Cultivating Indica cannabis seeds

Published Jun 11, 2022 01:00 p.m. ET
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Cannabis seeds always do best when they’re started in soil instead of being wrapped in paper or drowning in water, as they’re kept safe and unmoved throughout this incredibly fragile phase of plant growth.

Start with high-quality, nutrient-dense soil, and plant those Indica cannabis seeds around 10mm deep before adding a small amount of water and sitting back to wait. Keep that soil moist and watch as the tiny casings sprout and grow.

In no time at all, you’ll be able to harvest that cannabis plant, but before you get too excited, it’s important to know that you’ll need to take into account the needs of your particular cultivar, especially when it comes to predominantly Indica varieties.

The benefits of growing Indica cannabis

When it comes to selecting Indica cannabis seeds, growers get to choose between autoflowering, crossbred varieties and feminized, and some of them can get expensive, but it’s easy to save money by making this purchase in bulk from a seed bank that offers discounts to large scale buyers. These plants are most popular with highly experienced cultivators due to their short growth cycle and minimal needs in terms of space since they tend to be shorter, stockier plants that are excellent for vertical growing or squeezing into smaller gardens or grow rooms.

A smaller plant is easier to maintain, and despite a short stature, they are also known to be excellent flower producers. For indoor growers, as well as those residing in regions with short growing seasons, Indica cannabis seeds can make a difference in whether or not a crop succeeds. With shorter annual cycles and the useful ability to withstand cooler than average temperatures, they’re also the perfect solution for anyone residing in colder and high-altitude climates.

Indica genetics are also tied closely with the making of terpenes that boast medicinal properties, such as antitumor, anti-bacterial, and cancer-fighting abilities. Unfortunately, in some areas, Indica cultivars might still be difficult to grow outdoors due to nearby hemp fields, which could contaminate the crop with pollution, turning the flower into seed.

Planting and caring for your Indica cannabis

Both Indica and Sativa varieties of cannabis need special care and the benefit of healthy soil, a warm climate, and a generous amount of daily sunlight while they’re establishing essential root systems, and throughout the average 8 to 10 weeks it takes for them to grow. They should also have plenty of space to stretch out and, in some cases, protection from the elements like rain, wind, or hail. Providing a healthy foundation combined with consistent care like watering, trimming and feeding the plants as needed is key to the success of any grower.

What not to do

By this point, you should have a pretty good idea of what it’s going to take to turn your Indica cannabis seeds into a bountiful harvest, but it also helps to know about some of the things you shouldn’t do along the way, like:

  • Using anything other than natural fertilizers
    Storebought fertilizers promise dream-fulfilling results, but with a consumable product like cannabis, that artificial boost in growth comes at a toxic cost paid for by your health. Even with a cleansing period prior to harvest, there’s no way to guarantee there won’t be traces of chemicals in the flower, so it’s best to avoid it instead.

  • Overwatering
    All cannabis plants love water, and they need a consistent supply in order to thrive, but overwatering can be more damaging than leaving the soil to dry out a bit. Keep a regular watering schedule of once a day, but with the goal of keeping the soil damp rather than marshy and wet.

  • Leaving the plants unattended for too long
    Indica cannabis cultivars are especially hardy. However, carers still need to keep a close eye on things to avoid devastating scenarios like an infestation of pests or disease takeover, which can kill your poor plants quite quickly without fast intervention. We highly recommend making it a habit to check in at least once a day while watering or having someone else on hand to take over in your absence.

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