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How to Select Cannabis Seeds for Best Personal Results

by Henrique Dias on Sep 08, 2023

How to Select Cannabis Seeds for Best Personal Results

 

If you are thinking about growing your own cannabis, it means you probably already have a preference for certain strains. However, while it may be tempting to go out and grow your favorite strains right away, there are some problems you should be aware of.

 

- What if your favorite strain doesn’t grow well in the climate where you live?

- What if you don’t have the proper space for your favorite strain?

- What if your favourite strain requires advanced gardening skills?

 

In the previous lesson we covered the basics of growing cannabis, which sets the foundation for growing your plants. And if you do what we will teach you in this article, you will have already won 50% of the battle before even starting it. Here is what we are covering today:

 

1. Selecting indoors vs outdoors strains
2. Selecting beginner vs advanced strains
3. Selecting feminized seeds
4. Selecting a reputable seed bank
5. Growing seeds vs clones
FAQ: Is it legal to grow where I live?

  

1. Selecting Indoor vs Outdoor Strains

Indoor cannabis plants in the flowering stage growing in a grow tent with a BudTrainer "I Grow Big Buds" banner in the back
Indoor Plants

 

You probably already know if you are growing your cannabis indoors or outdoors. While every cannabis strain that grows outdoors can grow indoors in a controlled environment, not every strain that grows indoors is meant to be grown outdoors - only a select few are resilient enough to withstand outdoor weather conditions and the pressure from pests. So here is a rule to always remember:

 

Outdoors to In is a Win,

Indoors to Out is a Doubt.

 

Two cannabis plants outdoors in the flowering stage, growing inside the BudPots 15Ga
Outdoor Plants
 

So, how can you tell which strains are good for indoors and which ones are good for outdoors? Most seed banks feature a dedicated section for outdoor strains that you can search from. If you can't find this indoor/outdoor section in your seed bank's website, that's a red flag and we recommend looking for one that does (we will tell you our favourite seed bank in a jiffy). 

Screenshot of a seedbank's website showing the indoor and outdoor strains sections circled in red
Seed Bank's Website Indoor/Outdoor Strains
  

Secondly, before you buy your favorite strain make sure to read the strain’s description - oftentimes it will tell you the perfect conditions for the plant to grow in. If you find that you can’t meet those conditions, you can choose hundreds of other choices available. Again, we can’t stress the importance of starting with seeds that are proper for your environmental conditions.

 

2. Selecting Beginner vs Advanced Strains

Some strains are easier to grow than others, requiring less attention and specialized care. Others are known to be more temperamental, needing specific conditions and constant care. If you are starting your cannabis cultivation journey, it's essential to choose strains that match your skill level and the resources you have available.

  

Beginner Strains

Beginner strains are typically more forgiving of mistakes and fluctuating conditions, making them ideal for those new to growing. They are usually more resilient to common growing challenges such as over or underwatering, variations in temperature and humidity, and pests. Some popular beginner strains include:

  • Blue Dream:¬†Known for its robust growth and resistance to mildew. Very simple and straightforward to grow.
  • Northern Lights:¬†Adaptable to various growing conditions and resistant to many diseases.
  • Gorilla Glue:¬†A resilient strain that is known for its strong growth and high resistance to pests and diseases.
Cannabis flower with the I Grow Big Buds banner from BudTrainer behind it
Blue Dream Grown Indoors with the BudPots
   

    Advanced Strains

    Advanced strains often offer unique flavors, aromas, or effects, but they require more precise care and attention. They may have specific nutrient needs, narrow ideal temperature and humidity ranges, or be more prone to diseases and pests. Some examples of more advanced strains include: 

    • Haze: A Sativa that needs intense light and has a long flowering time.
    • Ghost Train Haze: Requires careful nutrient management and is sensitive to overwatering.
    • Girl Scout Cookies: This hybrid can be tricky to grow and may require specific training techniques to maximize yield.¬†¬†
      Purple blue dream, cannabis plant flowering outdoors with a trellis net, and houses in the background
      Girl Scout Cookies Grown Outdoors with the BudPots
       

      By choosing the right strain for your skill level and growing environment, you're setting yourself up for a successful and rewarding cultivation experience. Remember, it's not just about growing the plant, but enjoying the process and learning along the way.

       

      3. Selecting Feminized Seeds 

      Feminized seeds are produced by manipulating the genetics of the cannabis plant to ensure that it will only produce female plants, which are the ones that produce the buds containing the cannabinoids and terpenes that you want. Male plants, on the other hand, only produce pollen and nothing else. When a male plant is close to a female one, it will fertilize it and your buds will be full of seeds. Yuck!

      Female cannabis plant showing white pistils pointed by an arrow and text
      Female Cannabis Plant

         

      Using feminized seeds eliminates the need to identify and remove male plants (we show you how in this article), which don't produce buds and can even harm the development of the female plants if left in the grow space.¬†Choosing feminized seeds simplifies the cultivation process and reduces the risk of accidental pollination that can ruin the crop. In order to find feminized seeds, simply select the ‚Äúfeminized seeds‚ÄĚ section of your seed bank.¬†¬†¬†

      Male cannabis plant close up shot showing the pollen sacks on a node
      Male Cannabis Plant

         

      4. Selecting a Reputable Seed Bank

      Starting with good genetics is like winning half of the battle before even starting it. A good seed bank will offer a wide range of high-quality genetics and provide information about each strain, helping beginners to choose the best variety for their growing conditions and desired effects.

      A reputable seed bank will also provide a 100% germination guarantee, meaning if your seeds don't sprout they will replace them for free. They will also ensure that the seeds or clones are viable and disease-free, which is important for producing healthy plants that can reach their full potential.

      Overall, choosing a reliable seed bank can help you avoid potential problems and maximize the success of your home-growing experience.

        

      Reputation In Seed Production

      Seedsman Logo

      Here at BudTrainer we only purchase seeds from Seedsman Genetics. They have been around for over 21 years and have perfected their strains to be not only high-yielding but also extremely reliable. Seedsman offers shipping all over the world and they have a 100% germination guarantee, meaning they will replace every seed that doesn’t work.

      In fact, we believe in them so much that BudTrainer built a partnership with Seedsman where you can get 10% OFF your seeds by simply using the checkout code BUDTRAINER. But wait - there's more!

        

      A Tree For A Tree Program

        

       

      In this partnership with Seedsman, BudTrainer invests its commission proceeds toward planting trees around the world. In fact, every time you buy a seed from Seedsman with the promo code BUDTRAINER, not only do you get 10% OFF, but you also plant a tree for every seed you buy. That’s right! You buy a tree, we plant a tree!

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      5. Growing Seeds vs Clones   

      Are you thinking about growing clones instead? Growing cannabis from seeds or from clones is quite similar. The only major difference is in the beginning because a clone will start off with roots already, while a seed still needs to germinate. Regardless of which method you choose, BudTrainer’s Big Bud Academy was designed to help you succeed with both. Here are the pros and cons of each method.

        

      Growing from seed

        • Most natural way to grow cannabis
        • Takes more time and effort to start from seed
        • Essential to germinate seeds correctly for healthy plant growth
        • Allows grower to have full control over the plant's growth and development
        Cannabis seedlings in solo cups with a BudTrainer sticker on them

        Young Seedlings
          

          Growing from clone

            • Offer a head start in the growing process
            • Rooted and growing when purchased
            • Genetically identical to parent plant, with the same characteristics and traits
            • Can also carry over any issues the parent plant had, such as pests or diseases
            Rooted cannabis clone in Rockwool plug being held by a hand wearing white gloves
            Rooted Clone

             

            If this is your first time, we recommend starting with seeds so that you understand how the entire natural lifecycle of the plant works. However, if you got a clone from a friend or if it's easier to buy clones where you live, you will do just fine.

             

            FAQ: Is it Legal to Grow Where I Live?

            Updated on Aug 4, 2023

             

            Recreationally Allowed States

             

            State

            Rec

            Year (Rec)

            CA

            Yes

            2016

            AK

            Yes

            2014

            NV

            Yes

            2016

            OR

            Yes

            2014

            WA

            Yes

            2012

            ME

            Yes

            2016

            CO

            Yes

            2012

            MT

            Yes

            2020

            VT

            Yes

            2020

            RI

            Yes

            2022

            NM

            Yes

            2021

            MI

            Yes

            2018

            AZ

            Yes

            2020

            NJ

            Yes

            2020

            DE

            Yes

            2023

            CT

            Yes

            2021

            MA

            Yes

            2016

            IL

            Yes

            2019

            MD

            Yes

            2022

            MN

            Yes

            2023

            NY

            Yes

            2021

            MO

            Yes

            2022

            VA

            Yes

            2021

              

            Medicinally Allowed States

              

            State

            Med

            Year (Med)

            HI

            Yes

            2000

            NH

            Yes

            2013

            GA

            Yes

            2015

            LA

            Yes

            2015

            AK

            Yes

            2016

            FL

            Yes

            2016

            ND

            Yes

            2016

            OH

            Yes

            2016

            PA

            Yes

            2016

            IA

            Yes

            2017

            WV

            Yes

            2017

            OK

            Yes

            2018

            UT

            Yes

            2018

            MI

            Yes

            2022

            SD

            Yes

            2020

            AL

            Yes

            2021

            KY

            Yes

            2023

             

            Not Allowed States

            Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Nebraska, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

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