Jul 11, 2016 9:20 AM

Choosing Best Cannabis Strains for Growing: Part 1

Once you decide to grow cannabis yourself, the first thing you need to do is to choose a strain. And here you may face a problem: the choice is so big that at some point it can be almost impossible to go in favor of one kind of the plant and put aside the others. In any cannabis strains database, you can find thousands of various crosses and variations. So how you can pick the right strain?

Cannabis seeds and leaves

Nothing is impossible, and this problem can be solved by following a certain algorithm of little decisions. Once you understand what kinds of marijuana plants there are, what are their pros and cons, it would be easier to find what suits you best.

How to Store Marijuana Seeds
How to Store Marijuana Seeds
​Healthy seeds may provide you with a wonderful garden, but if they have not been stored properly, the results may be extremely poor. Marijuana seeds are not as picky as the plants, but sometimes a simple mistake is enough for you to risk losing your favorite strain.

Three kinds of seeds

A new cannabis plant can be grown in two ways: out of a clone and from a seed. Seeds, in their turn, can be regular, feminized, auto-flowering, and at some occasions, you can even find seeds that are feminized and auto-flowering at the same time. Almost every cannabis strain has these kinds of seeds, and that is where your first choice should be made.

The reason why regular seeds cannot always satisfy growers is the different levels of difficulty of growing and the fact that only female plants provide yield.

Regular seeds

Regular seeds behave exactly like Mother Nature designed them to behave (okay, maybe with some help of growers). The seeds germinate when the conditions resemble springtime, the plants grow when the light period is long, and when the days become shorter (the fall comes), you can finally see which plant is male and which is female.

If your goal is just picking up the yield, you do not need male plants; they can help you get seeds but not yield. And many growers are not excited about the thought that they will have to care for several months about plants which they will eventually throw away with no reward.

On the other hand, if you want to breed cannabis, if you want to have your own seed bank, male plants will come in handy. They will also serve you well if you want to create your own new strain with the properties that suit you the best, and if you, for some reason, cannot find what you need on the market.

Differences Between Male and Female Marijuana Plants
Differences Between Male and Female Marijuana Plants
If you want to grow great cannabis on your own, you should know the difference between male and female marijuana plants. Female plants give buds that can be used for both medical and recreational purposes, while male plants just pollinate flowers and turn them into seeds.

Feminized seeds

Feminized seeds appeared on the market as a real savior for those who do not want to worry about getting rid of male plants and giving the precious space to the “useless plants.” Compared to regular seeds that give you approximately a 50/50 ratio of male/female plants, feminized seeds will give you almost 100% of female cannabis.

There are a few disadvantages of this kind of seeds: first, they will not allow you to get seeds or breed cannabis. Second, feminized cannabis seeds are usually significantly more expensive than regular ones. So if you want to grow another harvest, you need either to save some clones from the plants or to spend another fortune on the new pack of feminized seeds.

10 Best Autoflowering Seeds
10 Best Autoflowering Seeds
Autoflower seeds may be the next step in marijuana breeding. By combining sativas and indicas with their wild and untamed sisters Cannabis ruderalis, breeders managed to get almost perfect strains that give you a big yield

Auto-flowering seeds

Auto-flowering seeds come in handy for absolute beginners in growing cannabis and those who live in the areas with short light days but want to grow marijuana outdoors anyway. These plants are “programmed” to switch into the flowering regime regardless of the conditions you give them (at least light conditions, you still need to water and fertilize your garden).

The great disadvantage of this kind of seeds is the quality and quantity of yield, which are much poorer compared to regular seeds.

Marijuana Clones vs. Marijuana Seeds: Choosing Best Option
Marijuana Clones vs. Marijuana Seeds: Choosing Best Option
It will take you a lot of time and money, and many attempts and failures before you learn how to grow high-quality cannabis. One of the most controversial questions every weed grower will eventually face is whether you should use marijuana clones or seeds.

Cloning marijuana

As an alternative to seeds, you may grow your cannabis garden from clones. If the seller is honest (and we believe you will buy clones only from a trusted seller), the clones should be taken from a female plant.

You should worry to make everything you can for your little branches to root, and that means you need to think in advance what methods you will use, how you will provide them with the right humidity, light regime, and temperature until the first roots appear. In most cases, it takes about 5-14 days. After that, you need to plant the clones in the pots or in your garden if you grow them outdoors.

Clones for Sale: 5 Tips on Choosing Best Plants
Clones for Sale: 5 Tips on Choosing Best Plants
Using marijuana clones is one of the easiest ways to grow a reliably high-quality marijuana. They produce crops faster than plants grown from seeds, and the quality of buds is pretty similar to the quality of the mother plant's yield.

There is still a chance that the clones will not survive due to different stress factors, so it is always a risk. However, the seeds may also not always germinate in 100% cases, so the risks are pretty much the same.

Choosing the right kind of seeds or the right way of growing clones is only the beginning of the task. In the second part, we will tell you about other properties of cannabis plants you need to take into account before starting your growing project. Stay tuned, and happy growing!

Comments
Choosing Best Cannabis Strains for Growing: Part 2
Once you have chosen the kind of seeds or clones you need, it is time to move on to other choices. The strain that fits you best should also fit your growing room or the conditions in your plat. Therefore, let us have a look at the properties you should take into account when designing your future cannabis garden.
Jul 13, 2016 9:10 AM
Marijuana Clones vs. Marijuana Seeds: Choosing Best Option
It will take you a lot of time and money, and many attempts and failures before you learn how to grow high-quality cannabis. One of the most controversial questions every weed grower will eventually face is whether you should use marijuana clones or seeds.
Jun 25, 2016 9:15 AM
Auto-Flowering Cannabis Seeds
You may have heard that auto-flowering marijuana plants are quite easy to grow, or maybe that auto-flowering plants are less potent and provide a smaller yield. There are lots of rumors and prejudice about this kind of marijuana, so let us have a look at what is true and what is not.
May 25, 2016 8:40 AM