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At City Seeds Bank we receive a lot of questions about the different seeds that we offer. So let’s take a look at the different seeds that are available on the market.
Seeds can be put into 3 categories:
At City Seeds Bank we do not offer regular cannabis seeds but to explain to you how seeds work, we need to start at the basics, which are regular seeds.
Normally, cannabis seeds come from a male and female parent and their seeds are able to produce male and female plants as well. The difference between male and female plants is that only female plants produce buds, meaning that only female plants can be used for the production of weed. When still in the seed stage, it is impossible to tell if the plant will become male of female; the sex can only be told when the plant enters the flowering stage.
Depending on the amount of time and space, purpose, personal preference and level of expertise you can decide which seeds (regular or feminized) suit you better. When you are growing to produce new seeds, you will need both male and female plants. But when producing weed is the main purpose of growing, the male plants need to be removed to avoid pollination because this will only lead to little or no production of weed.
So what are the pros and cons of regular seeds?
Feminized seeds are bred to ensure that every plant is going to be female; meaning that there will be no need to identify the male plants for removal. If you want to cultivate fast without too much hassle, this is the way to go. Regular feminized seeds need 18 hours of light a day in they grow period and will start blooming when they at least get 12 hours of darkness. This is a process that will naturally occur as the days get shorter by the end of summer. For this reason, your harvest will not be ready before September.
One issue with cannabis plants is that, under certain circumstances, they will go into survival modus and become hermaphrodites. With good quality feminized seeds chances that this will happen are slim to none.
So what are the pros and cons of feminized seeds?
Please note that all the seeds in this category at City Seeds Bank are feminized. Regular cannabis strains recognize the change in seasons and the decrease in daylight hours; a sign for the plant to start flowering. Autoflowering (or automatic) strains have the advantage that at a certain point in the grow cycle they will start flowering, regardless of the ratio light/darkness. These autoflowering seeds are developed by cross breeding Indica’s and Sativa’s with Ruderalis. Ruderalis is a cannabis strain that contains low levels of THC but is not dependent on the amount of light/dark it has been exposed to, to go into the flowering stage.
Outdoors, automatic seeds grow and bloom faster than regular feminized seeds.
In general, automatic strains are small which makes them ideal for outdoor growth. However, the yield is about 50-500 grams per square meter, depending on how well the plants are taken care of.
What needs to be considered is that plants from autoflowering seeds cannot be cloned. As opposed to regular feminized seeds, you would have to buy new seeds every time.
Another important difference lies within the THC and CBD-levels of the plants. Automatic strains produce less THC than regular feminized seeds, this results in a high that doesn’t last as long as when smoking weed from regular feminized seeds.
So what are the pros and cons of automatic seeds?
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