Seeds can come feminized, meaning you can just put them in soil and start growing for buds. These seeds are guaranteed to be bud-producing females and growing them cuts out the step of having to sex out plants and discard the males.
Many world-renowned seed banks are overseas in the Netherlands, the UK, Spain, and other countries where cannabis laws are less restricted. Seed banks provide seeds from a variety of different breeders.
Dispensary staff should be able to give you information on the seeds they’re selling, but keep in mind that a lot of dispensaries focus on selling flower and end-products. It’s a good idea to call ahead and talk to staff to see if they are knowledgeable about seeds and can give you specific information on growing.
Even one weed plant can produce a lot of buds come harvest time, so make sure you grow a strain you like. Note strains you enjoy when you pick something up at the dispensary or smoke with friends, and look for seeds of it when you want to start growing.
In states with adult-use legalization or a medical marijuana program, you can buy seeds within your own state, either at a dispensary or through a specific seed company’s website.
Breeders talk about “unstable genetics,” meaning that a seed’s origin is unknown. Make sure that when you buy a packet of seeds that it or the breeder who produced them can list where the seeds came from and how they were crossed and/or backcrossed to get the seed that you hold in your hand. If you can’t get a seed’s history, it could be anything and the result of poor breeding practices.
It also reduces the risk of having a stray male sneak into your crop—just one male can pollinate a huge crop, causing your females to focus their energies on producing seeds instead of buds.
In most cases expensive seeds are the best seeds as these feature the best genetics. You can compare it with cars. Luxury cars with a lot of horsepower and gadgets undergo a more expensive production process compared to basic cars for the big crowd. With cannabis seeds, it’s actually no different.
On average, a single cannabis seed cost about 10 EUR – 15 EUR (12 USD – 18 USD) each.
In many countries, also in the Netherlands whereby far the most cannabis seeds are developed, it’s forbidden to grow cannabis plants and there are hefty prison sentences and fines. Yet, to produce cannabis seeds and to meet demand, many plants are needed. Breeders therefore have to take risks.
Besides the production process and the risks that affect prices, genetics are also a very important factor in the determination of the price. Genetics are actually the DNA of the plant and in addition to the environmental factors, genetics determines the degree of potency. Here you can think of the quality of the weed, taste, ripening and yields.
When doing research you will quickly find out that the prices of cannabis seeds differ from seedbank to seedbank and from strain to strain. But where do these price differences actually come from, and which factors determine the price of cannabis seeds? Let’s dig deeper into this matter and find out what weed seeds cost.
First of all cannabis seeds have to be bred, but before they can be bred they have to be developed which starts with a lot of research and testing. These processes take years and are costly. Once the strain is stable, the seeds have to be produced. A process that is risky.
When you buy seeds, and you choose the most expensive seeds, you can expect the highest quality. Yet the most expensive seeds are not always the best seeds. How is that possible?
The popularity of the strain also affects the price. You’ll notice that very popular strains are quite expensive while not so popular ones are cheaper. You may also find new strains in discounted prices as most seed banks want their customers to try these out.
Buying marijuana seeds may cost more when you buy online because aside from the cost of seeds, you also need to pay for shipment and delivery fees. Local shipment is cheaper than international shipping.
Prices depending on where you buy your seeds
Cannabis seeds are sold in packs usually in packs containing five, ten, or twenty seeds. It is common for cannabis seed banks to sell products that are still inside their breeder’s packages. Yes, the more seeds you buy, the more expensive it would be, but consider the value when you buy more.
But still, there are many factors that can influence the price of seeds, and all smart growers should never overlook these. Even traditional economic drivers like inflation and deflation may also affect the cost of weed. It’s worth considering that as people find more good uses in weed, such as a natural treatment, as medicine and as a food additive, the more it is considered as a common, everyday item or product.
If you can wait a while longer, send your seeds via regular shipment. Use special deliveries if it’s necessary to grow your plants ASAP like growing medicinal plants.