Searching for the best weed strains to grow indoors this year

Published Jan 5, 2022 10:00 a.m. ET
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If you’re on the hunt for seeds to grow indoors, you’re probably wondering how on earth you’re supposed to choose between the hundreds of different strains on the market. It’s easy to see how some are more affordable, but anything beyond that can get a bit confusing if you aren’t sure which qualities and characteristics to look out for.

Here, our goal is to guide you through the process of selecting the best weed strains to grow indoors while taking into account each possible situation. Some of us have massive grow spaces and unlimited budgets, while others are forced to make do with much smaller grow rooms and limited money. This list can help every kind of grower to narrow down the list of potentials while maximizing results

1. Size requirements

If you’re growing cannabis indoors using a small grow tent, then you’re going to need strains that aren’t going to exceed that limitation. In this case, autos and Indicas are likely best suited. On the other hand, you might be one of the lucky few with an expansive space to work within, in which case, larger Sativa varieties might be more what you’re looking for. Of course, it’s important to note that not all Sativas are big and not all Indicas are small, so pay close attention to the vendor's detailed description before settling on one.

2. Yield

Chances are pretty good that once you’ve settled on an appropriate size, your next big hurdle will be determining which ones will provide the largest yield. For those with large grow rooms, this might not matter so much, but in most countries, even with extra room, you’ll be limited in the number of plants you can legally cultivate at the same time, so it’s important to pay attention to how much you smoke and go from there. It’s also essential to realize that these estimates are generally vague, and for that reason, it’s almost always more beneficial to aim to grow a little more than you’re going to need.

3. Lifespan

Since you’re probably limited in the number of cannabis plants you can have, and by this point, you’ll also have looked at things like yield and size limitations, it’s now time to move on to the potential lifespan of each one which can range significantly from 90 days all the way up to 120. This is how long it will take to cultivate a crop, and its information that should shed some light on the number of harvests you’ll be able to achieve each year. It’s also important to consider things like overall cost, which may be impacted greatly by a longer growing time, so keep that in mind to help you narrow down the list of choices even more.

4. Environmental needs

Growing cannabis indoors comes with one major downside, and it’s that the environment can be difficult to control, especially if you reside in extreme climates with harsh winters or steamy hot summers. Though it’s typically quite warm inside people's homes, it might not be quite enough to satisfy a high needs strain that flourishes in hotter temperatures. Most home heating systems these days also suck excess moisture out of the air, so it’s a good idea to get a hardy strain that doesn’t need ample pampering in these areas.

5. Smell

Last but not least, you’ll want to look at the aroma profiles of each strain because whatever smell they emit, you’ll be living with it for at least a few months. That’s why they should include specific terpenes you know you love, or in some cases, as little smell as possible so that you can have company over in the middle of grow season, without having to explain to anyone what the funky scent is. This is especially helpful if you’re trying to keep these activities on the down-low, so it’s good to consider before making any final selections.

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