Make sure to always stay within your state’s legal limit of growing plants.
Although this option is only available to people living in states with medical and adult-use legalization, buying marijuana seeds at the dispensary is far more straightforward. However, your options are more limited.
Many world-renowned seed banks are overseas in the Netherlands, the UK, Spain, and other countries where cannabis laws are less restricted. Seed banks provide seeds from a variety of different breeders.
How many seeds should I buy? Are they all going to survive?
All of this information should be available to you when buying quality seeds.
If you want six total cannabis plants to harvest for buds and are growing from regular seeds, start with about 4 times as many, or 24 seeds. Some won’t germinate and some will turn out to be males, and then you’ll want to discard down to the six best phenotypes. If growing feminized seeds, you can probably start with about twice as many seeds in this case (about 12); a couple won’t germinate, and then discard down to the six best phenotypes.
Dispensary staff should be able to give you information on the seeds they’re selling, but keep in mind that a lot of dispensaries focus on selling flower and end-products. It’s a good idea to call ahead and talk to staff to see if they are knowledgeable about seeds and can give you specific information on growing.
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.
The most puritanical growers say that regular seeds contain more hybrid vigor than feminized ones. It really doesn’t have much to do, hybrid vigour is achieved by mixing 2 different breeds, and it is greater the further they are from each other. The same goes for feminized ones, whoever doesn’t believe me should cultivate a Moby Dick from Dinafem and think whether it is vigorous or not. From our point of view this is because some feminized strains on the market are S1, i.e. produced by the self-pollination of a cutting. Feminized seeds S1 may lose vigor due to inbreeding, but this also happens with regular seeds, you can see it in some landraces for example.
Regular seeds come from the crossing between a female (XX) and a male (XY) so their genetic information contains both sexes, and they will show one or the other depending on several factors.
✅ Advantages of feminized seeds
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At first glance one cannot appreciate the characteristics that differ between lifelong seeds, and the modern feminized ones. They are identical on the outside, it would be impossible to recognize if the plant comes from a regular or feminized seed.
image where you can see a seed of a regular variety compared to a feminized one*
Without feminized seeds, you’ll notice a natural distribution: approximately 50% of the plants will be male and 50% will be female. And unfortunately, if you are a regular grower, male plants are basically useless. They don’t contain useful levels of THC or CBD. After all your hard work, you’ll end up throwing away half of your harvest.
Without feminized seeds, it’s crucial you keep a close eye on your plants. The first weeks the plants will use their energy to grow and you won’t be able to discern their sex. After six weeks of growing, you’ll see the first characteristics that will help you identify if a plant is male or female. If that’s the case, you can take out the male plants.
The Disadvantages Of “Not Knowing”
This is a great advantage in most countries; even in the Netherlands. Because here, cultivating weed is tolerated only up to a maximum of 5 plants. If you have more than 5 cannabis plants, than you are punishable. So if you abide to these rules and stick to a maximum of 5 plants, and half of these are male, you run the risk that you won’t end up with much. However, if you use feminized seeds, you’ll actually have 5 plants that will result in a harvest. If you live in an area where growing weed is completely illegal, you’ll want to work as efficiently as possible. Feminized seeds will really boost that efficiency.
Feminized Seeds Make Growing Efficient
In case you have realized the potential of feminized seeds, please take a look in our shop. We sell a great variety of female cannabis seeds, which make cultivating weed, especially for beginners, much easier!