Find out exactly why these 5 cannabis seeds will deliver exceptional results in a hydroponic grow system There's an art to growing weed indoors. Let's take a look at 10 marijuana strains that are most suitable, depending on what you’re looking for! Her flavour profile is sweet and sour with a spicy scent that immediately relaxes the brain.
Top 5 cannabis seeds to grow in hydroponics
The majority of cannabis strains will grow well in hydroponic conditions. When cannabis hydroponics is done well, the optimised conditions offered can allow hydroponics to outstrip growth rates from just about any other cultivation method assuming other factors (lighting, nutrient management etc) are well controlled. But which cannabis seeds will really shine in a hydroponic grow and why? Which cannabis genetics have the breeding and potential to produce XXL yields of resin drenched buds? Read on to see some great pictures of the best cannabis strains enjoying life in the hydroponic fast lane.
What is hydroponic cannabis growing?
Hydroponics is a type of horticulture used for growing cannabis and other crops. Specifically, hydroponics is a form of hydro culture which involves growing plants/crops without soil. Instead the mineral content of the nutrient solution provides the necessary food for plant growth. The cannabis roots may be held in place with clay pebbles, perlite or other inert support materials and may have their oxygen needs boosted by being bathed in a stream of air bubbles.
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Best cannabis strains for hydroponic growing
All the Dutch Passion cannabis strains can be grown in hydroponics with great results. But some cannabis seeds can deliver quite exceptional results when the hydroponic cannabis conditions are really dialled in and optimised. The best cannabis strains for hydroponic growing show intense growth vigour. Get the lighting conditions optimised with a high quality LED grow light and you can see branch-breaking harvests.
Of course it helps if you have the experience to maintain the plants in the nutrient ‘sweet spot’ without over-feeding or under-feeding from cannabis seed to harvest. It also helps to deliver top-shelf results if you can maintain optimised environmental conditions. Get all that right and you can see some genuinely astonishing results. The following strains come with our highest recommendations to hydroponic cannabis growers.
Auto Ultimate, exceptional yields of very high THC cannabis
Auto Ultimate is simply one of the best yielding autoflower seeds ever released by Dutch Passion. She does well under 20 hours of daily light from autoflower seed to harvest. This indoor grow timing schedule also works well for the entire range of Dutch Passion autoflower strains.
Unlike other autos, Auto Ultimate has a slightly longer growth cycle of around 12-15 weeks. Whilst this may be a month or so longer than other autoflowers, the extra time is required for Auto Ultimate to complete production of her extravagant XXL yields. The crystal covered buds grind up into a deliciously scented oily slurry which burns with an audible sizzle. These are high quality buds with powerful stress-dissolving effects which bring a smile to your soul.
The longer cycle time, in combination with the one-of-a-kind XXL genetics, are highly recommended to any hydroponic cannabis grower. Crazy yields don’t infer quality compromises either. THC levels are officially rated as very high (around and perhaps just over 20% THC) and will satisfy the most demanding users.
Auto Ultimate is part of the Classic Cannabis seed family. These strains are established and fully proven customer favourites with several cannabis cup winners amongst the ranks. Auto Ultimate’s photoperiod feminised seed sister is called The Ultimate and also has the same outrageous yields.
The 10 Best Strains for Growing Weed Indoors
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.
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 marijuana.
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 marijuana 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 marijuana 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.
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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.
Haze, like Skunk (above), is especially popular in the United States. This strain of marijuana has won several Cannabis Cups and is globally recognized as a crowd pleaser.
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.
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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 marijuana made a name for itself as the pot in the stoner movie “Pineapple Express!”
Best Strains For Hydroponic Growing
When we are trying to decide how to grow our crops, one of the most common mistakes is not researching strains. Certain strains do better in certain grow environments than others. For example, one strain that may thrive in a grow room may do poorly outdoors, or another that thrives in a greenhouse will struggle in a hydroponic setup. Today we are talking about the best strains for beginner growers who want to grow hydroponically. Of course, the mear fact that these strains do well in hydroponic setups does not mean they can be popped into the system and left to their own devices. It is still important to research every aspect of growing before getting started.
This strain is a combination of Indica and Sativa but is clearly Sativa dominant. She is usually recommended for commercial growers due to her amazing yields and thick, robust buds. She is also known for her high THC content of 19 – 20%. The fact that she is potent and high yielding makes her a great choice for those who are just starting out with hydroponic growing. Her effect is relaxing and calm with a lovely uplifting hit of cerebral happiness. She is often recommended to those suffering from lack of appetite, pain, stress and fatigue. For non-medicinal users she makes the perfect chill-out strain. Run a bubble bath, have a smoke and just let the many stresses of the world melt away. She was born from a combination of Blueberry and Super Silver Haze, which explains here excellent genes. She has also held on to the lovely fruity scent and flavour of the Blueberry parent.
This little lady is another genetic masterpiece perfect for hydroponic growing. She is a combination of Skunk#1 and Afghani, two of the original cannabis strains. Green Crack is a vigorous, high-quality strain that produces impressive yields of powerful buds. Her aroma is a mix of tropical fruit and her flavour is mouth-wateringly sweet with a hint of spice. This is another Sativa dominant strain and her effect is classic Sativa. She is uplifting, euphoric, cerebral, and stimulating. This makes her the ideal strain for creative types or for socialising. Green Crack also came 3rd in the 2011 Treating Yourself Expo Compassion Clubs Cup. She will thrive in a well set up hydroponic system and will usually take around 55 days to flower.
SFV OG Kush is a multi-award winning mega strain that promises fantastic yields from uniform plants. Her awards include 3rd Place Indica at the High Times Amsterdam Awards and 1st Place at the High Times Medical Cup in Denver, both in 2012. This strain does well when she is given a little more time in her harvest. Her plants are known for being easy for new growers due to their uniform nature. They also need very little love and attention to create large yields of top-quality buds. The flavour and scent of the buds are a mix of spice, herbs and lemon. Lineage wise she is a combination of San Fernando Valley OG and Afghani #1. This means that she is a pretty balanced combination of Sativa and Indica. The resulting effect is pleasantly relaxing with a happy little kick. Ideal for chilling and watching a film or just reading in bed.
This is likely a name that’s immediately recognisable. One of the most famous strains on the market, named after cannabis activist legend and author of The Emperor Wears No Clothes, Jack Herer. Unsurprisingly this strain does well in a hydroponic growing environment because it basically does well everywhere. The reason for this strain’s success is often thought to be down to its genetics. She is a mix of Skunk#1, Haze and Northern Lights #5. Jack Herer’s effect is extremely euphoric and uplifting, perfect for those of us who are struggling with depression or are generally bummed out by the state of the world. She is Sativa dominant and has an impressive THC content of 20%. Jack Herer has won the High Times Cannabis Cup a number of times, and for good reason. She has a flowering time of just 9 weeks and is perfect for hydroponic growing.
Sour Diesel is another award-winning strain that is well known for being one of the most potent on the market. She is a balance of Sativa and Indica with an effect to match. She is cerebral but relaxing with an uplifting turn. This means she is often recommended to those who are struggling with depression or stress. Sour Diesel likes a warmer climate and her roots take extremely well to hydroponic systems. She has a surprisingly high CBD content of 1 – 5% which makes her even better suited to medicinal use. The THC is also high at 19%, so she probably shouldn’t be used as a day time medication. Her flavour profile is sweet and sour with a spicy scent that immediately relaxes the brain. Sour Diesel produces good yields and is an ideal strain for those who are just starting out in hydroponic growing.
GSC is one of California’s most popular strains due to her potency and her classic effect. She is perfect for anyone who’s after a full-body high that leaks nicely into the mind. This strain is ideal for just lounging around like a squishy comfortable lump with snacks and a nice film. Girl Scout Cookies is also known for its visual aspects. The plants turn a lovely dark green with hints of purple and bright orange hairs. The THC level is usually around 18 – 25% with a low CBD level of 0 – 1%. She also produces incredible yields and can get up to 600g/m2 if she is treated well. Again this is a perfect strain for hydroponic growers as she is robust and capable of just doing her thing.
As always do plenty of research to ensure the best strain is purchased for the chosen growing method.
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