Many marijuana users seek the classic relaxing effect that is characteristic of the indica species. Accordingly, it is a popular choice among growers. Indica-dominant strains also grow indoors with relative ease and are faster to harvest than sativas. However, like all plants, indicas require a standard level of care that should not be taken for granted. There are a few species-specific guidelines that growers of indica should be aware of.
Indica-dominant strains are bushy and dense, with leaves that are broader and shorter than the traditionally seen marijuana symbol that has been in use for decades (which is based on a sativa leaf). These characteristics also make for difficult pruning, so growing indica requires careful trimming. Then again, the thickness of indica growth usually results in a higher yield than a comparably-sized sativa, especially when the canopy is opened up with quality pruning strategies prior to and in the first two weeks of flower, so the extra work will likely pay off.
The vegetative period of indica growth can be longer than sativa strains. These prolonged periods of light usage will eventually place strain on your wallet and the environment, especially if you are using an inefficient light. Growers are starting to take these factors into account in more recent indoor setups, switching to “greener” technologies like energy-saving LED grow lights and optimized temperature/humidity controllers. While the vegetative state takes a bit longer, the flowering period is pretty quick in comparison to sativa strains and seed-to-harvest is less of a wait overall.
Following basic growing rules will get you a good crop of indica-dominant Cannabis on most occasions, but you’ll get the best results by tailoring your strategy to the species (and even strain if you know enough about them). As always, the best approach is to do your research and make careful decisions along the way.