Best short cannabis strains for a small closet grow

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Best Marijuana Strains for Indoor Growing

There are a few important factors to take into account in order to find the best short strains to grow in a closet. Before you start growing marijuana indoors you’re going to want to consider the strain’s height, smell and flowering length.

Don’t want to spend too much time comparing the various strains? Good news, we’ve created a list with the best 10 short strains to grow in a closet. You can also compare them with our tool made just for that.

Before we start it’s important to point out that some strains have greatly evolved over the years and despite having the same name, depending on which vendor you buy it from, characteristics may vary.

How to choose an ideal strain for closet growing

If you’re limited to a closet grow you’re going to want to carefully choose what strain to grow. Some marijuana plants can grow super tall, others can be very bushy, some smell so strongly it’ll pass through walls, etc. The plant’s height, smell and flowering length are the 3 main factors you want to consider when you’re growing marijuana in a closet.

Plant Size

Many indoor growers have to limit themselves to a rather small tent so how big and bushy the plant grows is important. Some small grow tents are no higher then 5 feet (1.5m) so this list has strains that don’t go over 3 feet. Another important criteria is how compact the plant grows. Some strains are going to develop long branches, which you want to avoid in a closet. Autoflowering strains are the most compact but we’ve included a couple of non autoflow strains if that’s what you’re looking for.

Plant Aroma

Some plants can smell stroongly, dang that stuff will be stink up the place 3 apartments down. If you’re doing a closet grow in a building full of nosy neighbors you’re going to want a strain with a discreet aroma. It’s often not advertised if a strain doesn’t have a particularly strong odor. The strategy here is to be on the lookout and avoid strains that are described as having a “strong”, “beautiful”, “powerful” aroma or smell. 

Flowering length

If you’re looking to grow a good amount of bud in a small closet : you’re going to need fast flowering strains. The faster your plant goes through it’s flowering cycle, the faster you can yield your buds and plant a new strain!

Royal Dwarf by Royal Queen Seeds

Royal Dwarf plants are incredibly short and compact, they only grow up to 40-60 cm (1.3-1.9 feet) making them one of the best small growing strains. Another advantage is that they grow really quickly, going from seed to harvest in just 8-9 weeks. This is particularly advantageous if you’re looking to do multiple grows. It’s a hybrid with a sativa dominance meaning it’ll give you a relaxing but motivating and social high. This strain is #1 on our list of shortest cannabis strains because it’s our favorite small closet grow candidate: we highly recommend it.

PhenotypeSativa dominant hybrid
Height40 – 60 cm
(1.3 – 1.9 feet)
Flowering Lengthat least 6 weeks
Yieldup to 80 gram/m2
THC Level13%
Starting price5 seeds for $43.20

White Widow Autoflowering Seeds by High Supplies

White widow is the perfect strain for beginner growers: it’s low maintenance and high yielding. Many reviewers recommend it if you’re looking for a quick easy indoor grow. They also specify that germination seems to be rather easy with this strain. White Widow autoflow grows between 40-50 cm (1.3-1.6 feet) making it one of the best short strains to grow in a closet. This famous indica dominant strain grows in 6 to 7 weeks and has a pretty high THC level that will get you extremely high, so be advised 😉 

PhenotypeIndica dominant hybrid
Height40 – 50 cm
(1.3 – 1.6 feet)
Flowering Length6 to 7 weeks
Yield25-160 gram/plant
THC Level20 – 30 %
Starting price5 seeds for $30

Hindu Kush Feminized by Sensi Seeds

This pure indica plant is extremely compact and has a really short flowering period (40-50 days), making it one of the best strains for a closet grow. This fast flowering strain is ideal to grow in dry and warm places. Be advised, it can rapidly develop mold in humid environments and even if it doesn’t – it likely won’t develop nicely. However in the appropriate environment, it grows beautiful extremely kieffy buds. Its taste is very strong but sweet at the same time, with an overpowering sandalwood flavor. It has a very calming and relaxing effect. However be careful if you want to smoke a lot of it, it has been reported to have a couch lock effect. 

PhenotypeIndica
Height60 – 80 cm
(1.9 – 2.6 feet)
Flowering Length6 to 7 weeks
Yield25-160 gram/plant
THC Level20 – 30 %
Starting price5 seeds for $30

Super Silver Haze by Amsterdam Marijuana Seeds

Developed in the 1990s and three time winner of the Cannabis Cup (in 1997, in 1998 and in 1999), Super Silver Haze is well known for its very large yields. Super This strain isn’t too hard to grow however it’s not recommended for beginner growers as it does require a lot of attention. It takes quite a while to grow but its slow development will contribute to its strong taste. Its taste is strong, its yield is big, but its size remains accessible what more can you ask for? It’s a perfect strain for a closet grow.

Phenotype

Sativa dominant (65%)

Height80 cm
(2.6 feet)
Flowering Length8 – 10 weeks
Yieldup to 600 grams/m2
THC Level20 – 30 %
Starting price10 seeds for $59

AK-47 by Marijuana Seedshop

This strain is well known for its powerful taste and very strong effect. AK-47 is suitable for beginner growers and it’s a perfect strain to grow in a closet since it has a very short flowering period and it doesn’t grow very tall. However it does have a strong odor so be careful if smell is an important factor for you. Also, careful this strain isn’t for every smoker. AK-47 has an extremely high THC level that can give you a very mellow vibe often leading to a couch lock type of situation if you smoke a lot of it. 

Phenotype

Indica dominant (75%)

Height80 cm
(2.6 feet)
Flowering Length7 – 8 weeks
Yieldup to 700 grams/m2
THC Level25 %
Starting price10 seeds for $53

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Sex Bud Feminised by Female Seeds

Sex bud is a sativa dominant strain developped by Female Seeds, its effects are very energizing, some even describe it as arousing. The taste is very strong, fruity and sweet. Despite it being a tall strain, it’s a good strain to grow in a closet since you can start the stretch earlier which reduces the length of the vegetation stage and thus of your total cycle. 

Phenotype

Sativa dominant hybrid

Height80 cm
(2.6 feet)
Flowering Length7 – 8 weeks
Yieldup to 700 grams/m2
THC LevelN/A
Starting price5 seeds for $35

Stardust Autoflowering by Flash Seeds

We added Stardust auto to this list because it’s a pretty short plant, growing only up to 60cm (3 feet) and it’s flowering period is rather short also so it’s a good strain for indoor growing, especially if you have a small tent or if you want to do rotations. Despite being sativa this is a very relaxing strain with CBD in it (0.8%) which has been reported helpful for insomnia. I’ve personally never tried to grow this strain but the user  reviews on seedsman are all really good so I added it to the list.

Phenotype

Sativa dominant hybrid

Height40 – 60 cm
(1.3 – 1.9 feet)
Flowering Length9 weeks from seed
Yield50 grams/plant
THC Level17%
Starting price5 seeds for $38

Russian Fuel Autoflowering by Flash Seeds

The Russian Fuel auto is a plant that can be quite small if you have a short vegetative cycle and yet it’s still pretty compact meaning you can have a good yield even if limited to a small closet grow. It has beautiful large resinous buds which smell sweet and have a strong taste. Despite its heavy notes of diesel / fuel it also has fruity peachy flavors. Its strong relaxation effect has been recommend for medicinal use.

Phenotype

Sativa dominant (65%)

Height40 – 80 cm
(1.3 – 2.6 feet)
Flowering Length9 – 10 weeks from seed
Yield60 grams/plant
THC Level18%
Starting price3 seeds for $29

Mazar Autoflowering by Dutch Passion

The Mazar autoflowering strain has won many prizes for its tremendous yields, soft taste, and powerful effect. This indica dominant will leave you calmed and relaxed, without completely couch locking you. Despite having big leaves the plant will not grow super high and thus is rather convenient for indoor growing, especially in a small closet.

Phenotype

Indica dominant hybrid

Height70 – 80 cm
(2.3 – 2.6 feet)
Flowering Length10 weeks
Yield400 grams/m2
THC Level19%
Starting price3 seeds for $28.38

White Dwarf Autoflowering by Buddha Seeds

The White Dwarf autoflowering is an unknown indica hybrid strain that’s very discreet and thus perfect for indoor growing. It’s a good strain for beginner growers as it has a short cycle and a resistant nature (especially convenient for humid areas, it’s very mold resistant). Many have noted a musky / wood smell but not too strong and its taste is very sweet. We recommended it as one of the best short strains to grow in a closet

Phenotype

Indica dominant hybrid

Height40 – 80 cm
(1.3 – 2.6 feet)
Flowering Length8 to 9 weeks
Yield60 – 70 grams/plant
THC LevelN/A
Starting price3 seeds for $21.79

It was quite a hard list to put together because honestly there’s so many good strains to recommend it’s hard to choose. Also it’s important to take all the above listed factors into account but growers can train their plants to adapt to their environment also. If you think of any awesome short strains to grow in a closet that I forgot don’t hesitate to reach out!

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