People smoke about 30 million kilos of hashish every year, analysts estimate. All that dank ain’t gonna develop itself.

North America’s weed gardeners, large and small, have begun their annual run on marijuana seed shops. From California to Maine, ganja growers are racing to fill up for the spring thaw and planting season.

“We’re getting slammed,” mentioned Nathaniel Pennington, founding father of seed chief Humboldt Seed Company in California. They provide 57 strains of their 2021 catalog, accessible in California, Oregon, Oklahoma, and Maine. “We’ve by no means had this degree of demand.”

California breeder and Equilibrium Genetics founder Jason Matthys works seven days every week proper now. He drops seed packs at dispensaries from mountainous McKinleyville, CA, to postcard-perfect Pacific Seaside, San Diego. “It’s actually beginning to decide up,” he mentioned.

“Seeds are promoting very well,” mentioned Brian Smith, stock supervisor at Satori Wellness, Humboldt County, CA’s main genetics retailer. “It’s the height of the [seed] season just about from January 1 by April. Come on down, as a result of, sure, they’re shifting.”

Why now?

“‘Corona 12 months two’ is an excellent 12 months to develop,” mentioned Matthys. “Extra individuals are trying out their yard house, or establishing somewhat tent of their room to attempt one thing. They’re working from residence, and remotely. It’s straightforward to verify in in your tent whenever you don’t have to take a seat in visitors.”

Under, Leafly assembles its definitive, annual information to the most popular pot popping off in America’s gardens. We point out 60+ strains, organized into six broad collections under.

Time to get rising, America.

Straightforward-peasy autos and fems

Rising can sound intimidating. So-called “autos” and “fem” seeds take the stress out of the training curve. These two seed sorts are on observe to upend common seeds’ primacy.

Autoflowering seeds

Autoflowering seeds make your hashish plant work like a clock. Put an auto in a 3-gallon pot, add water and solar, and in two and half months you’ll have completed bud, irrespective of the time of 12 months.

Humboldt Seed Firm’s boss says go for his or her Sour Apple auto this 12 months.

“The Bitter Apple is, I’d say, our most lovely autoflower that may actually do effectively in any circumstance,” mentioned Pennington.

Sour Apple in the fields. (Courtesy Humboldt Seed Company)
Bitter Apple within the fields. (Courtesy Humboldt Seed Firm)

Purple Metropolis Genetics touts its Saltwater OG Auto, which hits 26% THC.

“That’s terribly excessive for an auto. The buds don’t look as fairly as [regular seeds] but. However we’re getting there,” mentioned Rosen.

See additionally: Ethos Genetics’ Lilac AutoDiesel; Barney’s Farm Runtz auto, and Do-Si-Dos auto; and I Love Rising Marijuana’s Auto 2.0 mixpack

ETHOS Genetics' Lilac AutoDiesel runs auto-magically. (Courtesy ETHOS Genetics)
Ethos Genetics’ Lilac AutoDiesel runs auto-magically. (Courtesy Ethos Genetics)

Fems in season

“Fems” are brief for “feminized seeds.”

When you’re rising weed to smoke, it’s a females-only occasion, and dudes break it. Solely females produce buds. Statistically, 5 males will lurk in your commonplace 10-pack of normal seeds. That offers new growers nervousness, mentioned Matthys.

“It’s a number of newer growers which might be afraid of males and so they need to get one thing that received’t have male seeds,” he mentioned. “Individuals don’t just like the expertise of getting to throw away vegetation that they don’t need.”

For 2021 fems, attempt to beat Humboldt Seed Firm’s Jelly Rancher. This cross of Very Cherry to Infamous THC and Jelly Rancher Bx3 sparkles with resin and smells like blue cotton sweet, strawberries, and grapes. Jelly Rancher grows to a medium dimension and ripens shortly.

A stem of Jelly Rancher flower. (Courtesy Humboldt Seed Company)
Make ’em jelly: Jelly Rancher fem seeds are candy, berry, grape hybrid-sativa enjoyable for ’21. (Courtesy Humboldt Seed Firm)

They’re going to do nice anyplace in California this 12 months, mentioned Pennington.

Unique breeders Compound Genetics supply feminized seeds as effectively. Snap up Gummiez, Blueberry Octane, and Pink Certz fems from Compound at shops like Buds and Roses within the San Fernando Valley.

See additionally: Homegrown Hashish Co’s Strawberry Cough feminized, or Automagic Mix Pack; and i49 Genetics’ Auto Zkittlez Fem

Pleasant Tangie strains

If Autos and Fems are straightforward to develop, Tangie household strains are straightforward for freshmen to smoke. They’ve bubbly, pleasant results that may go all day.

Present in tremendous Oregon dispensaries, Large Seeds sells Yuzu Tangie, which is Tangie crossed to Lemon Pineapple, combined to Orangeade. Breeders checklist lineage like a math equation: ((Tangie x Lemon Pineapple) x Orangeade).

Humboldt Seed Firm enters 12 months two of promoting Squirt, which crosses an elite Blueberry Muffin to a superior Tangie.

“If you wish to have a superb time, smoke Blueberry Muffin, and smoke Squirt.”

Nat Pennington, Humboldt Seed Firm founder

“If you wish to have a superb time, smoke Blueberry Muffin, and smoke Squirt,” mentioned Pennington. “I just about solely smoke Blueberry Muffin and Squirt once I’m going to be working with a gaggle of individuals. It makes it enjoyable.”

A pure Tangie resurgence continues as effectively, mentioned authentic breeder Crockett, founding father of Crockett Family Farms. The California group sells by DNA Genetics and past. Plant a subject of Crockett’s new:

  • Strawberry Fields (Strawberry Banana X Tangie)
  • Bitter Juice (Juice X Bitter Chem),
  • Tangieland (Candyland X Tangie)
  • or BT7 (Banana Tangie #7 X OG#18)

Cookies and Muffins, MAC and nuts

It’s a Cookies and Muffins world. You simply reside in it.

Which means scooping up main California nursery Darkish Coronary heart’s fast-selling clones of Gelato (Ice Cream) Cake, Sweeties, or White Runtz.

“The Cookies and Muffins are very a lot in demand this 12 months, for good cause,” mentioned Darkish Coronary heart Nursery advertising affiliate Jeffrey Oropeza.

Denver-based Ethos Genetics additionally gorges on cookie crosses with its Finish Recreation line, now in three varieties.

ETHOS Genetics' End Game cross {unch Line. (Courtesy ETHOS Genetics)
Thanos is a daddy: Ethos punches up Cookies with their “Finish Recreation” crosses. (Courtesy Ethos Genetics)

Additionally, attempt to get in on Purple Metropolis Genetics’ new, clone-only Gush Mints.

Gush Mints electrifies and colorizes the minty pressure craze. It takes Kush Mints and crosses it with the fabled F1 Durban and Gushers. The result’s, “creamy gasoline and kushy sweet terps,” mentioned Rosen.

Six kinds of Gush Mints crosses are coming in seed type in ‘21.

“Purple Metropolis Genetics is the very entrance tip of the spear. Consider the latest iPhone or Tesla. That’s us,” Rosen mentioned.

Additionally within the unique Cookies world, don’t miss Archive Seeds of Portland’s:

  • Animal Biscuits (Animal Cookies x Dosidos)
  • Cake Face (Animal Face x Faceoff OG)
  • Doughlato (Dolato #41 x Moonbow #75)
  • and Melon Fizz (Melonade x Moonbow #75)

And on the planet of MAC crosses, breeder Capulator ought to have seeds for adult-use shops this 12 months. Till then, Ethos touts their new MAC and Jack.

“It’s a really complimentary cross that checks all of the containers for nearly each grower!” mentioned Ethos.

ETHOS Genetics' MAC and Jack amps up the sweet sativa jack terps. (Courtesy ETHOS Genetics)
Ethos Genetics’ MAC and Jack amps up the candy sativa jack terps. (Courtesy Ethos Genetics)

See additionally: Speaking Bushes’ Layer Cake; Premium Seed Market Scooby Snacks #1; Wave Rider Nursery’s Apple Fritter, LA Kush Cake, Peach Flambe, and Dosilato.

Going a bit nuts

Fast observe: a bona fide nutty pressure craze is a-brewin’ in hashish.

Demand for Peanut Butter Breath has gone loopy, in keeping with main clone and seed supplier Wave Rider Nursery in Salinas, CA.

Over at Humboldt Seed Firm, their new Pistachio (Fortune Cookies x PistachioBx2 x P-61) “Smells identical to burnt nuts to us; a roasted cracked-open pistachio,” mentioned Pennington. “Individuals will agree that it has a nutty taste it doesn’t matter what.”

Pistachio comes from intense hybridization, and luck. (Courtesy Humboldt Seed Company)
Pistachio comes from intense hybridization, and luck. (Courtesy Humboldt Seed Firm)

OGs for the OGs

The biting OG Kush pressure household lives within the shadow of Cookies, however it’ll by no means fade.

Maintain your gasoline station topped up this 12 months by rising some Knight’s Templar OG from Dark Heart Nursery. Darkish Coronary heart calls their latest OG their heaviest but.

“Individuals love the gasoline profile and the supreme rest that OGs carry,” mentioned Oropeza.

Mission accomplished: Knight's Templar OG from Dark Heart Nursery. (Courtesy Dark Heart Nursery)
Mission completed: Knight’s Templar OG from Darkish Coronary heart Nursery. (Courtesy Darkish Coronary heart Nursery)

OG Kush cousin Triangle Kush by no means goes out of fashion. Simply take a look at Wave Rider Nursery’s Black Triangle (Triangle Kush x 88G13) by way of Bodhi Seeds.

And even higher—combine nuts and gasoline with PB Triangles from Equilibrium Genetics. That’s PB Breath to Triangle Kush.

Want extra new OGs? Go together with legit, authentic gangsta’ Bodhi Seeds’ Historical OG:

“A heavy obligation, true OG-dominant hybrid that takes issues to the subsequent degree,” said Bodhi. “Deep, earthy, forest OG aromas, with creamy, citrus kush undertones, like Goji OG with out the berry and added lemon pledge.”

—Bodhi Seeds

Hashmakers will need Dying Breed Seeds, who crosses every part to their OG Eddy Lep, together with:

  • Lemon Zest (Lemonade x OG Eddy);
  • Ice Cream Bean (Blue Sherbert x OG Eddy).
This Colin OG cross from ETHOS is outta control. (Courtesy ETHOS Genetics)
This Colin OG RBX smells like a traditional Bitter OG kissed with cherry and grape. (Courtesy Ethos Genetics)

Purples, Zkittlez, and Runtz

Sure closely stoned of us solely smoke purple weed: GDPs, Purple Punch crosses, Zkittlez, and Runtz. This part’s for them.

Darkish Coronary heart Nursery claims to carry again the legendary Ken’s Granddaddy Purple from 2003 on the market this 12 months.

“Anybody who remembers the old-fashioned, deep, and musky style of purples ought to do this pressure,” mentioned Oropeza.

Problem accepted.

Dark Heart Nursery offers a 2003 Ken's Granddaddy Purple this year. (Courtesy Dar Heart Nursery)
Darkish Coronary heart Nursery presents a 2003 Ken’s Granddaddy Purple this 12 months. (Courtesy Dar Coronary heart Nursery)

We’re large followers of Do-Si-Dos to Purple Punch, referred to as Slurricane—so we’re rising In-Home Genetics’ Slurricane ix (Slurricane #44 x Slurricane #7) in our backyard.

Wanna get crunk? Search out Purple Metropolis Genetics’ clone-only Slurty3 ((Slurricane Cowboys minimize) x Gelato 33). Crosses of it go into seed manufacturing later within the 12 months.

Slurty3 smells like “grape, gasoline, and cream terps which have ‘new-new’ written throughout it,” mentioned Rosen.

Warning, although. “That is heavy, dude. Not for the unsuspecting smoker,”  he mentioned.


Leafly’s outdoor cannabis grower’s calendar

Zkittlez and Runtz run amok

New Zkittlez crosses rain down upon us mortals. We’ve settled on rising Exotic Genetix’s Cookies cross Gazzungas (Zkittlez x Rainbow Chip). Up in Portland, OR, Archive Seeds hits gold with Rainbow Beltz 2.0 (Zkittlez x Moonbow).

Equally, Runtz crosses are in every single place, however solely Equilibrium Genetics crossed Runtz to their mildew and mildew-resistant African Orange to create Orange Runtz. Nice thought.

One other blingy Compound taste: Rose Gold Runtz, a cross of Apples and Bananas to White Runtz.

Keep an eye out for Compound Genetics' ultra-potent, tasty Apples and Bananas, sold via Cookies. (David Downs/Leafly)
Compound Genetics’ ultra-potent, tasty Apples and Bananas in your individual yard. (David Downs/Leafly)

“These guys who made this explicit pressure needs to be the gods of weed.”

—Leafly reviewer ‘a……..r”

One Leafly reviewer of Apples and Bananas mentioned: “These guys who made this explicit pressure needs to be the gods of weed.”

Lastly, Compound Genetics recommends its newest collaboration with Colorado seed gods Cannarado. Search for Gastro Pop—that’s Apples and Bananas to Grape Gasoline.

See additionally: Savage Genetics’ Cheetoz (Cheetah Piss x Runtz); I Love Rising Marijuana’s Purple mixpack; Wave Rider’s cross of Marriage ceremony Cake Zkittlez x Modified Grapes.

Landraces, sativas, and throwbacks

The critics at all times inform me, ‘Play these old skool jams, David. The place’s my landraces at? These sativas? The place are my throwbacks?’

Message acquired.

Equilibrium Genetics can’t be denied within the throwback, landrace, and sativa recreation. Have a look at their practically sold-out Maui Pineapple, in addition to their new Saturn Citrus and Pineapple Sonja.

Outdated-school Maui has billions of {dollars} of goodwill baked into the model identify, mentioned Matthys.

“It’s loopy. Everybody needs that one. It’s such a beautiful pressure to develop—very sativa with a candy little bit of cherry musk and funk, like a gassy funk,” he mentioned.

Pineapple Sonja will reset the bar for thick pineapple taste in California. It’s Pineapple Thai to a different pineapple-smelling sativa from Maine, referred to as Pink Sonja.

Then strap in for a psychedelic rocket launch—Saturn Citrus is Tremendous Lemon Haze crossed to Equilibrium’s African Orange.

Want extra altitude? Wave Rider Nursery presents a singular Swazi Pink Burmese that’ll get the center racing.

And for a spotless thoughts, this 12 months Bodhi Seeds has:

  • Soar (Columbian Pink x OMG)
  • and Everlasting Sunshine (Hawaiian Sativa x OMG)

Old fashioned indica followers, we bought you. Hash Plant lovers need to be sedated with Bodhi Seeds’:

Grandmas Hashplant (Irene x 88G13/HP)

  • and Lemon Hashplant (Lemon G x 88G13/HP)

Romulan touchdown

Romulan on the vine. (Courtesy Romulan Genetics)
Make it so: Romulan on the department. (Courtesy Romulan Genetics)

And talking of sedation: set your phasers on stun—old skool Romulan has landed.

“Our Romulan seeds are promoting very, very effectively,” mentioned Megan L., Romulan Genetics gross sales supervisor. “Nostalgia has been a pop-culture phenomenon currently, so something that brings folks again to their youth or highschool years is a giant hit with the Child Boomer era.”

This traditional, high-THC indica can handle nervousness and PTSD, sufferers report.

“[The strain] leaves you feeling fully saturated however in some way nonetheless accountable for your ideas and actions,” mentioned Megan.

Mmm, saturation.

A bowl of Romulan. (Courtesy Romulan Genetics)
Develop a bowl of Romulan this season. (Courtesy Romulan Genetics)

And that, of us, represents a fats slice of what’s happening on the market within the hashish seed world in 2021. It’s actually mind-boggling.

“There are such a lot of wonderful new strains popping out on a regular basis it’s exhausting to maintain up with,” mentioned Conner Pollock, Wave Rider Nursery gross sales supervisor.

This epochal explosion in hashish range solely guarantees to speed up, mentioned Rosen. “It’s essentially the most thrilling time to be in hashish. Much more so a day from now, and every week from now—it simply will get increasingly more thrilling,” he mentioned.

Vanilla Cream Pie up close. (Courtesy Humboldt Seed Company)
2021’s Vanilla Cream Pie up shut. (Courtesy Humboldt Seed Firm)

What would you develop this 12 months? Let the Leafly group know within the feedback under!

David Downs's Bio Image

David Downs

David Downs directs information and way of life protection because the California Bureau Chief for He is written for WIRED, Rolling Stone and Billboard, and is the previous hashish editor of the San Francisco Chronicle, in addition to the creator of a number of hashish books together with ‘Marijuana Harvest’ by Ed Rosenthal and David Downs. He co-hosts The Hash podcast. TW: @davidrdowns | IG @daviddowns

View David Downs’s articles