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How To Pick Cannabis Seeds

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How To Pick Cannabis Seeds

Are you thinking about starting to grow your own cannabis? If you are, we are here to help you pick cannabis seeds for your gardening needs. 

With thousands of different types of seeds out there these days to choose from, how do you pick the right ones for you? We will help you pick the right ones by describing the different needs of growers when it comes to choosing their first seed strain. 

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What type of Strain are you looking for when you pick cannabis seeds?

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There are two main types of strains of cannabis and another third type we will discuss later. These two strains of cannabis seeds will be either Indica or Sativa based strains. You can get a combination of the two called a hybrid strain. Even in this case the strain will be more of one or the other as far as growth is concerned. 

Both types of cannabis strain will be discussed below.

All about Indica Cannabis Seeds

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It is our opinion that indica strains are a bit easier for new grows to get started with. Some of the characteristics of cannabis indica are they are shorter, grow much denser cannabis flowers (buds) and finish flowers faster than the other two types of cannabis seeds

As far as using these buds they are more sedating and relaxing for users of this strain once you have fully grown and flowered them. 

If you are thinking about making hashish indica will make you more hash then other strains will.

All about Sativa Cannabis Seeds

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We feel that cannabis sativa is a bit harder to grow for new cannabis cultivators. Sativa strains seeds normally grow taller, buds are not as dense, more powerful highs, and are less dense than indica cannabis flowers. 

Sativa Cannabis Strains are normally less sedating and more “on the go” kind of cannabis. Great for getting things done in the day time.

How much height do you have in your grow space

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This is one very important factor that many new growers overlook when they pick cannabis seeds for the first time. Depending on which seeds you are going to pick seeds for your first grow, you will need to know if the seeds are going to stretch very tall into your lighting and kill the top buds. 

If you have a limited space height wise we recommend sticking to indica seeds, as we mentioned above this strain will stay shorter in a vegetative growth stage and in flowering. 

You could grow a sativa strain if you have lots of overhead room to spare.

Do you mind identifying female cannabis plants from male cannabis plants?

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Another thing that a grower will have to address when picking cannabis seeds is if they would like to get cannabis seeds that are all female seeds or male seeds will be included.  

If you don’t want any male plants in your garden you will need to buy “feminized cannabis seeds” for your garden, if you don’t mind finding males and removing them, you will need to buy regular cannabis seeds.

Where will you be growing the Cannabis Seeds?

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Many cannabis are bred for outdoor growing or indoor growing. When you pick cannabis seeds you will need to know where you want to grow them. 

Indoor Cannabis Garden

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When picking seeds for indoor growing, some of the things you may want to think about are, space, lighting, heat, cold, ventilation and where you are going to put the plant. 

The cannabis seeds that you pick for your garden will have to work for all these factors. As a grower you will want to check that the seeds are bred for all these things and will grow healthy in an indoor grow environment.

Outdoor Cannabis Garden

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Outdoors comes with another set of factors you will need to consider before you pick cannabis seeds. Outside the plants will have to deal with high wind, corn bores, rain, high humidity. Unlike indoors these are all factors that you can’t control. Mold is one of the biggest issues growers have to deal with outside gardens. 

For this reason you will want to pick seeds that are bred for outdoor growing.

What Terpenes do you Enjoy

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Cannabis Terpenes are what will give your cannabis flowers their amazing smells. Do you enjoy cannabis that has a nice pine smell, or maybe cannabis that smells like fresh berries. Cannabis can come with all different types of smells in taste due to genetics of the plant. 

When you pick cannabis seeds you will want to look at what smells and taste you enjoy when picking your first seeds.

Pick Cannabis Seeds that are Cheaper for your first time Growing

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If it’s your first time germinating cannabis seeds and you just paid $200 dollars for 3 seeds it will be a bit daunting to say the least. It would be like buying a $100,000 dollar new car and getting a giant scratch down the side of it on your first trip out.. 

Pick cannabis seeds that are not so expensive for your first time starting seeds. This is the best way to get some experience before you drive that 100,000 car for the first time!

Don’t get Overwhelmed Picking your First Seeds

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Choosing your first cannabis seeds can indeed be a daunting task, given the myriad of strains and seed banks available. However, the key to navigating this new terrain is knowledge and understanding of what you need and want from your cannabis plants.

First and foremost, consider the legal climate in your region. In Nova Scotia, Canada, for instance, you’re allowed to grow up to four cannabis plants per household for personal use. Always ensure you’re in compliance with local laws before purchasing seeds.

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Next, think about the type of cannabis you want to grow. Are you looking for a particular effect, like relaxation or energization? Different strains can produce vastly different effects, and knowing whether you want an indica, sativa, or hybrid strain will narrow down your choices significantly.

Indica strains are known for their relaxing effects and are often recommended for evening use. They typically grow shorter and bushier, which can be beneficial if you’re limited on space. Sativa strains, on the other hand, are known for their energizing and uplifting effects, and they usually grow taller with longer flowering times.

Hybrids are bred from both indica and sativa strains and can offer a balance of effects. They can be a good choice if you’re looking for specific therapeutic benefits or a combination of the relaxing and energizing effects.

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Another important factor is whether to choose autoflowering or photoperiod cannabis seeds. Autoflowering cannabis plants begin to flower based on their age, rather than changes in the light cycle. This can make them easier for beginners because they require less attention and tend to be ready for harvest sooner.

Photoperiod plants, meanwhile, require specific light cycles to start flowering. This gives you more control over the size and yield of your plants but requires a bit more knowledge and experience to manage effectively.

You’ll also want to consider the THC to CBD ratio in the seeds you’re selecting. THC is the psychoactive component that gives you a “high,” while CBD is non-psychoactive and is often sought for its potential therapeutic benefits.

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Seed banks and dispensaries often categorize seeds by their difficulty to grow, yield, THC content, flavor profiles, and whether they’re better suited for indoor or outdoor growing. Use these categories to guide your decision-making based on your growing environment and personal preferences.

When you’ve narrowed down your choices, research the seed bank or dispensary you’re considering buying from. Look for reviews and testimonials about the quality of their seeds and customer service. A reputable seller should provide clear information about the genetics of their seeds and how to grow them.

Lastly, start small. It may be tempting to buy a lot of seeds right away, but it’s wise to start with a small number of plants to get the hang of the growing process. You can always scale up once you’re comfortable and confident in your growing abilities.

Remember, growing cannabis should be an enjoyable experience. Take your time, do your research, and don’t hesitate to ask for advice from more experienced growers. With a little bit of preparation, you’ll be well on your way to cultivating your first successful cannabis crop.

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