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Takeaway: Deciding which seeds you want to use to grow your marijuana involves more than just deciding on a strain. Cannabis seeds themselves come in different types. Which is best for you?

Weed Seeds: When to Choose Regular, Feminized or Autoflowering

Takeaway: Deciding which seeds you want to use to grow your marijuana involves more than just deciding on a strain. Cannabis seeds themselves come in different types. Which is best for you?

The best place to start when looking to grow your own marijuana is, appropriately, with the seeds. There are currently three different categories of marijuana seed to choose from: regular, feminized and autoflowering. Each option comes with its own unique benefits and drawbacks. So, which should you choose? It all depends on how much growing experience you have, your growing location, desired flowering time, and desired yield. Here we’ll take a look at the differences – and determine how to help you make the right decision.

Regular Cannabis Seeds

Regular cannabis seeds are your standard, run-of-the mill, plant seed. They are not optimized in any way by genetic engineering to make anything about the grow process work differently than it would in nature. As such, they are generally the easiest to come across. Some experienced growers recommend this type of seed to beginners for two reasons: First, because rookie mistakes that nearly everyone makes as part of the learning process shouldn’t be done with expensive seed types. Second, because it gives the first-time grower a better sense of the full cycle of growth and the kind of care that the plant needs.

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Regular seeds are also critical in the process of creating new strains as well as in crossbreeding.

The downside here, on top of having none of the shortcutting properties of the other two seed types, is that regular seeds are only slightly more likely (roughly 60%) to produce a female plant over a male plant. Male plants are undesirable and need to be discarded if what you are looking for is a crop of consumable flowers. This means that 40% of your plants will have to be discarded after months of growth.

Note, however, that the 60% figure is an average. Depending on growing conditions, you may get 80-100% male plants. Be sure to check your grow room regularly and do your research to ensure the best possible results.

Feminized Cannabis Seeds

There is no deception in the name of this seed type. As implied, feminized seeds are meant to entirely eliminate the possibility of producing male plants. This means that growers who upgrade from regular seeds should no longer expect to discard the 40% of the plants that naturally turn out to be male.

While feminized seeds are an upgrade compared to their regular counterparts, they still require all of the same care and specific growing conditions, and should not be mistaken for their autoflowering counterparts (which are also often feminized).

You should also know that any female marijuana plant that is prevented from becoming fertilized will produce flowers without seeds. Seedless cannabis flowers are what the majority of growers prefer.

Autoflowering Cannabis Seeds

The easiest to use, and obviously most popular with beginner growers, autoflowering seeds don’t require the same level of complexity of care as the other seed options in order to provide a bountiful crop. Marijuana seeds generally need specific cycles of time and lighting in order to move from the germination stage to the harvest stage properly. Autoflowering seeds remove these requirements and allow the plants to produce up to two harvests in a summer.

Autoflowering marijuana seeds have the added advantage of growing shorter than their counterparts, usually 30 to 60 centimeters (12 to 23 inches). This is especially important for legal growth that carries a plant height limit.

Let us reassure you. Growing cannabis is easy and everyone can do it. It is as simple as maintaining a normal plant in your home. But when you want to grow your own cannabis plant for the first time and start reading about growing weed, there is often a lot going on: both doubts and questions. For example a question like: what is the difference between feminized and autoflowering seeds and which one can I choose best? Please read on. We explain it in an easy way.

What is the difference between feminized and autoflowering seeds?

Let us reassure you. Growing cannabis is easy and everyone can do it. It is as simple as maintaining a normal plant in your home. But when you want to grow your own cannabis plant for the first time and start reading about growing weed, there is often a lot going on: both doubts and questions. For example a question like: what is the difference between feminized and autoflowering seeds and which one can I choose best? Please read on. We explain it in an easy way.

Differences between feminized seeds and feminized autoflower seeds

Although there are many different cannabis species, two species are the most popular: feminized seeds and autoflower seeds. To find out the main differences between feminized and autoflowering seeds, you will find all the information below. Moreover, we show you the advantages of these two types so that you can easily make a choice.

Feminized seeds

“Feminized” refers to “female”. Feminized cannabis seeds are therefore specially bred seeds that eliminate male chromosomes and only produce female plants. Most growers who want to grow weed opt for feminized seeds because a female plant only develops smokable cannabis buds.

In addition, compared to a male plant, a female plant develops significantly more active substances such as THC and CBD. Smokable buds begin to grow when the plant receives less sunlight. This is towards the end of the summer. The transition into autumn. Indoor growers will have to mimic the autumn by (gradually) adjusting their light scheme. Although adjusting a light scheme isn’t difficult, it does require the some knowledge.

Benefits of feminized seeds

  • Feminized seeds develop female plants. This prevents pollination of male plants.
  • Every plant will grow smokable cannabis
  • Optimum utilization of the available space
  • Feminized seeds are almost 100% free of hermaphrodites.
  • Higher weed production than autoflowers
  • The quality of the taste and the effect is generally better than with autoflowers
  • Plants from feminized seeds produce fewer leaves than autoflowers
  • In contrast to autoflowers, non-autoflowers (female plants) can be pruned

Feminized autoflower seeds

In addition to feminized seeds, you can opt for feminized autoflower seeds. These are female seeds and have the same characteristics as feminized seeds, but there is an important difference to recognize. Where feminized seeds begin to flower as soon as they receive less sunlight (or artificial light) an autoflower will start to flower on the basis of age. For this, the grower doesn’t have to adjust his lighting schedule or wait for the arrival of autumn. Growing an autoflower is therefore much easier than a female plant from feminized seeds.

Benefits of feminized autoflower seeds

  • The plant automatically blooms without you having to do anything. Standard 18 hours of light and 6 hours of darkness is sufficient to achieve maximum results.
  • Like feminized seeds, feminized autoflower seeds develop female plants.
  • The autoflowers develop smokable cannabis, just like feminized seeds.
  • Because of their crossing with the ruderalis plant the plant grows less tall and requires less maintenance.
  • Autoflowers are more resistant to temperature fluctuations, pests and mold.
  • Outdoor growers can harvest more often and earlier (sometimes even twice a summer when growing outdoors).
What is better: feminized or autoflower?

The answer to this question depends on what you are looking for. Experienced growers are more likely to opt for feminized seeds. This has several reasons. The yields are generally better and of higher quality. In addition, plants derived from feminized seeds allow various breeding and training methods. A grower is therefore more flexible.

Beginners and growers who are looking for convenience will rather opt for a feminized autoflower. Mainly because of the simplicity with which the plant can be grown, the limited plant height and the high resistance against mold, vermin and plant diseases.