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High-quality cannabis starts with good genetics. If you know what you’re hoping to get out of your buds, then you’ll want to do some research on available strains to make sure you maximize your chances. As a bottom line, you want to make sure that you are using healthy viable marijuana seeds, otherwise you won’t get any crop at all! The best place to start is with a reputable seed company.

The first step for most new growers is to extract seeds from large commercially purchased bags of cannabis. This is likely the easiest way to get seeds, but be warned— the cannabis has already been heavily processed and packaged. Huge quantities of bud are dried and cured together en masse, and then snipped and stuffed into big vacuum-sealed bags.

Throughout all of this, they might go through a lot of rough handling and questionable environments. Since the legality surrounding cannabis cultivation is hazy in most parts of the world, there aren’t very many regulations that need to be followed. Instead of leaving it to hope that you might find quality seeds in your stash, read this guide first. If you want to make your own feminized seeds, read my article How to make feminized seeds.

What are quality marijuana seeds

Where to get quality weed seeds

What this means for the consumer is that it can be difficult to get good seeds. Seeds are, in fact, considered undesirable by most commercial growers, and many of the seeds that sneak into the end product never reached full maturity before being harvested. There’s just no good reason for commercial cultivators to ensure that each and every bud has reached maximum maturity and that the seeds are robust and healthy.

The only reason you’ll be able to find marijuana seeds at all is the difficulty growers have in finding and removing all of the seeds. Commercial growers have nothing to gain by offering free seeds to consumers. Another factor that can come up is freezing seeds, especially in northern latitudes. You won’t know if the seeds have been frozen when you get your cannabis, but if the seeds have in fact been frozen, they are far less likely to produce viable plants.

Download my free marijuana grow guide at this link for more growing tips

With moderately healthy stock, you’re likely to see about one in every three cannabis seeds actually sprout. Although relatively robust, there are many factors which can prevent sprouting: seeds with damaged husks, immature seeds, or seeds that have been damaged by environmental extremes. Additionally, seeds won’t last forever. If the seeds are too old, they are also very unlikely to sprout.

There are a couple steps to take when culling seeds to make sure you are saving the best candidates for sprouting. While you’ll never reach a perfect success rate, you can learn to discern good seeds from bad ones. Mature cannabis seeds are a dark brown, often marbled through with lighter shades or stripes. In general, you’re better off avoiding seeds that are pale green or white since these probably aren’t mature. Big fat seeds are ideal, and they should have a fairly rounded shape. You can use smaller seeds too, but as a rule of thumb, you’re more likely to develop a healthy sprout from a bigger healthier seed.

How to find the best seeds

Where do cannabis seeds grow

Cannabis seeds grow underneath the buds themselves, sandwiched in between the plant matter and the parent stem. They’re difficult to see because of these and have a cushion of protection to guards against all of the drying, curing, processing, and packaging that they’ll go through before they get to you. This is why seeds manage to survive at all.

Young marijuana seeds are also protected by a white-green cellulose sheath that will wither and fall away as the seed matures. To remove them from the plant itself, the best method is to simply find them and gently nudge them free of the stems with a little finger or thumbnail. Feel free to discard any seeds with damaged or scratched surfaces. The same is true for any immature seeds with white seed coats.

Veteran growers might want to grow a mix of both male and female plants, but this is not recommended for most growers, especially inexperienced ones. There is a high risk of inadvertent fertilization, which can ruin the yield of an entire crop. Unfertilized female plants produce the biggest and best yields.

Download my free marijuana grow guide at this link for more growing tips

Fertilized females can still provide a crop, but the end yield will inevitably be much smaller and the buds filled with seeds. Mainly they can provide the seeds necessary for the next generation. Multigenerational breeding is extremely complex, however, and extends beyond the scope of what we’ll talk about here. For now, consider purchasing feminized seeds from a commercial distributor. This will simplify the process, and make it much easier to get started if you’re new to cannabis cultivation.

Keep in mind that if you do end up purchasing feminized seeds, you will get only female plants. With no males in the area to pollinate the female plants, you won’t get very many seeds if you get any at all. Over the long-term, this can be something of a drawback for a home grower since it’s impossible to harvest seeds for the next crop. It also means you won’t be able to reproduce the same crop, which can be frustrating if you find a strain that you really like. Read more in the article What are regular, feminized and autoflowering marijuana seeds

Buying top shelf seed

Buying top shelf cannabis seeds

It takes a lot of trust to buy cannabis seeds. There’s no way to know what strain you’re getting by looking at the seeds themselves. You won’t know anything about the genetics, except the information you’re given by whomever you’re purchasing from. This is one of the biggest reasons why you’d want to purchase your seeds from a reputable company or seed bank. Random dealers won’t necessarily know any better than you what strain they have.

When you buy seeds, try to choose a seed bank or company that offers some client support. Cultivating cannabis isn’t too difficult, but because of the nature of the plant, you can’t just ask friends and family for help and support. Usually seed banks and commercial companies will be available for some troubleshooting since it’s in their best interest to help customers and maintain a positive reputation.

It takes a lot of experience and expertise to produce high-quality seeds. The entire process of selecting, testing and producing a batch of seeds can take up to a year or more. Still, it’s worth it to know you have the right strain, and in a feminized form.

I wrote an article on How to make feminized marijuana seeds. Read it if you like and let me know what you think of it. And if it’s too much trouble just buy marijuana seeds in our seedshop.

Peace,

Robert

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  1. By mitch

    ,09 Apr 2014
    I have a single sensi kush plant . I cut it down to harvest and found it FULL of seeds. obviously its a hermaphrodite and I did something wrong. anyway, can I use the seeds.
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    1. By Cook Contra

      ,13 Sep 2016
      I hope you kept the seeds and grew it. You never know, Ive had that happen before, especially outside. If someone else within a 10-mile radius( a little more for windy conditions) will pollinate anyone’s crop. so you could have […]Read More
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  2. By mark talley

    ,21 Jul 2014
    Hello, folks. I’m a 66 year old retired US Navy vet who takes Prozac for depression. I also ,in the past, have discreetly grown a few different strains of marijuana to supplement the Prozac. Each strain of marijuana I use […]Read More
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    1. By bert

      ,15 Mar 2017
      Unfortunately mark, I also live in northern KY and suffer from red actal epilepsy, have been told that medical marijuana is probably my only option for seizure free life but the only option I have for obtaining this is illegal […]Read More
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      1. By Ray

        ,12 Jul 2017
        I’d he to argue with ya on that one….I def think SC will be…good luck to all & thnx for all the valuable info.!!!!
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    2. By Tānia

      ,06 Apr 2017
      Hi Mark, i read your post for the first time this morning (07/04/17), and a few years have passed since. How are you? And what did you end up doing in the end?
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  3. By Larry Kirk

    ,23 Jul 2014
    I’m in the eastern USA . It is hard as he’ll to find good seeds. I love to grow it. I’ve had two back surgerys doctors don’t want to help. Is this site realible to get my seeds or am […]Read More
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  4. By Nik Nicolaou

    ,05 Dec 2014
    Hi. I read about the section on Quality seeds. I have received 3 different batches of seeds from you . I see that the seeds you sent me were no where near as good as the seeds shown on your […]Read More
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  5. By Kerryk

    ,13 May 2015
    I like sativa for daytime, indica to sleep with.
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    1. By Jennifer ILGM

      ,13 May 2015
      Thanks for sharing!!
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    2. By Mick K

      ,11 Mar 2016
      I got a friend that smokes a vaperizor and he smokes his weed on a low temperature during the day which gives him a energetic sativa high then he takes this part toasted weed and vapes it on a high […]Read More
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  6. By Jennifer ILGM

    ,23 Jun 2015
    Hi Janice, Our customer service contact you 5 days ago via email, but you haven’t responded yet. Our emails might have ended up in your spam folder, can you check if this is the case.
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  7. By Joni

    ,23 Jun 2015
    I’m new to growing. Do I take the seeds from the buds for the next crop and at what stage do I do that?
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  8. By Ann

    ,25 Aug 2015
    Hi Robert, I was reading Ur Cannabis Grow Bible, in the ‘about quality marijuana seeds’, and seen that U asked to leave a comment. ~ I personally prefer Sativa strains over Indica. I like the awake feeling with creative and […]Read More
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  9. By Jimmy Z

    ,14 Oct 2015
    Pineapple express is what I meant.
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    1. By Carlton G Watkins

      ,30 Oct 2016
      How do you get them? Which company is the best
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      1. By latewood.ILGM

        ,31 Oct 2016
        Carlton G Watkins, You can get Northern Lights and many other premium genetics in our seed shop. Link is located in the top right corner of this blog page. Happy Growing! 🙂
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  10. By blkout1

    ,13 Jan 2016
    White widow is definitely my favorite
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  11. By Chris

    ,10 May 2016
    Romulan and strawberry Kush
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  12. By Jessica

    ,18 May 2016
    Is too late to germinate seeds in michigan?
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    1. By latewood.ILGM

      ,24 May 2016
      Auto flower and Indica would be your best bet
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  13. By latewood.ILGM

    ,24 May 2016
    Jessica. NO it is not. Better get to it! Auto flowers and Indica strains is what I would limit myself to. Staiva can take 5-6 months to finish. Plan ahead for some sort of protection for your crop if you […]Read More
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  14. By latewood.ILGM

    ,24 May 2016
    No it is not too late. Use auto flower or Indica dominanat strains. Sativa may not finish before it gets too cold. Plan on some sort of plant protection in case you run into an early cold snap.
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  15. By Robert

    ,24 May 2016
    Thanks for your great help Latewood!
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  16. By Freddie Cooks

    ,29 Jun 2016
    I started my grow tent first yield was weak in size a friend told me to add C02 to the plants i tried this Master Grow C02 generator bags Bayou Blend on ebay only $18.00 much better crop good color […]Read More
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  17. By latewood.ILGM

    ,30 Jun 2016
    Freddie Cooks, Thanks for sharing. Perhaps you would be interested in joining out grow support forum;; We have many experienced and experts growers there always willing to help you grow bigger and better yields. See you there and Happy growing […]Read More
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  18. By Johnny cushing

    ,31 Jul 2016
    Kentucky is in its final stages of either legalizing or saying no to medical marijuana. I have never tried to grow my own, I always go to my dealer. 2 years ago I was injured at work so now I […]Read More
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    1. By Roy ILGM

      ,01 Aug 2016
      Hey Johnny, I hope this thing with your check ánd the legalizing mmj work out in your favor soon! Take care!
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  19. By latewood.ILGM

    ,01 Aug 2016
    Johnny cushing, I can promise you that Robert’s genetics are vibrant, germinate in 2-3 days and at a very high %. We have a very strong grow support forum,. Perhaps you would like to study up on growing information before […]Read More
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  20. By Artemis2318

    ,15 Aug 2016
    You’re right. Buying marijuana seeds online requires you to fully trust a company so you need to perform a thorough research buying one.
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  21. By Stefan

    ,02 Sep 2016
    Is ilgm Seeds worth while buying? Or is it another dodgy seed store. The reason I ask is that I ordered Seeds from ams 6 weeks ago and still no Seeds. I just don’t want to get ripped off again. […]Read More
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    1. By Roy ILGM

      ,05 Sep 2016
      Hi Stefan, sorry to hear your previous experience with seedbanks wasn’t great. I can’t speak for others but we at ILGM want to uphold our name and hence give guarantee seeds arrive ánd germinate. If procedures were followed we replace […]Read More
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  22. By 620smitty

    ,06 Sep 2016
    I have purchased seeds from ILGM for a couple od years now and all the seeds have germinated at 90% or better.I have tried other seed banks and they suck. ILGM is great and back up their promises to stand […]Read More
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    1. By Roy ILGM

      ,07 Sep 2016
      Thanks 620smitty! Always good to hear a happy customer speak 😀
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  23. By ROBERTO VON GROW

    ,16 Sep 2016
    I HAVE MEDICAL SEEDS COMMING SOON ,BUT I HAVE DECIDED TO WAIT UNTILE SPRING TO PLANT IN MY GREEN HOUSE ,,WILL THE SEEDS BE O.K. UNTILE THEN ?GROWING IN THE GREEN HOUSE SOUNDS LIKE A GOOD IDEA RIGHT ?
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    1. By Roy ILGM

      ,19 Sep 2016
      As long as you keep them cold, dark and dry the seeds will be viable indefinitely. We’ve heard of seeds laying in a corner for years that still popped up! We suggest keeping the seeds in a dark container with […]Read More
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  24. By latewood.ILGM

    ,17 Sep 2016
    Robert V.G, Yes. Your seeds will be fine. Place the package in the door of your refrigerator, where they can stay dry but cool. IN the Spring, they should sprout with no issues.
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  25. By Lloyd Noland

    ,21 Dec 2016
    I purchased the Big Bud kit. When it arrived I was somewhat surprised the seeds looked a pale green (unlike the healthy seeds pictured in Roberts grow bible). I proceeded to germinate six seeds in a wet paper towel. Three […]Read More
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    1. By Roy ILGM

      ,21 Dec 2016
      Hi Lloyd, sorry to hear the seeds did not seem to function properly but I can see you’re already talking to Stacy on the matter. The two sprouts can still turn into hefty plants. Seeds that did not sprout can […]Read More
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  26. By kevin martin

    ,12 Feb 2017
    this is who i use very happy with them
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  27. By Ty cam

    ,06 May 2017
    Looking at these replies a lot of people are unhappy with the quality of seeds they recieved from you guys. I am still waiting on my package to arrive I ordered 4-21-17 and it’s may 6th and still nothing. I’m […]Read More
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    1. By Roy ILGM

      ,08 May 2017
      Hey Ty, from what I can see is 9/10 coments are from happy customers. Every business has its up and downs but we always try to resolve any issues that occur. I trust your order will come through and you […]Read More
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  28. By Majid

    ,28 Mar 2018
    It would have been nice if in the photos there was a size reference object like a coin or stamp so we could have an idea about the size of the seeds.
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  29. By JBC

    ,16 May 2018
    I’m thankful that I’ve ordered from this company. As I wait for my seeds I have a couple of questions. Is it a good time to plant inside during the hot summer months? Is there a particular temp to use […]Read More
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    1. By latewood_ILGM

      ,17 May 2018
      HBC, This article is not set up for this type of support. I suggest you joinus at: support.ilovegrowingmarijuana.com and our members and staff will be happy to guide you to a successful grow. Many of our members live in the […]Read More
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  30. By Funnelwebster

    ,29 Aug 2018
    Hi. Ordered seeds from Brisbane, Australia. Arrived on the 10 th working day. First crop of seeds all popped within 48 hours. Very impressed. Had previously ordered seeds from AMS, first shipment never arrived, order was resent and took another […]Read More
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