So, you are ready to start your growing journey, and it’s time for the first step: deciding which seeds to purchase. There are tons to choose from, but a Pot for Pot does some of the work for you by hand selecting the best seeds and strains for easy growing.
This article will review the seed options available to you such as autoflowering and photoperiod seeds, plus the strains that are best for newbies. Let’s dive in!
An Overview of Marijuana Seeds
Intro to seeds - photoperiod vs. autoflower
It’s not easy trying to pick the right marijuana if you don’t understand the different types. Photoperiod seeds are generally the go-to option for more experienced growers since they are quite inexpensive. However, you should also understand the difference between photoperiod and autoflower seeds because there are some advantages to both.
Photoperiod seeds, unlike autoflowers, require certain climate conditions to go from the vegetative to flowering stage. The growth phases for photoperiod strains change according to the hours of light and darkness.
Autoflowers, on the other hand, are not dependent on the amount of daylight. They will begin flowering automatically within 4-5 weeks no matter what. Autoflowering strains can be great because they have a shorter life cycle, are smaller (better for growing in your home), and aren’t as picky about lighting.
Autoflower seeds are a great option for growing with natural light. These seeds do not rely on the length of daylight and season changes to flower. They will begin flowering even with 24 hours of light. The autoflower lifespan generally takes about 10 weeks to complete.
How seeds are made
For cannabis plants to reproduce, the female plant has to be pollinated by a male plant and then it will produce seeds. When the seeds mature, the female plant will die, and the seeds will fall to the ground, where they germinate and grow into a new marijuana plant next season.
Male and female plants
Gardeners with more than one plant are going to want to know which are male and which are female, especially if you want your plants to produce weed rather than seeds. Pollinated female plants don’t make the best weed, so this is pretty important. You will notice a difference in the male plants once the male plant begins growing little flowers that look similar to buds. The pollen these flowers give off is a clear indication it’s a male plant.
Female plants tend to create a teardrop-shaped pod, while male plants tend to create oval pods. As for the females, after a couple weeks you will see buds growing, and within a month, these buds will be quite large and odorous. Males usually die sooner and are taller. When the males die, you can still smoke the buds. The smoke will not be as good as the females, but it is still worth your time.
Regular & Feminized seeds
Regular seeds have about a 50/50 shot at being male or female. Whereas feminized seeds are bred with the intent to eliminate the male chromosomes, so every plant ends up being female. Feminized seeds are best for easy, quick growth.
When deciding between regular and feminized seeds, it mostly depends on your goals. If you just want some weed to smoke at the end of the growing season, you should go for feminized seeds. If you want to create your own seeds, you’ll need regular seeds.
Using feminized autoflower seeds will offer both a fast harvest and you don’t have to worry about determining the plant's sex. With a Pot for Pot, you can save yourself some stress. We’ll recommend the best seeds for your pot, making everything more convenient for you.
Which strains are easiest to grow?
A Pot for Pot makes growing marijuana a breeze for newbies, especially since we hand select the best strains for your growing needs. Picking the right strain can be a bit of a headache if you don’t know what to look for. Here is a list of some of the easiest strains to grow for your first time.
Newbies love this one! Gorilla Glue #4 is an award-winning hybrid that grows thick and short – which is great if you aren’t working with much space to grow. For best results, this strain thrives using the Screen of green (SCROG) technology. If you care about a fast harvest, you will be happy to know this strain flowers at 8-9 weeks with very high yields. It’s great for both indoors and outdoors.
This indica strain is easy to grow and is best for indoor growing. As an indoor strain, it can be grown all year round. It grows quickly and tends to flower within 7 weeks, making it ideal for newbies.
Everyone loves this strain’s ability to survive even the harshest conditions. You don’t have to worry about the usual problems with mold and root rot, and it grows well indoors and outdoors. Blue Dream provides a very relaxing and euphoric high.
This tasty strain is a favorite of cannabis cafes in Amsterdam. You will feel this high quickly, and it lasts quite a while. Dutch Treat offers high yields and flowers in 6-8 weeks. Grow this strain indoors either hydroponically or in soil. If you grow it outdoors keep in mind, it has a strong skunky odor.
Green crack is a sativa strain that’s very easy for greenhorns to grow. It’s also strong, very tasty and can thrive in different conditions. You will enjoy fast flowering and high yields.
Best strains for hot climates
This strain is perfect for Mediterranean environments such as Mexico, Spain, or Florida. You will enjoy a euphoric high with a yummy blueberry taste.
A popular strain at Dutch coffee shops, White Widow offers a potent high and very high yields. It grows well in climates like Italy, Australia, and California.
Amnesia Haze offers a potent, mellow high with a flowery taste. This one thrives in Texas, Colombia, and New Zealand.
Best strains for cold climates
The high you get from Super Skunk is aromatic with a strong flavor. It flowers very quickly and does well in places like England, Canada, and Oregon.
With a mental high that is similar to the indica stoned, this strain flowers fast with high yields. It grows great in colder climates like in the Netherlands, the UK, and Washington State.
The most popular strains
There are many strains that growers and weed lovers rave about. Here are a few you may want to check out.
This sativa strain is easy to grow, and you can expect very high yields. It will give you an amazing high that relaxes the body and is also a mood enhancer.
Autoflowers are excellent because of how fast they flower with little to no effort on your part. Super Skunk feminized autoflower is a ruderalis strain that is great when you want some good bud to smoke ASAP until your regular seeds are ready.
This indica-dominant hybrid flowers within 8 weeks and will grow very well even under harsh conditions. It also smells like papaya.