Are you excited and ready to start growing your own cannabis at home? The first step is to buy the seeds! But where to start? Here you will find a list of trusted seed banks to purchase seeds online.
Table of Contents
- Feminized vs. non-feminized seeds
- Auto-flowering vs photoperiod seeds
- Tips for pickinging the right strain
- A list of trusted seed banks and tips for making payments
Why You Will Love This Guide
As cannabis is being legalized across the country, more and more people are getting the opportunity to grow at home.
But if you have never grown a cannabis plant before, it can be overwhelming knowing where to get started.
Do you want feminized or non-feminized seeds? Auto-flowering or photoperiod? What strain should you pick?
And most importantly, where is a safe and reputable place to purchase from?
Find the answers to all of your questions here, along with my tried and true list of safe seed sources so you can get started growing today!
Feminized vs. Non-Feminized Seeds
Cannabis plants have two sexes, male and female.
The female plant produces the flowers and cannabinoids we want, the male plant does not.
Therefore we do not want to waste any time or energy growing male plants (unless you’re breeding or working on genetics).
Male plants will cause you headaches down the line because their pollen can fertilize female plants, stunting their growth.
Whenever possible, you should always choose feminized seeds (meaning there are only female seeds present).
This will save you a lot of time and energy in the long run and ensure you have a greater chance of growing success.
Auto-Flowering vs Photoperiod Seeds
Cannabis plants can come in two forms: auto-flower and photoperiod.
It is important to choose what is right for you based on your unique needs.
Autoflower plants do not depend on the light or the season to begin flowering, it does it “automatically”.
This means you have a lot more flexibility with your light cycles and can grow them any time of year.
Autos grow very quickly and their flowers can be ready in as little as 8 weeks.
Autos generally tend to be smaller in size and produce smaller yields.
Photoperiod plants depend on the season and the cycle of the light from the sun to produce their flowers.
Photoperiod plants may be slightly harder to grow and can take longer to flower, from 12-16 weeks.
Photo plants can be larger than autos, and they tend to produce larger yields.
If you’re not sure which one is right for you, I recommend trying one of each to see what you like best.
How to Pick The Right Strain
Once you’ve settled on a feminized auto or photo seed, the next step is to pick the right strain.
From names like Amnesia to Banana Pebbles, it can feel overwhelming just know where to start.
My recommendation is to carefully read the description of each seed, pick what sounds good, and try out a few different options.
The description of each seed will typically include whether or not the plant is Indica or Sativa dominant and what you may be able to expect from consumption.
Ultimately, regardless of the description, you will react to each strain in your own unique way because of on your endocannabinoid system.
You will notice that it is not easy to purchase seeds with your average debit or credit card, and this is normal.
That is because cannabis companies do mot have the luxury of using traditional banking systems due to Federal regulations.
Fortunately, many companies offer alternative payment options that range from cash or check payments to online apps like Google Pay, Zelle, or Venmo.
I understand it can be nerve-wracking to hand over money in this way, which is why I have only included companies my or my cannabis community members have successfully purchased from below.
Is It Legal?
While buying and shipping seeds should be legal (because cannabis seeds do not contain THC), you should check with your local regulations to ensure you are allowed to legally grow the seeds.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, always buy feminized seeds when possible!
You should choose based on your needs. Explore the differences above.
Cannabis companies are not allowed to use Federal banking services. Thankfully, there are many other ways to make a payment, depending on the company.
Cannabis seeds do not contain THC, so they are legal to purchase, but you should check with your local regulations to see if they are legal to grow.