In order to grow your own Marijuana, you need to start at the very beginning, in this case with the seeds.
Cannabis seeds are surprisingly easy to come by and mostly sold over the internet. There are a myriad of online cannabis seed suppliers, which could be a good or bad thing as you have to trust the website owner without actually having met the person behind the online store. As a result, it is a good idea to use an online supplier that has been recommended to you by an existing customer.
What is Marijuana and how is it used?
According to Mayo Clinic, “Marijuana, hemp, and cannabis are common names for plants of the genus Cannabis.” The term “hemp” is used for a variety known as Cannabis Sativa, which is grown for non-drug use, while Cannabis Indica has a poor fiber quality and is used to make recreational and medicinal drugs. The major difference between the 2 varieties, apart from appearance, is the percentage of THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) found in each variety.
Types of Cannabis seeds.
There are three types of Cannabis seeds that are available to purchase:
- Feminized Seeds:
As in all things there are clever people out there who can and do make life so much easier for the rest of us. Feminized seeds will produce female (flowering) plants up to 95% of the time. This is key as it’s the flowers and buds of the Marijuana plant that are used. Very few male plants are needed in a crop and their only function is to pollinate the female plants. It is greatly recommended that you buy feminized seeds.
- Auto flowering Seeds:
Both the Indica and Sativa varieties have been outcrossed with the Ruderalis plant as it starts flowering after 2 or 3 weeks of growth. The resulting seeds are suitable for places where the summers are very short.
- Regular Seeds:
Regular seeds have not been tampered with or genetically changed in any way. The challenge with buying regular Cannabis seeds is that you have no idea how many female or male plants you will get and so regular seeds carry some risk. Unless you are willing to take the risk, it’s better to purchase feminized seeds.
Making Clever Choices
In a perfect world there are no scoundrels and con men around; however, it needs to be mentioned here that, due to the nature of the industry, there will always be people trying to make a quick buck and sell fake products. To avoid this, check out the credentials of the site before you place an order for seeds. Ask the following questions:
- How many years have they been around?
- Can you contact them directly?
- Do they offer a money back guarantee?
Once you are happy with the answers to these questions, it’s probably safe to proceed with the purchase of seeds from your chosen website.
In closing, remember you are not alone in deciding which Cannabis seeds to purchase to grow your own Marijuana. There are countless forums on the internet where experienced growers can offer their wisdom and advice.