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?
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.
Some strains also take longer to grow than others. Depending on whether you’re growing indoors or outdoors, you may want to grow a quicker marijuana strain if you live in a climate that get cold and wet early in the season. For example, indicas are known for having a shorter flowering time than sativas.
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.
All of this information should be available to you when buying quality seeds.
When you buy seeds, and you choose the most expensive seeds, you can expect the highest quality. Yet the most expensive seeds are not always the best seeds. How is that possible?
The price of cannabis seeds reacts to the market functioning of supply and demand. When the demand for a strain is high and the supply is low, the price rises. You can see that for example cup winners are often more expensive than strains without prizes. Finally, the popularity of a strain plays an important role. Some species are simply more popular than others.
First of all cannabis seeds have to be bred, but before they can be bred they have to be developed which starts with a lot of research and testing. These processes take years and are costly. Once the strain is stable, the seeds have to be produced. A process that is risky.
Available stock and demand
High-quality genetics have undergone a more intensive development and research process and are therefore more expensive. From this you can conclude that expensive seeds often feature the highest quality.
Besides the production process and the risks that affect prices, genetics are also a very important factor in the determination of the price. Genetics are actually the DNA of the plant and in addition to the environmental factors, genetics determines the degree of potency. Here you can think of the quality of the weed, taste, ripening and yields.
People who plan to start growing weed will soon be dealing with many questions. Here you can think of: What do I need to start growing? Where do I get my supplies? Which strain shall I grow, and how much do weed seeds cost?
In many countries, also in the Netherlands whereby far the most cannabis seeds are developed, it’s forbidden to grow cannabis plants and there are hefty prison sentences and fines. Yet, to produce cannabis seeds and to meet demand, many plants are needed. Breeders therefore have to take risks.