All of this information should be available to you when buying quality seeds.
Some strains are easier to grow than others because they are more resistant to mold and pests, so if you’re new to growing, you may want to try an easier strain to start.
Dispensary staff should be able to give you information on the seeds they’re selling, but keep in mind that a lot of dispensaries focus on selling flower and end-products. It’s a good idea to call ahead and talk to staff to see if they are knowledgeable about seeds and can give you specific information on growing.
If you grow some seeds and like the results, try growing another strain from that same breeder and see how it goes.
The first couple months of the year is a great time to start planning your cannabis garden to get a head start on the outdoor growing season, which roughly runs from March to November, depending on where you live.
It also reduces the risk of having a stray male sneak into your crop—just one male can pollinate a huge crop, causing your females to focus their energies on producing seeds instead of buds.
Because they grow and flower quicker, growers can fit in multiple autoflower cannabis harvests into the span of one regular harvest.
As we’ve mentioned, cannabis is a dioecious plant, meaning male and female reproductive organs appear on different plants.
Tips for growing autoflower marijuana seeds
You might also find a mature seed that has been physically damaged through poor handling, like rough trimming. In those cases, it probably isn’t worth the effort to try and germinate the seed.
This is sometimes referred to as “cloning by seed” and will not produce any male plants. This is achieved through several methods:
But sometimes you get lucky and find a mature seed in some really nice herb. Strains like the legendary Chemdog wouldn’t be possible without adventurous smokers planting and proliferating the seeds they found in a bag of kind bud.
One of the major success stories of the last few decades is the huge growth in the quality and range of feminised seeds available on the market. Popular with both our team and our customers, feminised seeds have been genetically bred so that they have no male chromosomes. In short this means that all plants from feminised seeds will flower, increasing the overall yield. This is all possible as the seeds have been produced to make their own pollen and fertilise themselves.
Each seed is different and you get certain traits based on their origins and genetic profiles, for example some prefer a hotter climate and some will automatically flower. Top brands include Sensi Seeds, Zambeza Seeds, Dinafem, Big Buddha and Attitude Seeds. Recognise a few?
What are autoflowering seeds and why choose them?
CBD, or cannabidiol, is the non-psychoactive, generally considered ‘medicinal’ chemical. Strains have been developed to be very high in CBD and low in THC (less than 0.2% in some cases which isn’t actually considered ‘cannabis’) for people not looking to activate their senses. It has been reported that benefits of CBD includes pain relief, anti-seizure properties, combatting anxiety and treating sleep issues. Yet there is no current medical studies to approve CBD for such and can only be considered opinion based.
It’s also good to know that the effects of CBD counteract the effects of THC, to a point, and there are many different combinations and percentage balances that have been created.
Of course, you may want seeds that have less aroma or are odourless so you can store them discreetly. Whatever you decide, we’ve got the right ones for you in our UK seedbank, so stick around and take a look at everything you can get your hands on.