It’s no secret that the legalization of cannabis has been spreading across the United States and making waves along the way. As of this year, 48 states have legalized cannabis to at least some extent, leaving only Nebraska and Idaho out of the mix. Though not all states have made all uses of cannabis legal, many have, and more are jumping on board each year. At the same time, several states are allowing users to grow their own marijuana plants at home. That leaves quite a few people looking for seeds to get their cannabis gardens up and running.
A Brief Glance at Different Types of Cannabis Seeds
More than 700 strains of cannabis are available right now, and they come in four varieties: regular, autoflowering, feminized, and autofem. Regular seeds are photoperiodic and can grow into either male or female plants. Feminized seeds are also photoperiodic, but they only grow into female plants.
Autoflowering seeds can grow into male or female plants and transition from the vegetative stage to the flowering stage based on age rather than the amount of light they receive. Many growers want to find autoflowering seeds because they flower more quickly than regular and feminized seeds. Autofem seeds only grow into female plants that flower according to their age.
Where Do Autoflowering Seeds Come From?
Originally, autoflowering peanut butter breath seeds came from one distinct species of marijuana known as Ruderalis. This species grows in the wild in parts of Asia as well as Central and Eastern Europe. Mainly, though, it’s native to parts of Russia. All those areas have cooler climates with short growing seasons. Their harsh environments make it difficult for most plants to survive there. Ruderalis found a way, though. It adapted to the growing conditions and limited exposure to sunlight.
As such, it branched out from the photoperiodic tendencies of its Indica and Sativa cousins. It began to grow more quickly than other varieties due to the shorter growing seasons. Obviously, quite a few growers saw this as an advantage. Who wouldn’t want to grow marijuana crops within a few weeks as opposed to four months or so? From there, some people began to experiment with crossing Ruderalis DNA and that of Indicas and Sativas.
After much trial and error, autoflowering hybrids were born. They offer the more potent and diverse effects of Indicas, Sativas, and hybrids of the two while growing more quickly than regular and feminized strains. Today, numerous autoflowering varieties are on the market.
Where Can I Get Autoflowering Weed Seeds?
It’s possible to obtain autoflowering weed seeds from a few sources. Like marijuana-growing pioneers of the past, you could certainly experiment by allowing various Indicas and Sativas to cross-pollinate with Ruderalis plants. Of course, the results may be less than optimal. You’d have no real way of knowing whether the offspring would be autoflowering or photoperiodic or what their effects might be. You could also allow male autoflowering plants to pollinate females of the same variety to create autoflowering seeds.
In truth, there’s an easier and more surefire way to go about it. Why not simply purchase autoflowering seeds online? If you choose this route, which is recommended, be sure to get your seeds from a trusted seed bank with a variety of strains to choose from. You’ll stand a better chance of getting the flavors, aromas, and effects you’re looking for. Furthermore, high-quality seeds from a seed bank are more likely to germinate and grow into healthy plants that produce high yields and consistent results.