Even one weed plant can produce a lot of buds come harvest time, so make sure you grow a strain you like. Note strains you enjoy when you pick something up at the dispensary or smoke with friends, and look for seeds of it when you want to start growing.
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.
Cannabis seeds usually come in a pack of 10 or 12 seeds and start at around $40 a pack and go up from there. Some high-end genetics can run between $200 to $500 a pack.
What’s the difference between regular, feminized, and autoflower seeds?
Autoflower plants change from the vegetative to flowering state with age, not the changing of their light cycle. They have a short grow-to-harvest time and can be ready to harvest in as little as 2 ½ to 3 months from when you put the seeds in the ground. The downside is that, typically, they are less potent, but autoflower seeds are great for people who want to grow cannabis but don’t want to spend a lot of time doing it.
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.
In states with adult-use legalization or a medical marijuana program, you can buy seeds within your own state, either at a dispensary or through a specific seed company’s website.
Is It Safe to Send Cash?
If you have done your research and are now considering purchasing cannabis seeds online, then you may be surprised to learn that it is actually very reliable and safe to buy your marijuana seeds online from a reputable seed bank. Some seed banks will even take payments from Paypal if you contact them first!
First of all, I’m talking from not just my own experience (I’ve been ordering cannabis seeds online regularly since 2008) but also the experience of the thousands of growers from the USA who write in to GrowWeedEasy.com or talk about growing in the forum. For myself and for other growers, on the occasions where my seeds have been caught by customs in the mail, the U.S. customs agents simply toss the seeds and send you the rest of your package with an official-looking letter explaining that your seeds were confiscated.
To combat this, many seed banks offer things like stealth shipping and insurance. These are designed to ensure that your order gets to you safely, or to reimburse you in case they get nabbed along the way.
What to Know Before Searching for Cannabis Seeds for Sale
The world has changed quite a bit in the past few years, and while it’s now possible to find marijuana seed suppliers through Google, that may not be the best way to go about your search.
Just because a seed supplier ranks highly on Google doesn’t mean it’s trustworthy, so do your research first.
The internet is a crazy place!
There are some key things you should keep an eye on when searching for cannabis seeds and browsing through different seed banks online. Research things such as:
If you don’t, they’ll pollinate the female plants, creating low-quality, seed-filled buds.
There are many places to buy cannabis seeds online, but not all of them are legit and deliver what you order.
Auto Flowering Seeds
Autoflowering seeds are also designed to be low-maintenance.
You can even get free shipping, although you need to spend at least $200 to qualify. Otherwise, you’ll pay between $20 and $40; that total comes with a tracking number and insurance, though.
What types of seeds are available?
Beyond the types mentioned above, you also need to know whether you’re buying regular or feminized cannabis seeds and whether the seeds are autoflowering.