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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 dont need a 1,000-watt light or even a 400-watt light for that matter to grow your very own marijuana garden. Its 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 its 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, youll 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 Im sure were 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 great results with both photoperiod and autoflower, but only once each, as I am still a stupid newbie. I finished them out with a 400 watt hid and had a little over a quarter pound from the photoperiod plant (a strain called Priviledge) and 2 ounces from an autoflower called "60 day wonder" that finished closer to 70 days. Cfl's work. But I don't know about such little wattage being cost effective for the price of the seed.
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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 point out the obvious... Good post,poor replys... lol
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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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Guest | Sep 24, 2012
 
You looked like a fool the second you posted this!
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CannaConnoisseur | 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. Before you open your mouth and make yourself look like an idiot, you may want to get your facts straight buddy.
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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 and clones, you can have plants up to a foot high and stacked with branches at the very beginning of the season. Not to mention it's perfect for growing on the cheap or guerilla growing. And for those of you who badmouth CFL growing why don't you just give it a try? And if you haven't and your still talking like that then you should fuck off 'cause you don't know what the hell you're talking about OK.
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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 and clones, you can have plants up to a foot high and stacked with branches at the very beginning of the season. Not to mention it's perfect for growing on the cheap or guerilla growing. And for those of you who badmouth CFL growing why don't you just give it a try? And if you haven't and your still talking like that then you should fuck off 'cause you don't know what the hell you're talking about OK.
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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 productive. Just because people request a thing doesn't mean you should invent something to tell them. If you wanted to be responsible you'd have talked about various growing styles, perhaps some that create less heat, are easier to regulate, and don't require keeping the lights some distance away just to avoid burning them which wastes a lot of power. The big problem with your article wrt lighting is that you're spitting out completely meaningless quantities. "Watts" is meaningless and even further meaningless is to give that number without mentioning coverage area. Plant count and wishful yields aren't substitutes. Your entire article here is total BS and you don't know what you're talking about.
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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 productive. Just because people request a thing doesn't mean you should invent something to tell them. If you wanted to be responsible you'd have talked about various growing styles, perhaps some that create less heat, are easier to regulate, and don't require keeping the lights some distance away just to avoid burning them which wastes a lot of power. The big problem with your article wrt lighting is that you're spitting out completely meaningless quantities. "Watts" is meaningless and even further meaningless is to give that number without mentioning coverage area. Plant count and wishful yields aren't substitutes. Your entire article here is total BS and you don't know what you're talking about.
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CannaConnoisseur | May 10, 2012
 
Not as successfully as with 10 - 12 hours, but yes.
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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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Guest | Apr 17, 2012
 
Thank you
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CannaConnoisseur | 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
 
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 grown under good lighting is a better deal than an ounce of 10% THC ruderalis grown under low lighting. Plus, you are inhaling half the smoke for the same effect. My 2 cents.
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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, regardless of how much it may cost.
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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 conditions in order to get the perfect crop. who cares if its auto flowering or not? how hard is it to change a timer people?! if you do a half assed grow with half assed equipment you will get half assed results EVERY time
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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 time is when the higher lumens produce the unique medicinal imprint in the plants tissues making Blueberry flavored intensely or not if it is grown in lower light although the flavor will be there either way.
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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 money, and ten dollars a month added to the electricity bill is barely anything!