New growers searching for the best strains to grow indoors need to look no further. Check out the top weed strains to grow inside.
By subject matter expert and editor: Pat Goggins
Indoor weed is famous for its high quality, and you can grow it anytime of year if you’ve got the right space for it. Grow tents and grow lights are cheap and easy to use, and you’ll cover the initial cost of investment quickly.
Which strains should you grow?
Some strains grow better in an indoor environment, while others do better outdoors. Indoor growers typically go for short, stout plants because they take up less space, which can be limited indoors.
Strains that finish quicker—meaning, a short flowering time—are also desired, to save money on your electricity bill. Indica strains typically fit this bill, while sativas and hybrids usually grow bigger and take longer to finish, but it really depends on the strain.
If you love a certain strain that takes 11 weeks to flower, go for it, but whichever strain you choose, check the breeder or seed bank’s information on it to get a sense of how it’ll grow.
Understanding autoflower strains and feminized seeds
Autoflower strains are a great option for growing indoors as they can go from seed to harvest in as little as three months. But, beware: the final buds might not be that potent.
Feminized seeds are also useful because they ensure every plant is a bud-producing female, which saves space in your indoor grow because you won’t have to grow males and get rid of them.
A lot of common, classic strains come in autoflower and feminized varieties.
With thousands of strains to choose from, here are six of our favorites that are great to grow indoors.
Some people roll their eyes when you mention the popular strain, Blue Dream, but it truly is a dream to grow. This classic hybrid of Haze and Blueberry grows to a moderate size, has an average flowering time, and doesn’t need much attention indoors.
Just be careful and make sure it gets plenty of airflow, so it doesn’t get mold. Blue Dream is known for its big yields, so get ready to have some of this strain with euphoric and creative effects in your stash for a while.
With a sweet, tropical scent and purple accents, Zkittlez is a pleasure to have around your indoor garden.
Short in stature, with dense, chunky buds, this typical indica has won awards in the past and is perhaps most famous for parenting Runtz, 2020’s Strain of the Year at Leafly. Zkittlez is easy to grow and calming to smoke.
Bruce Banner is a great old-school strain that flowers quickly and packs a hefty, euphoric punch.
It’ll hulk out in your garden too—even though it’s short and bushy, it’s a high-yielder. Banner is easy for novice growers but recommended for experienced stoners for its potent potential.
A newer favorite of ours, Wedding Crasher has a classy lineage: Wedding Cake and Purple Punch. This hybrid leans toward the indica side with Purple Punch in its roots and has short, dense buds with hints of purple.
Dessert strains are in right now, so finding seeds and clones of Wedding Crasher shouldn’t be too tough.
Banana Kush is an underrated OG that’s beautiful to look at in your garden. In the right environment, you’ll get dark purple buds with a distinctively sweet, fruity scent.
Pests also love Banana, so be sure to keep it in a cool, dry climate.
Gelato descendant Vanilla Frosting is a unique, newer strain with a creamy vanilla flavor and a gassy finish.
It’s a hybrid that leans toward an indica, with dense buds, silvery-green leaves, and purple accents. It’s a high-yielder, perfect for growing indoors and for growers of all experience levels.
Read more of Leafly’s guide to growing marijuana
- How to grow weed: Basics of growing marijuana
- 4 stages of marijuana plant growth
- Marijuana plant anatomy
- How to grow weed indoors
- How to grow marijuana outdoors
- Cannabis seeds 101: How to grow marijuana from seed
- How to clone cannabis plants
- Marijuana seedling and plant care
- How to harvest marijuana plants
- Troubleshooting common cannabis plant problems
- Buyer’s guides for cannabis seeds and growing equipment
- How to grow marijuana using hydroponics, aeroponics, or aquaponics