As cannabis legalization catches on, more people are trying their hands at personal marijuana cultivation—and displaying some rather green thumbs in the process! But the most successful marijuana grows are the result of more than just diligent growers. Plentiful, potent cannabis harvests start at the very beginning: from quality cannabis seeds purchased from reputable seed banks in the USA.
So how can you find quality cannabis seeds that are worth the higher price tag? By understanding what it is that makes a cannabis seed high quality, of course.
Characteristics of a Quality Cannabis Seed
Seeds found in a bag of marijuana are much less likely to produce the type of weed worthy of a toke in the first place. You can still plant them—and they may even produce female buds—but they’re significantly more likely to produce seedy weed and pollinate neighboring cannabis plants, too. Nevertheless, if you want to plant bag seeds (or any other cannabis seed you may come across), consider the following characteristics to ensure they are high-quality seeds.
Some marijuana seeds are obviously bunk. You know the ones: those pale, shriveled seeds that are little more than a shell and dust. But others may not be so obvious. Though we’re definitely fans of the whole ‘plant-‘em-if-you-got-‘em’ mentality, if you’re paying hard-earned cash for marijuana seeds, make sure they look the part. Quality cannabis seeds are typically deep brown in color, with dark veining and a glossy finish. They should also be free of cracks or damage, and firm under moderate pressure. Seeds with these characteristics tend to have a high germination rate but still may produce male cannabis plants that don’t form buds. To ensure that every seed you sprout grows into a female cannabis plant, you’ll need to buy feminized seeds.
Established cannabis breeders have a reputation to uphold. If you purchase cannabis seeds from a quality breeder, you’re much more likely to have a positive experience. Breeders know their pot seeds intimately (unlike your bro who found a few extra seeds in his last crop) and can tell you exactly what to expect during the growing cycle—albeit with some variation depending on the phenotype—because they dedicate their lives to learning about the strains they produce.
Anyone can tout their own expertise, but public perception of a company’s credibility will always speak the truth. If you want to know whether your cannabis seed bank is as top-notch as it claims to be, check the online reviews for a little insight. Facebook can be an excellent place to find product/company reviews, as are Yelp, Trustpilot, and online grow forums.
What to Pay for Quality Cannabis Seeds
Collecting seeds from peppers or cantaloupe is easy enough. You can literally just scoop them out. But quality cannabis seeds are more difficult to produce. Cannabis seed breeders work meticulously with their favorite strains, bringing out the best characteristics of the plant while breeding out the less-desirable ones. The best breeders will also cultivate their plants numerous times to learn about their growth patterns and share the information with their customers. Not only that, breeders know the optimum time to harvest seeds, which improves the likelihood of germination. They’ll also store the seeds correctly to ward against decomposition over time. Because breeders go to great lengths to produce high-quality marijuana seeds, these seeds are usually much more expensive than other types of seeds. The average price of regular cannabis seeds from a reputable seed bank typically ranges between $5 and $20 per seed.
Some breeders take additional steps to create feminized seeds. To be clear, feminized cannabis seeds have a 95 percent likelihood of producing female plants. In contrast, only about 50 percent of regular marijuana seeds will yield female plants. The process of producing feminized seeds is time-consuming and often tedious, but is well worth it—especially for growers dealing with limited space or plant counts. Due to the specialized process of producing these seeds, feminized marijuana seeds are usually about twice the price of regular seeds.
Get the Most Out of Your Cannabis Seeds
Cannabis seeds may be more expensive than your average garden vegetable. However, you can recoup the cost quickly if you save clones during vegetative pruning. Clone machines keep the stems of the plants hydrated and oxygenated, though rock wool cubes and cloning gel work well, too. We suggest against bringing outside clones into your indoor grow, as they could bring contaminants along with them. Only take clones from pest-free indoor plants that are already contained within your grow space.
You’ve invested a lot into your indoor cannabis grow; make sure the seeds you put in the soil will be worth all of the effort. Before you buy marijuana seeds online, ensure they are high-quality seeds produced by experienced cannabis growers.
At Greenpoint Seeds, our expert breeders have many years of experience producing high-quality cannabis seeds. We’ve traveled the globe to collect our diverse selection of cannabis genetics, and we’re always trying to improve upon each of our marijuana strains. Buy cannabis seeds online from the best US seed bank and avoid the hassle of growing subpar weed seeds.