Some Solid Research Before Buying Will Save You Plenty Down the Line
Let me just start out by saying, I have a big ol’ bias for cannabis seeds, from Kingdom Organic Seeds (KOS) LINK to KOS Online – that being said, there are some awesome places/breeders to get your cannabis seeds from. Likewise, there are many sources that are highly questionable, to say the least. Your adventure that starts with sprouting your new seeds will take you on an incredible journey lasting about 4 months of your life. It will be a HUGE disappointment, not to mention a waste of tons of time, effort, and cash, if you select your seeds poorly. I’m here to help you out if I can.
LET’S GET OURSELVES READY TO GROW FROM SEED: Make sure you have your growing areas, containers, lights, etc., all ready to rock, before you do anything else. If I were just starting out, looking back, I would always want to start out with about 20 cannabis seeds. My main reasons for this (seemingly arbitrary) number is twofold. You can plant 10 seeds, and if something goes wrong, you have 10 more. Additionally, if you grow these out and LOVE them, you’ll have 10 more! You could get two packs (10 cannabis seeds per pack) of the same variety, or two different ones. My last major piece of preemptive advice is, get a cloner, an aero-cloner. Clone King makes great ones that are inexpensive (Like $70.00 for a 32-site aero cloner), and learn to clone! Let’s rock and/or roll…
Which Cannabis Seeds Do I Get?
I want to express that this information is in my experience, and opinion. If I was just starting out especially, like a first-time seed buyer, this is the advice I would give to myself, in that scenario. I personally would advise you to learn how to tell males from females yourself, at about 30 days old from sprout. It’s not really hard. I am not a fan of feminized cannabis seeds, and especially not for my very first grow from seed. They can be disappointing, especially if you piss them off during flowering. Hermaphrodites are your nightmare scenario here, so avoid that possibility like the plague. Ending up with a bunch of seeded buds, and subpar cannabis sucks big; after 4 months, especially—ugh!
I would go with solid, regular (using real males to breed with) bred seeds, from a breeder that has been in biz for at least 6 or 7 years. If you are planning on going outdoors, along the coast, you will need to source seeds that finish by the first week of October at the latest. Otherwise, you will need a greenhouse complete with dehumidification. Try not to be unduly influenced by photos, and hyperbole online especially. Look for real customers’ reviews, and their collective opinions regarding said breeder, and or genetics. Don’t be a sucker, a little extra effort/research here to source good quality seeds will make you a very happy camper at harvest time.
If you are indoors, then I would go for something shorter and stockier, regarding morphology (looks). Because you will want these plants to be like 50 days old from sprouting before you start flowering them; for the maximum potency punch, I mean. This way the plants are more manageable, height-wise during flowering. If you are good at taking clones, then get whichever variety you like despite morphological expressions. Flowering clones of your seedling plants—flowering, in any container for that matter—always works out better using clones; in my experience. Just make sure you are ready for the plant to stretch for 2 to 3 weeks after you start flowering, the breeder should know the stretch factor of anything they made.
Sprout your seeds under a 12/12 lighting photoperiod (12hrs ON and 12hrs OFF) for the first 10 days they are above ground. Then put them under a 16/8 photoperiod. When they are right about 30 days old, you can see their sex if you look closely (magnifying glass). Make sure to keep them under nice powerful lights during their whole lives, no florescent shop lights. This will pay off huge when it comes to total yields down the line. Trust me, I know stuff 😉
Where Should I Buy Cannabis Seeds?
I feel that me naming places is fairly dated info, I haven’t grown any commercial breeder’s seeds for at least a decade now. Just do your homework before you buy. You want hearty genetics growing from your cannabis seeds. I would HEAVILY advise you not to get some seeds from “the Hydroshop guy” or any semi-random person. This will almost always end up badly, no matter how good they make them sound. You don’t need to spend a lot of coin either, just do some looking around. Don’t grab cannabis seeds from the first place you go because they seem so awesome! Ya follow?
If the breeder(s) is a truly cool person, or cool people, then the genetics will likely be good, as long as they have been in business for at least 6 or 7 years, with smooth sailing, good reviews, etc. Several peeps come to mind that are good peeps, and or breeders, that have quality-controlled products. Like James Bean in Washington state, Riot Seeds in Cali, and The Seed Cellar in Michigan. In the past, like decades ago, I was very impressed with several seed companies via my personal experiences. Serious Seeds, Sannie’s Seeds, The Real Seed Company, Dutch Flowers, and Dutch Passion, were all great solid sources in my opinion/experience.
Can My Cannabis Seeds Go Bad?
Yessir, your cannabis seeds can “go bad.” Your three biggest enemies here, if you are looking for seeds that will stay highly viable for years and years, are as follows: heat, moisture, and the growing style the breeders were using when the seeds were made. If they were bred using synthetic fertilizers, those cannabis seeds will have a fairly short shelf life. Even stored correctly you only have a year or two usually before the germination rates start tanking sharply. Cannabis seeds bred organically, when properly stored, can easily last 10 years and still be 85%+ viable for germination rates. So, that’s another aspect you may want to consider.
THE SIMPLE RULES FOR STORING SEEDS ARE:
- Your storage containers must be light-tight. This isn’t a big huge deal, unless you plan to store them for 5 years plus. But never store them in direct light, it should be at least dim.
- Your containers must be air-tight. Duh—this is a huge biggie, and the reasons should be majorly obvious.
- Your containers must be stored in a cool location. Cannabis seeds can become totally non-viable within 1 or 2 years in temps above mid-eighties; especially if they are not sealed air-tight, and in that kind of heat. Along with all of the above rules, I would also store them in a fashion that keeps your seeds in place, so they can’t rattle around; I use cotton balls for this job.
If you are going to store your seeds for more than a year, I would always keep them in the refrigerator. If you plan to store your cannabis seeds for more than 10 years, I would put them in the freezer. I just use small individual containers, each one sealed, and those are kept inside of plastic coffee cans, which also adds another layer of sealed container—always a good idea.
Hopefully this article has appealed to your inner cynic a bit. There is truly a shit-show of idiots, along with others that are simply not competent, and unskilled, in the cannabis seed making/selling game. Additionally, there are also Rockstars. I can’t stress it enough, how important it is to “flip the switch” in your brain that ignores hype and marketing “glitter,” when it comes to seed hunting as a rookie out there, commercially—and especially online—and it will serve you well.
Happy Trails to You All, Stay Well Skunkers,
- REvski 😊
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I'm The Rev, and I have been with SKUNK for about a decade now. I hail from Southern California, spent mucho time in Northern California, and now reside in Southern Oregon; always coastal. I am an all natural style cannabis grower and I have written a couple books on the subject - check out True Living Organics 2nd Edition on Amazon - I have been growing for over 45 years, and I have been breeding cannabis for over 30 years. Check out kingdomorganicseeds.com to see some exotic selections. Growing connoisseur cannabis is what I teach mostly, growing it in living soil without using liquid organic nutrients to feed the plant. I am also a highly skilled synthetics grower, hydroponics, aeroponics, DWC/SWC/NFT, Ebb and Flow, and soilless, but I cringe when smoking synthetic grown herbs, so for the last 15 years or so I preach the artisan style of all natural growing, specializing in container growing. Cheers and welcome aboard.