If you’re looking for a strain that will give you plenty of bang for your buck, look no further than our list of the top highest yielding strains of 2022. You’ll find strains with over 20% THC and yields that rival commercial crops. The only thing standing in your way is finding a suitable grow space!
Whether its indica, sativa or autoflower that you prefer to grow with, we have covered everything and listed our top 5 best rated high yielding strains in each of the categories. All you need to do, is grow them.
How to get the most out of a high yielding cannabis strain?
So you’ve got your hands on some seeds from a popular seed bank known to have incredible yield potential. That is a good start! The genetics of a strain can play a significant role in how many flowers they produce, and how dense the bud is, but please keep in mind it is not the only thing that contributes to high yields. It is vitally important to also follow a few principles when growing your bud to make sure you achieve the best results and biggest yields.
Happy plants = High Yields
Paying close attention to the environment of the plants, such as climate, temperature, nutrients, and quality of light, significantly affects how big cannabis plants grow. These plants need a plenty of sunlight and warmth to grow correctly to produce buds. Cannabis plants are delicate though, an environment that is too hot or too cold can stress out your plants damaging yields.
Use good quality grow lights to increase yield
Growing outdoors is great if you live in the right climate but it isn’t always an option. If you are growing indoors using good quality lighting systems such as LED or fluorescent lights is one of the most effective ways to increase bud production. You can also line the walls and ceilings of your grow room with reflective materials such as Mylar, which work to increase the amount of light the plant absorbs when the lights are on and decrease light leaking into the grow room during dark periods.
Employ plant training techniques to maximise yields
Growing techniques such as LST (Low-Stress Training) and HST (High-Stress Training) can also increase yields. LST is a technique whereby you manipulate a plants growth pattern in order to optimize its structure to absorb more light. It also allows your plants to use the grow space more efficiently and distribute energy more effectively to its bud sites resulting in bigger yields.
HST is similar to LST in that it focuses on increasing yield by reducing stress levels on your plants, but it differs in that it takes place after the plant has already been established. This allows you to manipulate the way your plant grows so that it produces more flowers than usual.
Are weed strains getting bigger?
For those of you that have been growing weed for more than a few years you may have noticed that cannabis strains are getting bigger. This is all thanks to genetic breeding programs that have one aim in mind, to produce the biggest plants possible.
If we go back 20 – 30 years strains such as Big Bud and Glookies didn’t even exist, the biggest cannabis varieties around were the landraces such as Afghan, Haze and Hindu Kush. But thanks to years of cross breeding and backcrossing different genetic lines of cannabis, todays breeders have created strains that are capable of producing enormous yields.
Autoflowers are a more recent example of this progression, the original autoflowers such as Joint Doctor’s Lowryder that was first commercially bred in early 2000 and produced somewhere in the region of 30-50 grams per plant. Whereas the latest autoflowers known as ‘Super Autoflowers’ can produce upwards of 200 grams per plant! So yes it is safe to say that weed strains are getting bigger, how much bigger they will get, only time will tell.
Highest yielding Indica strains
Big Bud – Yield 700g/m2
If you’re looking for an Indica strain that will give you the biggest, best buds, look no further than Big Bud. This strain has won several prestigious awards and is renowned for its resinous buds bursting with THC and resin.
Big Bud strain is also famous for its sweet and spicy flavor profile. It’s a creeper strain that’ll leave you feeling relaxed yet focused.
Big Bud is a relatively straight forward strain to grow and performs excellently with LST techniques that can be used to both control its size and boost its yield.
GMO Cookies – Yield 600g/m2
GMO Cookies is one of the most popular strains of all time, and we can see why! The strain has been around for a while, but that doesn’t mean it’s not still as potent as ever. GMO Cookies is a cross of two of the most popular strains today: Chemdawg and Girl Scout Cookies. This mix results in a strain that packs 20%+ THC levels into its buds and gives you impressive yields at 600gr/m². You’ll want to get your hand caught in the jar of this GMO Cookies strain—the highly potent strain is trending now for its high potency, punch of flavor, and comfortably soothing effects.
Glookies Feminised – Yield 800g/m2
If you’re looking for something extraordinary to grow in your garden, look no further than Glookies. This strain is a real winner and is definitely one of the best-performing strains. Glookies has incredible yield potential. It can produce up to 800gr/m2 in just one season—a yield that even some of the most famous strains don’t come close to! The buds are dense and chunky, with an intense aroma reminiscent of citrus fruit and lime. And if you’re looking for an exotic flavor, this is a perfect choice.
Purple Punch – 500g/m2
The Indica dominant hybrid strain from Hawaii is a popular choice with home growers and breeders alike. It’s 80/20 Indica dominant, which means it leans toward being sedative or relaxing while still offering a potent high. Its THC content typically hovers around 20-25%.
Purple Punch is a high-yielding Indica strain with a relatively short flowering time. The strain grows well in indoor and outdoor environments and can be grown hydroponically. The yield from Purple Punch is around 400g per sqm (1 kg per square foot), though it can average as high as 600g per sqm (1.5 kilograms per square foot) when grown outdoors.
Critical Kush – Yield 600g/m2
Critical Kush is a seriously impressive strain. With an Indica-dominant high packed with THC and CBD, this strain is the perfect choice for anyone who wants a relaxing and uplifting high. The pine, sweet, woodsy flavor of Critical Kush will have you feeling like you’re sitting in a cozy cabin by the fire—and that’s just the beginning! Critical Kush is a high-yielding strain with a THC content of over 20%. It’s named for its ability to produce large, dense flowers that bear fruit-like clusters. This strain is demanding tend to grow into a bush rather than a standard plant form.
Highest yielding Sativa strains?
Acapulco Gold – Yield 600g/m2
The landrace strain Acapulco Gold is a Sativa dominant cannabis strain developed in Mexico and Central America. It was initially grown by the Mayan people and passed down through generations. The strain is known for its high THC content and ability to produce a wide range of flavors. Acapulco Gold is a versatile strain with an average of 500-600 grams per square meter, making it suitable for indoor and outdoor cultivation. Its THC content averages around 20-24%, making it an excellent choice for medical patients seeking relief from pain or anxiety.
Super Lemon Haze – Yield 600g/m2
The Super Lemon Haze is a strain that’s been around for a while now, but it’s still one of our most popular strains because it keeps getting better. The aroma can be compared to that of lemons, but with a more complex undertone. The taste of Super Lemon Haze is spicy and tangy, with a hint of lemon.
It’s got steady, high, stimulating effects that make you feel like you’re on top of the world—all while still sustaining your energy throughout the day. The Super Lemon Haze is an excellent choice for beginning growers because it’s easy to grow and can produce high yields of super-dank buds.
Purple Haze – Yield 550g/m2
Purple Haze is one of the highest yielding purple strains on the market, and it’s easy to grow. A cross between Purple Thai and Haze, it makes a great all-purpose strain that can grow well both indoors and outdoors. This strain produces large yields of buds with high THC levels, making it an excellent choice for medical marijuana patients who need high levels of THC in their medicine. Purple Haze is also very easy to grow, so you can get started immediately with a minimum of fussing over your plant environment (and no need for special fertilizers or pesticides). It’s one of our most popular strains because it yields excellent results —make sure you don’t underfeed your plant!
Sativa Star – Yield 600g/m2
The Sativa Star is a true workhorse. A 90% Sativa, this strain is highly uplifting and cerebral but provides an intense physical high. It is known for its impressive yields, up to 350 grams per square meter indoors and 600 grams when grown outdoors. The THC content of the Sativa Star can reach up to 22.60%, making it a must-have for any cannabis enthusiast looking for an intense psychedelic experience.
Amnesia Haze – Yield 600g/m2
Amnesia Haze is a Sativa dominant hybrid known for its physical and emotional stimulation. It’s a happy strain, perfect for enhancing motivation and enjoying ordinary activities. Amnesia Haze is a strain that can be grown both indoors and outdoors. It grows tall and produces massive yields, with plants reaching heights of 180-220cm and yields over 600g/m2. Grown indoors, it takes 12-14 weeks to flower, while outdoors, it’ll be ready for harvest in late October.
Highest yielding autoflowers
Tangerine Dream Auto – Yield 500g/m2
Tangerine Dream is a unique autoflowering strain that produces some of the highest yields in the world. It’s a 50-50 hybrid, so it has an even balance of Sativa and Indica genetics. This means it stays mellow and euphoric throughout the day, which makes it ideal for daytime use.
Tangerine Dream is a West Coast hybrid auto-flowering that produces 600 grams of bud per square meter! It’s also got THC levels that are moderately low at 12% to 15% for maximum effect without getting you too high! These nugs are tight and heavy, with dense and dark green leaves. Tangerine Dream has a robust and skunky aroma reminiscent of tropical fruit and citrus with pine notes. The buds have a sweet, fruity taste and smell.
Super Lemon Haze Autoflower – Yield 450g/m2
Super Lemon Haze is a Sativa-dominant hybrid that was first created in the 1980s. It has since won awards for its tasty buds and high yields. You can get the same results with our auto-flowering Super Lemon Haze seeds! Super Lemon Haze is one of the highest-yielding auto-flowering cannabis strain available. It produces a relatively large yield of dense buds, sometimes called “pineapple sage” because of their distinctive smell.
The THC levels average at 15% but can reach 22%. This makes Super Lemon Haze an ideal choice for those who need to medicate but don’t want to be too stoned. It’s also easier to grow than other strains, so you’ll get better results with less time and effort.
Do-Si-Dos Autoflower – Yield 600g/m2
Do Si Dos Autoflower is a strain guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Its high yields, potent effects, and automatic growth make it the perfect choice for any cultivator—especially if you’re looking for an easy way to get big yields and maximize your harvests. Do Si Dos Autoflower produces up to 600gr/m² when grown indoors or outdoors. This strain is Indica dominant, so you’ll get a mellow buzz that will help you relax after a long day at work. You might even feel like swinging your partner round and round.
Cookie Monster Auto – Yield 600g/m2
Cookie Monster Autoflowering is a short-flowering strain with a THC content of 23% and a CBD content of 0.6%. It crosses two strains known for their high yields—Girl Scout Cookies and Ruderalis. Cookie Monster is a fantastic auto-flowering variety that is easy to grow. The plant grows in a compact structure with highlights of deep green leaves and hues of purple when cultivated in a cool climate. It can produce up to 600 grams per square meter and is one of the highest-yielding varieties available. With its high levels of THC, it’s also one of the most potent varieties you can grow yourself.
Incredible Bulk Auto – Yield 600g/m2
When growing an autoflower, you want to ensure that the plant is perfectly adapted to whatever conditions it’s under. This means it has to be able to handle a wide range of temperatures, moisture levels and nutrient supplies. Incredibly, the Incredible Bulk Auto is a true beast.
These plants are bred in-depth to ensure they’re ready for anything that comes their way—no matter how extreme or unpredictable. They grow super-fast, so you’ll see results right away. And they’re heavy performers—so even when they get hot in a greenhouse during summertime (and they will), they’ll still do well overall.
How to increase your yields
When it comes to cannabis yields, there are a lot of things that can affect the final product. The most important thing is to keep an eye on your plants and ensure they are healthy.
Another critical factor is the strain you are growing. Many growers will tell you that their strains produce more when grown indoors than outdoors. This is not always true, but it depends on each strain’s conditions and genetics.
Let’s take a look at some common factors that affect yield and how to increase your yields with these factors:
Use high yielding genetics
If you’re looking to increase your cannabis yields, it is essential that you use high yielding genetics. Growers have been using high
yielding genetics for decades. These strains are genetically engineered to grow faster and produce more flowers with less effort.
In fact, one of the main reasons that growers pay a premium for these strains is that they can yield more than regular marijuana plants. A genetically modified plant will contain more trichomes (the resin glands) and therefore produce more cannabinoids and terpenes.
Good quality lighting
Lights will play an essential role in how much weed a plant grows since light plays a massive role in its development. Using high quality LED lights could be the difference between a medium sized crop and an enormous yield. Bear in mind too that by using lower heat producing lights such as LED’s you reduce the risk of heat stress and excessive humidity levels which both will effect a plants yield.
Good quality soil and nutrients
Cannabis plants need a specific combination of nutrients to grow healthy and strong. The most critical nutrients for cannabis plants are nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K). A nutrient solution or fertilizer usually provides these three nutrients. However, cannabis needs more than just these three nutrients. The amount of each nutrient varies depending on the strain you’re growing. In order to get the most out of your cannabis garden, it’s essential to know how to feed your plants properly.
Use training techniques such as LST, HST, ScrOG
When growing indoors, cannabis plants require specialized training techniques such as LST (Low-Stress Training) and HST (High-Stress Training). These methods help ensure that your plants will not be harmed by the excess stress caused by being forced into an unnatural environment like an indoor garden or hydroponics system (which may contain a large amount of water).
SCROG is another training method that helps plants develop strong stems and branches while remaining compact enough to fit within tight spaces like those found at the base of stairs or along walls inside rooms. This technique also helps control height growth, which improves yield by reducing competition between different varieties within a single garden space!
Keep tabs on temperature and humidity levels
If you’re growing cannabis, you know how important it is to maintain a good balance of temperature and humidity. Cannabis plants thrive in warm environments. You can’t just throw them into the middle of your living room or put them in your window box. You also want to ensure that the temperature is neither too hot nor too cold. Something around 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21 degrees Celsius) works best for most strains of cannabis.
The ideal humidity for your plants is between 50% and 80%. If you don’t have an air conditioner, you may want to invest in one—or at least invest in some fans. Running the fans on high speed all day long will help keep the humidity levels up so that your plants don’t get stressed from being too dry or too wet.
Don’t stress your plants
To sum up all of the above points, probably the most important thing to take away from this is to understand how critical it is to avoid stressing your plants. Plant stress can be caused by any number of problems the most common are:
- Over or under watering
- Heat stress
- Nutrient burn or nutrient lockout
- Excessively high or low humidity
- Excessively high or low temperatures
- General damage to plants (usually caused by using excessive force while employing training techniques)
- Light leaks (during dark period)
- Transplanting to bigger pots
- Mold or plant disease
Each time your plants experience any form of stress, depending on how severe, they will go into survival mode to allow them to recover. This means that all of their energy, which would otherwise be deployed to producing bud and increasing yield, is diverted to repairing the areas that have been stressed and therefore this impacts yield. Plants can go into stress recovery mode anywhere from a few days to months depending on how severely stressed they have been. But don’t panic, this is natural and is the plants way of reinstating its own homeostasis.