors, if you restrict their light cycle to 12/12 using a light-proof cover (or by placing them in a light-proof chamber or shed), they will begin to flower on command. However, keep in mind that this is not without risk. Taking the reins of the light cycle in this way means you now have to be consistent with your coverage—every day— and your plants have a greater chance of reverting back to veg if there are any interruptions to this cycle.


Written by: Zamnesia
Zamnesia has spent years honing its products, ranges, and knowledge of all things psychedelic. Driven by the spirit of Zammi, Zamnesia strives to bring you accurate, factual, and informative content.

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