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.
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.
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 grow some seeds and like the results, try growing another strain from that same breeder and see how it goes.
Seed banks exist outside of the US and can sell them for “souvenir purposes,” but it is illegal to bring seeds into the US and Customs will seize any cannabis seeds they find in packages or on a person.
Feminized and autoflower seeds will cost more because more breeding work was put in to creating them and they take less time for the grower to get buds.
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.
This article was co-authored by Lauren Kurtz. Lauren Kurtz is a Naturalist and Horticultural Specialist. Lauren has worked for Aurora, Colorado managing the Water-Wise Garden at Aurora Municipal Center for the Water Conservation Department. She earned a BA in Environmental and Sustainability Studies from Western Michigan University in 2014.
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You can grow a beautiful garden by purchasing good-quality seeds that are well-suited for your climate. Growing plants from seed is a more cost-effective option than buying plants to transplant into your garden. Buy organic seeds from local businesses or online from small, reputable companies.
If you find your mailbox full of seed catalogs, research the seed company before placing any order if it’s not one you’ve ordered from before. I had a bad experience one year because I failed to do this. Look up reviews and make sure you’re buying from a reputable source.
Last year I was looking for specific cover crop seeds that I couldn’t find in my other sources, but I found them at Territorial Seed Company. After ordering, I received their catalog and saw their selection of heirloom, organic, and hybrid seeds. For those who want a trustworthy source who has signed the Safe Seed Pledge (100% non-GMO) but also offers hybrid varieties, I’d recommend Territorial Seed.
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Read Reviews of Seeds
Once gardeners get an idea what crops they want to plant, beginning gardeners ask, “Where should I buy seeds?” With a plethora of sources — local options, online seed companies, and seed catalogs — it’s hard to know the best places to buy your garden seeds.
Big box stores also carry seeds of vegetables, fruit, and herbs that are regionally appropriate. You don’t have to worry, then, whether a particular variety is suited to your climate. You’ll also find a selection of heirloom, hybrid, and organic seeds.
Learning how to source garden seeds can seem like a daunting task, but keeping these considerations in mind, I hope you’re better-equipped as you start planning your seed purchases for this year!
I’m big on garden planning, and this is one reason why. Before you ever purchase a packet of seeds, make sure you know your garden goals and have even planned your garden layout. From your layout you can calculate how much of each seed you’ll need. Nothing is more frustrating than running out of seed as you’re planting!