Sativa Versus Indica Genetics
They don’t deliver the effect that mainstream culture tells us they do. So why bother with strain classification at all? Well, “highs” aside, the categories are very useful for growers.
generally grow tall, skinny and love stretching out, with narrow leaves and lengthier flowering cycles. They’re better-equipped for longer growing seasons in warmer climates. Ideal for growing outdoors, due to their large size and open, aerated structure.
usually grow short, solid and bushy, with wide leaves and a quicker flowering cycle. They’re well-suited for shorter growing seasons in cooler climates. More prone to moisture-related problems, due to their small, compact nature, although their small size is perfect for indoor cultivation.
Indicas are thought to be higher-yielding and coated more abundantly in resinous trichomes than their sativa cousins. However, this belief may be a little outdated because breeders like Dinafem and Humboldt thrive on breeding surprising and unexpected qualities into strains these days – manipulating properties like taste, smell, effect, size, flavour, colour and disease-resistance. A delightful kind of trickery, if you like. One of many examples is Blueberry Cookies
, where exquisitely vibrant purple colours combine marvellously with decadent and fresh flavours.
Nowadays, it’s rare to find 100% pure indicas and sativas. The vast majority of your beloved dagga strains are, in fact, hybrids, created to combine favourable aspects of two “parents” into one outstanding offspring.
Indoor Versus Outdoor Cultivation
There are many unique factors to consider when choosing to grow indoors or outdoors, like climate, experience, space, time and finance.
A little TLC goes a long way to getting the most out of your yield (in terms of both quality and quantity). No, that’s not a “THC” typo, it stands for ”tender loving care”, such as by pruning, getting watering and fertilisation just right, ensuring good air flow and lighting, keeping bugs at bay or, perhaps, using a SOG or SCROG method.
One easy way to decide where to grow is by assessing your available space. Do you have a small city terrace or nosy neighbours? Some dope smells potent but indica-dominant autos may fit discreetly. Is there enough space in your garage to grow the strain you’re after? You can always limit vegetative growth. Do you have time to build an indoor setup and sufficient cash to keep the electricity on?
You could add many more questions into the mix, like “Is there a sunny enough spot in your garden”, “Do you want to grow all year round?” and “Do you have access to plenty of open space for guerrilla growing?” There’s probably a business opportunity for a “grow coach” out there, but fortunately, you’ve got Overgrow to answer all your questions.