WHERE DO I START?
Welp it’s winter, indoor grow time!
Step 1- pick a cultivar. In addition to yield & potency, consider size of your space, climate, growth height & difficulty. Sativa leaning plants can be tall, thin leaved & take time to grow…while Indica leaning plants are shorter, wide leaved & grow more quickly Auto-flowers are crossed with non-psychoactive Ruderalis so it flowers on it’s own, no need to change light cycles.
Note this is a general guideline- modern cultivars are nearly all Hybrids so they are highly variable. Do your research to find what’s best for you!
Yield: While it’s tempting to say as much as possible for all your grows, limited space can be a concern. The bigger the grow, the more time & tools it takes.
Climate: Winter influences even indoor grows. The use of artificial lights & ventilation means care must be taken to avoid light & heat stress as well as mould.
Growth height: Unless you love trimming & are OK with training your plants, a tall plant might get excessive, which can cause problems later on with the grow later on.
Difficulty: Some plants like take a experienced hand as it is especially sensitive to environmental changes while others are unaffected.
Auto flower, photoperiod, feminized?: Feminized seeds take the guesswork out of figuring out whether you’ll get bud forming females or not. Auto flowers are genetically wired to flower at a specific development point- you don’t need to change lighting to make it start flowering. Yields are small though. Classic photoperiod cultivars do need a reduction in light to begin flowering but have higher yields.