Welcome back to our simple growing cannabis for beginners guide. In this article, we will go over what is arguably the most important step in the entire process: choosing your strains and starting your seeds. It is crucial to start your grow off on the right foot, otherwise you put yourself at risk for problems later on. There are hundreds of strains available to choose from at Seedsman, not only indica and sativa but hybrids with completely varied levels of THC, CBD and other cannabinoids and terpenes that contribute to the taste, smell, and ‘high’ of each strain.
If you have been using cannabis for a few years or longer, you likely already have an idea of what type of cannabis suits your tastes and preferences. Choosing a strain is a very personal experience and we cannot tell you how to choose what to grow, but we suggest looking through our strain reviews and seed library to assess the properties and strengths of each strain.
Every grower must decide for themselves whether to grow from seeds or from clones. Clones offer convenience and guaranteed female plants, but they do tend to be more expensive. There is also a much more limited selection of strains, since you have to rely on what happens to be in stock at your local dispensary at any given time.
Many cultivators prefer to grow from seed because every seed is genetically unique, offering more diversity than clones. Genetic diversity often means stronger plants that are more resistant to pests, as well. Seeds are also much less expensive and give you access to the huge variety of strains that are available. You can either purchase “Regular” or “Feminized” seeds, which are exactly what they sound like. Feminized seeds are guaranteed to be female, while regular seeds will have some males in the mix. The purpose of growing cannabis is to develop big, luscious buds, which are actually the flower of the plant. If you have a male anywhere near your female plants, they will put their energy into making seeds instead of flowers.
Once you have ordered your seeds, the next step is germination. There are many ways to germinate seeds, but the most frequently used method is to fold them up in a paper towel and keep it moist until sprouts appear. You can then transplant your sprouts into a seedling potting soil, keeping them well watered until they become seedlings. There is no need to add fertilizer at this point. Once your seedlings start to poke through the soil, you can put them under an LED or T5 fluorescent grow light to help accelerate their growth. Once they have a well established root ball, you can transplant them into their permanent grow pots.
Another alternative germination method is with Cling Film. We have a dedicated article on this method, which can be viewed here.
In the next article in our series, we will go over the vegetative stage of growth. This is a short but vital stage in the life cycle of your plants, so make sure to check back and learn how best to support your cannabis plants during vegetative growth.
Read the Growing Cannabis for Beginners Part 1 here.