One of the major “drawbacks” you must watch out for with indicas is also one of their greatest strengths: dense buds. Indeed, as buds grow in size and put on weight, they become at much greater risk of developing mould, especially in humid regions with temperatures that foster pests and pathogens. Avoid this issue by carefully controlling environmental conditions inside, or by erecting necessary shelter outside (in case of rain, excess humidity, etc.). Having a small greenhouse or shed where you can hide your plants from inclement weather can be a great safety net.
The cannabis plant is versatile, hardy, and—unlike many kinds of plants—can survive in almost every climate in the world. However, thanks to evolution (and later on, selective breeding), the species has adapted to the landscapes in which it’s cultivated, and thus, vast variation between different cannabis plants is the norm today.
Although indica plants normally develop into a Christmas tree-like shape, this growth can be tamed and manipulated to even out the canopy and direct more light to all available budding sites. Techniques like topping and basic LST (low-stress training) can be used to give your plant the ideal shape for robust health and huge yields. Once you’re happy with how it looks, you can switch your vegging plant to the flowering phase by reducing light hours inside to 12 hours on, 12 hours off.
Thanks to the short growing cycle offered by indicas, not to mention their short stature, they can be quite convenient for home growers without too much time, space, or resources on their hands. Just think about it; a compact bush that finishes fast is easier to maintain (especially indoors) than a spindly, albeit majestic, tree. Even outdoors, indicas are resilient and laugh in the face of fluctuating temperatures—just remember where they came from. Moreover, the fast flowering time of indicas means outdoor growers can harvest before the first frost.
The vast majority of photoperiod strains (strains that initiate bloom based on a change in light cycle) contain varying amounts of both indica and sativa genetics. Ruderalis, on the other hand, is a type of autoflowering cannabis that flowers based on age, and is often considered to be inferior to photoperiod cannabis morphologically. Although there is more to say in this regard, for the remainder of this article, we will be focusing mainly on the distinct characteristics of indica and sativa so the average grower can get a better idea of what to expect.
Become acquainted with growing indica, sativa, and hybrid cannabis.
Individually Indica and Sativa strains are known to provide certain therapeutic benefits; Indica is known to be an aid in alleviating insomnia along with providing pain relief whilst Sativa is known to be helpful for depression, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and even fatigue. Therefore, depending upon the dominant strain, individuals can incur the benefits of both Indica and Sativa via the hybrid strain; hybrids can be especially helpful when tailored to a user’s specific need.
Indica, Sativa and Hybrid represent the three main categories of Cannabis which are predominantly known across the region with hybrid seeds providing users with benefits from both Indica and Sativa. One of the first known hybrid’s of an Indica and Sativa was known as ‘Skunk’ which was first bred by a group of cannabis growers based in California, USA, Sacred Seed Co., led by David Watson. The resulting strain was revolutionary, producing high yields in relatively short periods of time along with having the innate ability to withstand an array of climatic conditions hence enabling it to be grown indoors, outdoors, and in greenhouses. The latter has been especially helpful to growers since hybrids can be selected for their size, bushiness and other features, catering to specifically to the grower’s requirement.
The process of breeding such hybrid seeds involves breeders carrying out selective breeding in a controlled environment; they pick the female plant and male pollen to produce a specific trait. Specific Cannabinoid Content is one of the main reasons for breeders opting for producing Indica / Sativa Hybrids. Research into the field of hybrid breeding has enabled breeders to maintain specific concentrations of cannabinoids, with strains either maximizing or minimizing the levels of THC and the amount of CBD. This has especially aided in medicinal cannabis production for children which contains high amounts of CBD but low levels of THC. In addition to this, maintaining resin content is another reason for the adoption of hybrid seed production. Hybrids are essentially cross bred for their resin content since some plants are more resinous than others. In this case, Sativa tends to be less resinous than Indica though a hybrid of the two can control the resin content depending upon whether the resultant is Indica dominant, Sativa dominant or a fifty-fifty split.
Furthermore, cannabis strains which are considered to be ‘hybrid’ can either be Indica dominant, Sativa dominant or a fifty-fifty split in accordance with the need of the user i.e. whether they are inclined towards the cerebral high of Sativa or the body relaxation properties of Indica. Needless to say, in recent years, the therapeutic properties of Cannabis have become prominent leading to a noticeable rise in demand for the product. This has further lead to the rise in experimentation with Cannabis strains resulting in the likes of Indica / Sativa Hybrid Seeds, which were essentially a man-made attempt at customising plants via cross breeding with specific kinds of characteristics usually found in Sativa, and Indica strains.
What’s the difference between indica & sativa? Find out in our blog post.
Ice Cream Cake is a hybrid strain with a 75:25 ratio of Indica to Sativa. It is a potent strain that is famous among users, as it has a mix of sweet, earthy, citrusy, and vanilla tastes. Cured Ice Cream Cake buds deliver euphoric and relaxing effects that leave you feeling happy and sleepy. It is got by breeding Wedding Cake with Gelato #33 and prefers a warm climate. These Indica marijuana seeds can be cultivated either indoors or outdoors and produce slightly higher yields: indoor yield range from 1.6 – 1.8 oz/ft² (500 – 550 g/m²) and 19 – 21 oz (550 – 600 gr) for the outdoor crop.
White Rhino is an Indica dominant strain with 80% Indica and 20% Sativa. It is an offspring of the White Widow and North American Indica. This strain prefers warm weather and grows into average height plants with a flowering time that ranges from 63 to 70 days. Whether you grow White Rhino seeds indoors or outdoors, you will be rewarded with massive yields, with indoor produce being 2.9 oz/ft² (900 g/m²) and 42 oz (1200 gr) per plant for the outdoor crop.
These are the most potent and high-yielding Indica marijuana seeds in this list, requiring moderate growing experience. Cured buds leave your tastebuds wanting more as they have a sweet, woody, lemon, and honey flavor. The high THC content (20-26%) provides users with a powerful high that is calming and relaxing, leaving them feeling sleepy.
Ice Cream Cake
Big Bud Indica seeds for sales are available on Dutch Seeds Shop, and they offer users a smooth, fruity, and Kush flavor and a powerful, well-balanced cerebral buzz and body relaxation.
Other essential macro and micro-nutrients vital for your Indica weed seeds include potassium, calcium, nitrogen, magnesium, phosphorous, and sulfur. Most stores provide you with the ratio you need to follow when feeding your plants these nutrients and the respective phases.
If you are looking to buy Indica seeds for sleeping problems, Ice Cream Cake seeds are your answer. Not only will you be rewarded with a high-yielding strain with a short flowering time that lasts from 53 to 63 days, but also a strain with a high THC content ranging from 19 to 23% and low levels of CBD.
Growing Grape Ape Indica seeds is loads of fun as they require moderate growing experience and a mild climate. It is a mix of Afghani, Mendocino Purps, and Skunk #1.