Drought-resistant cannabis cultivars

Published Jul 26, 2022 12:11 p.m. ET
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It’s the hottest time of the year, and you know what that means, less water to go around which sometimes ends in droughts. It’s a tough problem to solve, especially when you’re hoping to cultivate a tropical species such as cannabis, but with help from good genetics, it’ll be easier to make it through this season without fear. Drought-resistant cannabis cultivars might be all you need to get through this dry season, paired with a little extra love and care of course.

What are drought-resistant cannabis cultivars?

There are more than 3,000 different known cannabis cultivars, and the majority of them enjoy the perks of plenty of warmth and moisture, not just one or the other. However, there are some that have been bred specifically to handle extreme drought, and fewer still that just naturally boast this quality due to their origins, and they are known as drought-resistant cannabis cultivars. The best part is that they aren’t typically much if any, more expensive than your usual types, and that’s great news for growers who end up in situations where their tough genetics might come in handy.

When they mostly come in handy

For obvious reasons drought-resistant cannabis cultivars are great to cultivate in areas that are known to experience seasonal drought, but that’s not the only place they can be useful. In fact, the average grower residing in the ideal area for cannabis plants to thrive might also enjoy the benefits they offer, especially if they don’t have the time, patience, or energy to dedicate to the task at hand.

Droughts also aren’t always predictable, sometimes hitting regions that have never seen such a dry period in the growing season, so it doesn’t hurt to come to the garden plot prepared with types that can hold up to just about anything mother nature has to throw at them.

Do drought-resistant cannabis cultivars still need regular access to water?


The answer is ‘absolutely yes!’ Though these particular types of cannabis are excellent at survival under the direst circumstances, they may not thrive as well as you hope without proper love, care, and yes plenty of water, nutrients, and anything else you’d typically provide for your crop. But, going the occasional week without water isn’t likely to adversely impact them quite so badly, so you don’t have to worry about leaving your garden or grow room for a few days unattended.

Try these 20 drought-resistant cannabis cultivars

If you’re interested in growing cannabis in drought-prone areas, or simply looking for tougher genetics just in case you end experiencing unpredictable wether, then you’ve come to the right place. Though we cannot guarantee these strains will survive a drought since they’re living specimens that grow and thrive or die depending on many factors, choosing one from this list will absolutely increase your odds of success.

  • LSD
  • Hindu Kush
  • Amnesia Haze
  • Harlequin
  • Wedding Cake
  • Congolese
  • Bubble Kush
  • Frisian Dew
  • Sour Diesel
  • Kimbo Kush
  • Critical Kush
  • White Widow
  • Blueberry
  • Top Dawg
  • Jack Herer
  • Skunk #1
  • Power Plant
  • Bruce Banner #3
  • Durban Poison
  • Master Kush
  • Afghan Kush

Other things you can do to get your crop through a drought

Drought-resistant cannabis cultivars will only get you so far, but there are some things you can do to make it through this uncomfortable situation with the least amount of damage.

  • Add mulch to the soil to hold moisture
  • Soak the garden plot or pots daily with chemical-free water
  • Use automatic watering systems
  • Dig your flowerbed into the ground a few inches to get the roots closer to the natural water line
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