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Check out our handy guide on how to grow marijuana indoors and 20 great cannabis seeds for indoor marijuana growing. Growing marijuana indoors involves strong lights, fans, irrigation systems, and other cultivation equipment needed to provide marijuana plants with the right light, water, and nutrients to grow to their fullest potential.
What Is Indoor Marijuana Growing?
Indoor marijuana growing doesn’t just mean putting a marijuana plant next to the windowsill and hoping for the best. Indoor growing requires growers to mimic outdoor environmental factors such as sunlight, rain, and soil conditions. Indoor growers can equip themselves with lights strong enough to give energy to plants and the right soil conditions for optimal nutrient intake.
Indoor cultivation gives growers ultimate control over all of the elements that affect a cannabis seed’s yield, flower density, trichome production, and overall quality. Indoor growers aren’t beholden to the natural climate or season. Furthermore, cannabis crops are safeguarded against harsh environmental conditions such as wind, rain, and snow and predators.
Factors to Consider When Choosing Indoor Cannabis Seeds
When growing marijuana indoors, you’ll need to consider the most basic elements of a grow set-up starting with which cannabis seeds to buy for an indoor grow. The type of cannabis seeds you choose depends on your cultivation experience, budget, strain preference (sativa, indica, hybrid), and size of your growing space.
Here, you’ll find a list of 20 great cannabis seeds for indoor growing along with the strain’s ideal growing conditions.
Autoflowering Cannabis Seeds For Growing Indoors
Some growers may even use autoflowering seeds, which don’t require a photoperiod to flower like most marijuana seeds. Photoperiod marijuana seeds need a certain amount of light and darkness per day, usually a 12/12 cycle to transition from their vegetative to the flowering strains. For light-deprived locations, autoflowering strains will automatically flower at a set period.
1. Sensi Skunk Automatic
Sensi Skunk is a great cannabis seed for beginners and budget growers. Sensi Skunk Automatic allows beginners to take a low-maintenance approach to grow. This autoflowering seed features many of the same Skunk characteristics that have made its parent a favorite among growers and critics.
Sensi Skunk Automatic is bred from a curated ruderalis strain that enables the strain to begin to flower without a photoperiod. Sensi Skunk should autoflower after about five weeks. The seed grows short and stocky plants with big buds. Harvesting can occur about 50 days later. Experience a citrusy and sweet aroma with uplifting and stress-relieving effects.
2. Super Skunk Automatic
Super Skunk Automatic is ideal for medicinal users who want to plant as much medicine throughout the year as possible. Super Skunk Automatic provides users with strong indica effects without leaving you glued to the couch. Novice growers will appreciate how easy this strain is to grow and the relief it can bring for stress and pain.
For growers who can’t or don’t have the energy to maintain a finicky plant, the Super Skunk automatically begins to bloom after about four weeks regardless of changes in photoperiod. This automatic strain can be grown in a variety of areas such as windowsills. Super Skunk’s flowering period takes about 65 days and produces an average yield.
3. Northern Lights Automatic
Northern Lights Automatic is a great cannabis seed for growers with some experience who want to push their skills to the next level. Northern Lights Automatic is worth the effect due to its robust effects. This autoflowering strain is relatively easy to grow and produces award-winning effects and aromas.
Northern Lights Automatic grows short and just over three feet. Its flowering period is about 55 days and its seeds begin to flower after about a month or sooner. Northern Lights Automatic can produce harvests with dense and trichome-rich buds up to three times a year due to its autoflowering characteristics and flowering periods.
4. Gorilla Glue Automatic
Gorilla Glue Automatic has won multiple industry awards for its extreme trichome production that can leave trimming shears glued stuck. Gorilla Glue Automatic can reach a medium height with a dense bud structure. This autoflowering strain is easy to grow for beginners and produces a sweet and pungent aroma.
Gorilla Glue Automatic’s grow time is between 50 and 60 days and produces a plant reaching almost 40 inches. Gorilla Glue exhibits relaxing and euphoric effects, perfect for medical conditions such as pain, arthritis, stress, nausea, and epilepsy. Be careful, Gorilla Glue has a very high THC content.
5. Girl Scout Cookies Automatic
Girl Scout Cookies Automatic combines classic GSC and ruderalis genetics to produce a high-quality autoflowering strain. This indica-dominant autoflowering strain grows into medium-size plants that respond well to training. Expect trichome-rich and sweet-smelling buds that produce cerebral and physical effects.
GSC Automatic’s grow time is between 60 and 70 days from seed. Plants can reach up to 35 inches in height and produce up to seven ounces per plant. GSC Auto is easy to grow, but can produce an extremely pungent aroma. Carbon filtering can help keep your indoor grow more discreet.
6. Green Crack Automatic
Green Crack Automatic is an autoflowering marijuana strain that blends the iconic Green Crack genetics with a ruderalis. The resulting Green Crack Automatic strain grows short and stout with extremely white buds and a delightful citrus and mango aroma. Green Crack Automatic delivers users energizing effects.
Green Crack Automatic’s grow time is about 63 days from seed and can grow up to 35 inches tall. Green Crack Auto is an easy-to-grow strain that produces moderate-to-high yields indoors and outdoors. After eight to nine weeks, these autoflowering seeds can deliver the right dose of medicinal relief to lift your spirits.
Feminized Cannabis Seeds For Growing Indoors
Feminized cannabis seeds for growing indoors will only produce female cannabis plants, albeit, they require a photoperiod to begin flowering, unlike autoflowering strains. Feminized plants eliminate the possibility of growing a male plant that can pollinate your entire grow. Many feminized seeds can thrive in indoor conditions.
7. Big Bud
Big Bud is an excellent feminized cannabis seed to grow indoors due to its very high yields and dense buds. Big Bud was popularized in the 1980s and continues to be one of the hardest-working seeds out there. This indica-dominant variety has a hash-like flavor and aroma and slightly sedative effects.
Bud Bud has a flowering time between 50 and 65 days. This feminized seed can grow to an average height and have a growth spurt during bloom. Bid Bud prefers warm weather and can thrive indoors under a hydroponic setup. Its thick stalks help support its heavy bud production. Sea of Green (SOG) techniques can be used for speedy growth.
8. Silver Haze #9
Silver Haze #9 is a sativa-dominant strain from Sensi Seeds that can be grown indoors. Silver Haze is commonly available as a feminized seed. This classic and award-winning haze strain produces a cerebral high and a complex bouquet of scents including citrus, berries, mint, and other sweet fruit.
Silver Haze #9 has a flowering time of about 70 days. Silver Haze #9 can grow well under lights. It can grow tall with heavy resin production and long buds. Silver Haze #9’s strong growth allows growers to grow these plants in close proximity. Silver Haze #9 also responds well to bending and training.
9. Amnesia Haze
Amnesia Haze takes traditional Dutch genetics and elevates them to produce a euphoric and cerebral head high like other haze varieties. Amnesia Haze thrives in indoor growing conditions, but has a relatively long flowering time. The wait is worth it. Amnesia Haze can produce a high yield under optimal cultivation conditions.
Amnesia Haze prefers consistent warm temperatures and has a ten-to-eleven-week flowering time. Growers are advised to keep indoor temperatures between 70 and 80ºF. Amnesia Haze plants must be well-ventilated to prevent mold and pest problems. This feminized seed produces a citrusy and sweet-smelling strain with powerful effects.
10. White Widow
White Widow is an excellent cannabis seed to grow indoors. With roots in the Netherlands, White Widow was developed from a pure Brazilian sativa and an indica hybrid. White Widow’s seeds are easily available and are great entry-level seeds for beginner growers. White Widow can withstand cooler climates.
White Widow produces a pine-scented cannabis strain and has a flowering time of eight to nine weeks. White Widow grows into a stocky, but high-yielding plant with resin-covered buds. Growers recommend using the SCROG technique with White Widow. White Widow can grow in soil or hydroponic setup.
11. Power Plant
Power Plant, from the Dutch Passion Seed Company, originated from South African sativa seeds. Due to its hardy genetics, Power Plant grows fast compared to most sativas and grows medium-sized flowers with popcorn buds, too. It has a woody and earthy aroma that can give you a calm and clear-headed high.
Power Plant’s flowering time is between seven and nine weeks. Power Plant seeds can grow well under SCROG methods. This plant can grow tall so consider your grow size. You can prune the plant to keep it growing nice and strong and save the trim for other cannabis infusions.
Critical is an overall excellent marijuana seed to grow indoors or outdoors. Critical seeds produce a high yield, are easy to maintain, and create a heavy coat of resin over its dense marijuana buds. Critical allows users to feel more relaxed and blissful.
Critical has a flowering time of about seven weeks. Its relatively speedy flowering time makes it a great strain for those who want to grow as fast as possible. Critical produces a plentiful crop with its tall plants, long leaves, and rich resin production.
Regular Cannabis Seeds For Growing Indoors
Regular cannabis strains can produce either a male or a female plant. There are many regular cannabis strains that can grow indoors. Below, you’ll find a list of the best cannabis seeds for indoor growing.
13. Jack Herer
Jack Herer is a great cannabis seed for indoor growing. Whether you’re a first-time or long-time grower, Jack Herer is an easy-to-grow sativa strain that delivers clear-headed euphoria and eases muscle tension. Enjoy its earthy, lemony, and peppery aroma mixed with woody and fruity flavors.
Jack Herer’s flowering time is about 65 days and can grow very tall. Jack Herer grows exceptionally in hydroponic systems. It grows bushy, so make sure there is enough space between your marijuana plants. Also, make sure you have enough height to support its growth and watch out for heavy branches that can snap.
Chemdawg has been a popular cannabis seed since the 1990s. Chemdawg is the parent strain to many of today’s best-selling strains including Headband, Sour Diesel, and OG Kush. This indica-dominant strain is easy to grow and can handle stressors well. Chemdawg produces dense buds packed with trichomes and a fruity and diesel aroma.
Chemdawg’s flowering time is about 63 days, a relatively quick grower compared to other cannabis strains. Chemdawg does well when trained in a SCROG environment to increase the yields in a small space. SCROG requires growers to prune the foliage from the base to improve airflow. Chemdawg is vulnerable to mold.
15. White Russian
White Russian seeds by Serious Seeds is an indica-dominant hybrid with AK-47 and White Widow genetics. White Russian seeds produce a high bud-to-leaf ratio with compact and trichome-heavy colas. White Russian strains deliver a long-lasting and cerebral buzz along with a deep sense of relaxation.
White Russian seeds grow into medium-height plants and produce a very pungent smell. It has a flowering time between eight and nine weeks. White Russian doesn’t require as much maintenance as other cannabis seeds and can flourish in a warm environment.
16. Maple Leaf
Maple Leaf cannabis seeds by Sensi Seeds is a legendary Aghani strain that was smuggled out of the country around the late 1970s. This pure indica is fast flowering and develops compact plants, large leaves, and dense buds that have an excess of resin. Enjoy its citrus aroma and taste, as well as its sedating effects.
Maple Leaf’s flowering time is between six and seven weeks. Maple Leaf plants resemble sativa plants with its tall-growing characteristics and dense and elongated buds. Try your hand at growing Maple Leaf in soil or hydroponic setups. SCROG methods work well with this strain, too.
17. Hindu Kush
Hindu Kush is a pure indica strain that came out of the Hindu Kush mountains in Central Asia. Since the 1980s, Hindu Kush has been a stable strain that produces medium-height plants and dense buds. Hindu Kush strains exhibit a woody smell along with notes of hash and a calming body high.
Hindu Kush has a flowering time between six and seven weeks. Hindu Kush grows short and bushy with dense flower buds. With a hydroponic set-up, Hindu Kush can produce large buds with tons of resin. Use a SOG (sea of green) technique to maximize your yields. Just make sure you keep the airflow optimal to avoid mold.
AK-47 is a legendary sativa F1 hybrid developed by Serious Seeds in the early 1990s. Serious Seeds combined Colombian, Thai, Afghani, and Mexican genetics to produce a strain with a pungent odor and narcotic effects. AK-47 grows into a medium-size plant with broad leaves and heavily coated buds. Enjoy its skunky aroma and euphoric effects.
AK-47 has a flowering time between 53 and 63 days. Grow AK-47 in a hydroponic or soil environment. This strain is great for SOG methods to create an even canopy through topping and pruning. AK-47 may need some extra carbon filtering to remove the pungent aroma in the air.
19. Original Skunk #1
Original Skunk #1 is an iconic cross between Colombian and Acapulco Gold, Mexican, and Afghani genetics. Produced by Sacred Seeds in the late 1970s, Original Skunk #1 is a stable hybrid popular in the Netherlands. It has gone on to parent many other popular strains.
Original Skunk #1 has a flowering time of about nine weeks. Its plants are easy to grow and produce dense and light-hued buds with a very skunky aroma. Expect cerebral effects and a body high.
20. OG Kush
OG Kush is a popular marijuana strain renowned for its high THC potency. This indica-dominant strain produces bushy plants and high yields. OG Kush seeds produce strong-smelling plants with THC levels reaching up to 25 percent.
OG Kush’s flowering time is about 55 days. This hybrid strain is vulnerable to mildew, though so keep pruning it to improve its airflow. OG Kush can grow well under SCROG or SOG methods for high yields and bud size. Branches may need support due to the heavy bud size.
There are many cannabis seeds that can grow indoors under a variety of systems ranging from soil to hydroponic systems. For more information about growing cannabis, sign up for CTU’s online marijuana college.
Luis Cordova is a distinguished author, and renowned expert in cannabis cultivation, who possesses a Master's degree in Plant Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Science. As a valued contributor to highly esteemed publications such as Cannabis Training University and Maximum Yield Magazine, Luis has emerged as a trusted source of guidance and knowledge in the cannabis industry. Having written thousands of informative articles, Luis is widely recognized for his comprehensive expertise on cultivating cannabis, both indoors and outdoors.