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The two-year-old store is affiliated with award-winning Talking Trees farms and carries their clones. Also in season in 2020, Humboldt Seed Co.’s Magic Melon, Caramel Cream, and feminized Notorious THC.
“Oh yeah, it’s a tradition in Humboldt County to pop seeds on Valentine’s Day,” Smith said. “We got the full moon, then the equinox coming. You should definitely be popping all your seeds off by the end of February and beginning of March.”
Thanks to Prop. 64, passed in 2016, adults 21+ in California possess the unambiguous legal right to grow up to six plants on their property and keep their harvest. An outdoor plant can yield up to a pound on the high end, so a decent gardener could grow about six pounds this year—that could be a six-year supply, assuming you smoke a gram every day.
Still, most Californians haven’t visited a legal weed store—legal sales are just a little over two years old.
Harborside in Oakland remains the go-to choice for clones from Dark Heart Nursery. But you can look for Dark Heart clones all around the Bay, like in Pacifica’s Lytt, SPARC Santa Rosa, 7 Stars Richmond, or Airfield Supply Co. in San Jose.
This year, Los Angeles Farmer’s Collective carries Jungle Boyz’s Creamsicle #10 and Divorce Cake #1. Plus, don’t miss out on all their Zkittlez Cake crossed to Grape Topanga #6, Gelato #33, or TK Lato #1.
Some seed banks are collectively sourced, others are proprietary and involve the breeding products of just that company. In California, it is legal to have seeds stored, and any year now, interstate commerce in the cannabis sector could open up these seed banks to the rest of the country and perhaps, the world. Until then, buying seeds online isn’t legal.
A “seed bank” is that place, and it’s a strategy that farmers have used for thousands of years. Even self-sowing plants might need a little help from the elements, and cannabis is no different. Protecting weed seeds from the environment (or from being eaten by animals, as many are viable food sources), is one of the foundations of agriculture. Today’s seed banks are mostly shops versus community-operated storage.
Big grows and little self-contained plant experiments alike all came from a seed — though maybe from a clone that came from a plant that came from a seed. The seeds themselves are part of cannabis lore and legend — as cultivation technology flourished, they became less prevalent in any given sack of weed.
Where to get quality seeds in California
The west coast allows for cultivation on a level that is largely owed to the plant’s popularity in states like California, which has informed counterculture. Cannabis is also largely dependent on sunny climes. The seed banks in the Golden State concentrate in the cannabis-heavy Humboldt/Trinity county areas, like Grower’s Choice Cannabis Seeds, but they are harder to find elsewhere.
Buying seeds is something you see advertised online, and while many growers all over the world use this method, California has easy access at places designed especially to get you the right starting materials, seed or clone.
At a seed bank, you can find starters of sometimes hundreds of cultivars, in seed or clone. These are the bones of any type of cultivation system and where you can find information about parentage via genetics. Sometimes the storied history of any given strain is also part of the sales pitch.
Cannabis may seem like it’s some top-secret, ethereal organism, but it grows from a seed like any other plant. For growers of all expertise levels, cannabis seeds are a vital resource for getting their crops started.