10 Short Sativa Strains For A Compact Grow Room

Short Sativa Strains

Unlike Indica strains, Sativas are known for growing tall or “leggy”.

While this can mean wicked yields, it can also be an issue if you have limited height in your grow space.

Genetics once again come to the rescue, with Sativa strains bred to solve this exact problem.  If you’re still in need of seeds, then check out our guide on the best cannabis seed bank.

Often elusive, we’ve tracked down the 10 best Short Sativa Strains for a compact grow space.

10 Short Sativa Strains – Quick Look

Here’s a quick look at our 10 compact grows:

1. Power Plant65-100cm*
2. Green Crack 80-120cm*
3. Grapefruit Auto60-90cm*
4. Red Dragon80-90cm*
5. Stardust Auto40-60cm*
6. Russian Fuel Auto40-80cm*
7. Sour Diesel Haze50-80cm*
8. Ghost Train Haze #180-130cm*
9. Casey Jones130-150cm
10. Super Silver Haze110-150cm*

* Please note that the plant heights listed above are based on a standard grow. Many of the strains listed can be trained to grow even shorter by using advanced Low-Stress Training (LST), Screen of Green (ScrOG) and Super Cropping methods.

1. Power Plant

power plant short sativa strains

  • Flowering Time: 42-49 days
  • Plant height: 65-100cm
  • Yield: Up to 500g/m2
  • Blend: Hybrid (65% Sativa)
  • Type: Photoperiod
  • Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate
  • High: Mood-Boosting, Very Cerebral, Euphoric, Social
  • Taste: Woody, Earthy

Power Plant is one of the most commonly-found strains in the Netherlands, and for good reason.

Known for a mood-boosting and social buzz, it grows only moderately high but still has exceptional yields!

Producing 500g/m2 without growing taller than 100cm, for many it’s the ideal indoor Sativa.

It’s also less distinctive in odor, and the longer flowering time mean heavy harvests.

A high producer at a manageable size, Power plant is a great strain to start off any compact grow.

2. Green Crack

green crack fem short sativa strains

  • Flowering Time: 50 days
  • Plant height: 80-120cm
  • Yield: Up to 500g/m2
  • Blend: Hybrid (70% Sativa)
  • Type: Photoperiod & Auto-flowering
  • Difficulty Level: Easy
  • High: Uplifting, Heady, Motivating
  • Taste: Fruity, Mango, Sweet

As the name suggests, Green Crack is a strongly uplifting and motivating Sativa.

This is another strain we chose because it’s a heavy yielder with up to 500g/m2 possible.

It grows to a maximum of 120cm, which leaves plenty of room for lights and air flow.

Green Crack responds well to ‘topping’, a growth management technique that encourages shorter plants.

This delicious strain is easy to grow, relatively-compact and has a THC level of around 19%.

3. Grapefruit Auto

grapefruit auto fem short sativa strains

  • Flowering Time: 63 days from germination
  • Plant height: 60-90cm
  • Yield: Up to 400g/m2
  • Blend: Hybrid (80% Sativa)
  • Type: Autoflowering
  • Difficulty Level: Easy
  • High: Energetic, Uplifting, Social
  • Taste: Grapefruit, Citrus, Sweet

Grapefruit Auto is an indoor strain that has a lot going for it.

Not only does it grow very quickly, but at 60-90cm it’s among the most compact plants on our list.

It’s so short that people have reported growing it successfully in cupboards and crawl spaces!

The Sativa high is energetic and uplifting, a classic combination of effects.

The strain has a tasty sweet-citrus flavor that is most prominent on exhale.

Quick harvest time and excellent yields make Grapefruit Auto an amazing choice for your compact indoor grow.

4. Red Dragon

red dragon feminized short sativa strains

  • Flowering Time: 55-60 days
  • Plant height: 80-90cm
  • Yield: Up to 600g/m2
  • Blend: Hybrid (70% Sativa)
  • Type: Photoperiod
  • Difficulty Level: Easy
  • High: Relaxing, Uplifting
  • Taste: Fruity, Tropical

Red Dragon is an exotic strain but one that has gained a huge amount of popularity in recent years.

Resin-coated buds are high in THC (21%), and the tropical flavor is one that’s quite unique.

It reaches a maximum of 90cm, making it a top compact Sativa-dominant hybrid.

Yields are phenomenal for such a small plant, often reaching 600g/m2 for indoor grows!

What it lacks in name recognition, Red Dragon makes up for in compactness and yields.

We highly recommend checking this one out.

5. Stardust Auto

stardust auto regular short sativa strains

  • Flowering Time: 55-65 days from germination
  • Plant height: 40-60cm
  • Yield: 100-250g/m2
  • Blend: Hybrid (55% Sativa/30% Indica/15% Lowryder)
  • Type: Auto-flowering
  • Difficulty Level: Easy
  • High: Creativity-Boosting, Relaxing
  • Taste: Berry, Skunky

Stardust Auto is another compact strain that grows incredibly quickly.

Easy to grow and reliably short, it still yields about 250g/m2 of Cannabis.

It has an intriguing and enjoyable mix of berry and skunky scents.

It tends towards a more relaxing high, making it a good afternoon or evening smoke.

Growers can expect a plant that is covered with resin crystals and a 17% THC level.

Small enough to grow in a closet, this is an excellent strain for when space is truly minimal.

6. Russian Fuel Auto

russian fuel auto fem short sativa strains

  • Flowering Time: 60-70 days from germination
  • Plant height: 40-80cm
  • Yield: 100-200g/m2
  • Blend: Hybrid (65% Sativa)
  • Type: Auto-flowering
  • Difficulty Level: Easy
  • High: Creative, Uplifting, Relaxing
  • Taste: Fuel, Peach, Strawberry

Continuing our trend, Russian Fuel Auto is another micro-Sativa!

Despite being compact, the strain is notoriously pungent and not recommended for stealth grows.

It’s easy to grow, and plants often produce thick and very sticky buds.

Above all, users of this strain report an uplifting high that is balanced by a relaxing feeling.

At a maximum of 80cm, Russian Fuel is a fantastic strain for any compact grow room.

7. Sour Diesel Haze

sour diesel auto short sativa strains

  • Flowering Time: 63-70 days
  • Plant height: 50-80cm
  • Yield: 200g/m2
  • Blend: Hybrid (90% Sativa)
  • Type: Autoflowering
  • Difficulty Level: Easy
  • High: Invigorating, Mood-Boosting, Euphoric
  • Taste: Diesel, Fruity, Sweet

Sour Diesel Haze is an ultra-compact strain with an invigorating Sativa high.

Yields for this strain are slightly lower, again due to a much smaller height.

However the size makes it another strain that is ideal for indoor grows where space is tight.

Despite having 90% Sativa genetics, Sour Diesel Haze is known to have a calming effect.

This is mostly due to the CBD content which counterbalances the Sativa edge.

When it comes to compact grows, there are few strains on the market that are better suited!

8. Ghost Train Haze #1

ghost train haze short sativa strains

  • Flowering Time: 75 days
  • Plant height: 80-130cm
  • Yield: up to 300g/m2
  • Blend: Hybrid (80% Sativa)
  • Type: Photoperiod
  • Difficulty Level: Easy
  • High: Powerful, Energetic, Cerebral
  • Taste: Sour, Haze

With a powerful 25%+ THC level, Ghost Train Haze #1 is a Sativa that packs a serious kick to it.

It has strong cerebral and energetic Sativa effects that will impress even experienced smokers.

Ghost Train Haze grows very well indoors, and caps in height at 130cm.

It will fit comfortably under low ceilings with plenty of room to spare.

Relatively easy to grow, it uses its flowering time to produce resin-heavy buds.

With plants as compact as 80cm it’s easy to see why Ghost Train Haze #1 is a favorite for compact grows!

9. Casey Jones

casey jones short sativa strains

  • Flowering Time: 55-60 days
  • Plant height: 130-150cm
  • Yield: Up to 300g/m2
  • Blend: Hybrid (80% Sativa)
  • Type: Photoperiod
  • Difficulty Level: Easy
  • High: Calming, Mood-Boosting, Uplifting
  • Taste: Diesel, Spicy, Pungent

Named after the legendary tragic train driver Casey Jones is a strain with plenty of history!

This is a highly-popular strain, with a lovely balanced mix of uplifting and calming effects.

It yields slightly less than some of the other strains of comparable height.

Despite this, it’s a hardy strain and perfect for beginners!

Casey Jones is pungent, but leans more towards a diesel or fuel smell than skunk.

Capping in height at 150cm, Casey Jones is another good choice for your indoor grow.

10. Super Silver Haze

super silver haze short sativa strains

  • Flowering Time: 65 days
  • Plant height: 110-150cm
  • Yield: Up to 550g/m2
  • Blend: Hybrid (90% Sativa)
  • Type: Auto-flowering
  • Difficulty Level: Moderate
  • High: Happy, Creative, Euphoric
  • Taste: Diesel, Citrus, Herbal, Spicey

Finally we have the famous Super Silver Haze, a High Times winner for three separate years!

Despite having Northern Lights Indica lineage, this is definitely not a couch-lock strain.

It is known for the typical energetic and euphoric effects of a Sativa and is a great day smoke.

Super Silver Haze grows best in a warm indoor environment with plenty of light.

New growers should be warned that it has the reputation of sometimes being tricky to work.

With excellent yields, Super Silver Haze rounds our list off nicely as another solid choice!

Final Thoughts

And with that we come to the end of our top compact indoor Sativa strains.

When indoor space is a primary concern, it’s easy to run out of room!

As a result it’s important to choose your strain carefully before planting.

As your experience builds, learning growth management skills will increase the number of Sativas you can grow indoors.

In the mean time, any of the Sativas on our list would make a great selection for any compact indoor grow!

Happy growing!

Hey, I’m James! The founder and head writer here at GreenBudGuru.com. I started this site to share my passion and knowledge of all things cannabis. I used to work as a budtender in central Amsterdam, and have over 7 years of growing experience.

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