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choosing good cannabis seeds

A lot of classic weed strains that have been around for a while come in feminized form. Some popular fem seeds are:

Cannabis is grown from one of two sources: a seed or a clone. Seeds carry genetic information from two parent plants and can express many different combinations of traits: some from the mother, some from the father, and some traits from both.

Pros and cons of growing autoflower

Sexing marijuana plants can be a time-consuming process, and if you don’t catch males, there is a risk that even one males can pollinate your entire crop, causing all of your female weed plants to produce seeds.

For a seed to be viable, it must be mature enough to have a completely formed genetic blueprint, and it must be strong enough to germinate and pop through its hard casing and sprout its crucial taproot.

Immature seeds tend to be light in color and have a soft outer shell.

It’s helpful to consider how long it will take plants to grow before picking out seeds. After deciding whether to grow indoors or outdoors, calculate the amount of time estimated for a plant to come to full maturation. Most plants take between seven and nine weeks until they are ready to be harvested, although indica plants tend to grow a little bit faster than sativas.

Deciding on a location for where the plants will grow make a huge difference in the success of failure of a crop. Seeds must be properly suited for the intended growing environment. There are benefits and drawbacks to both indoor and outdoor growing. Conditions for indoor plants are typically more temperate because they aren’t subject to fluctuating weather, but can be a financial burden due to high electricity bills from artificial lights. Growing plants outdoors helps cut costs by utilizing the sun as a free power source but leaves plants more susceptible to bugs and pests.

Seeds that are not mature are typically small with a greenish hue and soft shell. Good, healthy seeds will be more greyish to brown with speckles and have a glossy appearance free from cracks. They are typically bigger in size as well. Seeds that are very dark or near black and appear to be dull may be old. To avoid immature seeds or aged seeds, try not to purchase seeds that have recently been harvested as well as those that have been kept in storage for long amounts of time.

Fresh seeds have a high germination rate that drops dramatically over time — from 90 percent down to 20 percent after three or four years. Excellent seeds are the cornerstone of successful plant growth because each one contains the genetic material that determines certain characteristics like size, shape and potency.

There are all kinds of techniques people use when it comes to growing premium bud. Some people have their tried-and-true methods that they swear by while others are still in the trial-and-error period of their growing journey. Regardless of skill level, when it comes to growing a flourishing crop, the first place to begin when choosing to grow cannabis plants is with knowing how to properly select quality seeds.

The strain of the seed determines what type of effects will be experienced after consumption. Indica and sativa are the two main strains that have distinct characteristic. Indica strains are known for their physical effects, with a noted body high and deep relaxation being the most commonly reported feelings, while sativas provide a cerebral buzz often associated with increased sensitivity to sights and sounds. Most seeds are hybrid strains that are either more indica-dominant or sativa-dominant.

There are several advantages to growing plants from seeds. Cloned plants can transfer diseases to the next generation of plants whereas seeds are free from viruses, diseases and pests. Plants grown from seeds also exhibit slight genetic variation, so growers can choose the best plants out of a crop instead of possibly growing uniformly mediocre plants from a single mother plant.

Of course, it’s not just genotype (genetics) that plays a part in strain selection—chemotype, or chemical makeup, is something to consider as well. THC and CBD, not to mention terpenes, ultimately play a huge role in a strain’s final effects profile.

When it comes to selecting the right seeds for you, there are various factors to keep in mind to help set you up for success. It’s all about what you need, what you want, and what you have (space, energy, etc.).

So, what type of seed is right for you? If you grow indoors under a grow light, you will likely want feminized cannabis seeds, either photoperiod or autoflowering. If your space is limited or you want to grow without worrying about switching your lights, autoflowering cannabis seeds could be the best choice. And of course, breeders looking to create novel cannabis varieties should stock up on regular seeds for their experiments.

Hybrids

Many people these days consume cannabis not (only) to enjoy a good high, but for medicinal purposes. Some use cannabis for treating pain, others dose the herb to relieve anxiety or get to sleep. Which ailment you’re looking to soothe does play a part in which strain you should select. After all, some medicinal strains, like those rich in CBD and low in THC, will not catalyse a high at all, instead offering exclusively therapeutic benefits. Other medicinal strains contain high levels of THC in order to treat the symptoms of specific conditions, like appetite loss for example.

But if you’re growing indoors, or outdoors where you have sunny and long summers, you won’t need to worry about how long a strain may take until harvest. Some breeders will even categorise seeds according to climate—but even looking at other metrics like flowering time and natural resilience can help you determine if it suits your specific climate.

During growth, indicas normally remain quite squat, rarely exceeding one metre in height and featuring short internodes. If you want to give some excellent indicas a shot, check out Northern Lights or Blue Mystic.

Hybrids appear all along the spectrum in terms of growth; some are compact, others spindly, but rarely do they exceed 2 metres indoors. To experience high potency in hybrid format, check out Liberty Haze and Boy Scout Cookies.