With a cannabis-legalization wave hitting all the places of the world – there more new cannabis-related business popping up than ever… We all want to invest our time, resources, and energy wisely – which means we all want to make sure that we buy high-quality cannabis seeds. How can you make sure that the seeds you are getting are of the highest kind?
Cannabis seeds genetics
It’s all in the genetic code, no matter what we are trying to compare – dogs, people, or even cannabis seeds. If you want to make sure that the time you invest in nurturing your fabulous cannabis plants was spent right… Doesn’t matter if you want a feminized or autoflowering quality cannabis strain – step one is choosing a high-quality seed supplier.
A real quality seed bank, will not just take two random plants and cross them to get the seeds they sell. Any top-notch breeders will spend enough time to cross, backcross, and breed the perfect cannabis plant with desirable traits. It’s all patience and hard work that wins the medals, isn’t it?
After the desired cannabis strain traits are in place and the plant is still producing a wide array of different phenotypes – quality cannabis breeders have to make sure that seeds are fully mature before harvest. This sounds like the easy part and most quality seed banks rarely have problems with selling pre-mature seeds. But if there are any complaints in this department, this should be always taken as a serious red flag when trying to determine if the breeders know what they are doing.
Storing cannabis seeds
After seeds have been harvested, they have to be used within 16 months or they will lose most of their quality features. That means, especially if you are getting your seeds not directly from a seed bank (which is almost always the case!) – you have to make sure that you are getting only fresh cannabis seeds.
Furthermore, when stored seeds have to sustain from acquiring mold or any pathogens that might spoil them. Oh, and if you acquired some fresh high-quality cannabis seeds but can’t grow them right away – consider freezing them. Make sure you store them dry, but you can put them in your freezer. This will slow down the decline and you can expect to keep them fresh for up to 5 years.
Overall feeling and appearance
In most cases, just by looking at the seeds you have – you can tell that they look and feel healthy. You don’t have to be an expert to identify high-quality seeds. Genetically superior cannabis seeds usually will exhibit dark outer shell, some can even look black-ish. If you will shine some light on them – high-quality seeds should shine a bit, giving you the illusion of a wax-like coating.
The easiest way to tell if the seed is good – it feels firm to the touch. This means if you will try to squeeze them a bit – they will not crack, bend, or feel soft.
Test your seeds
No, we are not suggesting sending your seeds to a high-tech laboratory. Simply take a glass of water and throw one seed into it… The seed will either float or sink. If the seed sinks all the way to the bottom of the glass – rest assured, the seeds you have are healthy and you germinate them in peace.
The only thing you need to know before conducting this test is that in some cases it might take up to 1-2 hours for a seed to sink down, even if they are super high quality. That’s why it’s the best idea to run this test if you are planning to plant those seeds right away – just take the seeds that sunk for germination and don’t waste time with the ones that stay afloat. Remember that after you leave them in the water for so long – they will absorb enough water to start germinating. So start growing right away!
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