When you grow any amount of seeds, a percentage of them won’t germinate, even if you get them from a reputable breeder. Always count on a few not germinating or dying off, or roughly 1/4 of the total you put in the ground.
It also reduces the risk of having a stray male sneak into your crop—just one male can pollinate a huge crop, causing your females to focus their energies on producing seeds instead of buds.
Seeds can come feminized, meaning you can just put them in soil and start growing for buds. These seeds are guaranteed to be bud-producing females and growing them cuts out the step of having to sex out plants and discard the males.
How much do marijuana seeds cost?
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.
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.
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.
You can also do some research and find an online grow journal that details the whole growing process of a specific strain from a particular breeder. Through these, you’ll be able to look over another grower’s specific notes and see pictures of the final results.
If you want to get more experimental with the produce you grow but not sure where to start, Amazon is a great place to pick up packs of seeds. One of our favourites is the Scott & Co seed sack. It contains 30 different varieties of seeds to grow, from vegetables to chilli peppers.
If you are a beginner gardener with only a small amount of space to grow your vegetables lettuce can be a great starting point.
Despite all RHS events being cancelled this summer, you can continue to show your support by purchasing seeds from the RHS website. They are also a great place to start if you’re looking to find plants that will be kind to wildlife and your eyes.
‘You can have lettuce almost all year round,’ says Louise Golden, gardening expert from Dobbies. ‘Little Gem Delight lettuce is a great option to sow in April through to August, with the delicious sweet lettuce thriving in the warmer months ready to harvest from May to October.’
Kew Royal Botanic Gardens are usually a beautiful retreat for London residents and tourists in the summer. However, until the gardens reopen we will have settle for their beautifully packaged seeds. The Kew heritage boxes are filled with selections of herbs, sweet peas and scented flowers.
Thompson & Morgan are continuing to operate as normal during the lockdown. They are the best place to pick up a bargain pack off seeds. On their seed clearance page, you can pick up everything from lettuce to cactus seeds for just £1.
If you only have a window sill to grow plants on consider planting up your herb garden from scratch. Not only will they smell delicious in your home, but will add a punch to your cooking.
While they do not specialize in seeds and their selection is not huge, they do carry multiple brands. If you like one particular brand for flowers and prefer another for vegetables, this may be a big perk for you. You can also get seedlings and even larger plants by ordering online and picking up at the store.
No hybrid or GMO varieties
There aren’t any gardening tools, gifts, or decor offered, which makes this the company of choice for a seed purist. You can shop by garden theme, with collections curated for container gardens, cottage gardens, kids’ gardens, pollinator gardens, fragrant gardens, and others. You can even sort by color, planting season, sowing method, and hard-to-find varieties.
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Few curated collections