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Fast Flowering Cannabis Strains

For some growers, time is of the essence. There’s a multitude of reasons one might want to wrap up an operation as quickly as possible. Some cultivators still live in areas under prohibition; the faster they set up and shut down their project, the less likely they are to get busted and prosecuted. Alternatively, commercial growers want to achieve the fastest harvest possible to boost turnaround.

NEED FOR SPEED

Regardless of the reason, it’s certainly possible to speed up the cultivation process. Autoflowering varieties are prized for this very quality. Many of them provide ripe flowers only several weeks after germination, although this speed comes at a price. Yields are usually comparatively small, and cannabinoid content is lower too. That means less THC and CBD in each flower.

By comparison, photoperiod varieties offer larger yields and higher levels of cannabinoids. However, they usually take much longer to reach harvest when grown conventionally. Growers typically keep indoor plants on a light cycle of 18 hours on and 6 hours off during the vegetative stage. The photoperiod is then switched to 12 hours on and 12 hours off to initiate the flowering stage.

However, it’s possible to grow any photoperiod variety at a pace that rivals autoflowering cultivars. The very word “photoperiod” implies that these plants require a shift in the light cycle to begin flowering; an acquired evolutionary trait. A decrease in light signals that autumn is approaching, and thus it’s time to produce flowers and seeds to reproduce.

Indoor growers have free rein over the length of the vegetative phase in photoperiod varieties. As long as plants receive more than 12 hours of light per day, they will stay in veg. Growers can thus trigger flowering whenever they please. This trait means the photoperiod can be used to force plants to flower very early on in the growing cycle. Applying a 12/12 light cycle from germination will cause photoperiod strains to flower just as fast as most autos. Starting with clones will produce even faster results.

Although this level of speed is practical for some growers, there is a trade-off. The lack of a vegetative phase means plants only reach a small size, which results in reduced yields. However, this deficit can be negated by starting many seeds or clones together and cultivating them using the sea of green (SOG) method.

OUR FASTEST FEMINIZED PHOTOPERIOD CANNABIS STRAINS

If this method appeals to you, check out our fastest feminized photoperiod strains to grow under a 12/12 cycle from seed to harvest. If you desire larger yields, you can veg these plants for a regular period of time under 18/6, and still benefit from an ultra-fast flowering phase!

ROYAL CHEESE (FAST FLOWERING)

As her name suggests, Royal Cheese is quick off the mark when it comes to producing high-quality flowers. The indica-dominant strain was created to resemble the legendary UK strain Cheese. RQS breeders harnessed Old School Skunk and Afghani to get the job done. She boasts a THC level of 17%, which fuels a relaxing and stoning body high. Her flowers possess tastes of sweetness and earth. Grown conventionally, she produces an impressive yield of 450–550g/m² after a flowering period as brief as six weeks. She makes an excellent candidate for a 12/12 light cycle from veg.

Photoperiod strains can be forced to flower as soon as they emerge from the soil's surface. Use this technique to harvest after only six weeks of growth!

Top Fastest Growing Cannabis Seeds By Categories (2020 Update)

Choosing the right seeds is the first most important part of a successful grow. These selections from Autoflowering, Feminized and CBD plants are our most popular fast growing strains. They are easy to grow, produce good yields and deliver the goods all the way.

Cannabis cultivators look for specific traits when selecting a strain. Some search for flavour and potency above all else, whereas others are more concerned with speed. Luckily for both the former and latter camps, the breeders at Royal Queen Seeds have dedicated a lot of time to developing top-quality strains that are quick off the mark and rapid to deliver their goods.

Our team has created both fast-flowering feminized genetics and autoflowering genetics to satisfy all types of growers. The former offers all the benefits of photoperiod strains, but with a reduced flowering time.

Our autoflowering varieties, on the other hand, are the fastest in our archive. Infused with Cannabis ruderalis genetics, these cultivars don’t require external cues to flower. Instead, they surge from seed to harvest in a matter of weeks, making them perfect for stealthy home growers.

Let’s explore the fastest RQS cannabis seeds by category. Though the following timeframes are approximations, they are accurate.

AUTOFLOWERING

Autoflowering seeds can be both sativa and indica. However, they have been crossed with a type of cannabis called ruderalis. This enables them to flower on their own in as little as 2-4 weeks without exposing them to strict 12 hour light regimes.

Some of our most popular strains in this category include:

QUICK ONE

Quick One is one of the fastest auto-growing strains on the planet. The plant is based on the original auto flowering strain – Lowryder. This strain was created from a cross between William’s Wonder x Northern Lights x Ruderalis. These plants are usually ready for harvest in 8 weeks from germination. The plants also reach between 50 and 60 cm and can yield up to 150g per plant.

Quick One
Quick One
Lowryder 1 x Old School Indica
275 – 325 gr/m2
50 – 60 cm
5 – 6 Weeks
THC: 13%
Sativa 10% Indica 60% Ruderalis 30%
100 – 150 gr/plant
60 – 100 cm
9 – 10 weeks after sprouting
Physically Relaxing

EASY BUD

Easy Bud received her name for good reason. As well as being one of the easiest cannabis strains to grow, she also boasts one of the fastest growing cycles. Her speedy and robust nature makes her ideal for those seeking a fast turnover, and those ready to take their first step into the world of growing weed.

As the progeny of White Indica and ruderalis, Easy Bud produces frosty flowers featuring a THC content of 12% alongside citrusy and earthy terpenes. These buds won’t blast you to the moon, but they will offer a soothing and subtle effect perfect for any time of day.

After germinating these seeds, Easy Bud will explode into a mature plant in as little as eight weeks. Prepare to harvest up to 325g/m² from indoor plants, and between 30–80g/plant from outdoor specimens.

Easy Bud
Easy Bud
White Indica x Ruderalis
275 – 325 gr/m2
50 – 60 cm
5 – 7 weeks
THC: 12%
Sativa 15% Indica 55% Ruderalis 30%
30 – 80 gr/plant
60 – 110 cm
9 – 10 weeks after sprouting
Physically Relaxing

ROYAL BLUEMATIC

Not only does Royal Bluematic offer quick results, but she also delivers aesthetically stunning flowers and relaxing body highs. This strain emerged after Royal Queen Seeds crossed the legendary cultivar Blueberry with a high-performing ruderalis variety. Thus, they took the best traits of this classic and made them much easier and faster to cultivate.

After placing her seeds in the soil, growers should be prepared to harvest her bud within a timeframe of 8–9 weeks. Such impressive speed makes her a great candidate for guerrilla growers looking to stay below the radar.

Royal Bluematic blooms colourful buds boasting shades of orange, green, purple, and yellow, as well as a THC content of 14%. Her phytochemical mix provides a stoning high augmented by sweet and earthy flavours.

Royal Bluematic
Royal Bluematic
Blueberry x Ruderalis
425 – 475 gr/m2
60 – 75 cm
7 – 8 weeks
THC: 14%
Sativa 10% Indica 60% Ruderalis 30%
70 – 120 gr/plant
70 – 100 cm
11 – 12 weeks after sprouting
Powerful , Stoned

FEMINIZED FAST GROWING STRAINS

Feminized cannabis seeds are designed to produce only female plants. Feminized seeds will produce a female plant 99.99% of the time. Don’t waste your time trying to produce flower from a male plant – they will only pollinate you females, resulting in seeds rather than bud.

Fast Flowering strains are hybrids of these and autoflowering strains. They are genetically coded to produce flowers quickly with little care, but still rely on a change in photoperiod to flower.

Some of our most popular selections in this category include:

CANDY KUSH EXPRESS

As well as offering a rapid flowering time, Candy Kush Express is a rich source of terpenes, emanating notes of sugary sweet citrus. Her speed of growth and incredible taste make her a great strain for cannabis chefs who want a crop that yields well on a regular basis. This strain features a close balance of 60% indica genetics and 40% sativa, which exerts an effect that relieves tension from the body while keeping the mind alert and functional.

Candy Kush Express is a speedy photoperiod variety that features a flowering time of only 7–9 weeks. Plants grown indoors under good-quality lights will yield up to 525g/m². Those grown outdoors are capable of yielding between 450–500g/plant.

Cannabis cultivators looking for a quick and easy grow experience read this. These are our top selections in every category of plant.