The 5 Best Cannabis Strains to Grow in Small Spaces
For all those cannabis enthusiasts who don’t have much space and are looking to grow their own cannabis strains, we have some good news for you. You don’t need a lot of space to grow cannabis – well, certain strains.
As cannabis and its cultivation is becoming more popular than ever before, we see an increasing number of people wanting to grow their own cannabis strains. The problem is that most beginner growers don’t have the knowledge, experience, tools, equipment, or space to go for a large-scale grow operation for these plants.
Some cannabis plants tend to grow tall and bushy and therefore need a lot of space. Meanwhile, other plants don’t necessarily grow tall but would require a large amount of space for nutrients. But, there are certain strains that have been specifically bred for small indoor spaces.
What Your Small Space Needs
A small grow space doesn’t necessarily mean small returns, but it’s important to grow as efficiently as possible. Your grow space can be as small as a 2’ x 2’ x 4’ grow tent or as large as a warehouse, but each space should meet the following requirements:
- Ventilation: Plants require fresh air. A constant change of air is important to keep them healthy and vibrant. Depending on the environment, you may need a heater or AC unit to regulate the climate.
- Sterilization: You must be able to keep the grow space clean and protected from the outside environment. You should also be able to properly drain plants and keep them out of standing water.
- Adequate space for growth: Generally, you will need more height than width, to keep lights off the plant. Space becomes tight quickly.
For those farmers with limited space for growing, here is a list of the best cannabis strains to grow.
1. Amnesia Haze
Created from old Haze genetics, Amnesia Haze is a high-yielding, powerful sativa that is loved by many. It offers an uplifting and energizing high, is easy to grow, and doesn’t require a wide outdoor space. Since the strain is available as an auto-flowering plant, it thrives well indoors with minimal sunlight and space.
Amnesia Haze grows to medium height in both indoor and outdoor environments. It’s a highly productive strain and brings about rewarding yields, even when grown in relatively small areas. Grown indoors, the plant reaches heights of between 80 – 140 cm. If you want to keep her smaller, you should use techniques like low-stress training to tame her.
After a flowering time of 9 – 11 weeks, this strain will provide a yield of between 600–650g/m². Waiting a few extra weeks compared to other strains doesn’t offer many more benefits regarding flavors, potency, and effects.
When cultivated outdoors, the strain prefers a mild climate. Grown in large containers or garden beds, she will reach a height of 210 cm and bring about a rewarding yield of up to 700g/plant.
2. Royal Dwarf
The name of this one says it all. Small, fast, discreet – that just about sums up the Royal Dwarf strain. Whether you’re a beginner grower or are simply looking for a fast-growing cycle, this strain hits the mark. Royal Dwarf is also ideal for growers with limited space, and those looking to keep things discreet.
Royal Dwarf is a miniature cannabis specimen that can stay at tiny sizes of 40 cm tall when trained in the right way. This strain was bred for stealth. She can be easily grown in wardrobes, boxes, kitchen cupboards, and even computer towers. Small LED lights can be used in these small spaces to avoid giving off too much heat.
The strain produces an impressive yield, considering the small size. When grown indoors, plants produce about 150–200g/m² and usually peak at a height of 70 cm. However, low-stress training can be used to help keep her at a smaller height of 40 cm. When grown outdoors, she will grow to a height of 50 – 90 cm and produce yields of 30–80g per plant.
Royal Dwarf has a growing cycle of just 8-9 weeks and a flowering time of 6-7 weeks. So you won’t have to wait long to taste these buds.
3. White Dwarf
The White Dwarf strain is a short-growing and autoflowering plant that is characterized by its small and discrete size. It’s ideal for small spaces and is ready for harvest in just two months. The strain is an indica-dominant hybrid, and its effects do a good job of reflecting this.
White Dwarf is often recommended to newbie growers who are in search of a low maintenance plant. The seeds produce short bushy plants that grow to a height of 30 – 50 cm. The leaves are greenish, and the buds are dense and on the small side.
When grown indoors, White Dwarf does best in rich compost in individual pots. Since its autoflowering, you don’t need to vary the lighting to induce flowering. Simply leave it under 20 hours of light each day. The flowering time is 5 – 6 weeks, and the plants are ready to harvest in just 8 weeks. You can expect a yield of 25 to 40 grams for each plant.
4. Easy Bud
Easy Bud is perfect for beginner growers and even better for anyone wanting to start out low-key, and garner as little attention as possible. It’s a superb indica-dominant strain that has many similarities to Royal Dwarf. The plant goes mostly unnoticed wherever it’s grown, reaching an average height of 50 cm.
This means that it’s possible to grow Easy Bud in empty cupboards, down-low attic spaces, and hidden corners of the garden. In fact, the strain can be grown almost anywhere – outdoors, indoors, on the windowsill, in greenhouses, everywhere!
The main reason for this adaptability is the short stature of the plant. Averaging heights of between 50 – 60 cm when grown indoors, you can expect yields of up to 325g/m². Easy bud plants grown outdoors produce yields of between 30–80g/plant and grow to a height of 60 – 110cm. The plant will be ready to harvest after just 8 – 9 weeks after putting the seeds into the soil.
5. Critical Kush
Critical Kush is an indica-dominant cross between the famous OG Kush and well-balanced Critical. The average size of the plant allows you to grow her in a small, limited space. When grown indoors, the strain reaches 60 – 100 cm, and in outdoor environments, it gets to about 100 – 140 cm in height.
Despite its compact structure, Critical Kush produces decent yields thanks to its high number of flowers that turn into tasty buds.
The flowering period comes in 7 – 8 weeks, and the harvest occurs in late September. The average crop yields 500 – 550 gr/m2. Its high THC content makes it a great strain for relaxing both the mind and the body, as well as relieving stress and pain.
Final Thoughts on the Best Cannabis Strains to Grow in Small Spaces
You don’t need a lot of space to grow cannabis, but you do need to choose the right strains. These are just a few of the many compact cannabis strains around. What’s your favorite strain to grow in a small space? Let us know in the comments.If you only have a small space for growing cannabis, which strains should you choose? We've put together this list of some of the best.
The Wonders Of Micro Growing – High Quality Cannabis In Tiny Spaces
You probably thought about growing your own weed sometimes, but concluded that it’s too much of a hassle? Look no further, micro growing has everything you’re looking for and more.
As cannabis and its cultivation is more popular than ever and it seems that trend won’t stop soon, we see more and more people wanting to grow their own cannabis. Most beginners to growing don’t have the necessary experience or knowledge to start a full-blown indoor or outdoor growing operation, so they opt for a simpler option – a micro grow. Take a couple of seeds and plant them in a cupboard or a similarly small space, trying to get the best possible results of it – or in other words – micro growing. It is a natural way for beginner growers to get that needed experience and to experiment with no fear of ruining a big and expensive operation. This article will cover the basics of micro growing and the differences between it and a standard indoor grow, so let’s get started.
THE BASICS AND THE DIFFERENCES
Micro growing would best be described as a process of growing a small batch of cannabis in a limited space, trying to get the best possible results. That being said, micro growing is a type of indoor growing, just smaller in proportions. The main difference between a micro grow and a usual indoor grow is exactly that – the amount of space. Due to the lack of space, all the other basic aspects of cannabis growing – light, water and air supply, soil, the choice of strains – differ slightly from your regular indoor grow. Almost any space you imagine can be used for micro growing, from cupboards to computer cases. The main idea (and challenge) is to create the optimum conditions for your plants to thrive in that space.
CHOOSING A SUITABLE STRAIN
When it comes to micro growing, choosing the right strain is very important due to the limited space available. One of the things to watch out for is the height of your cannabis strain. Sativas grow higher and more slender than indicas, which tend to be short and bushy.
Furthermore, during the flowering phase sativas undergo a 200-300% increase in height, while Indicas increase only by 50-100%, which shows that indicas are more compatible with micro growing.
Another reasonable option would be autoflowering strains. No matter what the conditions, autoflowering strains stay small due to their genetics (a great many of them even smaller than indicas) and aren’t dependent on the light regime, which means they will have a shorter harvest time.
Most plants you see occupy the same volume beneath the ground as above. The reason behind this is because the root system is vitally important to a plant, being the part of the plant where it takes up nutrients and water. The amount of space occupied by a plant’s root system has a great influence on the plant’s size. We can use this correlation to our advantage as micro growing is concerned. The volume of the pot you use to grow your plant in is directly related to how large the plant will grow. To give you an impression:
- Around 12 liters and more: average plant height
- Around 5 liters: height of plant up to 60cm
- Around 2-3 liters: height up to 24cm
- Around ½ liter: height up to 13cm
A thing to note is that due to the small quantity of soil your plants will need more fertilizer and water than regular plants.
You can’t grow cannabis at all without light and you can’t grow good quality cannabis without proper lighting. Choosing the optimal lighting for your micro grow is an important decision and you have a variety of lamps to choose from – fluorescent tubes, CFL (energy-saving lamps), HPS, HPI and LED bulbs. When choosing a lighting you got to keep an eye out for the wattage and the heat the lighting produces. When it comes to wattage, an average of 400W is required for a square meter.
HPS and HPI lamps are the go-to lightings of indoor growers because of their high light output and 400W is lightweight for this kind of lamps. But, the problem with this kind of lighting is that it produces excess heat, which especially won’t help with your micro grow. Due to the lack of space things get very hot very quickly and your plants will be in danger of drying out.
But, fear not, this is one of the reasons we have fluorescent tubes and CFLs. They are very similar and both have a great light output, don’t dissipate much heat and are available in different light colours. You can help your cannabis plant with different light colours – a plant in the vegetative state needs more blue light, while a flowering plant requires more red light.
And at last, LED lamps. A good choice for micro growing, because they have a wide light spectrum and virtually don’t heat at all, but they come with a hefty price and may not be suitable if you’re planning a certain budget.
AIR AND WATER SUPPLY
As with light, your plants can’t live and grow without water and air. Having a good and clean ventilation and water supply system is a necessity for any grow, including micro grows.
The movement of air is necessary to a grow, because CO2-rich air is quickly depleted and that is a requirement for your plant’s photosynthetic process, which causes new plant cells to grow. The heated air due to the lighting needs to get out of the grow too, as it dries out the plants. Usually, table fans are used in indoor grows, combined with ventilation systems, but that is probably not practical for your micro grow. A neat solution is a computer fan. You put one at a low point that will act as your intake fan and put another one in a higher position to act as an exhaust fan. This way, as heat rises, the hot air will come out first, replacing it with cooler and fresher air. Don’t forget to use some kind of filters on the fans which will help you battle unwanted pests and odors.
Watering your micro grow becomes tricky after a while, as the plants become bushier and expand in width. You will need to use a small water system or make the grow accessible from the side to water your plants from the bottom. Don’t forget that plants in micro grow need more water than plants in regular grows, as they have less root space.
It was mentioned before, that space is the main difference between micro growing and a regular indoor grow. This lack of space usually calls for shorter and bushier plants, which is shown in the choosing of the right strain. There are other ways to influence a plants growth, such as various growing techniques: topping, super cropping,screen of green (ScrOG) and low stress training (LST).
Topping is the process of cutting off the very top of the plant, which stimulates the plant to grow new secondary branches. This way, the plant grows in width and not height, growing in a bush-like shape and creating more buds. Super cropping (or HST – high stress training) on the other hand, requires you to break the stem of the main branch. This technique needs to be done carefully. You need to break the stem in such a way, that the plant thinks it is gone for good and starts growing side branches, but not completely, so that the main branch can recover and grow to a smaller height.
The ScrOG technique requires you to put a mesh wire screen between the soil and the light source. Once the branches grow through the screen, you can tie them to the screen to force them to grow horizontally, hence the name. With ScrOG you manage the height of the plant and all the tops get the same light. LST is a somewhat similar technique, where you tie your plants higher branches to the soil, forcing the plant to grow side branches and more colas, with the end result being a higher yield in a smaller space, perfect for micro growing.
Beginner growers need to know that a micro grow isn’t a worthy substitute for a real indoor or outdoor grow. But, it is perfect as a starting point to develop that green thumb and to learn about the important things you need for a good cannabis grow. Feel free to try out and experiment with new strains, techniques and instruments, as long as you treat your plants with care. The whole process of growing a plant is a reward in itself, not to mention the harvest, so what are you waiting for?
3 GREAT STRAINS FOR MICRO GROWING
1. ROYAL DWARF
Royal Dwarf truly is a miniature cannabis specimen that can remain at tiny sizes of 40cm tall when trained in the ways mentioned above. This plant was bred for one reason and one reason only: stealth. Growers can easily cultivate multiple Royal Dwarf plants in their home without a single suspicion being raised. She can easily be grown within modified kitchen cupboards, wardrobes, boxes, and computer towers. Small LED lights can also be used within these tiny spaces to avoid giving off too much heat. Royal Dwarf is essentially the autoflowering version of the legendary Skunk, and was made using a Skunk strain along with a specific ruderalis cultivar. She offers stimulating but subtle sativa highs fuelled by THC quantities of 13%. She can therefore be smoked all day long whilst allowing the user to stay on top of their game and not get too high. Her small yet compact flowers offer sweet and citrus tastes.
Royal Dwarf will be ready to harvest a mere 8–9 weeks after seeds have been germinated. Plants grown indoors will provide yields of up to 200g/m² and won’t exceed 70cm in height. Plants grown outdoors within garden beds or guerrilla grow spots will produce harvests of 30–80g/plant and reach heights of between 50–90cm.You want to start your own cannabis grow? Micro growing is a perfect way to start learning about growing cannabis and experimenting on your own terms. ]]>