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Strains That Require The Least Amount Of Light To Grow


Strains That Require The Least Amount Of Light To Grow The art of successfully cultivating cannabis is one of the fastest-growing (no pun intended) hobbies in America and worldwide. However, one of the most unsettling factors about it – especially for those of us who grow only for personal consumption – is the cost; namely the cost of electricity generally needed for a successful grow operation. However, you don’t need a 1,000-watt light – or even a 400-watt light for that matter – to grow your very own marijuana garden. It’s simply a matter of choosing a suitable strain. Auto-flowering strains are always a good choice for strains that require low wattage to mature. Auto-flowering strains are also known as ruderalis. In the world of cannabis, there are three genus of cannabis: indica, sativa and ruderalis. As the name implies, auto-flowering strains are strains that automatically flower without ever needing to have the light cycle changed to 12 hours or less. As a general rule of thumb, most ruderalis strains need only around 70 watts of light to put out their average yield. This varies by a few watts strain-to-strain, but 70 watts is a good general guideline for auto-flower strains. There are a few downsides to growing ruderalis strains however. First of all, they are infamous for putting out fairly dismal yields that are almost never over an ounce per plant. Secondly, many – not all – ruderalis types are also renowned for having a THC content around 10% or less. For some patients this is perfectly fine, but for others it’s simply unacceptable. That decision is up to you though. Orange crush is a sativa-dominant hybrid that only requires an astounding 30 watts of light to put out around an ounce per plant. This can be achieved by either using a 50-watt or 100-watt HID light (metal halide for vegetation and HPS for flowering). However, as is said above, this may be slight overkill if you really want to conserve the most energy possible. Therefore, you can buy a 30-watt CFL (Compact Fluorescent Bulb) at any one of your local hardware or appliance stores (these are the spiral, energy-saving bulbs). By using 30-watt CFL bulb and an intake/outtake fan, you can keep your monthly electricity bill to around $10 per month when you grow Orange Crush. This essentially means that in just over 2 months you should have around an ounce of weed for $20. If you want to grow more than one Orange Crush plant, you’ll obviously need more lighting. 50 watts for 2 plants will be plenty and 110 watts for 4 plants will be adequate. A third option for growers wanting low energy output when growing medical marijuana is to grow a strain I’m sure we’re all familiar with: Green Crack. Green Crack requires just 80 – 90 watts to reach optimum yield. This can be achieved with either CFL or HID lighting, such as a 100-watt HPS/metal halide bulb, or a combination of a 50-watt HID light and a 30 or 42-watt CFL.
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slitherly | Jan 26, 2013

Cfl's will grow marijuana. But I kind of agree that more wattage is better. I used several 46 watt and higher,(yes, true wattage)to achieve 360 some watts (been a while, can't remember exact wattage,but close to 400 watts)for my vegging period, and had

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Guest | Jan 14, 2013

Whomever is entering most of the previous post labeled "Guest" directed at "CannaConnoisseur" is/are a bunch of juvenile retards!! "Guest Oct. 7, 2012" I couldn't agree with you more!! :)

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Guest | Oct 7, 2012

Very interesting 'CannaConnoisseur' - As you said,when i try this method,I am not expecting great results,I enjoyed your post and its given me many ideas. This guest guy is a massive wanker clearly. This is why i stopped smoking my bongmix,just to poin

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Guest | Sep 24, 2012

You looked like a fool the second you posted this!

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Guest | Sep 24, 2012

Just an fyi you meant species not genus......there would be very little possibility of fertilization if they were not already in the same genus. If you want to call yourself an expert.....become one first.

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dwillard | Aug 11, 2012

@Guest I'm pretty sure this wasn't "made up" as you so rudely like to insinuate. Actually there is such a thing as a low-light strain. If you would take the time out of your day to conduct a little research, as I have, then you would see otherwise.

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Guest | Aug 3, 2012

I've tried the CFL method and some of what you guys are saying is true, the yeilds aren't great and the quality isn't the best. But CFL light weed will contend with any $30 a quarter weed if grown light. However, this method works great for seedlings a

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Guest | Aug 3, 2012

I've tried the CFL method and some of what you guys are saying is true, the yeilds aren't great and the quality isn't the best. But CFL light weed will contend with any $30 a quarter weed if grown light. However, this method works great for seedlings a

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Guest | May 17, 2012

There's no such thing as a "low lighting" strain. Low light and/or low quality of light is going to cost you in both yield and quality, and because it's yield and quality that you're aiming to produce, instead of savings, then it's completely counter p

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Guest | May 17, 2012

There's no such thing as a "low lighting" strain. Low light and/or low quality of light is going to cost you in both yield and quality, and because it's yield and quality that you're aiming to produce, instead of savings, then it's completely counter p

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dwillard | May 10, 2012

Not as successfully as with 10 - 12 hours, but yes.

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Guest | Apr 17, 2012

Thank you

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Guest | Apr 17, 2012

Well put together article just what I was looking to know thank you for sharing .I was curious can auto hybrids perform with 6 or 8 hour ''light on'' cycles

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dwillard | Jan 18, 2012

This article was written by various requests for strains that require low lighting, not requesting what's the best way to grow weed. It never said it was going to produce amazing or spectacular results.

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Guest | Jan 16, 2012

If you do it properly, you can yield enough medicine off of plants that the cost of lighting and such pales in significance to how much you were able to pull off your plants. Its like anything else, you want the best, you give it your best, regardle

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Guest | Jan 16, 2012

Sorry, but after spending money for seeds or clones, soil or hydro, a grow space, ventilation, nutrients, etc, etc, I don't see the sense of trying to save a few bucks on lighting. Use good lighting and get good yields. An ounce of 22% THC variety gr

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Guest | Jan 15, 2012

Medical Quality has a definition and using the low wattage or shade plants method destroys the medical part in medical cannabis. The high lumens causes medicinal development in the flowers and flower parts during the last few weeks and that tim

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Guest | Jan 15, 2012

bullshit. as an experienced grower a pure ruderalis and even crosses SUCK they are low yield scraggly leafy yields. there is _NO_ substitution for good lighting. keep in mind indoor grows the goal is to manipulate the environment to the perfect conditi

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lindzzz | Jan 5, 2012

Interesting and very informative. I have been trying to figure out a way to grow in a smaller space, and the whole CFL thing really cuts down on the space needed because you don't need ballasts or big lighting fixtures. Also it sounds great to save mon

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