Seedsman offers an enormous amount of licensed breeders, all listed in alphabetical order. For those on the lookout for a specific big-name breeder, Seedsman probably has it. Popular strains available include Sour Diesel, Skunk, and White Widow, along with a great selection of autoflowering and feminized seeds.
On the site, the company has a regulated review system with a structure worked into the database that does not allow for biased or paid reviewers to comment. This five-crown rating offers useful feedback from regular clients.
QCS has been supplying Canada and the rest of the world with great seeds for two decades, and their website has been active for 15 years. Choose from regular or special edition seeds, outdoor, indoor, feminized, autoflower, and much more.
The website allows for special strain requests that are not listed among the available products. QCS cares about their customers’ safety, too, offering discreet shipping.
Below is a detailed list of the 5 best seed banks that will ship to the USA.
The website offers an entertaining quiz for consumers to find the best seeds for them. It includes details like weed preference and growing conditions. Not only is it a fun feature, but the quiz also helps beginners choose their seeds wisely.
Conversely if planted outdoors at the equator, or tropical countries, marijuana seeds may begin to flower almost as early as they sprout. As the equator sees an even amount of light hours throughout the year, it may be that you need to provide additional light hours to grow the plant and hold them from flowering immediately. For these areas, Sativas are a good choice of marijuana seed as they primarily use plant mass as a key indicator for starting their flowering cycle.(Our FAQ entry What Are The Differences Between Indica And Sativa? has more info on this.)
Marijuana seeds are usually listed with their “flowering times” and this is another consideration when growing indoors. When growing normal marijuana seeds (as opposed to automatic) we can choose how long to grow the plant for, by altering the day/night cycle of the plant when we want them to start flowering. The flowering time is decided by the genetics of the plant and is an indication of how long the plant takes to produce ripe flowers that are ready for harvest. Each additional week of “flower time” may encroach upon the number of potential harvests over the course of a year. Also, if new to growing, each additional week may increase the chances for potential problems.(Our FAQ entry How To Cannabis Seeds? has more info on this)
Feminised marijuana seeds are also a relatively new development in the industry. Cannabis is naturally dioecious meaning that it has two different genders. Actually, originally cannabis plants are hermaphroditic, meaning they had both male and female flowers on one plant. Through human’s extensive history with cannabis, we have selected the best marijuana seeds to plant for each of the multitudes of uses we want to gain from the plant. Keeping the strongest seed stock or selecting only the marijuana seeds from the plants exhibiting the certain traits we were looking to continue in next year’s crop. Through this selective breeding over time, humanity has developed very distinct and different types of cannabis plants grown from the particular marijuana seeds we plant. One of the traits that humans have selected at this time is a separation of gender between plants. From selecting the best marijuana seeds to provide more female flowers, while simultaneously selecting the plants that have more male flowers humans managed to successfully separate the sex of individual seeds in an otherwise hermaphroditic plant.
Marijuana Seeds – Grow Space and Genetics
The way to avoid genetic differences and, indeed capitalise on the vast array of traits that are on offer is through A-Sexual propagation rather than growing from marijuana seeds. Cannabis is relatively easy to clone provided you provide it with the right conditions for root growth. Cuttings can be made of your favourite cannabis plant through the growth phase and at the beginning of the flowering stage. By keeping a genetic example of your best marijuana seeds in the growth phase, you can ensure that the traits and differences exhibited by the full ripening of the flowers can be replicated time and time again. This is the way that the genetics of most marijuana seeds are worked with and tinkered through time, as once you have harvested a plant grown from seed, it’s unique genetic makeup may be difficult to find again without an exact genetic copy. (Our FAQ entry What Is A Clone? has more info on this)
When growing marijuana seeds outdoors, two key factors to consider are the climate of where you will be planting and the latitude. As the term “weed” suggests, cannabis is a fairly hardy plant that enjoys a lot of sunshine, but generally speaking, it is important to choose marijuana seeds with genetics that suit your climatic conditions when growing outdoors. We classify the cannabis plant into Sativa, Indica and Ruderalis groups, but it is important to note that this is not a hard classification, as most marijuana seeds available are a hybrid between these and may have attributes from each side.
Even the different words for the finished flowers of the cannabis plant confuse the information and the way we think of the plant. Names such as dope, pot, weed skunk, reefer, ganja, Mary Jane, dak, hoon, grass, buds, wacky backy, draw, bhang, herb, chronic, tea, kush and green are all different words that have had regional popularity at one time or another. Cannabis is the proper name for the plant derived from cannabis seeds, but the term “marijuana” has gained cultural precedence worldwide. The term marijuana was given to cannabis as part of a negative propaganda campaign in the 30s and we should all promote using the term cannabis as this helps to shed the negative connotation surrounding its history and image.
The other, more recent, hybrid incorporates genetics known as “Ruderalis”. These genetic traits are very different from both Sativa and Indica marijuana seeds as they originate in the very far north. They have developed themselves to flower “automatically” and independently of the light hours around them. This is a truly amazing phenomenon that separates growing outdoors from the usual annual cycle. In some regions then it may be possible plant and harvest automatic marijuana seeds up to 4 or 5 times a year. (Our FAQ entry What Does Autoflowering Cannabis Seeds Mean? has more info on this)