What’s the difference? Sativa, Indica, Ruderalis ???
Almost daily we are asked by our customers about the difference between Indica and Sativa, or what is Ruderalis? So we will list here once the essential differences of the three plant species!
Sativa, indica, and ruderalis are plant species of the hemp plant.
Sativa – Origin:
Sativas come from the tropical zone, which is characterized by its warm and humid climate. It is located 23.5 degrees above and below the equator. The tropical zone is also known for the small difference in daylengths. In summer there are daily approx. 13.5 hours of daylight. That’s only three hours difference to the 10.5 hours of daylight that can be expected in winter.
Sativa – growth and shape:
Sativa plants grow tall and slender, their leaves are elongated and narrow. The foliage is sparse than Indicas, which provides good ventilation. In the humid, tropical climate this is very important against mold growth. The flowers are airier, so it can not form too much moisture in the buds. Sativas also continue to grow in the flowering phase, which can be problematic for indoor growing. A stature height of 3-4 meters is not uncommon. The root can reach a depth of up to two meters in airy soil conditions. For this purpose, it reaches a radius of up to one meter. 10% of the plant is underground.
Sativa and its effect:
The effect of the sativa plant takes place in the head rather than being physically noticeable. You stay active and laugh about things that are not so funny … In addition, you also like to cravings for sweets.
Indica – Origin:
Indicas come from the dry regions with little rainfall. Typical sites for indica plants are; Afghanistan, Lebanon, and the Hindu Kush. Also on the plateaus of Central Asia, one often encounters this plant species.
Indica – growth and shape:
The fact that the Indica comes from the dry and windy regions, they have adapted to these conditions accordingly. The shape is rather stocky and bushy, which makes them stable and protects them from the wind. Rarely does a pure indica plant exceed a stature height of two meters. The leaves are very wide. This not only ensures a good shadow but also allows it to absorb a lot of solar energy at the same time. In order to survive long dry periods, the flowers are dense and firm. Too much moisture can therefore easily cause mold. Harvest time is from mid-September to early October.
Indica and its effect:
Indica varieties have a stronger effect on the body. A strong Indica can push you into the sofa. You get a relaxing and relaxed feeling. The positive properties of Indica are used in medicine to relieve pain and sleep disorders. Their antiseptic effect is also said to be effective in many diseases. Neurodermatitis, circulatory disorders and even in cancer have done wonders. Especially if the plant contains a high proportion of CBD (cannabidiol), the effect is more intense.
Ruderalis – Origin:
Ruderalis is a plant from the Asian parts of Russia. The short summer there has even longer days, which provide up to 19 hours of daylight. The Ruderalis plants are characterized by their short vegetative phase (growth phase). Another feature of this plant is that it automatically switches to the flowering phase (floral phase) regardless of the season. Ruderalis plants have a low THC content, which is initially a deterrent to most cannabis growers. But if you cross them with potent Indica or Sativa varieties, you will get a fast growing hybrid with a good THC content!
Ruderalis – growth and shape:
They are also called the fast-flowering plants of the automatic plants. After just two to three weeks of growth, the plants will automatically flower, regardless of the season. The complete cycle from germination to harvest can be completed in two and a half months. For the gardener, who also likes to have THC in his product, the Ruderalis is only interesting as a cross (hybrid). The plant loves sunny places and rarely reaches a stature height of over 1m. However, the intersections have become larger and more potent in recent years. Most larger varieties have a high Sativa share, as Sativa continues to grow in the flower.
Ruderalis and its effect:
Since the Ruderalis is usually grown as a hybrid, the effect depends on the plant with which it was crossed. This can be Sativa, Indica or both. The Ruderalis share slightly depresses the THC value. Rarely, these crosses reach a value of over 20%, but also our breeders work on it.
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