Published on September 25th, 2022 | by Bibhuranjan


Choosing the Right Cannabis Seeds For Your Setup

Ready to begin a cannabis home grow? Don’t forget to give cannabis seeds some thought before finalizing a grow setup. There are so many things to consider when choosing cannabis seeds and the options can quickly become overwhelming for novice cultivators. Here are a few tips and suggestions to help you decide on the right cannabis seeds for your setup.

How to choose cannabis seeds

There are several things to look for when picking out cannabis seeds for your next home grow, but by far the most important thing is genetics. While it might be tempting, don’t fall for the common mistake of believing that all cannabis seeds are the same or that it’s fine to attempt to grow a lone seed found at the bottom of a baggie. Seed banks and breeders charge for their seeds for a reason. They work for months, if not years to develop the perfect mix of genetics so cultivators can have high yields per plant, a positive grow experience, and a high quality final product. Besides the obvious decision of which specific strain to choose, there are several other aspects to consider when picking out cannabis seeds to grow.

  • Sativa, indica, or hybrid – Not only will the effects be different, the plants are quite different as well. Sativas are known for being taller and are better suited for outdoor grows, while indicas are stout and bushy, requiring more pruning and ideal for indoor spaces.
  • Autoflowering strain or feminized photoperiod strain – Choosing between an autoflower seed and a feminized photoperiod seed, also called a regular strain, makes a very big difference for the cultivator and setup. Autoflowers begin flowering on their own after a certain amount of time despite the lighting remaining the same, while photoperiod strains initiate the flowering stage when there is a change in light. Keep in mind that it’s much more difficult to control the light in an outdoor grow.

Choosing cannabis seeds for an indoor grow

Indoor growers may have the advantage of being able to control every aspect of the growing process, but the most common issue is space. While outdoor grow setups can be enormous and include lots of large, tall plants, indoor home growers need to carefully select cannabis seeds that not only fit their preferences, but will be manageable in the space available. Short autoflowering strains and bushy indicas are typically the way to go since they are petite in stature and easy to train, making them more manageable inside.

Best cannabis seeds for an indoor grow

  • Amnesia Mac Ganja (AMG) – Bred specifically for indoor growing, AMG is one of just a few sativas that develops well when grown inside. The strain’s genetics are from the well-known Amnesia strain and Mexican Haze, so AMG has an 80% sativa and 20% indica profile. It remains between 80 to 120 cm (under 50 in) but still has a high yield per plant.

Small cannabis grow setup

  • White Widow Meth – This cross between the world-renowned White Widow and Crystal Meth strains, resulted in a potent indica-dominant hybrid with all of the best qualities. White Widow Meth plants are very low maintenance, making them a great choice for novice growers.
  • Mimosa – Don’t underestimate the miniature statue of these plants that only grow to a maximum of 31.5 inches (80 cm), but can easily be trained to be just around 24 inches (60 cm). Mimosa is a sativa-dominant hybrid with a complex flavor profile and a high yield of up to 550 grams per plant that’s very simple to grow.

Choosing cannabis seeds for an outdoor grow

Growing cannabis outdoors can be a lot trickier than an indoor setup since it’s difficult to control the environmental conditions. This is often why beginners learn to grow indoors first, before attempting an outdoor grow. However, there are several advantages to growing outdoors such as lower costs (no electricity needed for lights, simpler setup, etc.), bigger plants with larger yields, and less work and monitoring. Most outdoor cultivators choose feminized photoperiod seeds (regular seeds) since these plants can produce insane amounts of dense buds, however it’s also smart to have an autoflower or two tossed into the mix to ensure you’ll have something come harvest time if the weather happens to turn unexpectedly at the end of the grow season. The following are just a few cannabis seeds to try in an outdoor setup:

Cannabis seeds for short summers (colder climates)

  • Zkittlez Autoflower – With a short growing time of 9-10 weeks after germination, this potent autoflower strain is great for outdoor grows in places with short summers. Zkittlez is a very popular strain that’s 60% indica and 40% sativa, bred from crossing Ape Grape and Grapefruit.
  • Hindu Kush Autoflower – This quick growing landrace strain is a pure indica that’s easy to grow, making it a top pick for novice cultivators. Early flowering and a short flowering time makes Hindu Kush great to grow outdoors in areas with cool to cold climates.

Cannabis seeds for long summers (warmer climates)

  • Sour Diesel – As a cannabis strain with legendary status, most home growers are eager to try their hand growing it. Being native to California means it’s suitable for grows in hot, dry climates with long summers. Sour Diesel plants can skyrocket to over six feet tall and have massive yields of up to 600 grams per plant!

Ready to get some cannabis seeds and start your next crop? Check out the EF420 online smoke shop and seed bank for quality feminized photoperiod and autoflower cannabis seeds, all the grow equipment you need, and smoking accessories to test out your harvest.

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