Selecting the Proper Seeds For Growing Marijuana

by Jack Neander January 22, 2017

Cultivating cannabis is not that hard, but often beginners don’t spend enough time selecting their seeds. For growing marijuana, seeds need to be carefully selected – not because most sources are not reliable, but because there are different varieties of cannabis out there, and a crash-course in seeds is often necessary. The most important thing is planning and timing – the rest comes easy.

First the cultivator needs to decide

whether he wants to farm indoors or outdoors – and this is the most important decision. Outdoor growers need to be sure the seeds they acquire will survive and provide a profitable harvest considering the elements outside; the farmer needs to make sure that the weather outside can sustain the plant. Indoor growers need to understand that different varieties have different needs, especially regarding space, and these necessities demand proper recognition.

It all comes down to the different varieties that are out there, of course. The tall variety, mostly found in warmer climates and closer to sea level is the sativa. The sativa plant can grow up to 10 foot tall or even higher, and would be impossible to grow indoors. It does, however, provide a more “euphoric” high and is perfect for subtropical or tropical climates outdoors. The other popular variety, the indica, grows no more than six feet, has broad leaves and gives a “dull” stoned feeling. It is perfect for cultivation indoors because it requires less vertical space. Most varieties available on the market are a hybrid of the two. This is why the farmer must be careful when choosing the “growing marijuana seeds” – some of these seeds may grow too much.

Aside from the projected height of the plant, the outside climate is equally important, even for those who plan to grow indoors. Indoor cultivators make sure that they understand the temperatures and humidity conditions of their immediate area throughout the different seasons, because those hoping to farm indoors will need to provide ventilation and lighting, and depending on the outside weather, they may want to install extra insulation, a heating or cooling system, or buy extra home appliances such as humidifiers or ionizers. Indoor growing is a project that is influenced by outdoor conditions, especially when growing in the attic or the basement.

The first step anyone should do is check around and see if there is anyone in the neighborhood who is growing marijuana and if that person would be kind enough to provide you with some seeds. This is a delicate process, because most likely the whole proposal is illegal. In fact, I would not recommend at any time approaching someone you don’t know personally, even if that person is a bona fide grower. But, if you do have a friend who has successfully grown, then it would be in your best interests to (carefully) approach the subject and see what he has to say. Farmers who have had success are an invaluable source of information and tend to boast about it when they feel they’ve met a friend.

The other option is to order from the net, and that’s not a bad choice. Most of the websites are reliable – but you have to consider that shipments take a while (some wait two months) and giving your real address is not the smartest thing to do if it’s illegal in your state. A little bit of planning can see you through, though. For successfully growing marijuana, seeds need to fit what you have in mind; check the height of the plant at harvest time, make sure you know how it should be grown (regarding temperature and lighting), and if possible, see if you can figure out a way to make payment and receive delivery of the package without giving away too much personal information.

One last piece of advice: do not choose a seed just because it sounds good. A lot of names of cannabis plants are supposed to raise the expectations of the growers – hence the enterprising websites and companies litter the sites with words such as “skunk”, “lights”, “dreams” or “bliss”. Please understand that the name of the plant is not important. Check its potency, its height at maturity, the temperatures it can withstand and how long the expected time is from seed to maturity. Planning is everything. The experienced grower checks his environment, chooses the seeds to fit that environment, and then adjusts the surroundings to produce optimum harvest.

Still – do check out some of the varieties out there, even if they don’t fit nature in your area. Some of these plants do look wonderful. And they do have cool names!


Jack Neander
Jack Neander


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