Selecting a Marijuana Seed Strain

When it's time to determining which strain is right for you, it may seem like a hard decision. It's not as difficult as you make it out to be. The key things to keep in mind is whether you are shopping for " Indica or Sativa ".

Sativas are pretty much the complete opposite of Indicas. The specifications are tall, thin plants, with much narrower leaves and grow into a lighter green color. They mature in growth very quickly and can reach heights of 20 feet.

Sativa plants grow between the equator and the 50th parallel. They include both marijuana and hemp varieties. The plants that marijuana growers are interested in come from the equator between the 20th parallel North and south. Countries from this area are noted for high grade marijuana include Colombia, Jamaica, Nigeria, Congo, Thailand, Sumatra, Southeast Asia and Mexico. Populations of plants from most of these areas are quite uniform for several reasons. It was imported to grow hemp crops and then it adapted over many generations, with human intervention. Each population originated from a small amount of fairly uniform seeds from the region between the 45th and 50 parallels. Then the population evolved over hundreds of generations with help of humans. This led to fairly uniform populations in climates that vary little from year to year.

Sativas mature in growth very quickly and can reach heights of 20 feet. Symetrical pine shaped plants. the space between the leaves on the stem, the internode, is longer on sativas than indicas. This helps to give sativas a taller stature. The lowest branches are the widest, spreading 1-1/2 to 3 feet. Plant diameters may reach 6 feet because the branches grow opposite each other. The leaves are long, slender and finger like. The plants are light green since they contain chlorophyll.

Sativa buds are not as dense as indica buds. some varieties grow buds along the entire branch, developing a thin, compact cola. Others grow large formations of very light buds. During the flowering stage, it take between 10 to 16 weeks for them to fully mature. Flavors include from earthy to sweet, spicy or fruity. The highs are described as soaring, cerebral, up, energetic, psychedelic, thoughtful and spacy.