Hemp Seeds for Sale: Complete Guide to Buying Hemp Seeds
“Hemp seeds, hemp seeds, get your hemp seeds!” There is no shortage of hemp seeds for sale. Where does one begin?
Selecting genetics can be an overwhelming and daunting process. We are here to help! Hemp seed selection is the most important part of planning a hemp business. Without foundational consistent, high performing genetics, an entire hemp growing business can crumple.
It’s important to go into your seed buying process with eyes wide open. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. In this case, the best option is to run! Unscrupulous seed suppliers are a big problem in this industry. Unfortunately, unsuspecting growers pay the price.
Below, you will find a complete guide to buying hemp seeds for your grow.
Feminized Hemp Seeds vs Conventional Seeds
For the purpose of this article we will discuss feminized hemp seeds. Conventional hemp seeds (not feminized) often lead to complete crop failure. It is nearly impossible to quickly and correctly rogue males to avoid pollen contamination.
High quality feminized hemp seed consistently produces females. Conventional hemp seeds are typically 50% male and 50% female. While feminized seeds cost more upfront, it pays for itself in the long run.
What are the best hemp seeds to buy?
New hemp varieties are always coming on the market. It can be difficult to decide which seeds are going to be best for you. The best hemp seeds to buy are the seeds that are going to best serve your business goals.
Decision 1: What end is the end product goal? Are you growing hemp biomass of smokable flower?
Certain hemp varieties are more suitable for biomass vs smokable hemp flower. Biomass growers should grow varieties with the highest weight and potency yields. Smokable flower growers should grow varieties that not only have high potency, but also nice flower structure and a high terpene profile.
Decision 2: Indoor or outdoor hemp production?
Growing indoor vs outdoors is a totally different game. Indoor growers are aiming for smaller quantities but higher quality flowers. Hemp grown in a greenhouse or indoors has more intact trichomes and (typically) higher terpene profiles.
Outdoor growers aim for more quantity and grow for both biomass and high end flower. It is possible to grow high quality flower outdoors, but it can be a little trickier. Weather, pest pressure, and pollination are all hurdles to grow a high quality outdoor crop.
Autoflower and Full Term Hemp
…Okay, we are getting closer to making our decision! But what is this autoflower thing everyone keeps talking about?
Autoflower genetics are another great tool growers have to grow hemp. Autoflower genetics can be grown anytime of year, regardless of day length. It just needs to be warm enough to grow hemp.
Autoflower hemp seeds are a great option for large mechanized operations or smaller boutique growers. Autoflower is often harvested before full term hemp seeds. This gives growers an advantage of being first to market with their crop. Most autoflower hemp varieties will grow to be about 2’-3’ tall and wide. We recommend planting between 10,000-25,000 autoflower seeds per acre, depending on the variety.
Most growers grow full term seeds. Full term hemp seeds produce larger plants, but can only be grown in the summer (or under artificial lights). Full-term hemp seeds produce plants anywhere in size between 3’-6’ tall and wide. In addition, full term hemp flower is more ideal for smokeable, boutique hemp flower. These plants produce tighter, higher quality flowers compared to autoflower hemp. We recommend planting between 2,000-4,800 seeds per acre.
CBD Seeds and CBG Seeds
The final decision when selecting the best hemp seeds to buy is deciding between CBD and CBG genetics. There are pros and cons to growing either CBD or CBG. However, the most important factor to consider when choosing which variety to grow is the end product you are selling.
While CBG commanded higher prices in the past, market forces have brought prices down to be more in line with CBG. However, CBG genetics stay total THC compliant compared to CBD genetics. For more information on CBG, check out our other blog post on CBG Genetics. Click Here.
We always suggest that growers grow what they can sell. Establishing partnerships and supply chain partners to ensure biomass and flower can be sold is critically important. If you are tapped into a good CBD market and know that you can sell your crop, then stick to CBD genetics. If you don’t quite have a grasp on how to sell your crop, we recommend growing both CBD and CBG for diversification.
Can I sprout Hemp seeds?
Once you have selected your hemp seeds, it’s time to germinate them. Yes, you can certainly sprout (or germinate) your hemp seeds. Everyone has their own “secret sauce” on how to germinate hemp seeds. And while it’s not hard to germinate hemp seeds, there is definitely a lot that can go wrong that costs you money.
We suggest having a solid germination plan in place to ensure your planting goes smoothly. For a step-by-step guide on how to germinate your seeds and produce transplants, check out our free book. You can click the link here.
Thanks for reading! We hope this has helped you in your search when looking at different hemp seeds for sale. If you have any questions, please reach out to us at [email protected] and we’ll help you in anyway we can.