When you’re just getting into growing…
The topic of marijuana seeds seems like one of those topics that looks easy on the surface…
But once you start digging a little deeper…
You soon realize, that not all marijuana seeds are created equal.
To get the results you want:
Plants that yield super-potent, dense and flavor buds which have the exact effect that you’re looking for…
It’s essential you start out with high quality marijuana seeds from the right strain.
Once you have got the right seeds, you not only ease your whole growing process…
But you grow plants that yield buds that are on a whole new level in terms of:
- Flavor, and;
- Physical and mental effects.
Which is why in today’s post, you will learn how to pick the best marijuana seeds for your specific setup, including the strain and where to buy top quality seeds.
Let’s get to it.
Autoflowering Seeds vs Photoperiod (regular) Seeds
Looking online in different online seed shops…
You’ll quickly see a section called ‘Autoflowering Seeds’.
Having their own section, you can’t help but wonder:
What exactly are these Autoflowering Seeds?
The main difference between autoflowering seeds and (regular) photoperiod seeds, can be found in their name:
While (regular) photoperiod seeds need a change in their light cycle to a schedule of 12/12 to start the flowering process…
Autoflowering seeds automatically start flowering after a set period of time (usually around 3 months), without any change in their light cycle.
There are some rumors in grower communities about autoflowering seeds not being potent, having a low % of THC…
While this was true in the early stages of autoflowering seeds / plants…
In present times, autoflowering seeds are up there with regular photoperiod seeds in terms of potency.
There are pros and cons for both options, and what you will choose, essentially is dependent on your specific setup and your growing skill.
Autoflowering Marijuana Seeds
Pros autoflowering seeds / plants:
- No change in light cycles needed, which means 1 less thing to mess up;
- Faster harvest cycles, for if you want results FAST;
- Better suited for stealth growing, because of limited height and size.
Cons autoflowering seeds / plants:
- Less forgiving as you have no control over the start of the flowering process. Because if you mess something up right before the flowering stage starts…you potentially messed your whole crop up.
- Less yield because you can’t extend the vegetation stage for big and powerful plants;
- Can’t clone easily. You’ll always need extra seeds for additional plants.
- Northern Lights Autoflower Fem. – (CropKingSeed – Canada / Seedsman – UK)
- White Widow Autoflower Fem. – (CropKingSeed – Canada / Seedsman – UK)
Photoperiod (Regular) Marijuana Seeds
Pros photoperiod (regular) seeds / plants:
- More forgiving as you have control over the start of the flowering process. Your plants will only start flowering once you switch to a 12/12 light cycle;
- Potential for much higher yields. Because you can extend the vegetation stage for big and powerful plants;
- Can clone easily.
Cons photoperiod (regular) seeds / plants:
- While it’s easy to change the light cycle, you still actually have to do it and make sure it goes well;
- Slower harvest cycles (at least 2-3 weeks).
- Indica: Afghani – (CropKingSeed – Canada / Seedsman – UK)
- Sativa: Haze – (CropKingSeed – Canada / Seedsman – UK)
If you’re starting out, I recommend you start out with regular photoperiod seeds. Because you control the start of the flowering stage, it’s much more forgiving in case of mistakes…and trust me you will make some mistakes during your first grow.
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Photoperiod (Regular) vs Feminized Seeds
To get the buds you want…
You need female marijuana plants.
Only female plants produce buds.
Male plants are only used by growers who are looking create seeds and to breed different types of strains.
When you get regular photoperiod seeds, on average, there’s a 50% chance your seed will grow into a male plant.
So if you get 10 seeds this translates to only 5 seeds, which will grow into bud-producing female plants.
That’s not all you need to know about photoperiod seeds though…
Let’s say you plant all 10 seeds and 3 of them turn out to be male, you need to remove these 3 male plants on time or risk pollinating your female plants…which will make them produce seeds and less potent buds (the energy and nutrition normally used for the buds is now going into the seeds).
(You can read here how you recognize male vs female plants)
This is where feminized seeds come in…
Getting feminized seeds is a simple way to get rid of pollination risk and make sure that all your seeds will grow into bud-producing female plants.
Feminized seeds will always turn into female plants.
So why would you ever risk getting male plants by getting regular photoperiod seeds, if you’re not looking to breed and/or create new seeds?
Well, some growers say that feminized seeds have a higher chance to turn into a hermie plant. Then there’s the rumor that feminized seeds are less potent and yield less than there regular sisters…
If you get high quality seeds from reputable seedbanks, these cons are non-existent.
The bottom line is:
If you’re purely looking to maximize your yield and only grow buds (not seeds) …
Feminized seeds are the way to go.
- Indica: Purple Kush Feminized – (CropKingSeed – Canada / Seedsman – UK)
- Sativa: Sour Diesel Feminized – (CropKingSeed – Canada / Seedsman – UK)
Indoors vs Outdoors Seeds
Don’t let anyone fool you…
Any strain that can grow indoors, can grow outdoors…
But not every strain that grows well outdoors, will grow well indoors (unless you have a high ceiling and lots of space).
Especially equatorial Sativas, which grow tall, take up lot of space and need tons of intense and penetrating light…
Will be a difficult undertaking for the average grower growing indoors.
Other than pure Sativas don’t worry too much about indoor vs outdoor strains.
But if you’re just starting out and want to give yourself an easy time…
Get some Indica-dominant seeds.
Indica-heavy strains are short and compact, which means they need much less space and are just more sturdy plants in general, which in turn means they are more forgiving.
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Type of Strain
When buying seeds…
You really have to think about WHAT you want out of your herb (in terms of physical / mental effects).
The genetic make-up of a strain comes in all kinds of different ratios of specific compounds…
But the main choices you have are the following…
If you mostly want energetic, uplifting, mental effects:
- Go for a Sativa-dominant strain.
If you want more relaxing, sedative and physical strain:
- Go for an Indica-dominant strain.
Then you have to ask yourself if you want a high CBD-strain or not.
Every strain has at least some % of CBD…
But some strains have very high % of CBD, which is great if you’re looking for the medical effects of CBD.
CBD has no psychoactive properties, in fact, it will temper the effects of THC…
So, if you’re only looking to get super-potent buds that will send you to another dimension…
Where to Buy Marijuana Seeds
There are 1000s of ‘seedbanks’ on the internet…
Most of them very shady, nontransparent and untrustworthy in general.
When you get seeds you want to be 100% sure, you’re getting quality seeds…
The last thing you want is weak plants with inferior genetics, seeds that don’t even germinate, or even worse:
Don’t get any seeds because the only way to pay was wiring money to a sketchy bank account, and now the scam-artists are gone with your money.
The only way to ensure your quality is to buy from reputable seedbanks which have proven they’re reliable and supply quality seeds.
Here’s a list of seedbanks that we like:
Germinating Your Seeds
There are different ways of germinating your seeds…
Of which the ‘paper towel method’, probably is the most famous one.
Anyone who can remember his biology class will probably already knows this method.
Here’s how the basics work (there are variations to the basics):
You fold your seeds in a wetted paper towel and place them in a warm and dark room, while making sure the paper towel stays moist (by adding water if needed). And then just wait until the seeds sprout and transplant them into your soil.
The paper towel method is an easy and straightforward method…
But has some issues as it violates one of the 4 cardinal rules for proper seed germination:
- NEVER expose your seedlings to light;
- NEVER touch or disturb seedlings in any other way;
- Allow the emerging radicle to orient itself via gravitropism;
- Keep bright light on the emerging seedling.
Since with the paper towel method you still have to transplant your seeds from the paper towel into your soil…which means you actually have to disturb your seedlings. This transplantation can lead the seedling to go into shock completely killing the germination process.
So, what is the best method to germinate seeds?
The best way to germinate your seeds is the way which gives you the highest success rate…PLUS increases the chances of your seed growing into a female plant and enhances its overall vigor and strength…
It’s the pre-soak and plant method.
Here’s how it works:
- Soak your seeds for 30 mins in a weak bleach solution to kill of any bacteria and / or fungus (1 tablespoon of bleach in 1 gallon of water / 3.8 liters);
- Then soak your seeds for 16 hours in regular water;
- Prepare your growing medium for plantation:
- Hydroponic growing: soak your rapid rooters / riot plugs in water for 12 hours. After 12 hours shake out excess water.
- Soil growing: Sterilize your starting soil by putting in the oven at 200 F. (93 C.) for 20 minutes. Let it cool off. Get 20 oz (0,6 liter) foam cups and punch holes in the bottom to help with drainage. Fill up the cup with the sterilized soil.
- Plant your seeds:
- Hydroponic growing: plant the seeds in rapid rooter or root riot plugs.
- Soil growing: plant the seeds ¼ inches (0.6 cm) deep in your soil (when growing in soil germinate your seeds in 20 oz (0,6 liter) foam cups and punch holes in the bottom to help with drainage). Then water your cups until water runs freely through the drainage holes.
- Moist your growing medium lightly by spraying it lightly.
Cloning vs Seeds
If you’re going to grow marijuana…
You’ve got 2 options on how to start out and how to get to the number of plants that you really want to grow:
- Get enough marijuana seeds, or;
- Get 1 seed or find someone with a grown female plant and start: cloning.
When you clone your marijuana plant, you essentially make a copy of it by cutting of a piece off of it, planting it and letting it develop roots.
Since cloning only works if you’ve already got a plant, or know someone with a marijuana plant…
Starting with marijuana seeds is the most practical option for most of you.
But after you’ve grown a plant, you can start cloning for easy additional plants.
If you want to clone, it would be best if you get non-autoflowering seeds. Autoflowering seeds are trickier to clone.
There’s a big chance the clone you take is as far in its lifecycle as the motherplant from which it was taken…
And won’t have enough time to grow before it comes into the flowering stage, which means its yield will be abysmal.
Breeders vs Seedbanks
You have to realize there’s a difference between breeders and seedbanks.
Some breeders are also seedbanks…
But definitely not all seedbanks are breeders.
Breeders are the guys that breed the different strains that you know about like White Widow or Jack Herer, and seedbanks are the guys that sell them.
We already talked about top quality seedbanks…
But there’s also a difference in quality between the strains of different breeders.
Here’s a list of breeders we believe provide top quality seeds (in no particular order):
- Mr Nice;
- Dutch Passion;
- DNA Genetics;
This list is not exhaustive and there are many more quality breeders, but these are the ones we personally tested and absolutely loved.
Now that you’ve learned how to pick your marijuana seeds…
It’s time for the next step.
Because getting your marijuana seeds literally is the first step in your growing journey.
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