When you’re shopping for marijuana seeds, chances are you’ll be looking at a marijuana seed catalog. A catalog is similar to a restaurant menu, you need to look at the menu so you can decide which item you want to consume. In a seed bank, you need to check out a catalog of marijuana seeds so you can decide which type and strain of seed you want to buy.
Seeds catalog have different information in them, you should expect the following:
The name of the Strain
Seed catalogs display products the best way possible. When you are looking at an online catalog, the different products sold are on a page and when you click on the name of the seeds strain, you will be redirected to a page dedicated for the strain.
If you are checking out an actual catalog, which is found mostly in local seed banks, the different products may be presented as a whole or there may be different pages for each strain. Some modern seed banks use tablets for customers to view their product catalog. A customer can already place their order using the tablet and have their orders processed quickly.
Now the name of the strain is the first thing you’ll find. Strain names are unique and sometimes even weird like Girl Scout Cookies, Pineapple Express, Cats Piss or Northern Lights. Some names will give you a hint as to where the strain came from like Afghan Kush, Thai, Alaskan Thunderfuck and so many more.
Image of the strain/plant
Business owners try to entice consumers to buy their products using different tactics and one of these is by posting colorful images of their products. The appearance of the strain is a way for growers to see what the strain looks like when the plant is mature. It tells them the size of the plant, the size of the leaves, the color of the buds and what the flowers look like when these are ready for harvest.
Image of the seed
Sometimes, the image of the seed/seeds is also on the catalog. But since almost all cannabis seeds look the same, this may not be helpful at all. But if you are new to growing cannabis, a picture of the seeds may give you an idea as to what you can expect from your orders.
The Type of Strain
Now the type of strain is very important information that’s found in a seed catalog. Seeds may be indica, sativa or hybrid strains. Indica plants are plants that grow into small, compact plants with large leaves.
These plants are perfect for growing indoors because of their size but they may also grow outdoors. Indica strains are relaxing strains which means consuming this strain can lead to relaxation. Indica strains are mostly used for medicinal use because this contains less THC and therefore have less psychoactive effects.
On the other hand, sativa strains grow taller and statelier with long leaves. Sativas are stimulating strains which can make you feel focused, happy and energized. Sativas are preferred as recreational cannabis compared to indicas which are more of a medical strain.
The Type of Seed
The type of seed refers to the genetic makeup of the seeds. You can have regular or photoperiod strains, feminized seeds, autoflowering seeds or feminized autoflowering seeds.
Regular or photoperiod seeds are seeds that will grow into regular plants which will flower only when exposed to a special lighting condition. When photoperiod strains are placed on 12-hour daylight and 12-hour darkness continuously these will start flowering.
Feminized seeds grow all female plants. These will still need a special lighting schedule to flower but you won’t have to worry about discarding male plants. You will also be able to grow plants that are all female and concentrate only on the number of plants you want to grow instead of growing more to compensate for male plants.
When it comes to autoflowering seeds, this will grow into plants that don’t require lighting to flower. These will flower without any stimulation or lighting schedule but will remain smaller than what you want your plants to be.
Autoflowering strains are currently the most expensive seeds in the market. Second, only are feminized seeds while regular photoperiod strains are the cheapest.
The genetics of the strain
The parents of the strain may also be found in seed catalogs. You need to know the genetic makeup of the strain so you’ll have an idea as to what you’ll expect. For instance, a strain called Girl Scout Cookies was made by combining an OG Kush and a Durban Poison. Based on your experience with these strains, you know that these are potent strains.
You are aware that OG Kush is a powerful hybrid while Durban Poison is a strong sativa. Because the sativa is a dominant landrace strain, GSC would likely be taller than other plants and will inherit the strong smell and aroma of its Kush parent.
Having knowledge of the parent strains will also give you an idea as to how you can care for your plants. Let’s go back to the example; now that you know that GSC is a sativa-dominant hybrid, these will likely need a larger growing area since this grows taller. You also need to maintain odor especially when you are growing plants indoors.
Therefore, the genetics of a plant should never be overlooked as you check marijuana seed catalogs.
The name of the breeder or grower
Yes, the name of the breeder is included in the catalog especially when seeds will be shipped in their breeder’s packaging. Having the name of the breeder will show that the seed bank is selling genuine, high-quality seeds.
The place where the strain was grown
This may be included in the catalog especially when the strains you are purchasing are exotic or landrace strains. Strains like the Afghani, Afghan Kush, Thai and Nepalese are grown from their native lands. This is because these strains require the type of climate and the environment crucial for optimum growth.
But it does not mean you cannot grow these strains if you live in a different country. The trick is to cultivate these strains indoors so you can provide the most efficient climate and other growing needs as these start to grow and bloom.
There may or may not be growing information in seed catalogs. Online seeds catalogs in PDF form have a few notes on how to grow seeds like the climate, humidity, nutrition, amount of water, the ideal growing medium (soil, hydro or aero) and so many more.
For a first time grower, these pieces of information are heaven sent. These are from the manufacturers so it’s certainly worth following. But nonetheless, you should look for growing information about the strain you purchased.
You can find these online or you may ask people working from the seeds shop if you need help. Most of the time, they will be more than willing to help especially first-time growers.
The Price of the Seed
The price of the product is always on seed catalogs. At online sites, catalogs will display the amount in the currency of where the buyer is located. Usually, if you want to purchase the seeds, you can automatically do so from the seed catalog. You will find a button that says you can add this product to your shopping cart. It may have an option to choose how many seeds you want to order as well.
Actual seed bank catalogs have the price but you need to tell the shop keeper how many you would like to order. When an electronic menu is used, the experience could be similar to an online purchase. The price is according to the locality for example, you are buying marijuana seeds in Ontario then the price will be in Canadian dollars. If buying cannabis seeds as a souvenir in the UK, then these will be in British pounds.
The Number of Seeds Available Per Pack
Most cannabis seeds available from anywhere are inside their breeder’s packaging and also, the number of seeds per pack is indicated. This helps the buyer purchase the right amount of seeds and that he needs.
Breeder’s packaging is special sealed bags that keep the seeds safe and secure when these are sent to customers. These packs help keep the right humidity and block out light so that seeds will remain viable even when it takes a long time for the product is purchased.
But there are times when your order does not arrive in breeder’s packaging. Instances, when you want your seeds delivered stealthily or secretly, will affect your seeds’ viability. When marijuana seeds are sent via stealth delivery, these are placed inside unlikely items like toys, electronics, and souvenir items to avoid suspicion from authorities. Usually, stealth delivery options are also included in a seed catalog.
The Availability of the Seed
The availability of the seeds may also be included in the catalog to inform customers if the seeds that they want to order may be purchased or not. Sometimes, products are no longer available because of the high demand for it. Seed banks may also provide a message to customers saying when the seeds would be available.