Additional Services & Refund Policy
Top 5 Canadian Seed Banks + What Makes Them Awesome
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If you’re wondering which Canadian seed bank is the best, look no further: we’ve browsed a bunch of Canadian seed banks and gathered the most crucial bits of information. Just those things you’d want to know before deciding whether or not to place an order.
After combing through the websites one by one, the result is this summary listing the best Canadian seed banks, and more importantly, why.
Important features of any decent seed bank
These are the things on our radar while researching and the core points of each review:
- Shipping (think costs, packaging, outer markings/return address on the parcel)
- Guarantees (customer service in general, and especially how issues with missing parcels are solved)
- Anonymity & Payment options
- Additional services & Refund policy
An online seed bank with a less neat-looking website and great service can still have a great product. One with less choices, but awesome exclusive strains nonetheless can still be an awesome place to stop by. In that light, these are some additional things wrapped into the reviews:
- Store interface, user-friendliness, and overall appeal of the website.
- Overall choice/selection of strains each Canadian seed bank carries.
1. Crop King Seeds
Most websites designed with a mixture of funky, bright, and darker colors date back to the nineties (and usually look like sh#t), but not Crop King Seeds. Somehow, they managed to create a very fun/funky yet visually appealing online experience in an unusually daring combo of red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple.
I didn’t want to deny you the screenshot of the old site, for the sake of nostalgia. (And secretly because I was quite fond of it, it really popped.) Now with their 2019 site makeover, the darker shades have been ditched in favor of a white background. Like this:
Either way, this Canadian seed bank stands out from the crowd with not only originality in their style & branding but, more importantly, a flawless browsing experience. Whether you’re looking to narrow down the strains on a more general level, or wanting to drill down on a specific strain and gain some further information, it’s there.
Crop King Seeds’ website is easy and pleasant to navigate. From the home page, you can live chat with “the King” or dive into their well-organized selection of strains.
A nice detail worth mentioning: The “status” of any given strain can be seen right next to its name on the homepage. Some strains are followed by a note saying either “back in stock” or “coming on… [date]”, which is very practical indeed.
- Worldwide – US$10 for Regular Shipping
- Almost all countries – US$30 for Express Registered Shipping (with tracking)
- Australia and New Zealand – US$60 for Express Registered Shipping (with tracking)
Express Registered Shipping (US$30 or US$60 to AUS/NZ) does not require a signature at reception, but comes with guaranteed delivery. Crop King Seeds will reship your order, should it happen to be seized by customs.
Anonymity & Payment
Accepted forms of payment:
- Visa & Mastercard
- Interac E-Transfer (Canada only)
- Cash via snail mail (both US and Canadian dollars)
It wasn’t quite clear to me from the FAQ page that physically mailing cash is an option here. I got in touch with Crop King Seeds, and they confirmed both US and Canadian currency can be sent. Moneygram (of which there is no mention on the website) is accepted too.
All orders outside of Canada are processed in US dollars.
Orders are shipped in the utmost discreet manner. Please ask “the King” of this Canadian seed bank if you want to know more about what your parcel may look like. Seeds in their original packaging can only be shipped within Canada. For all other countries, you will receive just the seeds, packaged differently. Don’t throw away any mail looking like something you don’t expect and didn’t order, without further investigation…
Additional Services & Refund Policy
No returns, but in case of an issue, just get in touch with Crop King Seeds and they’ll always try to make things right.
One more reason to love Crop King Seeds is their consistent display of not just THC contents, but also CBD percentages for all strains.
2. True North Seed Bank
The True North Canadian seed bank website is elegant, with clearly labeled and organized sections. Browse strains by sex, variety, cultivation, type or color.
Filters that can be used to narrow it down to the strain of your dreams: seed bank, price, sex, flowering type, variety, yield, THC content, CBD content, flowering time, medical conditions, taste/flavor, effect, plant height, where to grow, pack size and cup winner/awards. That is an impressive amount of filters.
We can now also see which strains are out-of-stock in the search results, without going to the strain-specific page. When hovering over the image of a strain, the words out of stock may pop up in faint white type. While not super prominent, it is very helpful to not have to go to each strain’s own age to find out its stock status.
True North also has clearance items, special offers and freebies (free cannabis seeds with every order), which is obviously really cool. With a subscription to their newsletter, you can score a 20% discount code. While it is a Canadian seed bank, True North has an additional European distribution center, located in the United Kingdom.
Shipping (worldwide) is free with orders over CA$525, which converts to approx. US$420. Everything under this amount is subject to a flat fee.
- Canada, USA – CA$20
- Europe – CA$35
- Australia, New Zealand – CA$75
- Costa Rica – CA$55
- Africa – CA$180
- Other – CA$70
Guaranteed delivery insurance is CA$15 and only available to Canada and the USA. Your order will be reshipped if it goes missing.
Anonymity & Payment
Accepted forms of payment:
- Visa or Mastercard – online or via phone, Canada & USA only, transactions show as “NASB”, “North America S” or “True North International” and there is a 7.5% card processing fee.
- International money order (US$ or CA$ only)
- Cash (yes, that’s in an envelope, via snail mail, at your own risk)
- Bank transfer
- E-Transfer (Canada only)
- Bitcoinor Litecoin
Paying in any other way than by Visa/Mastercard is rewarded with 10% off and double freebies, plus a chance to win your entire order back each month! Details for each payment method can be found on the website.
Mail from the True North Canadian seed bank only has your delivery address. (And of course a postal stamp and/or tracking code.) No return address, however, and no specification of contents.
Please keep in mind that if nobody is home and a pick-up slip is left, the post office will usually hold on to your parcel for a limited time only (2-3 weeks at mine). If you do not pick up your parcel, it will be returned – and in this case, for lack of return address, lost.
Additional Services & Refund Policy
Something True North calls “extra safe stealth shipping” refers to adding a T-shirt or accessory to your order. It would be an additional purchase, and it’s simply something they recommend, especially for customers from North America and Australia. True North reserves the right to change your “extra safe shipping item” to something else if that means a safer or quicker delivery.
They have a customer-friendly refund and exchange policy. Refunds and exchanges are of course time-sensitive, and True North needs to be contacted first to make arrangements.
3. Dr. Seeds
Dr. Seeds‘ website is refreshingly simple and straight-forward. Every tin contains five seeds and all tins are $50. In the menu, the strains are organized in three sections: feminized seeds (38 results), auto-flowering seeds (11 results) and CBD strains (7 results).
There is a second way to narrow things down and zone in on your ideal strains. On the homepage, tiles show twelve other subcategories:
- Hybr >High THC
- Good for outdoor
- Good for making extract
Gotta love their no-nonsense approach to picking the right strain! The pictures here are just for fun (not clickable links) – this button, on the other hand, will take you to Dr. Seeds.
Shipping & Payment
There is no clear explanation of shipping options, which countries are excluded, or even the costs. When going ahead with a mock checkout, it appears for shipping to the USA you can choose between six different options, with price tags varying from just under $10 to over $80. Similar options are available to the other countries in the drop-down menu.
The only two payment options are credit card and the Canadian Interac e-transfer.
Refund & Return Policy
Dr. Seeds’ return policy specifically says you can only reach out via email or through the contact form on the website; not by phone. The questions I had have been answered promptly and in depth via mail.
Returns or refunds are not accepted.
Neither are complaints related to non-germination. In all fairness, not many seed banks give any guarantees on germination. Crop King Seeds (our number one) is the only Canadian seed bank to do so, which definitely contributes to them earning the top spot.
If the tracking proves a package has not been delivered and got lost, Dr. Seeds will replace your order. While there is no mention of the actual term “guaranteed delivery” on the website, it says seeds will be re-sent as long as the tracking doesn’t show delivery. To qualify for a re-send you would have to have selected a shipping method with tracking in the first place.
Who doesn’t fancy any free cannabis seeds? Here’s what you need to do to qualify for a free tin of seeds of any strain. In short, you will have to place a (paid) order first, then submit an extended review (with a picture) about your growing experience, and contact Dr. Seeds with a valid order number.
I’ve reached out to Dr. Seeds with a few questions.
For one: What happens when the package gets delivered without the content because it has been confiscated by customs? In such a case the tracking would show the mail as delivered. This hasn’t happened so far, but if it would, they would side with the customer.
The page with answers to questions could use some expanding, but overall the site is pleasant to browse, has good strain information, and the customer service genie reports for duty when summoned.
4. Toronto Cannabis Seeds / Quebec Cannabis Seeds
Here we have two different websites that are actually one and the same company. It’s a nice touch that the design is exactly the same – taking the guesswork out of it for customers.
Quebec/Toronto Cannabis Seeds has a good menu overview that is easy to navigate. Strains are divided into the categories Auto, Feminized, Regular, CBD, Outdoor, Mixed packs, and Limited edition.
Both sites have a good system going on indicating how many seeds are left in stock. Otherwise, the ‘add to cart’ button simply doesn’t work and changes to say ‘out of stock’. Speaking of which, the number of seeds in stock at the time of writing are way outnumbered by those that are not.
The information with each strain is good, covering all the basics such as flowering time, yield, effect and where to grow. THC and CBD percentage is given for most strains (not all).
- Worldwide and discrete shipping.
- No indication of shipping costs anywhere on the site, so you’ll have to start placing an order to find out the options to your country/address.
Reached out to ask what to expect should an order happen to be seized by customs. Since there is no mention of guaranteed delivery, I didn’t expect much. Pleasant surprise: the response was fast and the answer was quite positive.
[…] If there is a problem with the receipt of the parcel because of a seizure at customs, you can contact us and we will do our best to send you others to compensate.
If you have further questions, you can contact us ?
Of course, this doesn’t sound as sturdy as the more official and fully outlined guaranteed delivery services offered by Crop King and True North but it’s something.
Anonymity & Payment
Accepted forms of payment are not mentioned either.
Additional Services & Refund Policy
Some additional correspondence will be needed to figure out the refund policy. Overall, this online seed bank looks like a good place to browse. More importantly, to have a ‘real’ person answer questions in a timely manner is major as far as trustworthiness goes.
5. BC Bud Depot
BC Bud Depot has a decent amount of strains, but browsing for specifics such as high THC, high CBD, Indica or Sativa is not possible. This makes it a bit harder to narrow down the search, and it makes me appreciate the website layout of our first two seed banks even more.
The choice is between regular shipping for $5 and express shipping for $35, regardless of the country chosen from the drop-down menu. The type of shipping you choose or your geographic location doesn’t seem to have any influence on the guaranteed delivery.
If your seeds get lost, damaged or confiscated BC Bud Depot will re-send them. Another awesome Canadian seed bank to offer guaranteed delivery of seeds!
While Crop King Seeds offers the choice between cheaper shipping without guarantee and express shipping with guaranteed delivery starting at $30 for most countries, at BC Bud Depot the guarantee is “free”, but the default shipping fee starts at $35 outside of Canada.
Anonymity & Payment
Your order will come thoroughly protected and stealthily packaged. All orders are guaranteed to arrive discreetly and packaged with care.
Accepted forms of payment:
- Credit card (Visa/Mastercard, securely online or by phone)
- Money order
Additional Services & Refund Policy
Allegedly, you can also fill out a mail order form by hand. Read more about this method on the FAQ page, however, the form in question is nowhere to be found and there is no link to it in the text.
BC Bud Depot emphasizes that their friendly customer service staff is always happy to provide additional information and answer any questions you might have, which is a lovely and inviting way to end any FAQ page… Except that there is no way to reach them.
It took me a little while to solve this mystery and it ended up being simple enough. Only when visiting BC Bud Depot from a desktop/laptop, you’ll find an email address and phone number in the top bar. This green bar does not show the phone and email on smaller mobile devices. The email address is very straight-forward: [email protected], and the phone number is +1-888-402-2283. You’re welcome.
Maybe (and I do mean that in the nicest possible way) the customer service staff should spend some time fixing a few bugs on the website?
There are no refunds, returns, or cancellations.
6. Canadian Seed Bank
This Canadian seed bank is simply called the Canadian Seed Bank. Also part of their portfolio is the British Columbia Seed Bank, and both websites look very much the same.
Dark or black backgrounds with light colored text can be a bit tricky, but it kind of “works” here. The strains are well organized under headings such as Indica, Sativa, Indoor, Outdoor or both, top 12, bulk, specials and “kush”. This Canadian seed bank has a special corner featuring twelve different kush strains! Liking and following them on Facebook gives certain privileges, such as coupons.
Shipping is $15 for all orders, and free for orders over $160. Orders are sent through CanadaPost with tracking. This type of tracking only works for Canada though – upon crossing a border it becomes regular mail.
You can contact the Canadian seed bank about other shipping arrangements, such an upgrade to registered mail (international) as well as DHL or UPS, which they are happy to accommodate.
For all orders under $160, as well as orders to other countries, regular mail shipping implies that the parcel will be dropped in a public mailbox without a track and trace code or delivery guarantee. Registered mail provides you with tracking and guaranteed delivery.
Anonymity & Payment
Credit card payments are no longer accepted. These are the available payment methods:
- Interac eTransfers (Canada only)
- Bank/International Transfers
- payments via snail mail in cash, cheque, Money Order, Western Union or Moneygram.
Return & Refund Policy
A return form can be found on the website. It lets you choose between different reasons for a return, such as: dead on arrival, faulty, order error, wrong item or other.
There really is no way to find out through the site what the costs are for international registered mail, not even by placing things in a mock shopping cart and selecting the “shipping estimate”.
The site has a comparing function, which is awesome. Unfortunately, due to the little information per strain it isn’t very extensive, mainly comparing the rating and how many seeds are in stock.
7. Ontario Seed Bank
At first, it seems as though all strains are thrown onto one large page. Upon closer look, there is a drop down menu in the corner. This allows for sorting by popularity, newness, rating or price. It’s different, but actually quite handy to be able to sort by such criteria.
I find the navigation of this website not as pleasant and intuitive versus other Canadian seed banks. Huge banners keep popping up on every page, and having to scroll down past these images interferes with my browsing experience.
Unfortunately, this Canadian seed bank doesn’t display any information on shipping, handling, payment and privacy. Only when placing a (mock) order you’ll find out that shipping is free in Canada. No shipping methods are available to other countries from the list. Which begs the question: why bother with an endless list of countries, if you only ship to one?
Perhaps this Canadian seed bank is a good local pick-up spot, but not a top choice for ordering online.
Summary time; the best Canadian seed banks are:
Crop King Seeds, BC Bud Depot and True North Seed Bank each have a few different things going for them – check out the bullet points below to decide which pro’s and con’s are most important to you.
Only two Canadian seed banks offer worldwide guaranteed delivery: Crop King Seeds and BC Bud Depot. True North’s guaranteed delivery policy is super solid (they’re the only website to state they’ll resend your order until you receive it!) but it is only available to customers in the USA and Canada.
Crop King Seeds
Crop King Seeds is our top choice as a breeder/seed bank. Totally smitten with this funky Canadian seed bank and blown away by the amount of information provided for each strain, as well as both the user-friendliness and the fun-factor of their website.
- From shipping to payment options, between the guaranteed delivery service and customer service in general, there isn’t anything Crop King Seeds doesn’t do right.
- Crop King isn’t just one of the best Canadian seed banks to sell seeds, they create their own strains. These in-house genetics are what you’ll find at Crop King Seeds and while it’s not a massive amount of strains, there definitely is a nice and exclusive variety to check out.
- Awesome details that stand out are the prominent “out of stock” signs on the home page, and the detailed descriptions mentioning both THC and CBD percentages.
- Crop King Seeds even gives a germination guarantee. As long as the cup of water/paper towel method is used, they guarantee an 80% success rate. Here’s the method explained in detail, and how to contact the germination hotline.
True North Seed Bank
- More payment options.
- Large selection of strains, including many feminized and auto-flowering seeds.
- Guaranteed delivery is only available for Canada and the USA, but guaranteed it is: until you receive your order!
- Practical browsing setup with the ability to set filters for: seed bank, price, sex, flowering type, variety, yield, THC content, CBD content, flowering time, medical conditions, taste/flavor, effect, plant height, where to grow, pack size and cup winner/awards.
- Get 20% off for subscribing to the newsletter.
- Unfortunately, a substantial amount of seeds are out-of-stock at any given time. On the flip side, with the sheer amount of strains sold, they have enough to go around.
Dr. Seeds has a good looking site with interesting strains and an almost minimalist vibe. Less-is-more usually means a visually appealing interface and a focus on what really matters content-wise.
Things well done by Dr. Seeds:
- The creative filters by which to narrow down a search for your perfect strains are an original touch.
- The – creative, again – approach to free seeds. Most places give one or more with a purchase, depending on the amount spent. Here you get a whole tin of five seeds in exchange for a review.
- So many choices when it comes to shipping, with costs ranging from $10 to over a hundred (Canadian) dollars.
They’ve almost nailed the less-is-more experience, except for a few loose ends. The FAQ page could use some more in-depth information and there are only two payment methods, credit card, and Interac-eTransfer. However, I received fast and most helpful replies to my questions and am impressed by the speed of their communication, as well as by the overall picture of Dr. Seeds.
Quebec Cannabis Seeds / Toronto Cannabis Seeds
While I find the branding and website of Quebec a.k.a. Toronto Cannabis Seeds somewhat less visually pleasing, I’ll admit in the same breath that’s not really the point here. The website serves its purpose and as long as the seeds and the service are both on par, who cares about aesthetics?
It would be nice to have a shipping costs overview on display, as well as a clear statement on guaranteed delivery and returns. Details are not explained as thoroughly by Q.C.S. as some competitors do, but questions via email are answered promptly.
BC Bud Depot
- Less payment options.
- Large amount of strains to choose from, from all sorts of different breeders.
- Seeds are generally somewhat cheaper and come in larger amounts, though often not feminized. Which – all things considered – doesn’t really make them any cheaper at all.
- Very cheap worldwide shipping if you’re willing to forgo the guaranteed delivery.
The Canadian Seed Bank
The Canadian Seed Bank has less information available for each strain. The customer service seems friendly and inviting though.
- Doesn’t take credit cards, accepts most other payment options.
- The Canadian Seed Bank guarantees the sprouting of their seeds and accepts returns.
- Seeds aren’t feminized.
Not in the Top 5
The Ontario Seed Bank is the last Canadian seed bank website we’ve reviewed. It seemed promising at first glance, but appeared to be completely useless for online ordering from a different country.
The next website up for review is My Weed Seeds. They claim to be the best Canadian seed bank, so that should be fun! Most likely, the addition of My Weed Seeds to our top five will bump the Ontario Seed Bank.
As for the remaining seed banks below, they didn’t make it in to our list of best Canadian seed banks, for various reasons. To name a few: websites looking very dated, not being user friendly (of course, this doesn’t necessarily mean their product is bad) or negative feedback on forums.
Other Canadian Seed Banks
- BC Seeds (Has been called a scam by people on forums. The problem is there are a few different seed banks with very similar names. Not which comments are accurate, but beware. Will aim to de-tangle the mess that surrounds “BC” seed bank in the near future.)
- Dr. Greenthumb
- Hemp Depot
Which Canadian seed banks have you tried?
Have you ordered from any of the Canadian seed banks mentioned here, or perhaps a different one? We’d love to hear about your experiences, good or bad!
Though their prices are a bit higher than other seed banks, you know you are getting some of the best genetics in the world when purchasing from Sensi Seeds.
The Best Seed Banks To Order From Online…that also ship to USA & Canada
Over the years, I’ve used A LOT of different online seed banks.
Some good… some very, very bad.
Here are my top 10 best seed banks to order from which also ship to the USA and Canada.
Read on for my thoughts about each seed bank as well as some tips on how to choose the right one for you.
Top 10 Best Seed Banks
|1. Seedsman (EU)||4.8/5|
|2. IGLM (EU)||4.7/5|
|3. Growers Choice Seeds (EU)||4.3/5|
|4. MSNL Seeds (EU)||4.2/5|
|5. Sensi Seeds (EU)||3.9/5|
|6. Crop King Seeds (CAN)||3.9/5|
|7. Gorilla Seed Bank (EU)||3.8/5|
|8. AMS (EU)||3.8/5|
|True North Seedbank removed*||n/a|
|10. Attitude Seed Bank (EU)||3.7/5|
Buying cannabis seeds online can be frustrating to say the least…
Poor quality seeds, missing packages and unresponsive customer service is far too common.
Just check out any grower forum and you’ll see what I mean.
Some seed banks seem as though they just don’t care!
I’ve rated each seed bank out of 10 based on several key criteria (explained below ) and included a seed bank FAQs section at the end to answer some of the most commonly asked questions about purchasing seeds online.
What to look for in a good seed bank…
When looking for a good seed bank, there are several key criteria that you should to look out for.
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IMPORTANT: My top 3 tips when choosing a seed bank and buying seeds online
I’ve purchase A LOT of seeds online and have gone through many of the frustrations most growers have (missing seeds, crap customer service, non germinating seeds)
Here are my top tips to having a stress free experience buying from an online seed bank:
1. Only ever buy feminized seeds. I can’t stress this enough. They might be a little more expensive than normal seeds but they’re worth it because you get less duds and therefore won’t spend as much time germinating or waiting for new seeds to be delivered.
2. Shipping times seem to be the number one gripe among growers buying seeds online. That’s because most of the good seed banks are in the EU and most of the growers are in the US or Canada. If shipping speed is important to you and you live in the USA, buy from a Canadian seed bank, not one in Europe. You might not use the best seed bank, but you will get your seeds faster.
3. I always like to choose a seed bank that has solid customer service. ALL seed banks will sometimes send seeds that don’t germinate, ALL seed banks will sometimes have slightly delayed shipping. When these things inevitably happen, it’s nice to know the customer service is there to take care of you.
4. Whatever Seedbank you choose, try to order a relatively small amount of seeds first to test out how the seedbank performs in terms of shipping and germination rates.
Ok, with that said, here are my detailed reviews of the top 10 seed banks:
Best Seed Banks To Order from Online
#1 – Seedsman
Seedsman is my number one pick when it comes to online seed banks, and the best EU seed bank by far.
This hugely popular seed bank offers one of the biggest selections of strains online (over 4,000! ) and their seeds have some of the lowest prices I could find online.
To add to their low prices, they also have loads of amazing promotions that can dramatically reduce the cost of your order.
The only negative about Seedsman is that their customer service could be a little better. Customer support is something that large businesses always seem to struggle with. When I called their phone number I got an automated service (Argh…) However, they replied to my email within 24 hours so they still manage to take top spot, just.
If you’re looking for high quality customer service and don’t mind paying a little more for it, then my second pick might be a better option for you.
Check out my full review of Seedsman here
#2 – I Love Growing Marijuana (ILGM)
I Love Growing Marijuana is run by Robert Bergman, a veteran grower with over 25 years of growing experience.
These guys might not have the largest collection ( around 80 different strains) but they do have some very high quality strains and awesome customer service.
Shipping is free for US, Canadian and European orders and delivered in just 10 to 15 days on average.
They guarantee delivery, and will re-ship your seeds if your order doesn’t arrive or gets seized.
In the event that your seeds do not germinate, they will be happy to replace them for free – nice!
ILGM’s website is super easy to use and can be viewed in English, Spanish, French or Dutch. Every strain on their site has lots of customer reviews and well laid out info about genetics.
They also have an active forum with helpful topics for beginners.
Check out my full review of ILGM here
#3 – Growers Choice Seeds
Growers Choice Seeds comes highly rated from several popular online forums and offers a variety of seeds suitable for every cannabis consumer.
One thing I appreciate about Growers Choice Seeds is their commitment to their products. According to their site, if 90 percent of your seeds do not germinate, they will send a replacement order.
Based on reviews from popular cannabis forums, they back this guarantee and are more than willing to work with you should you be unsatisfied with your order.
All orders are packaged to be as discreet as possible. Most of the time seeds are left in their original, air-tight packaging. However, in some cases seeds are removed from their packaging to ensure a safe and secure delivery. Additionally, orders outside the U.S. can receive special “stealth packaging” at no extra charge.
Depending on where you’re shipping your package, you can expect to receive your goodies within 7-25 business days. Most customers report being very satisfied with the shipping speed of their order.
Additionally, every order is given a tracking number so you can keep a close eye on your order from the moment it leaves the warehouse until it reaches your doorstep.
Check out my full review of Growers Choice Seeds here
#4 – MSNL Seeds
MSNL is another well-established Seedbank that has been around since 1999.
Their refined strains are extremely high quality and raved about in the cannabis community.
They also offer a great selection of low cost value packs which are perfect for trying different seeds without spending lots of money.
In general, they tend to be a little more expensive than seedsman and have a smaller selection of strains. They also do not accept Bitcoin.
Check out my full review of MSNL here.
#5- Sensi Seeds
Sensi Seeds is one of the biggest names in the cannabis seed industry. They have won numerous Cannabis Cup awards and are a renowned brand worldwide.
Though their prices are a bit higher than other seed banks, you know you are getting some of the best genetics in the world when purchasing from Sensi Seeds.
Most reviews for Sensi Seeds are positive, though some report being unsatisfied with the quality of their seeds or not receiving their order.
Customer service seems a bit wishy-washy, though it does appear typically they try their best to resolve any issue as quickly as possible.
Every order is packaged in a discreet, unmarked envelope. There are no logos or advertising present on the packaging, making it virtually impossible to tell what is inside.
If you are lucky enough to live within the shipping range for Sensi Seeds, you can expect to receive your order within 2-10 business days from the date your payment is processed, depending on which shipping option you chose.
Check out my full review of Sensi Seeds here.
#6 – Crop King Seeds
Crop King Seeds has been in the game for almost 15 years, steadily climbing their way to the top.
Nowadays, they have made quite a name for themselves and you can find the “King” in a multitude of physical and online storefronts.
While offering a slightly smaller seed collection in comparison with other top seed banks, Crop King Seeds does have an advantage in that they only offer their own personally cultivated strains.
Crop King Seeds have just launched a new website and it is really well laid out and you can use various filters to easily search for a strain perfect for you. Plus, they offer a section devoted to teaching customers how to successfully germinate their new seeds.
According to reviews on popular online forums, customers either love the “King” or hate him. From what I’ve read, customer service seems a bit quick to point fingers at the customer rather than own up to any mistake on their end. However, for every negative review there are three that swear by this company for all of their cannabis seed needs.
All orders are shipped in special packaging designed to maintain freshness and be as discreet as possible. Only orders shipped within Canada will be packaged in authentic Crop King Seeds packaging. Seeds shipped to all other countries will come packaged in various other items, to maintain privacy.
Shipping speeds range from 2-7 business days for orders shipped within Canada, and up to two weeks for international orders.
Check out my full review of Crop King Seeds here.
#7 – Gorilla Seed Bank
Though relatively new to the game, the founders of Gorilla Seed Bank have more than 40 years of combined experience in the cannabis industry.
While they don’t have the biggest seed selection out there, Gorilla does offer seeds from some of the most reputable brands.
They also offer competitively low prices on nearly all of their products, something I always take into consideration when purchasing.
The main issue customers report have been small errors with processing payments or seed viability. However, it’s clear that customer service is the number one priority for this company, as nearly all reviews on popular online forums also report any issues being resolved promptly and adequately.
Depending on where the order is being sent, shipping times can vary from 1-24 business days. Most orders shipped within the UK will be received within 7 business days.
TIP: There are always a wide variety of seed promotions going on and freebie offers. The only downside is the minimum purchase amount is a bit higher than other sites I’ve browsed. I recommend checking the promotions page and considering making one or two bigger purchases, rather than multiple smaller ones, in order to take advantage of these awesome deals
#8 – Amsterdam Marijuana Seeds (AMS)
Amsterdam Marijuana Seeds has been in the cannabis game for 25 years with no sign of slowing down.
Their time in the industry definitely shows in their intuitive and user-friendly website.
Subscribe and you’ll get a free growing guide.
With the Netherland’s top breeders, you can expect fantastic seed and strain quality.
Their packaging is crush-proof and made to look like regular mail. You may not even recognize your package.
Conversely, being shipped straight from Amsterdam will mean relatively higher prices.
Fortunately, the shipping price may be offset by both their affordable seed options and combo packages.
Check out my full review of Amsterdam Marijuana Seeds here.
#9 – True North Seed Bank – Not recommended anymore
True North Seed Bank is a fairly new seed supplier based in Toronto, Canada.
They have a large selection of strains and some very nice discounts and promotions.
If you’re a US or Canadian customer, shipping is very fast with orders arriving in an average of 5-14 days.
Although I had no major issues with my order (8/10 feminized seeds germinated) customer feedback on TNSB seems to be quite polarised, and it seems to me that their slightly subpar customer service is the reason for this negative feedback. All seed banks have issues with seeds and shipping, but it’s how you deal with those issues that sets some seed banks apart.
#10 – Attitude Seed Bank
Attitude is a very popular seed bank based out of the UK.
They reportedly have some of the best genetics worldwide and offer thousands of seeds from more than 200 brands.
Most reviews from popular online forums are positive, though some mention orders being seized by customs.
Most of these customers however, did not pay for discreet shipping, which is something I always suggest.
Another common issue customers report is the quality of seeds can vary greatly.
Because Attitude sells a variety of seeds from numerous brands, it makes sense the lesser known brands may have lower quality products. This is why I always recommend buying seeds from already established and reputable brands.
One thing I always appreciate is saving a little extra money.
Attitude always has a wide variety of promotions running so be sure to take a look before placing your order to ensure you get your money’s worth!
Shipping speeds vary based on where the package is being sent.
International orders are typically received between 7 to 10 business days, though can take up to 21 business days.
TIP: Every order over £40 comes with various “freebies” (which is great to up the “discreet factor” of your package)
What payment methods can I use?
Most good seed banks offer a number of different ways to pay for your seeds:
Most seed banks take payment with debit or credit cards without any problem.
However, placing an order with standard bank cards can sometimes have issues if don’t usually order items from abroad using that card.
This might make other payment methods more appealing.
Personally, I use a credit card, which offers better protection than a stand card when buying online.
I’ve never had an issue ordering seeds online with my credit card.
Bitcoin is anonymous, safe and secure.
It’s therefore perfect for this type of transaction and the method of payment that most seed banks prefer.
Many seed banks offer incentives to purchase your seeds with Bitcoin.
Paying with cash means that there will be no record of the transaction on your bank account.
However, most seedbanks will appear very discretely on your bank statement anyway, and sending cash in the post is risky.
It’s very rare for a seed company to offer a Paypal as a payment option.
This is because Paypal strictly prohibits cannabis seed sales (get with the times PayPal! )
Online Seed banks get blocked from accepting payments once Paypal discovers what they are selling.
A standard direct transfer from your bank account to the seed banks account.
A bank transfer usually avoids any fuss with your credit card or bank card being blocked for suspicious activity.
It’s fast and secure and many Seed Banks recommend that you use this method
Anoutdated method of payment, but many seedbanks offer this option.
It’s fairly secure but takes a long time to process.
There’s definitely better ways to pay.
What is the best method of payment?
The absolute best method of payment to use with a seed bank is probably Bitcoin.
It only takes a few minutes to set up and means that all of your transactions are 100% anonymous, safe and secure.
Many seedbanks offer big discounts for payments made with bitcoin, so this is definitely something you should consider.
If like me you don’t fancy setting up Bitcoin, then use a standard credit card is the next best option.
Why are there no good US Seedbanks?
The current situation in the US is that although it’s usually safe to buy /order seeds online, it’s very risky for the seed bank sell them or send them from one state to another due to the different laws in each state.
This is the reason why it’s hard to find a long-established seed bank in the country.
Hopefully this will change in the near future.
All of the seed banks listed in this article will ship to the USA and Canada
What will happen if customs open my package?
Current customs laws in America indicates that if your seed package from abroad does get caught in the mail, you will not be put on any “list”.
Instead, the U.S. customs agents will simply toss the seeds and send you what’s left of the package.
They also send an official letter letting you know that your seeds were confiscated.
If this happens to you, simply contact the seed bank with evidence and they will gladly give you a replacement package.
Important disclaimer: Please note that this is not intended as legal advice
Do I need an account to purchase seeds?
No, most seed banks will allow you to complete checkout as a guest without having to register an account with them.
It’s my first grow, which strain should I choose?
Firstly, congratulations on deciding to grow – you’re going to love it!
For your first grow, I would recommend choosing a strain that’s known for it’s “easy to grow” characteristics.
Northern lights is a very popular strain that is exceptionally resilient to many common issues that affect cannabis plants while growing.
They also grow short and have a low odor, which can be beneficial for a number of reasons.
Purchasing cannabis seeds online can seem a little daunting at first.
However, buying from a well-respected and reliable seed bank should ease any fears that you have.
The seed banks listed in this article will take good care of you and ensure that you receive your seeds and that you are 100% happy.
Let me know what your favorite seed bank is in the comments below or if you’ve had any bad experiences!
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I wouldn’t touch True North. Add on costs for card processing, more money to send by stealth, more money for guaranteed delivery which means you can get the same strains cheaper every where else. To top it off their customer service is shocking. Rarely respond to e-mails and even had one of their team tell me that they work remotely from them and they struggle to get answers from the management too.
Hey James! Thanks for the feedback on True North. When I contacted True North they replied pretty quickly, but maybe they aren’t very consistent. I have to admit, my current go-to seed banks at the moment are ILGM and Seedsman!
I Agree the Seedsman does have a good customer service which is Key from buying from any seed bank that goes for all businesses big and small good customer service always should come first before anything else, but it is also very easy to call the Seedsman from the states. So I see The Vault didn’t make your list, probably because they only started taking credit cards again after they moved to Spain but their main office is in the UK they also have comprehensive Grows about 4-5 times a year if you’re a member of Grasscity, RIU or 420magazine for some growers who may not have money to purchase seeds for whatever the situation maybe, but they will send you a pack of 5 autos and a T-shirt and seeds are usually from a Top Breeder like Dutch Passions which is side by side almost with Sensi Seeds which aren’t as Good as they once where, but still one of the Best for having Good genetics. Also I see who didn’t make the list is Nirvana with one of there flag ship strains Aurora indicia F1’s. I don’t Grow feminized seeds and a lot of old skool growers and master growers you will never grow femmed strains for their lack of stability, but I have grown in the past femmed strains with always Good results I just think Regs is where’s it’s at! Also Bodhi seeds or Great Lake genetics who have by far has the most Keepers and some of the best genetics out of any seed bank Imo! But for newer growers the Seedsman is probably the Best to deal with because of there Good freebies but The Vault seed bank has the most breeders out of any Bank out there and they also don’t Breed but Have a Lotta 100% free promotions and like mentioned sign up on Grasscity if you want free seeds when they do their comprehensive grows! Good article and agree on 95% of what you said.
Hey James, I tried to connect to True North as well as ILGM & my computer stopped me because they both had Malware attached. So everyone be careful. I can’t believe since Canada is legal that the price of seeds has sky rocked! Just plain crazy!
Hey ? Oh that’s very strange. I just checked the links and they seem to be working OK for me with no warnings. Is this happening for anyone else? There may be a short term increase in Canadian seed prices but with more and more states and countries legalising it should lead to more competition between the seed bank, which will mean lower prices in the long run!
True North Seed Bank Is ripping customers off and getting them red flagged at customs. I tried to get this resolved and have been ignored by TNSB Management. I’ve been sending this message around that TNSB ignores!
Sorry to hear about your bad experience with True North Seed Bank David ? Seed banks can be really hit and miss. For some people they receive their seeds no problem and others encounter big delays. I would always recommending ordering a small quantity of seeds from the seed banks on this list to see which ones work best for you. I’m a big fan of Seedsmand and ILGM. Seedsman has a better selection but ILGM has better customer support.
True North is nothing short of being a rip-off. Never have I had such problems with obtaining seeds. Do yourselves a favour and stay away from this dispensary.
I just ordered from Dr.Seeds where prices are far less. Shipping time and quality will follow.
Once again, stay far away from True North.
hello what about Dinafem seed Bank the side looks good the reviews are also postive and they even give sometimes somethig away ))
yes stay away from True North. i recently made an order for bubba kush humboldt.these come in a wooden block and the seeds are in a tube with a spot of glue on the side. my block was empty. customer serice made it good the same day i called but i will not take a chance with them again.
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