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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.

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.

Before you purchase seeds online, you’ll need to figure out what strain you want to grow and what breeder you want to buy from.

Feminized seeds

When growing regular seeds, some won’t germinate and some will have to be discarded because they’ll turn out to be males. With feminized seeds, some won’t germinate, but a higher percentage of them will turn into flowering plants because there won’t be any males.

Autoflower plants change from the vegetative to flowering state with age, not the changing of their light cycle. They have a short grow-to-harvest time and can be ready to harvest in as little as 2 ½ to 3 months from when you put the seeds in the ground. The downside is that, typically, they are less potent, but autoflower seeds are great for people who want to grow cannabis but don’t want to spend a lot of time doing it.

Seed banks exist outside of the US and can sell them for “souvenir purposes,” but it is illegal to bring seeds into the US and Customs will seize any cannabis seeds they find in packages or on a person.

Some strains are easier to grow than others because they are more resistant to mold and pests, so if you’re new to growing, you may want to try an easier strain to start.

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This article was co-authored by Lauren Kurtz. Lauren Kurtz is a Naturalist and Horticultural Specialist. Lauren has worked for Aurora, Colorado managing the Water-Wise Garden at Aurora Municipal Center for the Water Conservation Department. She earned a BA in Environmental and Sustainability Studies from Western Michigan University in 2014.

You can grow a beautiful garden by purchasing good-quality seeds that are well-suited for your climate. Growing plants from seed is a more cost-effective option than buying plants to transplant into your garden. Buy organic seeds from local businesses or online from small, reputable companies.

Many towns will offer seed swaps, where gardeners who have saved open-pollinated seeds will share their excess with others. I’ve also seen seed swaps online.

I’m big on garden planning, and this is one reason why. Before you ever purchase a packet of seeds, make sure you know your garden goals and have even planned your garden layout. From your layout you can calculate how much of each seed you’ll need. Nothing is more frustrating than running out of seed as you’re planting!

White Harvest Seed Company

While longtime gardeners already have their favorite seed companies, beginners aren’t sure where to start.

The most obvious benefit to buying straight from a seed supplier is the selection. You can dream of unique varieties not typically available locally, and you can venture out and experiment with crops you’d never find at your grocery store.

Now, all isn’t rosy in the online and seed catalog world. Too much selection can prove daunting for a beginning gardener. And you may not know what will grow best in your region. You’ll also pay a bit more and in most cases, you’ll have to pay a modest amount for shipping.