Stoney Tark edited on: March 18, 2023 10 minutes read
"Below you find the top 10 list that are all part of the Afghan, Northern Lights and White family gene pool. Each has excellent resilience to hot, dry and windy climates, and adapt particularly well with cold temperature changes. We have made sure all the strains in our list are also fast flowering, to give you even more leverage when fighting off heat stress. We are sure the cultivars below will not let you down and will stand the test of time under all conditions!"
Nirvana’s best strains for growing in hot, dry climates
The idea of a hot and dry climate may sound like a dream scenario for a grower; however, life can become quite challenging when planting outside. Faced with harsh, hot and dry days, blistering winds and unpredictable heat waves, it can seem like your grower’s paradise is more like a desert climate than a thriving spring valley.
Working with the best suited genetics will not only give you the advantage during the hot Summer months and cool Winters, it will ensure you do not lose a crop due to heat stress.
Cannabis plants outdoors can experience temperatures well over the 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit). Mountainous regions will be prone to heavy winds that can cause severe wind burn and heat stress,
They say there is no school like the old school, and especially when it comes to durability, resilience to pathogens and disease, and how easy they are to grow! Our team has taken the time to choose the 10 best strains to grow in a hot and dry climate. Making sure, as long as you water them, they will do the rest and produce terpene rich, top shelf flowers oozing with resin.
We kick-start this top 10 list with an old school Hall of Famer, that is a cross of Afghan and White Widow. An exceptionally resilient plant that can endure hot, dry and windy conditions, as well as cold nighttime temperatures.
A very stocky and bushy cultivar that can withstand heavy winds, and is very resistant to heat stress and drought conditions. White Rhino is an easy to grow hybrid that is an epic producer of very medicinal flowers.
She can yield up to 750 grams (26.5 oz) per plant outdoors, and depending on the phenotype will require 8-10 weeks before harvesting.
Her aroma and flavor is earthy, pungent, sweet and spicy with an old school funk. The effects of this strain are very therapeutic, and some plants will test over 1% CBD, so ideal for evening times.
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Wonder Woman is a solid performer and was created by crossing Super Skunk and White Widow. The result is a very tough, sturdy and resistant hybrid that is ideal for beginner growers.
She thrives in a hot and dry Summer climate and handles colder night temperatures with ease. Not only can Wonder Woman endure heat stress very well, she will grow into a large-sized plant and yield heavily.
Outdoors, this strain can yield up to 750 grams (26.5 oz) per plant, and will require 8-10 weeks of flowering time. Most plants will grow with an indica growth structure.
The flavor and smell can be described as an old school pungent skunk profile with sweet overtones. Her effects are very relaxing, and overtime will leave you heavily stoned in a happy and carefree state of mind.
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In a hot and dry climate, you cannot go wrong with our Aurora Indica. A cross of Afghani and Northern Lights, you can expect some of the toughest plants on the market, with a strong resistance to hot weather, dry conditions and dry winds.
Aurora Indica is a short and stocky plant, and will not stretch much once flowered, making her extra wind resistant. One of her best traits is she can endure long drought periods, as well as take large amounts of nutrients.
Outdoors, this hybrid can yield up to 650 grams (23 oz) per plant, and will require a flowering time of 9-11 weeks, depending on the phenotype.
The aroma and taste have an earthy, peppery, spicy profile, and her effects are very potent and devastatingly strong, thanks to her indica dominance.
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B52 is a must-have for Skunk lovers and is a cross of Big Bud and Skunk. Needless to say, she is a massive producer, easy to grow and can endure hot and colder climates with ease.
A strong repellent of insects and bugs, as well as wind resistant with a high tolerance to hot and dry weather. B52 requires little maintenance and is well recommended as a beginner strain.
Outdoors, this old school hybrid can yield up to 750 grams (26.5 oz), with a flowering time of 9-11 weeks. Exceptionally resilient to mold, mildew and heat stress,
Her flavor and aroma can be described as sweet, Skunk, woody with gassy notes. The effects will be an indica punch in the face, and can leave you laid out.
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Northern Lights is well known for being tough and resilient, and is an IBL (In-Bred Line) created from Afghani heritage. This means hot and dry seasons do not bother her, and she can endure heat stress with no problems.
An excellent candidate for Sea of Green, thanks to her medium and stocky height, she can be planted in mountainous regions without suffering wind burn. Northern Lights is a heavy drinking cultivar, so she can be fed large amounts of nutrients.
The outdoor yield can reach up to 600 grams (21 oz) per plant, and will require between 9-11 weeks depending on the phenotypes, as well as how large the plants become.
Northern Lights has a unique and old school aroma and flavor, that is a mixture of spice, earthy and floral. The effects can be described as giggly, upbeat, dreamy and talkative.
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6. Black Domina
Black Domina is an old school power house made by crossing Northern Lights and Afghani together. The result is an indica dominant hybrid that thrives during hot and harsh climates.
An easy to grow strain that grows to a medium height, is easy to maintain and does not stretch much once flowered. Black Domina can withstand heat waves with no issues and is perfectly suited for challenging hot seasons.
Yields of up to 600 grams (21 oz) per plant can be harvested, with some plants only needing as little as 7 weeks before harvesting. Overall a fast flowering, exceptionally tough and resistant strain.
Her smell and flavor can be described as a complex mixture of musky, spice, herbal with a pungent base. Be careful as she really packs a punch and is one hell of a potent lady.
The aroma and taste of the buds is a mixture of spices, herbal, earthy with a musky pungency. Effects are narcotic and will leave you in a dream world wrapped up on the sofa.
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White Widow is one of the original breeding blocks to many of the modern-day strains, and was created by crossing Kerala with Manga Rose.
She has a prolific resin content giving her the name, and produces excellent results in a hot climate. Wind resistant and an easy to grow strain, that is perfect for beginners who are searching for a reliable and heat-resistant plant.
Outdoors, White Widow can produce up to 750 grams (26.5 oz per plant), and can be harvested as quickly as 8 weeks in some cases. A fast finisher who can withstand cold temperatures as well.
White Widow has a flavor and smell which is mildly pungent, earthy, spicy with woody notes. Her effects are upbeat, clear, alert, motivated and deeply energized.
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California Orange Bud is a popular coffee shop strain from the old days, that is an IBL of the original California Orange Bud taken from California back in the 1990s.
A short and bushy, generous yielding and highly resilient cultivar that is used to hot and tropical climates. A must-have for a beginner who prefers indica dominant hybrids with a fast turnaround time.
Heat stress and cold weather are no problems for this cultivar, and a great choice for SOG thanks to her compact and uniform size.
California Orange Bud is capable of producing 1000 grams (35.5 oz) per plant, making her ideal for commercial growers. Flowering time will vary between 9-10 weeks depending on the phenotype.
Her flavor and aroma is a sweet and fragrant citrus and orange, combined with an earthy base. After a few puffs of a joint, you will feel euphoric, upbeat, focused and giggly.
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Super Skunk is a superb performer and is a cross of Skunk #1 and old school Afghani genetics. The result is a very solid plant that can endure hot climate and heat stress with no problems.
A medium-sized, large yielding hybrid that is wind resistant, and is well suited for hot and dry Summer seasons. She does not require much maintenance and is straightforward to grow.
Super Skunk can produce up to 750 grams (26.5 oz) per plant when grown outdoors, requiring a full 10 weeks before those giant buds are ready to take down. We advise anyone who grows in a Sea of Green set up to grow this strain.
The aroma and flavor is very loud, pungent, and dank, and you can tell why they named her Super Skunk. Her effects will leave you feeling happy, relaxed and totally calm.
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We end our top ten list with Misty Kush. A cross of Misty and Master Kush. Two extremely resilient and tough strains that have produced a massive yielding, heat-resistant plant.
She will not let you down with yields and is a must-have for commercial growers. Plants can become huge and are not phased by heavy mountainous winds, or hot dry weather.
Outdoors, Misty Kush can produce an impressive 750 grams (26.5 oz) per plant, with some phenotypes only needing 8 weeks before harvesting. This lady can take large amounts of nutrients, or endure long drought periods with no major issues.
Her smell and taste can be described as a tropical, exotic, fruity, mango with papaya and citrus. The effects are immediate and are a balance of happy, relaxed, chilled with euphoric waves washing over you.
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These may not have made the Top 10 list, however Skywalker OG, Green Crack, Candy Kush, Master Kush, Green Poison and Chemdog are very resilient feminized cultivars that can easily endure hot and dry climates.
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Using any of the above strains, combined with tricks such as shading your plants, feeding only in the early morning and evening times, using windbreakers and avoiding foliar feeding, will guarantee success.
You have to do everything in your power when growing outdoors and working with challenging hot climates, but we feel you cannot go wrong with our top 10 and honorable mentions
Stoney Tark has been involved with cannabis for over 15 years. During this time, he has become head writer for the long-standing magazine; Soft Secrets, a position he has held for the last ten years, alongside writing for every other main publication.
Author of Stoney Tark’s Top Tips on Growing Cannabis, host of The Roll Models Podcast, breeder and sponsored by SANlight LED. Stoney is well versed in many systems and methods of growing, including, Organics, Hydroponics, Breeding, and Hash production.
Well known in the public eye for his easy-to-understand and detailed breakdowns of all things related to cannabis.