Cannabis Ruderalis Seeds

Ruderal Siberian cannabis seeds direct from an ancient centre of Asian cannabis culture near the borderlands of Kazakhstan Besides indica and sativa, there is a third cannabis variant called ruderalis, with autoflower properties that any grower should know about. Ruderalis has changed the growing game entirely, introducing autoflowering genes into the world of weed. Read all about ruderalis here!

Siberian

Genetics: Ruderal Siberian Cannabis
Sourcing: Russian Landrace Bureau, Chebarkul, Chelyabinsk, southern Russia
Purpose: n/a
Latitude: 54° N
Harvest: August to September
Height: 1.5 to 3 metres
Aroma: Intense pine, sweet floral, citrus
Characteristics: Resinous, vigorous, hardy, autoflowering, small leaves, purple coloration, CBD
Grow Type: Outdoors, greenhouse, or indoors

This ruderal Siberian accession is a resinous, day-neutral (autoflowering) population direct from Chelyabinsk, close to Kazakhstan. This genepool neighbours some of the most ancient Asian centres of cannabis culture, namely the Central Asian steppe, once home to history’s original dope fiends, the Scythians.

These plants are something of a mystery. The theory among local people is that they may have originated in Kazakhstan. Several characteristics suggest they are descended from an imported hashish landrace: domesticate seed structure, intense resin, powerful aromas, and definite psychoactivity. Conceivably this population originated as a hybrid between an introduced Kazakh landrace and local Siberian ruderal populations.

Seeds are quite small, silver, and mottled, with somewhat elongated horseshoe bases on some specimens, all of which indicates the presence of ruderal (‘wild’) genetics. Cold-treating is advisable for best results.

CBD chemotypes are likely. Very fast flowering and hardy, these plants are well-suited for northern latitudes.

PLEASE NOTE: Seeds of ruderal Cannabis exhibit highly variable and uneven germination.

Seeds of this Siberian population: the mottled silver surface suggests ruderal genetics, as does the slight elongation and horseshoe shape of some bases

Cannabis Ruderalis Autoflower Seeds

Indica and sativa are the most familiar cannabis variants. There is a third variety, however, which easily gets overlooked: cannabis ruderalis. Ruderalis originated in inhospitable environments, allowing it to survive in conditions where other kinds would perish. Cannabis ruderalis is used to breed autoflower strains – find out why below.

The Birthplace Of Ruderalis

The deepest roots of cannabis ruderalis come from the harsher regions of Asia, Eastern Europe, and Russia. It is a native species commonly found along roadsides and on fallow plots of farmland. This highly robust plant can grow in harsh climates. They are able to survive in conditions that would be absolutely lethal to other types of cannabis.

The name ruderalis is derived from Latin ‘rudus’, which means rubble or debris. Ruderal plants are able to grow and thrive on soil rendered inhospitable by human activity. Examples include barren fields, railroad embankments and abandoned construction plots.

As you can see, cannabis ruderalis is a real survivor. Even its seeds are tough: they can remain viable after being crushed underfoot and cracked open. They have an innate ability to remain dormant in the soil for a long time, waiting patiently until the right conditions for growing present themselves.

Cannabis Ruderalis Autoflower Genetics

What makes cannabis ruderalis truly special, however, is its autoflower ability. Other cannabis variants and in fact most other plants depend on changes in daylight hours to switch from the vegetative growth stage of their life cycle to the flowering stage. Non-autoflower cannabis plants only start to develop flowers after the summer solstice, when the days start to grow shorter as the summer starts to make way for autumn (northern hemisphere).

Ruderalis cannabis strains, by contrast, start to flower automatically irrespective of daylight hours – hence the name autoflower. This useful property developed to allow these plants to thrive in areas where days are short and sunlight is scarce. For growers, these autoflower characteristics are very useful indeed.

The Properties Of Cannabis Ruderalis

Clearly, ruderalis plants have very different qualities than their sativa and indica counterparts. Ruderalis cannabis strains differ from the other two in terms of growing and flowering as well as by their effects.

Size

In the wild, cannabis ruderalis is much shorter than indica and sativa plants. It usually grows to between 30 and 75cm, featuring thick, firm stems and broad leaves.

Flower Buds

The flower buds or colas of ruderalis plants tend to be small, although they are usually compact and firm.

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Autoflower Capacity

Of course, the true distinguishing feature of cannabis ruderalis is its autoflower capacity. Sativa and indica plants depend on light to trigger the process of flowering. Ruderalis plants, by contrast, start to flower automatically; usually around 21 to 30 days after sprouting.

Often, ruderalis flowers can be harvested a month after flowering starts. Roughly speaking, growing ruderalis autoflowers means raking in a cannabis harvest between 70 to 110 days after the seeds germinate.

With some luck, autoflower strains can even grow and flower outdoors in wintertime, making cannabis ruderalis a very useful addition to the family indeed!

Effects: No True High

Cannabis ruderalis hardly contains any THC at all, which means they will not cause much of a psychoactive high when consumed. This explains why you’re unlikely t find ruderalis in its pure, native form: cannabis consumers probably wouldn’t appreciate the lack of high or stoned effects. Most autoflower cannabis strains are hybrids combining ruderalis, sativa, and indica genetics.

Ruderalis tends to be rich in CBD (cannabidiol), however, which is known for its soothing, relaxing properties. This is why people sometimes use pure ruderalis as medicinal cannabis, usually for treating sleeping problems or anxiety issues.

The Advantages Of Growing Cannabis Ruderalis

At first glance, cannabis ruderalis seems an unattractive plant for growers. Judging by its low THC percentages, low terpene content, small size and modest productivity, it seems logical to just leave ruderalis to grow on the barren fields where it feels at home.

Yet in spite of its apparent unattractiveness, ruderalis autoflower variants can make a huge difference to cannabis growing. The key to its contribution is in creating crossbreeds. Crossing cannabis indica or sativa strains with ruderalis generates powerful new strains that combine the advantages of both parent plants.

This is the secret behind autoflower cannabis ruderalis hybrids that start flowering after 21 to 30 days, irrespective of lighting cycles. Such variants can pack a powerful THC and terpene punch indeed.

In addition to their swift grow characteristics, ruderalis autoflower seeds are also highly interesting for novice growers. They make popular genetics that are hard to cultivate more accessible for less experienced growers, too.

Ruderalis crossbreeds bring exactly what easy-going growers want: ease of growing, a plant that starts flowering automatically, and all the power, fragrance, and flavour of the indica or sativa genetics underpinning the autoflower cannabis strain.

A major benefit of autoflowers is their ability to grow all year long, except in freezing weather. Of course, spring is still the best time for outdoor planting. This is when soil conditions are optimal, with plenty of sunshine to help promote full growth and flowering.

Autoflowers: Best Of Both Worlds

Even though cannabis ruderalis may not be very attractive to growers in its pure form, autoflower crossbreeds with sativa and indica genetics offer a wealth of options for growing beautiful strains with attractive properties and great grow convenience.

Autoflowers literally combine the best of both worlds, merging tough ruderalis genetics and broad growing and flowering potential with short life cycles, allowing for multiple cannabis harvests per year or even season.

Ruderalis genetics offer strong resilience to pests and disease, and can handle temperature changes quite well. At the same time, they carry the full range of flavours and effects of the indica and sativa strains that sired them. All in all, then, ruderalis based autoflower cannabis offers growers all they could possibly want, with seriously reduced hassle.

Ruderalis Autoflower Cannabis Seeds

Anyone interested in growing ruderalis strains will find more useful information and smart tips in our grow blogs. Of course, our best autoflower seeds are available from our online store, but this blog highlights our most popular ruderalis based strains.

If you want to know more about the other genetics we use to create our ruderalis autoflower cannabis seeds? Be sure to check our blogs on sativa and indica strains, or our haze and kush blogs for instance.

If you just want to get going and grow a premium quality ruderalis hybrid strain, then head straight for our autoflower seeds selection and enjoy the pinnacle of cannabis comfort on your next grow!

Cannabis Ruderalis: Rugged Weed With A Hidden Talent

Cannabis ruderalis has humbly remained the underdog of the three major cannabis subspecies. However, it is now making its name known and gaining well-earned respect by bringing autoflowering genes to the scene.

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When talking about cannabis strains, most will likely think of the two predominant subtypes: indica and sativa.

However, most everyday consumers aren’t aware that there is a lesser known type of cannabis that has transformed the world of cultivation and strain creation: Cannabis ruderalis.

WHAT IS CANNABIS RUDERALIS?

So, what is ruderalis? To answer that question, let’s travel back to the origin of this unique type of cannabis.

RUDERALIS ORIGINS

Cannabis ruderalis is thought to have originated thousands of years ago in areas of Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, and specifically Russia, where it continues to grow as a “weed” today.

Botanists named it “ruderalis” (the word “ruderal” meaning something that grows on waste ground or among rubbish) to classify it as a type of cannabis plant with a weedy nature that escaped human cultivation and adapted to the extreme environments found in these climates.

Ruderalis is often described as the third type of cannabis along with Cannabis sativa and Cannabis indica, although botanists are unsure whether it qualifies as a species in its own right. Genetically, Cannabis ruderalis is somewhere between indica and sativa varieties.

IS RUDERALIS THE SAME AS HEMP?

Hemp isn’t a different species of cannabis. We use the term “hemp” to refer to a type of selectively bred cannabis that contains minimal THC levels. To qualify as hemp, cannabis in the US needs to contain less than 0.3% THC. In Europe, the threshold is between 0.2–0.3% THC depending on the country.

Even though Cannabis ruderalis has very low levels of THC (below 3%), it still has more than hemp. However, hemp and ruderalis often contain similar CBD levels, although these vary too.

Hemp is also a more versatile plant than ruderalis. Humans have cultivated hemp for millennia, using it for many different purposes, from making fabrics and paper to food, biofuel, and health supplements.

Ruderalis, on the other hand, is a type of cannabis used almost exclusively for one purpose: breeding.

IS RUDERALIS LEGAL?

In order to be classified as hemp, ruderalis would need to contain a THC content below the legal limits mentioned above. Otherwise, ruderalis would only be considered legal in areas where recreational and/or medical cannabis can be grown and purchased.

SATIVA, INDICA, AND. RUDERALIS!

So, what are the differences between Cannabis indica, sativa, and ruderalis? Let’s take a quick look to compare their characteristics.

Grow best in hot climates with ample sun. Plants grow slim and tall with long, thin, finger-like leaves. Expect heights exceeding 3m and a cerebral “head high” that is energetic, creative, uplifting, and euphoric. Best for daytime use.

Grow best in hot climates with ample sun. Plants grow slim and tall with long, thin, finger-like leaves. Expect heights exceeding 3m and a cerebral “head high” that is energetic, creative, uplifting, and euphoric. Best for daytime use.

Better suited for colder climates. More robust with better resistance. Plants grow shorter and bushier with wider leaves. Indicas tend to induce a body high that is physically relaxing and “Stoning”. Great as a sleeping aid and appetite stimulator. Best for nighttime use.

Better suited for colder climates. More robust with better resistance. Plants grow shorter and bushier with wider leaves. Indicas tend to induce a body high that is physically relaxing and “Stoning”. Great as a sleeping aid and appetite stimulator. Best for nighttime use.

A mix of sativa and indica genetics. They grow vigorously with good resistance. Can display qualities of both indica and sativa in growing characteristics and effects.

A mix of sativa and indica genetics. They grow vigorously with good resistance. Can display qualities of both indica and sativa in growing characteristics and effects.

Wild cannabis that has adapted to extreme environments. Very short and compact plants with small, chunky buds. Grows as a weed even “among rubbish” and is extremely robust with good resistance. Contains little (<3%) THC but has high levels of CBD.

Wild cannabis that has adapted to extreme environments. Very short and compact plants with small, chunky buds. Grows as a weed even “among rubbish” and is extremely robust with good resistance. Contains little (<3%) THC but has high levels of CBD.

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RUDERALIS: THE ORIGINAL AUTOFLOWERING CANNABIS

In the past, ruderalis didn’t really have a significant role. It isn’t valuable for agricultural or recreational use. So, why did people start using it? Well, we have yet to mention ruderalis’ most sought-after quality; the one that has made it a new staple in the cannabis community. Unlike sativa or indica, ruderalis doesn’t rely on daylight hours to bloom, instead blooming based on age.

Autoflowering weed plants flower on their own after around ~3–4 weeks of vegetative growth. Cannabis ruderalis likely developed this autoflowering trait as a response to the considerably short summers yet long daylight hours (22–24 hours) of its native habitats.

Thanks to this autoflowering capability, ruderalis can be used to breed new cannabis strains. Although it may not be desirable for recreational or medicinal purposes on its own, when crossed with high-quality indica/sativa/hybrid cultivars, ruderalis can endow the resulting strain with the autoflowering trait. This significantly reduces stress on the grower, allowing them to keep plants under a consistent 18–20-hour light schedule throughout all phases of growth.

Aside from light schedule, autoflowers offer the advantage of a faster overall grow cycle. This lessens the threat of losing good cannabis to bad weather and allows growers the opportunity to harvest multiple crops per season and per year. Beginner growers and experienced cash-croppers alike have taken to autoflowers (and therefore ruderalis) for these very reasons.

• Short and bulky, fewer branches

• Wide, 3-fingered leaves

• 50–60cm in height

• Barely psychoactive (below 3% THC)

• Contains some CBD for sub-perceptual effects

• Spends ~3–4 weeks in vegetative growth

• Ready to harvest around 70–110 days from seed

• Short and bulky, fewer branches

• Wide, 3-fingered leaves

• 50–60cm in height

• Barely psychoactive (below 3% THC)

• Contains some CBD for sub-perceptual effects

• Spends ~3–4 weeks in vegetative growth

• Ready to harvest around 70–110 days from seed

ROYAL DWARF

Royal Dwarf is a short, stout, fast-growing autoflower that’s excellent for indoor cultivation. Staying at a convenient 40–60cm, this “bonsai” among cannabis fits everywhere. The sativa-dominant variety is ready in just 8–9 weeks from seed. The girl is supercharged with potent Skunk genetics and has a social, uplifting effect that she rounds off with a relaxing and soothing stone.

Royal Dwarf
Skunk x Ruderalis
150 – 200 g/m 2
40 – 70 cm
6 – 7 weeks
THC: 13% (aprox.) / CBD: Low
60% Sativa, 10% Indica, 30% Ruderalis
30 – 80 g/per plant (dried)
50 – 90 cm
8- 9 weeks after germination
Physically stoned
Royal Dwarf
Skunk x Ruderalis
150 – 200 g/m 2
40 – 70 cm
6 – 7 weeks
THC: 13% (aprox.) / CBD: Low
60% Sativa, 10% Indica, 30% Ruderalis
30 – 80 g/per plant (dried)
50 – 90 cm
8- 9 weeks after germination
Physically stoned

NORTHERN LIGHT AUTOMATIC

One of the most popular Afghani-derived indicas, this autoflowering variety won’t get taller than 100–120cm and races to harvest in 9–10 weeks. Northern Light Automatic has a nice, sweet taste and a very relaxing effect with a slightly heady, happy note. Great for medicinal users as a sleep aid. Good yields of 550g/m² indoors and 200g/plant outdoors will make growers very happy!

Northern Light Automatic
Northern Light x Ruderalis
500 – 550 g/m 2
80 – 120 cm
5 – 7 weeks
THC: 14% (aprox.) / CBD: Low
0% Sativa, 80% Indica, 20% Ruderalis
170 – 220 g/per plant (dried)
130 – 160 cm
9 – 10 weeks after planting
Cerebral and uplifting
Northern Light Automatic
Northern Light x Ruderalis
500 – 550 g/m 2
80 – 120 cm
5 – 7 weeks
THC: 14% (aprox.) / CBD: Low
0% Sativa, 80% Indica, 20% Ruderalis
170 – 220 g/per plant (dried)
130 – 160 cm
9 – 10 weeks after planting
Cerebral and uplifting

SOLOMATIC CBD

Solomatic CBD is the first CBD-rich strain from our catalogue to feature an impressive CBD:THC ratio of around 22:1! Unlike many other CBD-rich strains, this strain is sure to never contain more than 1% THC. Yet, she boasts a staggering 21% CBD, which makes her ideal for medicinal users and those with little tolerance for THC. Vaping her will inspire pure joy thanks to her sweet and fruity flavour accented by hints of ginger and pine.