Buying marijuana seeds and growing them can be both exciting and a daunting undertaking. This step-by-step guide will walk you through the process and point you in the right direction.
Firstly check your local state and national laws. Make sure you are familiar with all the implications and what exactly is legal in your area. Even in countries and states where growing marijuana is legal for personal or medicinal use, there might be further regulations you will have to comply with. This might be producing an ID to prove your age or medical paperwork. The number of plants could also be limited that you can grow for personal or medicinal use.
Buy From a Reputable Marijuana Seed Bank
You should always buy from a reputable source. There are many international and well-established seedbanks selling online. You might also be tempted to buy from a local dispensary, but then your choices of varieties might be severely limited. Online seed banks will generally have a much wider range to choose from.
The advantages of buying from a reputable seed bank are numerous. Marijuana seed banks will often guarantee their products. You will get exactly what you ordered as specialists have selected and packed the seeds. You will also get a germination guarantee from most seed banks. Often you will also get extra seeds in your order to hedge against any seeds not germinating.
Do your research about the seed banks you are considering. This article by clevescene.com might help in choosing a seed bank. Check their payment and shipping options. Also if they are situated in another country expect shipping to take longer. Shipping from Canada to the USA will for example be faster than shipping from Europe to the USA. Check if they offer discreet and stealth shipping packaging options if you need that. Read online reviews of people who have purchased from that specific marijuana seed bank.
Choose the Correct Seeds and Strain
Choosing the best strain for your needs could be daunting, but there are a few questions you can ask yourself to make this easier. Your first choice will be between buying a variety that is either suited to outdoor or indoor growing. Your local climate might limit outdoor growing and then you will have to opt for a strain that is suited for indoor growing.
The high people will get from smoking is influenced by THC levels as well as terpenes and cannabinoids. Low THC levels usually mean not getting high or as much of an effect. Higher CBD strains are often more mellow and CBD has been proven to have many medicinal benefits. You will find strains with high THC to CBD levels, more equal levels as well as high CBD and low THC. Choose a strain that suits your needs.
Phototropic or Auto-Flowering?
Phototropic marijuana plants will start flowering when daylight hours get shorter. Planting these outside means that they will start flowering in fall as winter nears. Some climates will not suit these. When growing these strains and varieties indoors you will have to adjust your lights to 12 / 12-hour cycles at the right time to get these plants to flower.
Autoflowering varieties are as great as they don’t need this shift in daylight hours to start flowering. They are a more recent development and great for newer growers. Choose from the widely available auto-flowering options at seed banks if you do not want to adjust the growing light timer and worry about getting the timing right.
Feminized Marijuana Seeds
When you have both male and female marijuana plants nearby you will end up with a low yield as male plants will end up pollinating female plants. The yield will be lower and buds will contain seeds. You can buy feminized seeds from most of the reputable marijuana seed banks. This way you won’t have to worry about identifying and getting rid of male plants.
Regular Marijuana Seeds
If you are trying to cross-breed then buying regular seeds will get you both male and female plants. If however, you are growing for medicinal or personal use sticking with feminized seeds or auto-flowering (which are also feminized) is your best choice.
If you are new to growing then one of these popular strains would make a good starting point:
- OG Kush
- Blue Dream
- Girl Scout Cookies
- AK 47
- Bruce Banner
- Green Crack
You can easily germinate seeds with distilled water, paper towels, and a couple of plates. Soak the paper towels in distilled water. Place two layers of wet paper towel on a plate. Put the marijuana seeds on this bed of paper towels. Make sure they are spaced nicely apart with at least an inch of space. Cover the seeds with two more layers of wet paper towel. Now put an upside-down plate on top.
Keep the seeds in a warm indoor environment. The seeds need moisture, warmth, and darkness to germinate. Don’t touch the seeds after putting them on the paper towels. Check daily if the paper towels are still moist.
Seeds should be checked daily. Most seeds will germinate in 3 to 10 days. At two weeks you will know that something is wrong if they haven’t germinated.
Planting Germinated Seeds
After germination, it is now time to plant the seeds. Put potting soil into a one-gallon pot. Water the soil. With a pen or pencil poke a shallow hole in the soil. The hole should be twice as deep as the seed is wide. Now without touching the seed with your hands (you can use a tweezer) place the seed in the hole. The root that is starting to sprout from the seed should be facing down.
Keep checking the pot. Make sure the soil is damp, but not overly wet. Keep the pot in a warm environment. The seedling should start to grow from the soil in about seven days.
We hope this guide helped you decide on a marijuana seed bank as well as give you tips for growing your first plants. Make sure to comply with your local laws and regulations. Have fun with the growing experience, you will get better as you progress and get more experience. Remember to go for strains that are easier to grow when you start and progress to harder strains at a later stage.