Looking for cannabis plants you can grow outdoors or indoors this summer that’ll survive the heat, stress, blazing sun, riots, coronavirus, winds, weevils, mites, aphids, apocalypse, civil war, thrips, and all the other bad stuff summer growing this year could involve? Good. Because I’ve got some strains to recommend to you that have been desert-tested.

That’s right, I just heard from Paul, the head honcho over at New420Guy Seeds. The dude sent me an astounding report about one of the favorite new strains he just introduced, called 3 Run Homer. He has several plants of this new strain growing in his back sand pit in the middle of the hottest American desert.

During the daytime, when only rattlesnakes and bleached-white cow skulls are comfortable outdoors, temperatures are already reaching 105°F and it ain’t even summer yet.

Humidity is a plant-withering 8-15%. That’s so dry that you walk around with cottonmouth all day even if you aren’t smoking weed. But you save money because you don’t have to use clothes dryers, or bath towels–humidity is so low your skin dries before you’re out of the shower.

Blistering heat is one big challenge, but the Homer plants also have to deal with the starkly sudden sunshine shutdown as desert night in the rural area where Paul lives comes down like a guillotine blade, blacking out the sky to reveal such a mass of stars so dense stars you think the universe is an ocean of suns, galaxies, spiral nebulas and exploding black holes.

When sunlight goes, so goes the heat–desert night temperatures drop 40-50 degrees with average nighttime temps in the 60°s. Sharp variation between day and night temperatures actually benefits some strains, including Homer, which is a combination of Grandaddy Purps, Fruity Pebbles OG, and Bruce Banner #3.

When night temps are a lot lower than day temps, plants with purple genetics tend to go more purple, producing the classic purple pot cannabinoid and terpenoid profile that gives you narcotic effects like an of opium, Everclear, and Quaalude cocktail.

Despite conditions so harsh that most cannabis strains would either die or produce weightless yields of thin, hopeless buds, Paul’s grow phase Homers are at the end of May already 4-5 feet tall, growing in huge aboveground grow bags in perlite-laden soil, with nice green leaves and looking like they’re going to make it just fine through the brutally incinerative summer and yield about a pound or more per plant.

What kind of bud is it going to be? Couchlock with a mind-slam bud, that’s what. If the Bruce Banner #3 phenotype kicks in, you could have THC approaching 28-30%. Paul procured the rarest cuts of three legendary Indica-dominant strains and bred them until he got a couple of crushingly stony stable phenotypes and genotypes that takes 58-67 days in bloom phase.

When you look at the rare mix of powerhouse genetics on board Homer’s genes you see Green Ribbon, Granddaddy Purps, Tahoe OG, Skunk #1, Afghani #1, Mendo Purp, Alien Kush, OG Ghost, Strawberry Cough, and Sour Diesel. This is one of the rarest combos of the best strains ever!

Remember that Bruce Banner strains are named in reference to The Incredible Hulk, the trademarked Marvel icon known for being gargantuan, green, and dangerous when he needs to be. The best Bruce Banner strains have tested at 30-31% THC, which makes them hugely dangerous too.

And even though Paul only offers Homer in feminized seeds, if you want to do a breeding program, you can backcross and otherwise do a genetics adventure to uncover and breed in traits from all those heritage strains that went into making Paul’s desert-defying Homer. My plan is to breed a pure Sativa Kali Mist male with female Homers, and call it 4 Way Grand Slam.

And remember–Paul says this strain also does very well indoors, but be sure to give it a large pot size because it can grow very dense, with baseball bat buds that bend to the grow room floor: you need a heavy root ball to support the buds and keep the plant from falling over.

Another New420Guy summer strain is the long-time favorite Blue Dream.  Sure, Blue Dream has been done to death and too many people grow and sell it. Worse yet, most Blue Dreams I’ve grown and/or consumed have been too boringly hybrid for me, not feeling like Sativa or Indica, producing a foggy, unsatisfying daze rather than a fun high that totally transports me into a better world.

I guess that’s why they call it the Blue Dream (sorry, Elton). In contrast, Paul’s Blue Dream phenotype makes the most of the Haze side of this attractive cross between Blueberry and Haze. The strain retains just enough Blueberry traits to make it easy to grow, short bloom phase rather than Sativa long, short in stature, high-yielding, with a strong fruit taste and scent. The Blueberry genetics tint the Haze foliage with a beautiful shiny bluish luster so the strain resembles a blue version of Super Silver Haze. The high is Hazey, not blue dreamy. Yay!

As always, New420Guy is in the top five of professional, grower-centered, cannabis-loving seed breeder consortium companies worldwide. Unlike many in the cannabis seeds business, Paul’s first priority is making growers happy by making strains strong enough and special enough to penetrate his skull and get him super high, which is an achievement, considering he’s a rough, tough, but friendly and honest desert homesteader who reminds me of the philosophical county sheriff character from the movie No Country for Old Men.

Or maybe he reminds me of the Woody Harrelson character from that same movie. It depends on what kind of cannabis I’m using who I think he reminds me of, but I’m sure he does not remind me of the wonderful villain in that movie, Anton Chigurh.

Paul is a super for-real desert dude. Us folks on the Growing Marijuana Perfectly team first heard about him and his company from several professional growers who said his prices were ridiculously low, his customer service 100% honest and ethical, his seeds fresh and ready for fast germination, and his strains greatly exceed expectations.

He’s recently begun to offer exceptionally potent autoflowering strains. These strains are perfect for outdoor growing because they don’t need you to regulate their light cycles. They start flowering on their own, finish even when day lengths are still long, and produce bud almost as good if not as good as their photoperiod origin strains. They tend to be more resilient outdoors than photoperiod plants, due to the Ruderalis hempy genetics inserted in them to create the autoflower trait.

Summer is a hard time grow indoors or outdoors, and many of us take a break and wait for the cooler months. But maybe you feel like hitting a 3 Run Homer or having a Blue Dream kind of summer. Now you know how to do it!