10 Short Growing Sativa Strains (2024 Update)
Sativa plants tend to grow very tall which can be a problem for indoor growers or those with limited space.
Fortunately, there are short growing sativa strains available that offer the energizing effects of sativa and the compact size of indica plants.
In this article, we will explore 10 short growing sativa strains that are perfect for small spaces.
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1. Lowryder (40-60cm)
Lowryder is the perfect autoflowering strain for beginner and pro growers alike. She stays super short, maxing out around 40cm indoors and 60cm outside.
That makes Lowryder awesome for small grow spaces or keeping your outdoor grows lowkey. This girl is tough too - she handles cold, rain, mold no problem.
Indoors you'll get some chunky yields like 120 g/m2 in just 7-8 weeks of flowering under 18-24 hours of light. Outdoors she'll produce around 90 g per plant.
For such a petite plant, she produces big relaxing yet uplifting effects that new and seasoned growers love. Whether you're working with a small closet setup or want a subtle outdoor strain, Lowryder delivers in a short, stocky, resilient package.
2. Jack Herer (90-180cm)
Jack Herer is a renowned balanced strain known for high yields. It grows relatively short, reaching 90-130cm indoors and 130-180cm outdoors. Despite modest height, it produces large buds that need support.
This hungry plant thrives with ample nutrients. Indoors it flowers in 60-70 days, yielding up to 600g/m2. Outdoors in warm, dry climates it can produce up to 700g per plant.
Jack Herer stays discreet with little odor pre-harvest. It provides balanced recreational and medical effects. The complex flavor is earthy and skunky with sweet, fruity undertones.
3. Super Lemon Haze Autoflower (50-150cm)
Super Lemon Haze auto is a dream strain for citrus lovers who want a quick and stress-free grow. She stays nice and compact, topping out around 50-100cm inside and 100-150cm out.
That makes her the perfect pick when space is limited. Being an autoflowering strain, she's naturally tough as nails against things like mold and powers through her growth super fast from seed to harvest in under 2.5 months.
Even newbie growers will find this girl a breeze thanks to her speedy 8-9 week flowering time. Since she's feminized, you'll get all fem plants churning out fat yields - we're talking up to 500 g/m2 indoors and 100 g/plant outdoors!
If you're looking for a zesty citrus strain that's a resilient fast grower with big yields, Super Lemon Haze auto is your girl.
4. Tangerine Dream Autoflower (70-130cm)
Tangerine Dream Auto is the perfect strain for growers looking for a compact, mellow buzz. She stays nice and short, growing to around 70-100cm inside and 100-130cm outside.
That makes her awesome for small, discreet spaces. This tough girl is resistant to most diseases too, so she's a breeze to grow even for beginners. Indoors she flowers crazy fast in just 7-8 weeks.
You can pull 300-400 g/m2 indoors and 80-100 g per plant outside. Just be sure to avoid frost when growing outdoors. Her sweet citrus aroma needs a filter but other than that, she's super easy going.
If you want a resilient auto that's potent yet mellow, and stays a manageable size, Tangerine Dream is your girl.
5. Diesel Autoflower (40-110cm)
Diesel Autoflower is a potent, resilient strain with a fuel-like aroma. It grows short, 40-70cm indoors and 60-110cm outdoors, ideal for small spaces. This hardy auto thrives in warm and cold climates.
Indoors it produces well-spaced branches. The buds smell increasingly diesel-like during flowering. SOG and ScrOG techniques maximize yields. The fast growth allows 2+ harvests per season outdoors.
Autoflower seeds are feminized, avoiding pollination from males. Despite small size, Diesel Auto offers high yields and an easy growing experience.
6. Amnesia Autoflower (40-110cm)
Amnesia Auto is the perfect starter strain for newbie growers. She blends the classic Haze and Afghani profiles into an easy-going autoflowering gal. This shortie stays under 120cm indoors and 130cm out, so she's great for tight grow spaces.
Being an auto, Amnesia is super resilient, handling mistakes no problem and dealing with cooler temps if needed. She flowers on her own quick timeline - just 6-7 weeks and you've got buds!
Germinate your seeds either in water or paper towels and soon you'll have little pine trees covered in shiny trichomes. Harvests are big for an auto, up to 150g/plant outside and 500-600g/m2 indoors with a SOG setup.
If you're looking for an easy, high yielding auto, Amnesia is a winner thanks to her toughness and fast finish.
7. Sour Diesel Autoflower (75-160cm)
8. Pineapple Express Autoflower (80-110cm)
Pineapple Express Autoflower is an indica-dominant strain known for its fast growth and deep pineapple flavors. It grows a bushy, Christmas tree-like structure reaching 80-110cm tall, suitable for small spaces.
This beginner-friendly auto flowers fast in 49-56 days for quick harvests. The ruderalis genetics allow multiple outdoor harvests per season. Yields are up to 600g/m2 indoors and 150g/plant outdoors.
The fast flowering time and manageable size make Pineapple Express Auto an easy, high yielding strain for novice growers.
9. Northern Lights Autoflower (70-170cm)
Northern Lights Auto is a short, high-yielding strain perfect for beginners seeking a relaxing euphoric high. It grows 70-120cm indoors and up to 170cm outdoors but still produces abundant, potent buds.
As a feminized autoflowering strain with a quick 11-13 week life cycle, it's suitable for indoor and outdoor cultivation, though does best indoors due to fungal sensitivity.
Indoor Sea of Green methods can yield 500g/m2. Outdoors in ideal conditions, plants produce around 150g each - excellent for an auto. The typical Skunky flavor has lemon, earthy, pine notes.
The calming, happy effects provide pain/stress relief without over-stimulation. Besides dry mouth/eyes, side effects are rare. The short size, high yields and mellow high make Northern Lights Auto an ideal pick for new growers.
10. White Widow Autoflower (70-180cm)
White Widow Auto is the classic White Widow strain made easy to grow thanks to autoflowering genetics. She stays relatively short, growing to just 120cm indoors and 180cm outside - perfect for small, discreet setups.
Being an auto, she starts flowering rapidly in 2-4 weeks without fussing with light schedules. The entire flowering period is a quick 56-63 days. Since she's feminized, there's no need to remove male plants either.
For maximum yields indoors, use SCROG or SOG techniques. Outdoor plants produce around 80g each, indoors 450g/m2. While yields aren't huge, the quality is top-notch.
The balanced effects and simplified growing from the autoflowering make White Widow Auto a great pick for beginners and pros alike.