Remember, once a seed germinates, the real work begins. Sexing, selecting, vegetative growth, flowering, and the eventual harvest all lie ahead.
Take four sheets of paper towels and soak them with distilled water. The towels should be soaked but shouldn’t have excess water running off.
Autoflowers can be started in early spring and will flower during the longest days of summer, taking advantage of high quality light to get bigger yields. Or, if you get a late start in the growing season, you can start autoflowers in May or June and harvest in the fall.
Time to germinate
Most cannabis plants begin flowering when the amount of light they receive on a daily basis reduces. Outdoors, this happens when the sun starts setting earlier in the day as the season turns from summer to autumn. Indoor growers can control when a plant flowers by reducing the daily amount of light plants receive from 18 hours to 12 hours.
Sexing marijuana plants can be a time-consuming process, and if you don’t catch males, there is a risk that even one males can pollinate your entire crop, causing all of your female weed plants to produce seeds.
To get the buds found in medical and recreational stores, female cannabis plants are grown in an environment without males—or the males are removed from the area before they release pollen—so the females don’t create seeds. Females can then focus their energies on producing buds and not seeds—this high-potency marijuana is traditionally known as “sinsemilla,” meaning “seedless.”
Once cannabis seeds are mature, the female plant begins to die, and seeds are either dropped to the ground where they grow into new cannabis plants next spring, or the seeds are harvested for processing into seed oil or food products, or stored so they can be sown in the ground later and become the next generation of plants.
Beginner growers often don’t want to invest large amounts of money into a new hobby. If this applies to you, we advise purchasing cheaper seeds. This means less pressure to produce a perfect outcome, making for a more pleasant and casual growing experience. Oh, and “cheap seeds” doesn’t equate to bad genetics. Many cheaper varieties offer superb yields of high-quality flowers.
Before dropping a seed into some soil, we recommend giving some thought to what kind of strain you want to grow. Consider how much space you have available, how much money you’re willing to spend, what kind of high and flavours you enjoy when you smoke, and your local weather patterns and climate.
If you’re just setting foot on your cannabis growing journey, starting off with easy genetics will really help you along the way. You’ll still need to take good care of your plants, but hardy, beginner-friendly strains are much more forgiving and easier to cultivate.
Special Queen 1
Explore our strain selection categories below to find the best easy strains to suit your preferences.
Clocking in at €4.50 for a single seed, Special Queen 1 offers a fantastic return on investment. She descends from a mix of genetics from Mexico, Colombia, and beyond, and provides a long-lasting high that targets the body and the mind. With a THC content of 18% and an average yield of 550g/m², Special Queen offers substantial bang for your buck.
Firstly, we obviously have not seen, smoked and grown all these strains ourselves. Unfortunately we are not that lucky. In addition, you can of course ask yourself the question; what is good and what is better? In most cases it simply comes down to personal taste and preference.
At the moment there are more than 100 breeders and seed banks in our database with a description and all their strains. Naturally, the famous companies are there, such as Barney’s Farm, Royal Queen Seeds, Dutch Passion, Dinafem, Green House Seeds, Subcool’s The Dank and Sensi Seeds.
Rest assured, if you have mastered the basic principles then you will soon be able to find your way between all those sativas and indicas.
If you are looking for a strain with specific characteristics, do not forget to use our StrainFinder. Thanks to this search engine you will certainly increase your chance to find the strain that suits you best.
But do not limit yourself to the big brands only, also take a look at the smaller and lesser-known brands. Most of them have their own interesting strains which deserve a lot more attention than they actually get. We mention for example The KushBrothers, Humboldt Seeds and CBD Crew.
This certainly applies to people who are not very familiar with marijuana terminology that can be very colorful with terms such as calyx to leaf ratio, SCRoG, Fimming and curing of buds.
Mother Nature gave us the landraces of cannabis sativa and indica that we know under names like Afghani, Hindu Kush, Thai, Colombian and Malawi. Over the years, all breeders around the world have crossed and experimented so much with these and other landraces that an extremely large selection has been created of different strains with a colorful combination of smell, taste and effects.