Canada has become a hotbed for cannabis users these past few years. Ever since the country legalized marijuana, there have been more people using cannabis strains and growing indica cannabis seeds in Canada. Of course, this is due in large part to the increase in demand and competition in that country.
As mentioned, there have been a lot of people growing indica seeds in Canada. The reason for such is that indica strains perform well in northern climates due to its history. Of course, indica strains are also some of the most sought-after types of cannabis due to their lovely effects and delightful flavors.
Unfortunately for beginners, growing indica seeds is not something you can simply leave to common sense. There are actually nuances you first have to know and understand before you attempt to try to grow these seeds successfully. Here are some of the basic knowledge, concepts, and tips you should follow and know by heart:
- Size and appearance
Indica strains are known to be smaller types of marijuana and will grow somewhere near 30 to 60 inches in height. Their leaves tend to be broader and of a darker shade of green. Aside from that, these plants tend to be bushier than other strains and also have narrow spaces between one leaf and another.
Because these plants tend to be small, you can plant more of them in a limited grow space. In that sense, you do not have to worry about having to plant only a few seeds considering that indicas are known to take up smaller spaces even as they grow to maturity.
In the same vein, indica strains also do not grow too tall heights and are great for stealth growing. You do not need to have high fences to hide your cannabis plants as indicas are not too showy when it comes to size.
- Origins and history
Existing for thousands of years already, indica strains were first classified back in the 1700s during one of Jean-Baptiste Lamarck’s trips to India. He collected a few samples of these plants and noticed that they had different features to that of Cannabis sativa. He called these plants Cannabis indica.
Cannabis indica might have first been classified based on flowers found in India but they can trace their roots back in China about 3000 years ago when cannabis use was first recorded. Ever since then, it found its way to India and several of the countries and regions surrounding the Hindu Kush mountain range.
Because these plants have been growing in the harsh northern climates of the Hindu Kush mountains, they have adapted to such weather conditions and are capable of withstanding the cold. As such, the indica plants we see today perform better when grown in cold climates as opposed to warm and temperate regions. Indica strains tend to have larger and thicker buds as a means to fight off the cold climates.
- Ideal climates
Indica strains, as mentioned, grow better when they are allowed to thrive in cold climates. This is due to how they historically grow in areas such as the cold and dry regions near the Hindu Kush mountains.
In that regard, you should try to avoid growing indica strains in regions that are more or less temperate. Tropical countries have heavy rainfall and high humidity. As such, you should try to avoid growing your indica strains in such places and regions.
Because Canada tends to have a cool climate that is similar to the one near the Hindu Kush, you will find that your indica strains will be able to thrive well even if you leave them to grow in outdoor environments. And even if you somehow experience conditions that are less than ideal for indicas, you can grow them in indoor grow spaces where you can easily control the temperature and humidity.
If you are growing them indoors, keep temperatures somewhere between 10 to 15 degrees Fahrenheit especially at night and when the plants are in their flowering phase. The reason for such is that temperatures would suddenly and rapidly drop at night.
- Flowering time
Its history and origins also play a role in making indica strains flower faster than most other species of cannabis. Because these plants anticipate the coming of even colder weathers, they are able to mature rather quickly so that they could produce seeds before the extreme temperature gets the better of them.
Indica strains are known to be able to have a flowering period of about seven to nine weeks only. That means that these strains flower fairly quicker than other species of cannabis. They will be ready for harvest in such a faster period of time regardless of whether you allow them to grow indoors or outdoors.
- Resilience and hardiness
Indica strains are typically known to be able to withstand really cold climates and temperatures because of their genetic background and history. Pure indica strains are much better at this than hybrids and are known to be able to perform well even in the coldest of weather conditions.
However, indicas are not particularly great against molds because of how they are not used to growing in regions with high humidity. They also are not very resilient against pests and diseases for similar reasons.
Luckily, Canada tends to be on the colder side and will most likely stay cold throughout the entire life cycle of your indica marijuana strains. In that regard, you might not have to worry about having to face molds and pests unless the temperature gets hot enough.
But, if you happen to use an indoor system in Canada because you do not have enough space outdoors, it is best for you to make sure that your indica strains are protected from molds. Make sure that your indoor grow space has enough airflow to decrease the buildup of humidity in such a limited room. You can do so by putting in large exhaust fans.
- Strains to use
Hybrid indica strains should be best for beginners because they are much more resilient to molds and pests due to how they are partly sativa. Indicas, especially the pure ones, should be left to the more experienced users because they know how to handle them properly and make sure they are kept away from humid areas.
However, as you grow in terms of experience, you might want to try your hand at true indica strains. Some indicas you may want to consider growing in Canada are the following:
- God Bud
- Maple Leaf Indica
- Northern Lights
- Purple Urkle
- Grape Ape
- Granddaddy Purple