Now that cannabis seeds are officially legal in Canada, there are a plethora of factors to consider before making a purchase. Join us as we guide you through the world of cannabis seeds to make your decision even easier.
Why Grow Marijuana with Seeds?
This is a question that only you can answer. What is your overall goal in growing cannabis seeds? Is it for personal use or for the large-scale production for a business? Many people don’t realize the patience required when growing cannabis seeds, but alternatively, the rewards of growing your own crop is an experience that’s difficult to match.
Whether you’re doing it out of curiosity or producing your own marijuana, you’re likely to get attached to your plants as you watch them grow over the next few months.
The Different Types of Marijuana Seeds
There are many different types of marijuana seeds that you can purchase online or in-store in cannabis shops. Canada is home to many reputable cannabis retailers, so seeds should never be in shortage. It’s essential that you know the three types of cannabis seeds that are available.
Feminized Cannabis Seeds
Feminized seeds are cannabis seeds that should be female. The benefit with these types of seeds is that you don’t need to worry about the possibility of having a male in your garden. Feminized seeds save time and space, and increase the overall efficiency of your garden.
If you are allowed to grow 6 plants in your yard, then it’s incredibly beneficial when the 6 seeds you use are all guaranteed to become female once they show their sex. These seeds are generally more expensive than “regular” seeds.
The downside of feminized cannabis seeds is that they are not always female. If you assume that each plant will grow into a female, you may be sadly mistaken. It’s essential to monitor your crop as it grows to watch for any surprise males.
Another issue with feminized marijuana seeds is poor practices in the production process. Some cannabis seed breeders claim that their strains are fully-tested feminized varieties, when in fact they’re hardly tested. This instability can lead to an increased chance of hermaphrodites, which means that the female will produce a limited number of male flowers that will eventually fertilize your crop.
Regular Cannabis Seeds
Regular seeds are cannabis seeds that have the potential to be both male and female. Regular seed packs are similar to a lottery. Out of 10 seeds, you may have 2 females and 8 males. In another seed pack, you may find 9 females and 1 male. These ratios are always unknown, but this is the most natural type of cannabis seed.
Regular seeds are produced through traditional breeding methods, which allow for a wider genetic variety. If you’re looking for a cannabis strain that can offer an untold number of phenotypes, then regular seeds are your best option.
Regular cannabis seeds are generally regarded as more stable compared to feminized strains. This is because feminized strains require a high amount of manipulation that leads to instability in the genetic lineage. On the other hand, regular cannabis seeds are produced through a standardized breeding process that doesn’t involve stressing the parents with chemicals or other invasive techniques.
Autoflowering Cannabis Seeds
Autoflowering strains are capable of flowering regardless of lighting. Feminized and regular cannabis strains are photo-responsive, which means that they will respond to increased or decreased light accordingly. Increased light sends them into the vegetative phase, and reduced light sends them into the flowering stage.
Autoflowering strains do not react to light, but rather, their own internal clock. This means that once they begin their short lives, they are going to start flowering the moment that they are mature enough. Some autoflowering strains are ready to harvest within 9 weeks from their initial germination.
Autoflowering strains are perfect if you require an incredibly fast finisher or you’ve missed the prime time growing season. Autoflowering cannabis strains are ideal when you’re seeking multiple harvests within a single season because you can grow them from the beginning of Spring to the end of Autumn (weather permitting if grown outdoors).
These cannabis seeds are ideal for saving money on electricity costs since they don’t require the vast amounts of lighting needed by feminized and regular marijuana strains.
What to Look For When Buying Cannabis Seeds
Before buying the first pack of cannabis seeds that you come across, it’s essential to take a few precautions.
The first step is always to check the reputation of the breeder who created the seeds. This can be done by checking their website, but more importantly, their reviews. You can generally find many cannabis seed reviews by typing the strain name and breeder into Google.
By doing so, you’ll see the overall perception of the strain and how long it’s been publicly grown. You should never purchase cannabis seeds from breeders who have a poor reputation because cultivating cannabis is a time-intensive effort.
It’s also imperative to note how long the strain has been available to the public. It’s a positive sign when strains have been publicly grown for multiple years because it’s more than likely withstood the test of time. It also means that it’s been grown by a multitude of growers of varying skill levels, as well as a wide variety of environments.
Choosing Marijuana Seeds Based on Your Grow Space
The next question you must know before purchasing cannabis seeds is what environment you’ll grow in. Will you grow indoors or outdoors? The environment that you choose to grow cannabis is a significant determining factor.
Some cannabis strains are far better suited for the great outdoors, while others must be grown inside. If growing indoors, you should be aware of a strains’ growth characteristics, as some cannabis strains are known to turn into trees; whereas others are ideal for small closet-like spaces.
Choosing Marijuana Seeds Based on Your Needs
Are you searching for a specific effect? This is another crucial aspect to consider before making a significant purchase of marijuana seeds. If you’re seeking a genuinely medicinal strain that doesn’t make you high, then a cannabis strain that contains CBD is your best option.
Indica-dominant cannabis strains are capable of numbing your body and instantly sending you into a blissful state. Sativa-dominant strains are known for their near-hallucinogenic effects. It’s in your best interest to read the common effects of each cannabis strain that you’re interested in because you should understand how it’ll make you feel; especially after taking care of it for many months.
Besides the effects, are you searching for a massive producer or a trichome-covered beauty that’s ideal for producing concentrates? Cannabis strains offer countless options, and it’s best to take your time in finding marijuana seeds that line up with your preferences.
The Price of Cannabis Seeds
The last aspect of choosing marijuana seeds is the cost. Many high-quality cannabis seeds are moderately priced. Now, legalization has opened the floodgates for new cannabis strain breeders to enter the market, and many of these untested genetics are being sold for outrageous prices.
By understanding what you’re after and by doing in-depth research into each seed brand, you’re better equipped to make an informed decision. Growing cannabis isn’t the most leisurely hobby, but you’ll be off to a great start by simplifying the process of choosing the best marijuana seeds.