Growing Cannabis – Strain Selection for Home Grows

Growing your own cannabis at home is both fun and rewarding, and the payoff is well worth the wait. But cultivating cannabis indoors (which allows for year-round harvests) is a bit more involved than simply throwing a few seeds into the ground and waiting until harvest time.

If you want to grow the best cannabis indoors, carefully consider which strains will do best in your indoor grow environment first. Lucky for you, your favorite cannabis seed bank is here to help!

Space Requirements for Growing Cannabis

 

Different strains require different amounts of space to be fruitful. Sativas, for example, (which hale from warmer regions near the equator) need ample room as they often grow as high as eight feet or taller under the right conditions.

On the other hand, Indica strains have adapted to shorter growing periods by maturing quicker at a smaller size. Indica buds tend to be denser than Sativas and often produce higher yields in confined spaces.

Taking size into consideration, those with limited grow space should opt for Indica strains. That’s because plants within this subspecies won’t outgrow smaller spaces and usually complete the growth cycle more quickly. This not only allows for a more bountiful harvest because the plant will not be crowded, but allows more frequent harvests, as well.

Analyzing Your Environment

Any strain can technically be grown indoors; however, Indica and Ruderalis cultivars tend to fare better inside than Sativas. This is especially true for novice growers, those with limited time on their hands, or growers in cold regions. That’s because these strains tend to be more hardy and able to withstand environmental factors such as drops in temperature or stress due to pests and contaminants.

On the flip side, Sativa strains are more resilient to high temperatures. Therefore, they are ideal for spaces that experience extreme heat. High temperatures are especially likely when using high-intensity discharge (HID) lights. These lights (both high-pressure sodium and metal halide) produce lots of heat and, as a result, require additional components such as ballasts and cooling systems. However, their light penetration is usually much better than other lighting systems, often producing denser buds.

Sativas also tend to perform better in humid conditions than Indicas do. This is due primarily to the open bud structure of the plants. The flowers tend to be light and fluffy, allowing excess moisture to dissipate quickly, thus preventing botrytis and other fungal diseases from infecting the plants.

Conversely, Indicas have adapted to endure the dry, desert-like conditions of the Middle East. So, if you live in an arid environment and don’t feel like investing in a humidifier, an Indica variety is your best bet.

Indeed, environmental conditions can profoundly impact a plant’s flower production. As such, optimizing your grow space to meet the needs of your strain will significantly enhance the quality of the buds. Usually, however, it’s easier to choose a cultivar that is already well-suited to your environment.

Finding Strains to Fit Your Preferences

Perhaps the most crucial aspect to consider when growing cannabis indoors is the intended medicinal qualities of the strain. Obviously, if you don’t like sleep-inducing body highs, Indicas may not be the best option for you despite their ease of growth. If you prefer Sativas with their upbeat, cerebral effects, you can still grow them successfully with proper care and plant training techniques.

The Best Strains for Indoor Grows

For those looking to grow cannabis easily indoors, we suggest the following strains:

Bodega Bubblegum

Flowering Bubblegum cannabis strain used in Bodega Bubblegum by Greenpoint Seeds

This cross of Indiana Bubblegum and Stardawg is excellent for indoor grows because of its fast growth cycle and plentiful harvest. It’s both unique and easy to grow and is a pleasure to consume, given it’s sweet, candy-and-skunk flavor and mellow high.

Coffee Crisps

Flowering Coffee Crisps Cannabis Strain by Greenpoint Seeds

This hybrid of Pre ’98 Bubba Kush and Animal Cookies is a favorite among our team. Its breathtaking bag appeal and rich flavor of freshly brewed coffee and cookie dough are sure to please. The compact, medium-sized plants are easy to train, making them ideal for indoor grow rooms with limited space.

Catalina Wine Mixer

Flowering Catalina Wine Mixer Cannabis Strain (Sherbet x Purple Punch) by Greenpoint Seeds

This has been one of our most popular strains for a long time, and for good reason. Its vigorous growth and fast flowering time make it a fantastic choice for indoor growers of all skill levels. And when grown in cold climates, this strain often displays enchanting hues of purple and red. If you like the bold, fruity flavors of red wine and citrus, this hybrid of Sunset Sherbet and Purple Punch won’t disappoint.

Dreamcatcher

This is the child of Blue Dream, one of the most popular commercial cannabis strains of all time. Like its parent, Dreamcatcher thrives in a variety of environments, producing huge yields of berry-candy flavored buds. Its Stardawg father adds some extra potency and raunchy, skunky aroma to enhance this powerhouse of a strain.

Final Thoughts on Strain Selection for Home Grows

There you have it: our top tips on strain selection for home grows. By choosing a cultivar that is the right size for your garden, is adapted to your climate, and is resistant to pests and diseases, you’ll be well on your way to having a successful indoor harvest.

It’s important to remember that, while some varieties of cannabis are better suited to indoor grows than others, a determined and experienced gardener can successfully cultivate just about any strain out there. Choose a cultivar that catches your eye, and develop the skills necessary to make it thrive in your indoor grow room.

Please contact us if you have any questions about the best strains for home grows. We’re always happy to help!

Do you have a favorite indoor strain? We’d love to hear about it in the comment section below.

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52 thoughts on “Growing Cannabis – Strain Selection for Home Grows

  1. Guadalupe Munoz says:

    Thanks for the informative little blog really helps for picking a strain for my environment .. I grow in a tent with MH/HPS bulbs but I have a cooling system and keep a dehumidifier in the room that has the tent to keep my environment half ass descent.but anyways thanks for the nice read brother I sure do appreciate u taking the time to help people out like this

  2. jmwilson84 says:

    My Favorite strains created by GPS….
    Copper Chem ( might be the best ever) & Cookies and Chem! Those two ladies are very special! I can’t wait to pop more of your gear! Thanks GU and crew!

  3. Wes says:

    I have been on a roll collecting a few A+ genetics, and your gear in my hut is about as HOT as it gets…thanks for taking the time not only to help your customers easily attain tier 1 genetics, but to also educate them with helpful tips that your personal experience has blessed you with, likely the hard way over the years. I have been actively researching Cannabis since college (long time)…and then especially when my son was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome (Autism) in 1997 at the age of 5. I rely heavily on companies like Greenpoint (and a few of your partners) for cutting edge genetics and information, and have found starting with top quality gear is #1 before anything else. Your website is top notch and right on my shortcuts bar…the effort you have put in has not gone unnoticed…Applauds to very precise descriptions, awesome pictures, user feedback, company and breeder reputation…then add the wide selection of Indica, Sativa, hybrid, and CBD strains and you’re golden…wait, I forgot to add the greatest “reverse auction” customer integrated experience ever of eCommerce, with amazing price opportunities, and an extremely well done Nugget program…have I said enough!,

  4. CptnHowdy says:

    It’s nice to see A seed company that share so much information and knowledge with its customers on the different strains that are available because there are a lot to choose from and can feel overwhelming at times but when you have companies that put lists up it can help sum it up for you mean my 1st purchases from greenpoint seeds this year got 1 Bodega bubble gum ,1 Pioneer Kush
    2 Cookie Wreck And 2 packs Do si Dos.
    Love my Indicas for SoG technics, Sativas for my Gorilla

  5. Boosky71 says:

    Just picked up Copper Chem and I am excited to find a couple gems in this pack! I have personally had the privilege to grow original Chemdawg and let me tell you it was beyond special! To the point that my wife still talks about it to this day and that was years ago. Find the strain that best suits you and give it a shot, you just might find one that has all you that you want and stays within your grow space. Got Sundance Kid as well, hoping for that Sherbert pheno! Living in a legal state has allowed me to grow quite a few clone only elites and now I will find my own elites thanks to Greenpoint. Good luck to all and happy growing! Thanks Gu!

  6. Ron says:

    Gu and his buddies are the best in the industry. I have been on board for quite a time and have bough fifteen or more strains from here, the hardest part is finding the time to try them all. All the elite strains here are legit, and prompt reliable service. I would like to publicly thank Gu, for allowing me to get the strains I have always dreamed about . Ron

  7. Christopher says:

    This is your one stop shop for all your seed needs! I am so thrilled my buddy introduced me to this website. I have been purchasing steady on here for a couple years now and am only purchasing more as time passes and the grows go out. Nowhere else can you go online and fine this kind of quality and this kind of selection at the lowest prices possible out there. If the prices still are to high for you come back when a reverse auction is up and get it for way under it’s actual value. Gu is top notch with customer service and keeping this site run right. You won’t regret a single purchase ever!

  8. CptnHowdy says:

    You can always try micro breeding and isolat branches for seeds. Oh I’m sure there are I can’t wait to see all the posts later in the year From all the GPS product I know I’ll be getting a few up myself soon as construction and some repairs get done

  9. Davidkm says:

    Hello, I don’t have a comment, but I do have a question if you don’t mind .I’m from Alabama and I wanted to know if your company sends products to Alabama, thank you.

  10. johnny says:

    Running copper chem dream catcher calico queen chem 34 and bodega bubblegum with a buddy cant wait to see everything unfold and see what each pack has to offer! White master kush x stardawg and santa muerte x stardawg both have been my favorite strains to grow from GPS. Amazing genetics hands down.

  11. Dennis says:

    My favorite so far is the deputy!! Right out of the gate she has out grew everything that’s went against her kudos to greenpoint for this strain. Now western wizard is out i might have a new favorite strain we will see.
    Thanks,
    D

    • Greenthumbs119 says:

      I can’t see why not as long as you perfect the conditions inside to resemble outside I can’t see any problems! One reason they could say it’s outdoors is bc of how big it gets!

  12. johnny says:

    Every greenpoint seed I’ve popped has never been a disappointment they thrive outdoors cannot wait for harvest of dream catcher, calico queen, copper chem, bodega bubblegum , and chem 34.

    • Jay says:

      I’m growing the Bodega bubblegum outdoors as well, I got 6 girls from a pack, all very similar. They are few weeks into flower now. They all smell very sugary sweet, remind me a lot of the gum that came with packs of baseball cards when i was younger.

  13. Robert Ridenour says:

    I was fortunate enough to seed out these two of Gu’s. The Golden Nuggets and the Golden Goat x Polar Bear OG. Now I am considering breeding the two together as well as individually as well to get more seed of each. Both of these were so good and I find it a surprise that they are no longer available. Does GPS have any intentions on bringing these strains back.

  14. Crowmega says:

    Which Strains tend to give the larger yeilds? I just purchased Bananimals for a trial run, but what other strains should I go after if I want a larger Crop?

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