Seedsman took some time to speak with the folks at Serious Seeds, giving them our 10 quick questions in order to find out a little bit more about their well respected seedbank.
1. How was Serious Seeds born?
The breeder behind Serious Seeds, Simon, is responsible for the material sold by the seed bank. He studied biology at one of the universities in Amsterdam and was always a non-smoker. (Non-tobacco-smoker, and therefore also non-cannabis-smoker, because in Holland it is common practice to mix marihuana with ‘tobacco’ and then roll a joint.) He only discovered the merits of smoking pure marihuana after his study while traveling through Africa in 1986. Today, he remains one of the few Dutch, who smoke this wonder-plant in its pure form as one should.
From this moment on he started collecting seeds and put them into his private genetic library. Back in Holland he immediately started growing those seeds out for personal pleasure. Crossing what he thought were the best plants seemed a natural follow up. Contacts with other growers gave him access to different plants from which he also selected the best ones. The genetic background of this material was not always clear in this time.
Simon taught biology at a high school when Alan Dronkers asked him to come and work at Sensi Seeds. This meant a drastic career-change for Simon, but he never regreted this step. After having worked a while for Sensi Seeds, Simon teamed up with two american “cannabis-refugees” and founded their own seed bank.
In that year (1994) the ‘AK-47’ and the ‘Chronic’ both won prices at the High Times Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam.After this exceptional success with his strains, the collaboration with the Americans was stopped and Simon founded his own seed bank “Serious Seeds” in 1995.
2. Why was Serious Seeds created? What is the aim of the seedbank?
Serious has always been a relatively small company, and prefers to stay like that.
We strive to develop new and interesting plants with good medicinal properties, which are stable and easy to grow, in order for caregivers to be able to provide high-quality medicine for medicinal cannabis patients.
This means we don’t work to produce something new every year for commercial reasons or to compete in the next contest.
We want to put a new name out when we think we have something worth while for medicinal users, pot growers and smokers to try out.
3. What makes your seeds different?
The high quality in the breeding and production process. We are the ONLY company to put an individual serial-number on each pack, so we can identify when it was produced and to which shop it was sold. We do this in order to be able to identify the authenticity of a seedpack in case of a complaint. We GUARANTEE the germination of our seeds and if a seed does not open, one e-mail with the serial-number of the pack to firstname.lastname@example.org is enough.
ALL the strains in our catalogue have won numerous cannabis-awards and are of the best quality you can find on the market today.
4. What is your most popular strain?
We have two – AK-47 and White Russian.
5. What unique strain would you recommend people try from your collection?
Serious Happiness – our new award winning limited edition.
6. In one sentence, explain why customers should buy from Serious Seeds.
That’s easy to answer, that is simply our company motto:
Serious Seeds – Your guarantee for success!
7. Any special/secret cultivation tips you could let our readers know about?
Hang your seeds inside a zip-lock plastic bag during germination instead of laying them onto a plate. This way your tap-root grows straight instead of in a cirlce and the seed is then easier to transplant!
Here is a link to a very good description of how to germinate seeds.
8. Do you have any new strains in the pipeline?
Yes, our limited edition: Seriously Limited (only 4000 packs produced).
The first strain released in this line is Serious Happiness, a wonderful cross of AK-47 with Warlock.
9. What does the future hold for Serious Seeds?
We are developing some high CBD-strains now in collaboration with the CBD-Crew and we look forward to releasing them and having a wider offer for medical patients seeking relief.
10. How can people find out more about Serious Seeds?
They simply go to our website: www.seriousseeds.com