An inexperienced breeder might cross a male and a female one time and sell the resulting seeds as a new hybrid strain, but professional breeders usually put their strains through several rounds of backcrossing to stabilize the genetics and ensure consistent plants that reflect those genetics.
Before you purchase seeds online, you’ll need to figure out what strain you want to grow and what breeder you want to buy from.
What’s the difference between regular, feminized, and autoflower seeds?
Marijuana seeds are considered a cannabis product just like flower, edibles, and concentrates. Their legality depends on which state you live in. People living in states with adult-use legalization can buy, produce, and sell seeds within their own state, but seeds can’t cross state lines. People living in states with medical marijuana legalization can only buy seeds if they have a medical card.
If you buy a packet of regular seeds, they’ll come with a mix of males and females. A lot of cultivators prefer to grow these because they haven’t been backcrossed—essentially inbred—as much as feminized or autoflower seeds. You’ll need to sex out the seeds once their reproductive organs show during the flowering phase and discard the males—because they don’t produce buds and will pollenate females, resulting in seeded flowers.
Even one weed plant can produce a lot of buds come harvest time, so make sure you grow a strain you like. Note strains you enjoy when you pick something up at the dispensary or smoke with friends, and look for seeds of it when you want to start growing.
When you grow any amount of seeds, a percentage of them won’t germinate, even if you get them from a reputable breeder. Always count on a few not germinating or dying off, or roughly 1/4 of the total you put in the ground.
Keep your gas station topped up this year by growing some Knight’s Templar OG from Dark Heart Nursery. Dark Heart calls their newest OG their heaviest yet.
Similarly, Runtz crosses are everywhere, but only Equilibrium Genetics crossed Runtz to their mold and mildew-resistant African Orange to create Orange Runtz. Great idea.
“It’s a very complimentary cross that checks all the boxes for almost every grower!” said Ethos.
Going a bit nuts
And speaking of sedation: set your phasers on stun—old school Romulan has landed.
Also, try to get in on Purple City Genetics’ new, clone-only Gush Mints.
Caution, though. “This is heavy, dude. Not for the unsuspecting smoker,” he said.
Also in the exotic Cookies world, don’t miss Archive Seeds of Portland’s:
Trick or treat yo’ self to a bag of White Runtz this fall for a trendy melange of Zkittlez’s fruit syrup crossed to Gelato’s creamy berry-grape gas.
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Ask your budtender for the freshest stuff.
Love the balance of Blue Dream and a mild, approachable aroma? Pick mild sativa Magic Melon for a similar experience this season.
Fill your online shopping baskets with cannabis’ stone fruit and tropical trends this year, including Papaya Punch.