The first couple of months of the year are a great time to be planning and planting your new cannabis crop. Trying to find your way within the seed market can be difficult due to so many different laws. No worries, we are here to help you navigate the market and find the best cannabis seeds for sale.
Is it legal to buy marijuana seeds?
Marijuana seeds are considered a cannabis product just like flower, edibles, and concentrates. Whether or not cannabis seeds are legal in your state largely depends on whether your state is legal or not. People living in states with adult-use legalization can buy, sell and produce seeds within their state. People in a Medical state will need to possess a medical license.
Where can I find or buy marijuana seeds?
SeedBanks - Seed banks provide seeds from a variety of different breeders.
In States where it is legal, you can check out your local dispensary or through any seedbanks website.
Researching Cannabis Seeds Online
Before you purchase any seeds online, you'll need to figure out what strains you'd like to grow and what breeder you want to purchase from.
Breeders who have a long and positive history is a great place to start when starting out.
You can also find online grow journals where other growers can show you from start to finish what the growing process looks like for certain marijuana seeds.
If you grow some seeds and like the results, try growing another strain from that same breeder and see how it goes.
Shopping at Your Local Dispensary
Buying seeds at your local dispensary is a pretty straightforward process just be aware that you will have fewer options when it comes to what you can grow.
Your local Budtenders or Dispensary Staff should be able to answer any of your questions and give you any information you need when it comes to growing the cannabis seeds they have for sale. On the other hand, make sure you keep in mind that most staff and budtenders focus on selling flower and end-products.
How do I know if I’m getting quality genetics?
Breeders talk about "unstable genetics" meaning that the origin of a seed is unknown. Make sure that you ask about the genetics of the packet of marijuana seeds that you bought are. Breeders should be able to show you where the seeds came from, what they were crossed with and/or backcrossed with. If you can't see that seeds history then it could literally be anything.
Inexperienced breeders might cross male and female seeds one time and sell that as a hybrid seed, but professional grow and breeders will typically put their strains through several rounds of backcrossing to stabilize the genetics while producing consistent plants that reflect those genetics.
What’s the difference between regular, feminized, and autoflower seeds?
If you buy regular seeds the will come with a mix of both males and females. Most cultivators perfer to grow these because regular seeds haven't been backcrossed - essentially inbred - as much as the feminized or autoflower seeds have. You'll need to sex out the seeds once their reproductive organs start to show during the flowering phase and discard the males because they don't produce buds and will pollinate females which will result in seeded flowers.
You can buy Feminized seeds, which means they come presorted with no males. You can just put these straight into the soil as they are ready to grow. This helps you tremendously because you don't have the worry of having a stray male in your crop. One male can pollinate a huge crop causing your females to focus their energy on producing seeds and not flower.
Autoflowering plants change the vegetative to flower state with age, not the changing of their light cycle. Their grow-to-harvest time is short comparatively and can be ready to harvest within 3 months. The disadvantage of autoflowering plants is that they are typically less potent but they are great for beginners who want to grow but not spend a lot of time tending to plants.
How much do marijuana seeds cost?
Cannabis seeds typically come in a pack of 10 - 12 seeds and they can start around $40 for a pack and go up from there. Price is largely dependant on the actual genetics of the seeds you are buying. Highend genetics can cost you anywhere from $200 to $500 for a pack of 10-12 seeds.
Feminized and Autoflowering seeds will typically cost more because there is a lot more time and energy put into breeding work and because it takes less time for them to flower and produce buds.
How many seeds should I buy? Are they all going to survive?
There is a certain number of seeds that will not germinate even if you did get them from a reputable breeder.
When you grow regular seeds, some won't germinate and some will have to be thrown out because they are males. With feminized seedlings you will have some that don't germinate however, you will typically have bigger crop due to you not having to throw the males out.
If you wanted to grow 6 plants as an example and you just bought regular seeds it is suggested that you should purchase about 24 the reason is that some may not germinate and others may turn out to be male. If you are starting with feminized cannabis seeds then start with 12 seeds.
Stay within Oklahoma's legal limit of growing plants
Possession/Use Limits: Qualified patients in possession of a state-issued medical license are permitted to possess up to three (3) ounces of usable marijuana, up to one (1) ounce of cannabis concentrate, up to seventy-two (72) ounces of edible cannabis, and up to eight (8) ounces within a private residence.
Grow Limits: Qualified patients are permitted to cultivate no more than twelve (12) plants total, with no more than six (6) plants that are mature at any given time.