A few questions about Mail Order cannabis seeds
Is it safe to order cannabis seeds through the mail?
People always wonder about the legal risk of purchasing cannabis seeds through the mail. Legitimate seed vendors (including those we recommend) ship discreetly to most locations. Seeds can be stopped by customs, but this doesn’t happen often.
Where can I buy cannabis seeds safely?
There are a number of good seed vendors out there. Our recommendations are established companies with great customer reviews so you know you’re purchasing quality cannabis seeds.
Beware of cannabis Seed Scams
If you’re contacted via social media to purchase seeds, chances are you’ve been targeted for a scam. We recommend using established cannabis seed vendors.
So you decided to grow some cannabis. Great! But you may be wondering what marijuana seed strain you should grow. Well, if you want to grow great weed, you’ve got to start with great genetics. But you may be asking questions like: where can I find the best seeds? Where can I buy cannabis seeds online? Do seed companies ship to the US (or wherever on the planet you happen to be)? Today we’ll answer some of those questions and point you toward the eight best strains for you marijuana grow.
Quick look at the top cannabis strains to grow from seeds
1. Best Feminized, Autoflowering marijuana seeds: Northern Lights (Canuk Seeds)
2. Best AutoFlowering marijuana seeds (non-feminized): Blue Himalaya Autoflowering Non-Feminized Seeds (Shortstuff Seeds)
3. Best Feminized marijuana seeds (non-autoflowering): 8 Ball Kush Feminized Regular Seeds (Barney’s Seeds)
4. Best Regular marijuana seeds: Bruce Banner (Canuk Seeds)
Have additional questions? Check out our marijuana seed FAQ section below.
Note: Our picks for the best strains are based on customer reviews, talks with growers, and personal experience.
Which Cannabis Seeds Strain should I grow?
Before we start, we need to talk about a few variables with regard to buying cannabis seeds for your grow, specifically, what’s the difference among regular seeds, autoflowering seeds, and feminized seeds? Read on and consider the requirements of each of the following types of seeds to help you make the best purchase for your grow. There are advantages and drawbacks to each seed type.
REGULAR Cannabis SEEDS
“Regular” seeds are non-feminized and non-autoflowering. You should expect half of your plants from these seeds to be male and dispose of them before they can pollinate your females. Pollinated females produce lower quality buds that are full of seeds. Regular seeds require a change in the light cycle to begin producing flowers. Through vegetation, cannabis plants are typically exposed to daily cycle of 18 hours of light followed by 6 hours of darkness (18-6). When developed enough to enter flowering, the grower will switch the light cycle to 12 hours of light and 12 hours of darkness (12-12) until harvest time.
Autoflowering Cannabis Seeds
Autoflower seeds will grow plants that produce flowers (buds) when it’s old enough; there is no changing of the light cycle to initiate flowering the way you do with regular seeds. Expect a higher price point for these cannabis seeds compared to “regular” seeds.
Feminized Cannabis Seeds
Feminized cannabis seeds are generated by spraying a healthy, female cannabis plant with colloidal silver or a silver thiosulfate solution. The process results in nearly 100% feminized seeds so there are no males to remove.
Note: 1 in 1000 feminized seeds may turn out to be male. Even though you are using feminized seeds you’ll want to monitor your plants when the reproductive parts begin developing. Remember that these seeds are more expensive, but you won’t waste the time and energy it takes to deal with male cannabis plants.
Autoflowering Feminized Cannabis Seeds
The best of all worlds? Possibly. Autoflowering, feminized cannabis seeds will flower without a change in the life cycle and will result in nearly 100% female plants. Like any autoflowering seed strain, you should expect a slightly smaller harvest than a crop of the same strain grown from “regular” seeds. And of course, the convenience of autoflowering marijuana seeds make them a bit more pricey.
And now for my recommendations!
Best Autoflowering Feminized Seeds
This one flowers fast (75-80 days) which isn't what you'd expect from a sativa. Blue dream does grow tall like a sativa, with dense buds that can give you up to 400 grams of flower per square meter of grow space.Look for those trichomes to really develop during the end of your cycle. A relatively easy strain to grow, Blue Dream is great for the beginning grower or someone who just wants a high-yielding plant to flower fast, and it's also great for patients looking for a heavy cerebral effect. The flavor is fruity and hashy. THC levels top out at 18% so if you're looking for a mid-high THC strain that's easy to grow and has high yields: Boom - Blue Dream.
If you think the last one flowered fast, Northern Storm goes from seed to flower in only 65-70 days. Norther Storm is an automatic cultivar sharing genetics with Northern Lights. This one is a heavy hitting Indica-dominant and has high yields for an automatic, topping out at 300 grams per square meter of grow space. Scent and taste is decidedly citrus, particularly grapefruit and melon. Northern Storm also boasts high-level THC content so get ready to chill.
Best Feminized Regular Seeds
Get ready for some flavor! Spicy and sweet, you'll taste the cookies. This Indica-dominant's THC levels reach 24% and makes this an awesomely potent strain for medicating or just hanging out in front of the TV. Flowering time is about 8-9 weeks from pre-flower and since this one isn't automatic, make sure you study up on those photo periods!
This one dominated the Indica cup from 88-90 and now it can be yours!Northern Lights feminized is a high yield strain that'll produce up to 500 grams of flower per square meter of grow space. Some growers like this strain because it's one of the least pungent to grow, yet maintains a skunky, piney aroma and taste when smoked. Boasts an even Body Buzz-Head High combination which makes it great for almost any activity from relaxing on the couch to hanging out with the crew to hiking in the woods.
Best regular seeds
You may recognize the name, Amnesia Haze, it's pretty famous. With genetics from both South Asia and Jamaica, this is a high-yield strain that will produce up to 500 grams of flower per square meter of grow space. Keep in mind, that Amnesia Haze grows tall, so make sure you have enough room. With THC levels over 20% expect a strong head stone and little to no body-buzz. A tasty smoke, you'll get earthy notes with fruity undertones.
The marriage of taste and potency is one of the most intriging aspects of Cotton Candy Kush. A moderately high THC strain (15-18%), Cotton Candy Kush kicks in with a strong head high after a few puffs and soon migrates through your entire being for a heavy body buzz. Taste is spicy and sweet, and you can expect to get 400-500 Grams per square meter of grow space. Cotton Candy Kush - sweet.
So there you have it, some keep differences among marijuana seed types and some recommendations for which strain you may want to grow. Please let us know what strain you choose and be sure to send some pics! We even have a special place in our forum for members to show off their buds. See you there!
Marijuana Seed Strain FAQs
Is it legal to ship marijuana seeds through the mail?
This varies from country to country so research the laws in your jurisdiction about shipping cannabis seeds through the mail. We advises you to follow the law.
Where can I buy the best cannabis seeds online?
There are a number of great online seed shops. All of our recommendations come from professional cannabis growers.
What are the best marijuana seeds to buy?
This depends on your budget, available time to grow, and your level of experience. There are advantages to “regular” seeds as they typically result in a larger harvest but you will have to plan for only half of the seeds being female. Feminized, auto flowering strains will give you nearly 100% female plants, but the cost more.
What’s the difference between autoflower and regular cannabis seeds?
Autoflower seeds begin to flower according to their age. “Regular” seeds flower in response to a change in the life cycle, i.e. when your plants are developed enough to flower, you would switch the light cycle from 18 hours of light and 6 hours of darkness (18-6) to 12 hours of light and twelve hours of darkness (12-12). Autoflowering strains are “easier” in the sense that you don’t have to switch the light cycle, they just start flowering when they’re ready.
Are feminized cannabis seeds worth the price?
When you buy feminized seeds you can be confident that nearly 100% of your plants will be female. If this is important to you then yes, feminized seeds are worth the cost.
Are some cannabis seed strains easier to grow than others?
Yes. As mentioned above, autoflowering strains are easy to grow due to their simple light requirement. Some regular seeds are not much more difficult as long as you can control the light cycle. A few other strains, typically regular seed strains, can have very specific nutrient, watering, temperature, and humidity needs.
What strains are good for growing marijuana indoors? What seed strains are good for growing marijuana outdoors?
There are many good strains suited for indoor growing and just as many good seed strains for outdoor cultivation. You have to consider the space you’re growing in. Outdoor marijuana strains will grow tall and may not be suitable for you indoor grow. The main consideration when deciding between indoor and outdoor is the amount of space. An “outdoor” strain will grow fine indoors, as long as it has enough room.
What’s the difference between regular marijuana seeds and feminized marijuana seeds?
Feminized seeds have been bred and treated to nearly 100% female. They cost a bit more but you don’t have to worry about throwing out the half of your plants that turn out male.
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About the Author
Chris DeWildt is a graduate of Grand Valley State University and Western Kentucky University. He worked in education and publishing for ten years before joining the team at Growers Network. In addition to editing the GN blog, Chris also works on the Canna Cribs series.