With a little planning, you can find a strain perfect for your first crop, whether you’re looking for a little hobby or a new vocation. Not sure where to start? Here are eight iconic strains to get you started, from a centuries-old classic to some of the latest legends.
Know before you grow
You’re going to want to know about growing an indica plant vs. a sativa plant, and not because of the strain’s effects. Indica varieties have shorter flowering times, so they’re ready for harvest more quickly, and stay relatively short and bushy. Sativa strains can be a little more challenging: They’re tall, lanky, and tend to have smaller harvests per plant, although they grow more quickly at the beginning. Sativa plants handle heat well, while indica plants tolerate cool weather a little better.
6 time-tested cannabis strains—and 2 new icons—to grow at home
There’s no breeding backstory to Durban Poison: It’s a landrace strain, meaning it’s more or less the same strain that came to America in the first place, with no subsequent genetic meddling. This is what gives Durban Poison—hailing from Durban, South Africa—its pure, 100% sativa profile.
The Girl Scout Cookies is one of the most popular strains in dispensaries today. Its extreme variant improves its capabilities. It’s an Indica-dominant strain with a longer flowering time, usually ten weeks.
If you like Sativa strains, Blue Dream is a perfect choice. It’s a Sativa-dominant hybrid taller than most common indoor plants. It’s what makes them perfect for certain planting methods.
4. Girl Scout Cookies Extreme
White Widow’s flowering cycle is reasonable because of its hybrid nature. It takes about seven to nine weeks. Compared to other strains, it’s less finicky as it grows using standard conditions.
3. Blue Dream
Silver Haze’s versatility makes them a good choice for limited spaces. It means you can have a great yield even when you have a limited number of plants.