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North american indica seeds
Regular cannabis depends on its photoperiod for flowering, and is also seasonal. That means, that northern growers will usually germinate seeds between April and May and collect their harvests between October and November.

Top 5 Indica Strains To Grow In Northern Climates

Northern climates can be cold, wet, and frosty, which can make growing cannabis extremely difficult. Luckily, we’ve combined this list of the best indica strains to grow in northern climates.

Growing in the northern hemisphere can be challenging, especially in some areas of Europe where conditions can be cold, wet, and even frosty.

Luckily, thanks to expert breeding, there are a variety of cannabis varieties, that’ll still produce excellent results even in the most unforgiving northern climates. In this post we share a handpicked list of our top indica strains to grow in the northern hemisphere.

GROWING IN NORTHERN CLIMATES

Before we begin looking at individual strains, it’s important, that we understand the northern climate and what grow conditions we’re dealing with.

“Northern climate” is a term that loosely refers to any climate of the northern hemisphere. These conditions are very generalised by cold winters and relatively cool summers, but obviously vary between different parts of the northern hemisphere.

Regular cannabis depends on its photoperiod for flowering, and is also seasonal. That means, that northern growers will usually germinate seeds between April and May and collect their harvests between October and November.

One of the biggest concerns for growing in the north are cold weather and frost, both of which can have detrimental effects on the development of cannabis plants. While indicas are generally thought to be a bit better prepared for these conditions due to their origins (mountainous regions of India and Nepal), they still suffer in cold or frosty conditions.

It is important to realize, that we have painted a very general picture of northern climates here, and that conditions obviously vary between different geographical locations. Hence, it is really important you understand your local climate and how to prepare for it before beginning your grow op.

TOP 5 INDICA STRAINS TO GROW IN THE NORTH

Below is a special list of our top 5 recommended indica strains for northern growers. Read on for more information about each individual strain and remember; for the highest quality cannabis seeds delivered direct to your door, order at RQS today.

WHITE WIDOW

White Widow is easily among the most iconic weed strains on the planet. While the exact origins of this strain are very controversial, we guarantee it is a Dutch classic, born and bred right here in The Netherlands.

Our White Widow features exceptional genetics crossing a pure Brazilian landrace strain with a powerful indica from southern India. This makes for an extremely potent strain with strong grow genetics, that are perfectly suited for growing in the Northern hemisphere.

The plants will grow to roughly 2 meters in an outdoor environment and 1 meter indoors. They love plenty of sunlight, but have been so expertly bred, that they can hold up to the harsh conditions in cold climates like France, the UK, Germany and obviously The Netherlands.

Yields average at about 550 to 600 grams per plant, and flowering time is roughly 8-9 weeks. The final buds feature a really complex blend of flavors and aromas, a whopping 19% THC and medium high CBD levels. The ideal harvest time for our White Widow variety is late October.

CRITICAL

This is an classic RQS strain and seriously helped us build up our reputation over the years. We guarantee, that no other strain will produce such big yields in such short flowering times, making our Critical a must-have for every grower.

This is an indica-dominant variety featuring a really strong genetic background, that combines the robust nature of an Afghani landrace combined with the reliability and easy-to-grow characteristics of an original Skunk. The final product? A strain, that produces extremely potent weed even in the most unforgiving conditions.

These plants like to stay small, reaching roughly 1 meter indoors and about 180cm outdoors. They feature short internode spacing (characteristic of indica-dominant genetics) that make for stocky, yet profit-yielding plants.

Yields average at about 600-650 grams per plant outdoors and flowering times generally clock in around 7-8 weeks, making this a great strain for any grower who favors quick harvests. With 18% THC and low CBD levels, our Critical packs a strong punch, that’ll surprise even the most experienced smokers.

SPECIAL KUSH #1

Kush is the iconic indica strain, that every grower will want to have in their garden at least once. If you’re looking to add a new, powerful indica to your garden, this strain is not to be missed.

Featuring exceptional genetics, that combine an Afghan landrace with one of our original Kush varieties, this strain produces reliable results every time around. Think big, dominant plants, that produce big yields of extremely frosty and potent bud, even it when the conditions are subpar.

Plants will grow extremely bushy and tall, reaching heights of over 250cm outdoors. When grown indoors, these plants will still reach heights above 1 meter and will usually try to dominate their grow space. While they’ll perform well in most environments, you’ll notice these plants flourish best in warm outdoor conditions like those found in Italy or Northern Africa.

Outdoor yields can top 550 grams per plant, and flowering time is usually between 7-8 weeks. Our Special Kush #1 plants produce dense, indica-style buds, that pack a huge punch of over 17% THC. However, this strain has just enough Sativa genetics (roughly 20%) to give its high a nice, cerebral and uplifting edge.

SPEEDY CHILE

Our Speedy Chileis a new feminized version of the original autoflowering variety. It flourishes in both indoor and outdoor environments and makes for a great addition in any cannabis garden.

As a mix between Green Poison and Chile Indica, this is a 70% indica-dominant strain with powerful genetics, that make for beautiful plants, that are relatively easy to grow in a variety of northern climates.

Speedy Chile plants usually display very iconic indica traits, and tend to fill out the space where they growing like they would in the wild. In an outdoor environment, these plants will usually reach anywhere between 100-170cm, while only reaching a max height of 100cm indoors.

Our Speedy Chile is known for producing surprisingly big yields of up to 500 grams per plant in just a 6 week flowering period, making it another great quick grow along with Critical. It is best harvested around early September, when buds are just about to fully mature and covered in a thick coating of trichomes.

The buds of this plant boast a rich, full flavour profile and extremely pungent aromas. With an average of 16% THC concentration and low CBD levels, these nuggets will produce a relaxing, indica-style stone with some subtle cerebral effects as well.

NORTHERN LIGHT AUTO

No one can say they’ve grown indica until they’ve harvested this iconic strain. Northern Light is probably one of the most iconic strains, having laid its roots across the world where it is treasured for producing an extremely potent indica-style stone.

By crossing our original Dutch Northern Light with a ruderalis, this strain has retained its original traits in an easy-to-manage autoflower, that’ll surprise any grower who’s skeptical of autoflowering strains.

Flowering for just 5-7 weeks, this strain produces thick, dense, and resinous buds, that produce a stone, that neatly combines typical indica effects with some notable cerebral stimulation.

Our Northern Light Automatic will usually produce short, stocky plants, reaching outdoor heights of about 130-160cm. Yields can be surprising for such small plants, topping 220 grams per plant. THC levels of buds are roughly 14% and they are covered in a thick, frosty layer of trichomes.

Very potent and instant buzz. In some cases with instant laughters with uplifting sensations and a constant feeling of cheerfulness. A tingling in the chest area has been noted. The locals have the habit of smoking without adding tobacco. It kicks in immediately and you feel it right into your chest and it’s hard to hold back the cough even if you’re an habitual smoker. There is a pleasant warmth behind the eyes and a buzz in your head as well with a feeling of tranquil contentment. There is a strong impression and possibility that some of these plants have not been farmed by humans for many many years due to the fact that they are very unpredictable while growing. Every plant is different from others, both in shape and height. This is what has been noticed on several occasions.

North american indica seeds

Genetics: Iranian landrace
Region: Various regions of Iran
Strain: Iranian genetics
Sourcing: Personally collected at source around Iran
Latitude: from 36N to 29N
Harvest: As early as late August and as late as early December
Height: 1.5 – 2 metres outdoor depending on plant
Seeds: Regular
Vegetative stage: 2-3 months
Flowering: 2-4 months depending on plant
Aroma: Pepper, Cardamom, Mint, Citrus, Nag Champa, Garlic, Spices
Grow Type: Outdoors,Greenhouse, indoors
Characteristics: Stout,stocky,hardy,squatty,bushy plants but also christmas-tree like.

Seeds have been collected from at least 10 different regions in Iran. So you will find a bit of a mixed bag. Plants are not domesticated, rather wild and unpredictable in terms of growth pattern and shape.
Many expressions can be found. From christmas trees to more squatty, round and bushy plants. Same goes for the leaf shape. Deep dark green leaves very fat, thick,broad and wide but also more slender types with narrow leaves and lighter hues of green. From 100% indica structures with short flowering times to sativas requiring up to three, four months to finish and all kinds of mixtures of both and anything in between. Plants with a single main stem with one main cola and few side branches have been seen as well as thick round bushes.

Plants with indica growth patterns but with sativa flowering times cannot be ruled out. It is possible to find plants with purple and dark brown (almost black) leaves. These plants have higher contents of CBD as well as THC. Very good plant for extractions with copious quantities of resin.

Smells vary from plant to plant. It is possible to find lemon, citrusy, berries, fuel, candies, honey and others hard to describe. Flowers are pretty compact but not all. Some also more airy.

There is so much variation in all the seeds and plants that the likelihood of them being wild or coming from wild plants is high. Some come from areas that have a very long history in growing for hashish production and are in remote areas far away from cities and pollution.

Very potent and instant buzz. In some cases with instant laughters with uplifting sensations and a constant feeling of cheerfulness. A tingling in the chest area has been noted. The locals have the habit of smoking without adding tobacco. It kicks in immediately and you feel it right into your chest and it’s hard to hold back the cough even if you’re an habitual smoker. There is a pleasant warmth behind the eyes and a buzz in your head as well with a feeling of tranquil contentment. There is a strong impression and possibility that some of these plants have not been farmed by humans for many many years due to the fact that they are very unpredictable while growing. Every plant is different from others, both in shape and height. This is what has been noticed on several occasions.

Below is a link to a scientific study: ‘Assessment of Genetic Diversity and Population Structure in Iranian Cannabis Germplasm’ which can be very interesting and that can be summarized as follows:

  1. Iranian cannabis is closer to drug cannabis than hemp.
  2. Iranian cannabis is genetically unique.
  3. Hemp cultivars were probably derived from marijuana cultivars.
  4. Iranian strains are probably accessions that represent remnants of cultivated varieties from other regions. (Probably Afghanistan, Pakistan. That’s not to say they are Affie or Paki strains. They’d have reached Iran so long ago they are unique, and there is the possibility that the ancestral populations in the region they came from have disappeared).
  5. Iranian cannabis diversity is threatened by prohibition.
  6. Iranian cannabis varies on an East/West gradient.
  7. Looks like preserving Iranian genepool is very important. Especially from a drug/medical perspective.