So, you’ve made the decision to start growing your own weed indoors, but you’re not quite sure where to begin. The first thing you want to do is figure out the strain of weed you want to grow. Do you want the strongest or the easiest? There are so many varieties to choose from, so we have compiled a list of the 10 best strains for indoor growing to help you pick the one that is right for you.
- Getting started growing weed indoors
- The best strains for indoor growing
- 1. WSS Skunk Automatic
- 2. Amnesia Haze
- 3. Shiva Shanti II
- 4. Cheese Feminized
- 5. Maple Leaf Indica
- 6. White Widow
- 7. Northern Lights
- 8. Afghan Kush
- 9. ACDC
- 10. Girl Scout Cookies
- Choose the seeds best suited to your budget, experience level, and resources
Congratulations! You’ve decided to embark on the adventure of growing weed indoors.
Like so many others, you will find that indoor pot horticulture is the best way to keep yourself supplied with exactly the kind of weed you like.
It’s also the best way to make sure you are getting the purest product. Choosing to grow indoors eliminates most of the potential for the pests and infections which can plague some of the more delicate breeds of cannabis.
After you make that initial investment for seeds and equipment, you will find this can be also a great way for you to save money. You avoid the costs of a dispensary, but you have more control than if you were to grow your own outdoors.
Getting started growing weed indoors
Once you have decided to start growing weed indoors, you will need to make sure you have all the right equipment for a productive harvest.
You need the right space where you can set up the appropriate lights, fans, and water sources. You will also need to decide whether you are going to grow your cannabis in soil or hydroponically.
Finally, but most importantly, you need to decide what to grow.
There are literally hundreds of varieties of cannabis available. Some are more suited to indoor growing than others. Plants that do not grow too tall are better suited for indoors, for example, because there are usually space limitations.
Each one boasts different flavours and effects. Some are especially suited to alleviating certain health issues.
We’ve put together a list of the 10 best cannabis strains for growing indoors. Use these descriptions to help you decide which variety is best for your needs, budget, equipment and growing area.
The best strains for indoor growing
1. WSS Skunk Automatic
If you are a beginner, this strain of seed is a great way to start growing weed indoors. WSS Skunk Automatic is easy for people with no gardening experience or special equipment.
This variety is “autoflowering,” so you won’t need to change the lighting cycles of your grow lamps. You also will not have to worry about removing the male plants.
(Because only female plants produce buds, some breeds require the removal of the male plants to prevent pollination of the females. WSS Skunk Automatic removes this extra step.)
After about five weeks, you should see the first buds begin to develop on these compact bushes. Harvesting can take place around fifty days later.
This strain of cannabis has a nice, citrus flavour but still can pack a punch.
Another advantage to growing WSS Skunk Automatic is that it is hardy: it usually survives the mistakes commonly made by first-time pot growers. Newbies often over- or under- water their plants, or misjudge the amounts of nutrients needed.
2. Amnesia Haze
Amnesia Haze is another terrific seed to start with if you are new to growing weed indoors, and not just because of the awesome name it has.
Amnesia Haze takes a little longer to come to fruition than other varieties: it can take between ten and twelve weeks to start flowering. Once it starts to produce, however, this variety has a high yield, producing 70-80 g per plant with up to 650g per meter squared under a 600w light.
True to its moniker, this strain has a strong effect and is known to incite an infectious case of the giggles. It is sometimes called psychedelic.
Because Amnesia Haze is prone to contracting infections and pests, it does better when grown indoors.
3. Shiva Shanti II
Here is another strain of cannabis which is perfect for new growers on a budget. Shiva Shanti II is called fast, tough and forgiving, making it perfect for those with less experience growing weed indoors.
Considered milder than its original cousin Shiva Shanti, it is also good for new smokers. This hybrid was developed with a specific eye towards the mass market.
This seed is inexpensive and easy to grow, and yet produces a nice buzz. It takes up to 55 days to grow and really performs best under indoor conditions.
Another advantage to this strain is that it does not smell strongly during its growth period. (It does, however, emit a strong aroma once you light it up.) If you are concerned about hiding your indoor pot garden, this may be a good choice for you.
4. Cheese Feminized
Cheese feminized is actually one of the most popular types of pot in the world. It has been around since the 1980s and still has the familiar taste and smell which made it a global favourite.
Cheese is especially suited to growing weed indoors because it responds well to the SCROG method (as does any plant with big buds which does not get too tall).
SCROG is a method of indoor cultivation that trains the pot plants to grow around fine screens. It is used to increase the yield of indoor plants by producing several bud plants per flower. SCROG creates a bigger canopy for an indoor crop so that more of each plant can take full advantage of the artificial light source.
Cheese is known for the size and abundance of its buds, so it is especially appealing to people growing weed indoors. Cheese comes in a lot of variations, including Blue Cheese!
5. Maple Leaf Indica
Maple Leaf Indica is considered a classic, famous for its special flavour and the amount of resin it produces. This strain comes from Afghanistan: the resin that the plant produces make it a perfect source for hash.
As an indica, this strain of pot is known for creating a relaxing effect. It’s sometimes used as an aphrodisiac! Like WSS Skunk, there is a citrus note to the Maple Leaf Indica.
Experienced growers note that this strain is reliable for producing a plentiful harvest. However, people do report varying degrees of success with the height of plants grown with these seeds.
6. White Widow
Although indoor growing is suitable for newcomers, sometimes it is also the preferred method for growers who want a challenge. White Widow is not easy to grow, but the final product is worth the effort.
If you are growing weed indoors and you have some experience under your belt, this strain will take you to the next level.
Internationally famous, White Widow is a hybrid of Brazilian sativa and Indian indica. It has been a favourite in Europe since the 1990s. It got its name from the beads of white crystal resin which form on its buds. Its buds are white with crystal resin.
White Widow plants take about 60 days to come to fruition. It is suited to indoor cultivation because this kind of plant is considered especially picky. To achieve a healthy harvest with this crop, you need to be careful about its light, temperature, and feeding. These plants like a steady supply of nitrogen plus they require higher amounts of phosphorous.
Taking care of a temperamental plant like White Widow is easier in an indoor setting because you will have more control over all the variants it needs.
7. Northern Lights
Growing weed indoors can develop far beyond a way to keep your stash supplied. For some growers, it turns into an art form.
Northern Lights is a connoisseur’s favourite, but it’s a very easy strain to grow indoors. It’s delicate and demanding. It’s not recommended to be smoked by beginners because it’s quite strong.
It is included on this list because it does especially well in small areas with a lot of ceiling light. Pot horticulturalists love it because its flowering period can last ten weeks or more. During that time, it can grow to incredible heights.
Fans of this strain describe its flavours as combining fruits and chamomile. Northern Lights cannabis made a name for itself as the pot in the stoner movie “Pineapple Express!”
Warning: Northern Lights is super strong. This weed hits hard and fast.
8. Afghan Kush
Afghan Kush is one of the best breeds of cannabis to choose if you are growing weed indoors. It’s tough and resistant to mould and pests.
Afghan Kush has been known to grow one large cola or cluster of buds which grow tightly together. It also takes in nutrients well and is less likely than other strains to develop what is known as “nutrient burn.” Considered an especially hardy breed, Afghan Kush grows strong branches that withstand damage, even if a plant is dropped or broken.
This kind of pot plant can grow quickly and may reach heights of up to seven feet.
In addition to producing a nice high, this strain has many medicinal qualities. For cancer patients or people with digestive problems, Afghan Kush kicks up the appetite and allows people with weight issues to put on some pounds.
It’s also helpful for treating insomnia because it can induce a peaceful slumber.
Speaking of medicinal uses, ACDC is one of the best varieties of pot for treating a range of physical ailments. ACDC has a high level of Cannabidiol, otherwise known as CBD. The CBD content in ACDC is around 19%.
This makes is suitable for pain and other symptoms.
Cannabidiol is different from the other compound present in pot which gets you high: THC. Cannabidiol affects your body’s ability to regulate things like mood, appetite, and pain.
Because ACDC is not the easiest plant to attempt when you are growing weed indoors, it’s a better project for more experienced growers.
10. Girl Scout Cookies
Who doesn’t love girl scout cookies? If you are growing weed indoors, you can enjoy both Thin Mints and this strain of cannabis. This strain tastes sweet and actually has shades of mint flavour in it, just like its namesake.
Girl Scout Cookies is also known to have a high THC content, sometimes over 19%, so you are sure to get a good buzz.
This breed is a good candidate for growing weed indoors because it does well using hydroponic methods.
It also thrives using the Sea of Green approach, otherwise known as SOG. SOG is a method that forces the pot plants to flower at an earlier age than usual, leading to an earlier harvest.
Additionally, Girl Scout Cookies is a hardy strain: it is resistant to mould, mildew, and pests. It usually flowers in ten weeks.
Choose the seeds best suited to your budget, experience level, and resources
Growing weed indoors can be a cost-effective way to keep you supplied with your favourite strains of weed. Like any pursuit, you will get more out of it the more you put into it. But be realistic about your goals.
If you are new at this art, you may wish to choose one of the hardier plants which are more forgiving to newbie mistakes.
If money is no object, some of the more exotic strains may be appealing. But there are great varieties of cannabis available at every price point. Growing weed indoors as opposed to purchasing it elsewhere is one of the most cost-effective ways to approach getting high.
If you have limited space, research the breeds which do well in smaller growth areas.
If you have medical needs which you would like to address with cannabis, check out the different properties of strains which are suitable for growing weed indoors. You may be able to treat some of your symptoms with the weed you raised from seeds.
Besides raising nice buds, you are sure to find that growing weed indoors becomes a satisfying habit. Studies show that any kind of gardening improves your health and mental well-being. When the crop you are cultivating is cannabis, those benefits are increased even more!
Find a few varieties of seeds that are right for your pocket, space, and needs.