Why Growing Seeds From Your Baggy May Not be Such a Good Idea
Good news! You just found a bunch of seeds in your baggy of weed!
Now, you are dreaming about growing big beautiful plants of your own with these free weed seeds. Free seeds mean free weed, right?
You might want to pause on that thought.
Did you know that seeds found in a gram or two of commercial flower can actually be telltale signs it’s not a quality product? Bad original product can lead to poor germination rates, sickly plants, or just bad bud.
With the number of high-quality seeds available today, why waste months growing a subpar product? This post is an argument against the seeds you’ve come across in your little bag of weed. If you want a quality harvest, you have to start with quality seeds.
Seeds Are a Telltale Sign of Bad Weed
If you’ve ever come across ditch weed or brick weed, you’ll find it’s chock full of seeds. These seeds are just one sign of a low-quality product. Why would you ever want to replicate that low quality in your own grow operation?
But maybe you found seeds from flower purchased through a more reputable source, let’s say the dispensary. Even from a dispensary, seeds are a sign that something went wrong during the growth cycle.
All commercial cannabis today comes from female plants because females produce flowers. Growers keep close control over any male plants, to avoid pollination of the precious female flowers. As with any other plant, pollination produces seeds. Therefore seeds may be a sign of accidental pollination.
Seeds can also come from plant mutations or instability within the genetic line. These seeds may fail to germinate, produce sickly seedlings, or produce an undesirable mutation.
Finally, because seeds so often only appear in bad bud, ask yourself if you actually want to repeat that smoking experience. Do you want to invest in all the equipment, plus months of work, all for scruffy, tasteless bud? Your time and effort should go to growing delicious and abundant weed. Why not pay a few dollars for seeds and avoid the nasty surprise?
Want to Plant Your Seeds? A Quick Guide to Getting Started
If you still want to plant these free weed seeds, do your due diligence to make sure you aren’t wasting your time. First, do a quick visual on the secret seed you found tucked into your last purchase.
Does it look healthy? If it’s withered, wrinkled, or rotten, you’ll want to toss it out. Examine the color, because that’s also important. Bright green, dark green, light browns are all good signs. If you see little veins or stripes, that is also a good sign.
Next, squeeze the seed. If it’s healthy, it should be almost impossible to crack with the human hand. Dead or old seeds, once pressed, will easily break apart.
With any of the remaining seeds which look healthy and feel healthy, you can try to germinate them. You’ll want to have an indoor (or outdoor) grow space already set up before germination. Do a little research on how to grow weed indoors first, if this is your first time. If you live in the right environment, you can also learn to grow outdoors. Do your research, so you are prepared before you get the process underway.
There are 101 different ways to germinate weed seeds, full details here. That said, you might want to start your baggy seeds off with the paper towel option. Because these free seeds will likely have a lower germination rate than purchased ones, testing them before planting is a safe bet. As soon as you see sprouts, you can move them to soil or jiffy pots.
Where to Buy Premium Seeds
Even before this recent wave of legalization, there were plenty of businesses selling cannabis seeds. This was because, in most places, it was easy, maybe even legal to sell cannabis seeds.
Amsterdam, being the celebrated 420 destination it is, is still a hotbed of expert cultivators and seed dealers. Some of the biggest names in the cannabis seed industry still hail from the Netherlands. Sensi Seeds and Royal Queen Seeds are some of the most notable.
Most often, seed banks will ship worldwide. However, if that makes you nervous about seeds flying through customs, there should be plenty of local options. In Canada, the Vancouver Seed Bank is an excellent resource, and in the US, try Grower’s Choice. Do a bit of googling to find one in your neck of the woods.
Better yet, if you live somewhere with legal medicinal or recreational cannabis, ask your budtender. In many cases, the dispensary may sell seeds or know where to purchase them legally.
Wherever you choose to find your next homegrown strain, buying seeds from a seed breeder is always going to deliver the best results. Free seeds found in a bag of bud will have frustrating and lackluster results under most circumstances.
Still, maybe you have extra time on your hands. Or maybe, you are looking for a hobby. If you are more excited about the journey, instead of the results, it could be a fun product to grow a little ditch weed of your own. Just don’t expect premium quality from the mystery seeds found at the bottom of the bag.