Top 5 cannabis strains to grow in a SCROG
Cannabis cultivation with the SCROG method (SCReen Of Green) uses a physical screen, often a metal mesh with e.g. 5cm squares, to restrict vertical plant growth. The stem and branches are weaved through the mesh or clipped/attached to it with cable ties. This forces horizontal growth and restricts vertical growth.
When done well, a cannabis SCROG grow will have numerous blooms all growing at the same height and the same distance from the grow light. This allows all the blooms to bathe in the optical ‘sweet spot’ with maximised PPFD light levels. The result can be extravagant plant yields, superior to those produced by naturally grown plants. Some repeat SCROG growers won’t grow with any other method!
Growing cannabis with the SCROG method may seem a little bit more time consuming and perhaps a little more demanding than a normal grow. But once you are used to the process it seems quite routine. Read on to find out which Dutch Passion feminised seeds and autoflower seeds will give the best results with SCROG and why.
If you haven’t tried cannabis SCROG growing yet then you may want to check out the highly detailed Dutch Passion SCROG bible, below, which explains absolutely everything you need to know with pro-tips from SCROG masters.
|Growing cannabis with the SCROG method|
Best cannabis seeds to grow in a SCROG
Many cannabis strains can be grown with the SCROG method. But some strains (such as pure indica varieties) have broad-fingered leaves which aren’t perhaps quite as good as a thin-fingered sativa strains at allowing light penetration through the dense SCROG canopy.
Some indica strains can have branches that are prone to snapping. Low levels of stretch with pure indica strains can also mean the process of ‘filling the screen’ can take longer compared to e.g. a sativa dominant hybrid.
Experienced SCROG growers often (but not always) lean slightly more towards sativa or sativa dominant hybrids simply for the slightly easier grow experience. More indica-based strains can be used, perhaps with longer periods of vegetative growth to fill the SCROG screen. Those that enjoy growing autoflower seeds will find many suitable options.
SCROG growing isn't as tricky or intimidating as it may initially seem. You can grow cannabis with the SCROG method whether you’re a soil, coco or hydroponics grower. With a little bit of planning and a tiny amount of daily maintenance you may find that the SCROG method allows your grow room to become considerably more productive.
If you have never tried the SCROG method before, you could be in for quite a surprise. Especially if you select some top SCROG strains. Even first time SCROG growers have produced some outstanding results. Here are Dutch Passions top cannabis seeds for SCROG:
Desfrán, these stretchy pure sativa seeds are the perfect fit for cannabis scroggers!
Many that routinely grow cannabis with the SCROG method find that sativa strains lend themselves well to the SCROG technique. Desfrán is a pure sativa using genetics from the multi cannabis cup winning ‘Destroyer’ line.
The flexible branches and 200-300% stretch during bloom allow the skilled scrogger to fill their screen and maximise yields. The high is powerful and suits the more experienced cannabis lover that can tolerate such very high THC levels.
|Desfrán organic indoor half-pipe SCROG grow with super cropping|
Power Plant, THC rich cannabis cup winner with XL yields and great results in SCROG
Power Plant is an original South African sativa. She is something of a legend in the cannabis community, noted for very heavy yields and rapid growth. The vigorous growth and numerous bud points means that Power Plant seeds are a perfect fit for the SCROG method.
Power Plant grows with a wide latitude across many different grow methods/systems. She is an easy and forgiving strain to grow with high quality results and a deliciously pleasurable/powerful smoke/vape quality.
Power Plant is also available in regular cannabis seeds or autoflowering seeds (as Auto Power Plant). The highly proven, rapid, and productive genetics remain a popular choice with professional and home growers.
Auto Critical Orange Punch, High Times Top-10 strain delivers stunning potency and yields
Auto Critical Orange Punch is a repeat best seller and one of Dutch Passion's most affordable high THC strains. The exceptional genetics grow with great vigour, one of Auto Critical Orange Punch greatest cannabis cup successes was when she was elected to the highly prestigious High Times Hall of Fame.
The High Times judges loved the searing THC levels and the punchy orange taste. It’s genuine connoisseur quality and great in a SCROG grow.
With numerous bloom points, flexible branches and a favourable growth structure, Auto Critical Orange Punch is highly productive in a SCROG grow. She is part of the Orange Family of cannabis seeds, famed for mouth-wateringly sweet citrus flavours and in-your-face potency.
Epic THC levels, hugely productive and a High Times Top-10 strain. All at bargain seed prices! Auto Critical Orange Punch is a best seller with SCROG auto growers for all the right reasons.
Auto Ultimate, highly branched and heavy yielding autoflower
If you love heavy yields, then Auto Ultimate has to be your choice. No other Dutch Passion auto has quite the same harvest potential, assuming you don't mind waiting the 12-15 weeks (autoflower seed to harvest time) that are typically required.
The bloom time may be longer than most other autoflower strains, but the yields reward the patient grower like no other autoflower seed can. The genetics are part of the Classics Cannabis Seed Family, home to some of the cannabis communities best loved and most trusted genetics.
The highly branched and heavy yielding genetics are a perfect fit for the SCROG grower. You can expect extravagantly generous yields and a hugely enjoyable, long lasting high. Fans of feminised cannabis seeds should check out the photoperiod version known simply as The Ultimate.
Auto Think Different, long-proven sativa autoflowering genetics
Auto Think Different was one of the first Dutch Passion autoflower strains and she has been steadily improved over the years, in terms of yield and potency. This is a sativa autoflower with perhaps more repeat growers than any other Dutch Passion auto.
THC levels are very high, you are assured of powerful effects and a deeply enjoyable experience. Auto Think Different is easy to grow and one of the most productive autoflower strains. The numerous slender, flexible branches make her a joy to work with in a SCROG environment.
Useful SCROG grow reviews of other Dutch Passion strains
The strains mentioned above should all produce excellent results in SCROG. But those interested in seeing and reading more experts SCROG grow reviews may also be interesting in the following grows.
Auto Think Different:
Those that find autoflower seeds to be the easiest and fastest way to grow will enjoy seeing 7 seeds of Auto Think Different pushed to the max. The SCROG was done together with a hydroponics system.
|2Kg SCROG grow with Auto Think Different and 2x1000W HPS lights|
If you grow with AutoPots, this SCROG review with Banana Blaze will be useful reading. AutoPots are automatically gravity-fed with nutrient solution, no power required. They are popular with many cannabis home growers that enjoy minimal effort, or those that are not always at home to attend to plant feeding.
|Banana Blaze feminised seeds grown in AutoPots & Coco fibre with SCROG & LED|
Anyone interested to see a SCROG grow with a hydroponic ‘Wilma’ dripper system should read the following Mokum’s Tulip grow review. These are hybrid feminised seeds with an 8 week bloom time and THC packed rock-hard nuggets. Fans of autoflower seeds can enjoy the genetics as Auto Mokum’s Tulip.
|Mokum’s Tulip grown in SCROG with a Wilma system and AutoPots with LED light|
Check out this Strawberry Cough SCROG grow review, complete with useful illustrations of bending and super cropping.
|Strawberry Cough indoor SCROG grow|
What to look out for when growing cannabis in a SCROG
SCROG growers sometimes tend to plan their grow in a little more detail than those that allow plants to grow in the natural way. Good SCROG growers will research their strains carefully, looking for proven recommendations from suppliers and other SCROG growers.
Strains with flexible branches rather than brittle branches (which snap easily) are preferred. Strains which continue to stretch for a few weeks in bloom allow the SCROG screen to fill more easily. SCROG growers also look to create an easy-to-use (and re-usable) SCROG screen.
Metal screens with 5cm holes (from DIY stores) are suitable, either for weaving branches through the holes or for clipping branches to the screen with plastic cable ties.
Some SCROGGers use a flat screen. Others will use a half-pipe arrangement with the side raised up. The aim is to have all the blooms equidistant from the light source at optimum PPFD levels. Get all that right and you can look forward to a killer SCROG grow!