There is something very therapeutic about growing your own plants. There is something even more therapeutic about growing plants that you can smoke later. Now that marijuana is legal in California, growing marijuana is legal.
You can’t grow marijuana until you have seeds. But buying seeds isn’t so easy as picking up a packet from the store. You’ll need to know what you have in mind before you order. Not all marijuana seeds are the same. Use this guide to understand the different types of seeds you can buy. Some seeds are better than others when it comes to convenience, genetics, and THC levels. Be prepared now so you’re not disappointed when it’s time to harvest.
Key Terms To Know Before Buying Marijuana Seeds
When shopping for seeds, you’ll probably see each product advertised by strain, and then whether or not it’s “feminized” or “auto-flowering.”
One product may be listed as “Critical Purple Auto-Flowering Feminized Cannabis Seeds.” Let’s break down what that means.
When you pick out marijuana seeds, you will have to know what strain you want to grow. If you’ve been consuming marijuana for a while, you probably have preferences as to what kind of strain you want to grow. You may prefer the citrusy Ghost Train Haze or the ever-popular Northern Lights. But even if you’re new to growing marijuana, knowing the strain you want can make the growing process easier.
Each strain contains different genes that determine how fast it grows, the climate it prefers, and the effects it will have on users. Cannabis sativa strains are better for a wake-and-bake morning, while Cannabis indica is a better choice for nighttime. Flavours, aromas, and potency also vary from strain to strain.
If you’re not sure what strain to buy, talk to a local budtender or do some research online. Online resources like Leafly or Cannabiscope will help you determine how “easy” it is to grow your strain of choice and what effects you’ll enjoy once you smoke your harvest. It’s also fun to experiment with growing different types of strains and seeing what works best for your environment and how you like to consume marijuana.
Some great beginner strains include:
Why do we have to bring femininity into marijuana seeds? It all has to do with the fact that plants, like humans, have a sex. In order to keep the species alive, male plants pollinate the female plants.
This is important if you want to get the most THC out of your marijuana plants. Female plants have a higher concentration of THC - but that will go down if they are pollinated by males. In order to get the highest yield with the most THC, you will need to keep your female plants away from the males.
How can you tell whether or not your plants are male or female? There are a few hints, like the presence of pistils or the speed of the plant’s maturation. But these changes are very subtle and may take awhile to appear. For growers who only want female plants, buying feminized seeds is an easier solution.
Unless you want to breed your plants, feminized seeds are the way to go. You will know the sex of every plant that is growing on your property and won’t have to worry about pollination. Just plant and wait for your dank harvest.
While you’re shopping for seeds, you may see options for “feminized seeds” and “feminized auto-flowering seeds.” What’s all this about?
Marijuana has been around for a very long time, primarily growing as cannabis indica and cannabis sativa. These two types of marijuana are different in the way that they grow (and the ways that they affect users.) This is because for centuries they have grown in different climates, adapting to different amounts of daylight and temperatures.
Growers need to mimic these climates in order to get a maximum yield. This means changing the amount of daylight that your plants get. In order to move most strains from the vegetative stage to the flowering stage, you will need to give them 12 hours of uninterrupted darkness. (Most growers expose their plants to 18-24 hours of constant light during the vegetative stage.)
Auto-flowering seeds are different. This is partly because they have some genes from the third type of cannabis, cannabis ruderalis. Cannabis ruderalis is not as popular as indicas and sativas primarily because it doesn’t have a high concentration of THC.
You can get all of the strains that you know and love as an auto-flowering variety - it will still have THC in it, but the genes from cannabis ruderalis will make it easier to grow. Cannabis ruderalis does not require a change in light in order to switch to the flowering stage. This change happens automatically and can save growers a lot of effort and monitoring.
These seeds aren’t just convenient - they also grow quickly. auto-flowering plants will start to enter the flowering stage around 3-4 weeks after they have been planted. They will be ready to harvest within 10 weeks!
New To Growing Marijuana? Try Auto-flowering Feminized Seeds.
Growing your own weed isn’t easy, especially if you have yet to buy the “right” equipment for your plants. Make things easier on yourself by buying auto-flowering feminized seeds.
What If I Don’t Want THC in My Marijuana?
Many people enjoy cannabis without getting high. Strains that are high in CBD help to reduce anxiety and pain without getting the munchies or the giggles involved. If you want to grow cannabis that doesn’t have THC, you’ll have to look up high-CBD strains.
Some of the most popular high-CBD strains to grow include: