Hot Cannabis Seeds To Grow in 2022

Luckily for us, cannabis was made illegal. After all, if the U.S. government had not decided to criminalize marijuana, starting with a tax for growing it, we wouldn’t have nearly as many different types. When cannabis growers and breeders were forced underground, they used male and female plants to create their own seedstock. The illegal distinction borne by the cannabis plant has led to it being one of the most diverse botanicals on the planet. When the War on Drugs meant Americans could no longer get landrace genetics like Acapulco Gold from Mexico, we looked further toward Amsterdam’s marijuana melting pot. The fusion of American cannabis enthusiasts and High Times legends like Sam the Skunkman, Ed Rosenthal, and Steve Hager with Dutch seed companies blessed the world with delicacies like Super Lemon Haze and provided the platform to promote them. Today, the worldwide cannabis seed market is a thriving industry.

Seed germination for outdoor growing starts in spring. Seeds require 10-15 days longer than clones, so the end of April is an excellent time to pop them to get the 2022 outdoor harvest outside by Mother’s Day. We checked in with three ganja growing all-stars to see what cannabis combinations they’re excited about this year.

David Downs
Senior Content Manager, Leafly

What seeds are you excited about for this planting season?
For this planting season, I’m super-juiced to re-run Humboldt Seed Co’s Squirt (feminized) for year three. I can smoke that super-optimized modern Tangie cross all day, every day, and it makes a great salad with another sativa during the day or some gas at night.

I’m also hyped to bring back HumSeedCo’s Hella Jelly (fems) for year two as a super-agronimized modern sativa that finishes early and has mad cherry and cotton candy taste and zippy daytime effects.

I’m stoked to run Archive Seeds Dosi-Tree outside for the first time for that Dosi gas plus Lemon Tree’s size and syrupy lemon smell. Yum! Last year it was In-House Genetics’ Slurricane IX—that killed!

And lastly, I’m pumped to run Terp Hogz Geneticz Z3 for the first time this year! I think I’ll always want some Zkittlez in the garden, and Z3 is a way to get at the root of some optimized Z terps, as opposed to chasing new Z crosses. I can’t wait to have a pound of Z3 for Thanksgiving! Terp Hogz is selling seeds direct to your door on NXTLVL delivery in the Bay Area—if you don’t know how cool it is to shop, buy and get Terp Hogz genes delivered in a couple hours—now you know! It’s so clutch.

Do you typically grow from seed? If so, why?
Yes! I like the vigor of seeds, especially regulars—they get huge outside! There’s also less chances of a virus or pest infection from seeds vs. clones. I buy seeds all year and they keep well until it’s time to plant. (But I still might get a clone of Jokerz from Compound Genetics for this year, and if I do, I’m all about it!)

What does your grow setup look like?
I start popping indoors the first day of spring and raise babies inside where it’s warm, then sex the juveniles, and harden them on the porch in The City, before transplanting the keepers into 30-gallon fabric pots outdoors in the NorCal sun by Mother’s Day! We try and KISS (keep it simple, stupid). We use Fox Farm Ocean Forest soil plus amendments and well water on a drip timer. And BT to fight the caterpillars!

Are there certain types of cannabis or specific cultivars that do well where you are growing?
Yeah, I’m an outdoor NorCal Bay Area grower, and I’m deliberately running Humboldt Seed Co, Archive, and Terp Hogz because I think their gear tends to be tested and screened for outdoor runs. I know HumSeedCo does a bunch of mixed-light testing, and Terp Hogz in Mendo also works in mixed light. Archive’s stuff seems to be developed more indoors in Oregon, but I know that Lemon Tree has killed it outdoors in Santa Cruz. 

I want to run stuff that’s been tested outside, for sure. Lots of the latest crosses are bred and tested inside and many breeders and growers don’t know how they’ll react to the variations in heat, humidity, etc. outside. I want stuff that’s hard to fuck up, as opposed to some diva that molds the second it rains, or some crazy sativa that won’t finish until November. But that’s just me! Everyone’s needs are pretty specific!

Jeff Jones
Horticulture Instructor, Oaksterdam University

What seeds are you excited for?
I am fond of recommending and growing varieties that produce well-rounded plants with new tastes and smells. 

Do you typically grow from seed? If so, why?
No, but I have done so with Oaksterdam University students over the years often.

What does your grow setup look like these days?
A simple 4′ x 4′ area light up with LED lights in a larger room that I have found no need for AC to cool. 

What has been your experience growing autoflowers?
To me, this is the best reason to grow from seed. They only come this way and are getting better varieties all the time. 

Are there certain types of cannabis or specific cultivars that do well where you grow in Oakland?
We have a mix of urban growers that are survivors. Many obstacles to keep from having a successful harvest in tight city living. I grow inside due to this better neighborhood policy. I find less issues and arise with having long-term success. But I do know a few good areas that have outdoor gardens with little to no worry for either the garden or neighbors with bad smells.

Shango Los
Podcast Host, Shaping Fire

What seeds are you excited about this year?
Since I live on Vashon Island in the Pacific Northwest, I have to choose seeds that will finish flowering fast enough during our short summers. I’ll mostly be growing autoflowers so I can germinate them on June 1 and harvest at the end of August before the rains start. I am excited to grow the Purple Pope collaboration between Gnome Automatics and Night Owl Seeds. The flowers smell of sandalwood, lemongrass, and yuzu. Northern Cheese Haze from Mephisto Genetics is always a winner for me too. It captures some of that fresh sunshine-dried linen sweet smell of haze with the bloomy-rind cheese funk that we love cheese strains for.

The most reliable photoperiod for where I live continues to be Mandelbrot’s famous Royal Kush from Mendocino, which will often finish in 50 days. There is a new collaboration between Emerald Mountain Legacy and Mean Gene From Mendocino called Royale with Cherries that blends the gas and shorter flower times with Mean Gene’s Cherry Lime Pop which contributes a complex Maraschino cherry sweetness. It is exquisite. Last summer, it finished well ahead of all the other photos. And it hashed well for us too.

How was the 2021 Autoflower Cup? Are you experimenting with autoflowers?
The 2021 Autoflower Cup was a great gathering. For so long, autoflowers really didn’t perform as we wanted. But the modern era of autoflowers are so much better tasting and yielding. And because they can be grown nearly everywhere in the U.S., they are quickly gaining a following. And, of course, since autoflower enthusiasts are so often ridiculed by photoperiod growers, it is nice to hang with a big group of people who share this special interest.

I am past simply experimenting with autoflowers at this point and have fully embraced them. Before this season, I have grown 156 varieties. I’m at the point now where I believe in them, understand their advantages and disadvantages and can really work with them to meet my cultivation goals.

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The B.C. Company Making Indoor Growing Feel Natural: Interview With TNB Naturals

If you’re looking to enhance your grow room and buy from a great Canadian company, you should get to know TNB Naturals. Based in Vernon, a small town in the Okanagan Valley, since 2012 TNB Naturals has specialized in the manufacturing and development of safe and natural products to help grow your indoor products. Meet […]

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Getting Busted Around The World – The Consequences Of Cannabis Cultivation Crossword Puzzle

There are a lot of plants that only grow in certain places around the world, but thankfully, cannabis is not one of them. Certain strains thrive in particular climates and we often recognize it in the name, for example, Durban Poison or Afghan Kush. They call it weed for a reason; basically, this plant can […]

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Sir Paul McCartney Reveals He Hides Hemp Crop From Young Thieves

On an episode of “River Cafe Table 4” podcast that originally aired October 4, Sir Paul McCartney, 79, revealed that he has to hide his hemp crop from young would-be thieves who are tempted to steal plants, mistaking them for THC-rich cannabis. 

In the 26-minute episode, McCartney also recalled tasting wine for the first time with John Lennon in Paris, being a vegetarian and growing organic plants on his property at his rural mansion home in the village of Peasmarsh in East Sussex.

“We grow crops,” the former Beatle said. “We like to grow spelt wheat, rye, peas and more.” One particular species stood out.

“We’re just really starting to grow hemp,” McCartney admitted. “What’s interesting about government regulation is that every child gets in and robs it, so we have to keep it in a place where people can’t see it. about it!”

Growing hemp in the UK can be legal if a person jumps through the right regulatory hoops, which are tight. Only hemp plants which have a maximum amount of 0.2 percent THC can be grown in the UK. Individuals must secure a license from the Home Office to grow hemp plants, and the office can impose limitations on farming operations.

The lure of stealing one of his hemp plants is high. Imagine getting your hands on a fan leaf grown by none other than McCartney—the “most successful musician of all time” by many standards.

All Organic

McCartney went on to explain that his farms are 100 percent organic and the farms do not use synthetic pesticides or fertilizers.

“It’s organic,” he said. “I became organic over 20 years ago.” In the late 70s, McCartney chose to become vegetarian, which he still practices to this day, and is all about health. He does routine yoga handstands, for instance.

McCartney seemed to explain the importance of utilizing ingredients such as worm castings. “When I first bought the farm, there were some fields that my farmer would say, ’There are no worms in these fields. There is no life.’”

Worm castings can enhance the health of cannabis plants and provide long-term nutrition minus the harmful chemicals. According to Marijuana Venture Magazine, Worm castings are “the secret to great soil.”

“It’s basically because all you did was add pesticides and then fertilizers,” he said. “I thought, OK, that’s a challenge, we’re going to be organic.”

Beyond hemp, McCartney is also a fan of ales and hops—which just so happens to be a staple crop in the region. “For years I heard that my neighbor was selling the land next to us, so I went there and said, ‘I heard you’re selling hop gardens…’ I thought, ‘I have to start hops.’ That’s because the area we are in Sussex was a very large hop growing area.”

McCartney and Weed

As recently as last April, McCartney confirmed to Fox News widespread suspicions that The Beatles were indeed introduced to pot for the first time from Bob Dylan in 1964. McCartney went on to tell the story that’s been told again and again.

“Dylan arrived and he went into the bedroom with his roadie,” McCartney said. “Ringo went along to see what was up. So he finds Dylan, rolling up, and he has a toke. Ringo says, ‘The ceiling is kind of moving down… We all ran into the backroom going, ‘Give us a bit, give us a bit!’ So that was the very first evening we ever got stoned!”

McCartney smoked on and off his entire adult life, into his 70s. His late wife Linda McCartney famously also fit the profile of a “connoisseur.” McCartney was busted for pot on numerous occasions. In 1980, he faced trafficking charges in Japan over approximately 7.7 ounces of bud—ultimately being deported from the country. But the seasoned rock ‘n’ roller took a break in 2015 at the request of his grandkids.

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Grow Week 2021 Roundup

You know that scene in Eastbound & Down when Will Ferrell says “I can feel it down in my plums. They’re getting a nice bluish hue, gettin’ ready to take ’em to the farmer’s market.” We felt that. It’s early fall, which means it’s just about peak flowing time for cannabis growers over here (and […]

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How TSRgrow Uses LED Lighting Solutions to Maximize Crop Yield

Most cannabis farms install LED lights on their farms to save energy, but did you know that LED lights can also improve the quality of your flower? TSRgrow, a Rhode Island-based manufacturer of fully integrated, horticultural lighting systems, started developing with LEDs back when the technology was just entering the market. Over the years, the company developed lighting systems that not only help growers cut down overhead, but also help their flower grow to its fullest potential. 

Cannabis has to be cultivated in a highly controlled environment, which means having the right technology can make or break your business. Even in states where smoking is now fully legal, cannabis companies must meet requirements set by state and local governments. Because these requirements tend to be much, much more specific than those enforced on your run-of-the-mill broccoli or bean sprout farm, having advanced TSRgrow LED lighting is essential.  

Courtesy of TSRgrow

LEDs, short for light-emitting diodes, were first developed in the ’60s but did not become commonplace until 2008, when schools and hospitals installed them as cost-saving alternatives to fluorescent or halogen lamps. Now, LED lighting systems are coming to weed farms, not only because they significantly reduce operating and maintenance costs, but also because they radiate a more intense light capable of delivering extra photons to your plants, making them grow full and strong. 

TSRgrow’s YouTube channel is chock full of active clients testifying how using their LED light has reinvigorated their business. In some cases, crop yield increased by as much as 50 percent. After reviewing the research published on cannabis lighting systems, this shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Many growers have already noted the less-than-stellar intensity provided by HPS systems, and one semi-recent study from Business Wire also found that yields piqued in farms using broad-spectrum LEDs.

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Not all lights are created equal, and TSRgrow’s LED lighting is different from traditional LED lighting. Whereas other companies are more than happy to just sell light fixtures, TSRgrow takes lighting systems to the next level. Their Remote Power Servers, high performance LED lighting that removes ballast heat from the grow room (reducing HVAC and operating costs), and a monitoring software application known as GrowHub (more on that in a moment) work together to deliver more photons and maximize photosynthesis in your plants. 

“If utilized correctly, LED lighting has the potential to bring a lot of benefits to growers,” said Mikhail Sagal, a serial entrepreneur and inventor, and President of TSRgrow, though he places emphasis on if utilized correctly. “We’re not a lightbulb replacement firm,” Sagal’s second-in-command and TSRgrow co-founder Gary Arnold, chimed in, “even if a lot of people might buy that way right now.” Instead, their company offers something they call a “TOTALgrow Solution.”

On the fields of California or Colombia where cannabis can be grown out in the open, there are no distinctions between the elements. Temperature, humidity and wind all interact with one other to form a tightly interwoven ecosystem—a kind of interplay that is lost in most indoor weed farms. TSRgrow’s solutions don’t just allow growers to take control of the sun; they also give them power over things like heat, moisture, CO2 levels and irrigation. Even the direction of the air flow can be drawn and redrawn. 

Needless to say, advanced technology is useless if it isn’t intuitive to use. Fortunately, TSRgrow’s lighting systems come with a little something known as GROWHub. This software application, developed in-house from years of cultivation experiences and customer input, monitors the many variables within the grow chamber to offer guidance to growers to correct anomalies and errors. Pair that with a centralized remote power source that can be rerouted to withstand power outages and finely tuned to adapt to the strains being grown, and you have yourself a lighting system that can take whatever life throws its way. 

TSRgrow
Courtesy of TSRgrow

For certain types of growers, having such complete control over their operations is somewhat of a luxury. For others, it’s nothing short of a necessity. “Growing outdoors is okay for recreational cannabis,” Sagal explained. “But if you are growing medical cannabis or in regions where outdoor cultivation is not possible for extended periods, you really need to have a well-regulated growing environment that ensures consistency and cleanliness, requiring the ability to monitor and fine-tune your facility.” 

And that’s not even talking about regulations. Did you know, for instance, that the state of California is planning to apply stricter guidelines on the amount of power, cultivator’s can use per square foot of growing space? The State of Massachusetts, which is estimated will soon use 10 percent of its total electric power to keep cannabis farms running every year, has already had such regulation in place for several years with 36 watts/square foot. Some states will be banning HPS lighting in the years ahead due to high energy consumption. “You never know where these regulations are going next,” Sagal commented, “so it’s best to be prepared with a lighting system as flexible, reliable and green as ours.” 

TSRgrow LED lighting solutions are a huge energy saver, with its GROWHub software, LED lighting platform, monitoring, and control. Also, the fact there are no ballasts on TSRgrow LED light fixtures,  eliminates the heat in the grow room. Having ballast-free lighting is also a lifesaver if one of your lights needs troubleshooting. This can be monitored digitally.

In a bygone time, cannabis was only cultivated in places that the plant naturally popped up. These days, as more and more states across the U.S. pass legislation to legalize marijuana, it’s as easy to find a cannabis farm in the cold, barren landscape of New England as it is in the Sunshine State. In these cases, technology makes up for the differences in climate, leading to a surge in electricity consumption like we see in Massachusetts. It’s a challenge minimizing the carbon footprint and being sustainably green with indoor cultivation. 

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Fortunately, TSRgrow LEDs jump in to save the day, once again, bringing value and sustainability. Aside from the fact that LEDs already are a greener, more environmentally friendly light than HPS, TSRgrow’s TOTALgrow™ Solutions can be adapted to run on solar energy or wind power. Arnold, long involved in developing alternative power sources, exclaimed, “It’s the kind of technology which, we believe, will be in higher demand in the future.” Especially as demand for cannabis continues to increase and controlled environment agriculture (CEA) is required, as has been the case for some time now.  

TSRgrow is, as mentioned, is not in the business of replacing light bulbs. They are in the business of creating state-of-the-art, eco-friendly total lighting solutions that allow growers to study and control every little thing that happens on their farm. Along the way, these systems not only ensure that the cannabis industry can evolve in an organic, sustainable manner, but they also ensure growers that they are getting the most out of their product. Total, in this case, really means total. 

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When to Start Flowering Cannabis

The flowering stage of cannabis growth (depending on strain) usually takes place from 8 to 11 weeks. The cannabis growth cycle consists of four stages: germination (3 to 10 days), seedling (2 to 3 weeks), vegetative (3 to 16 weeks) and finally culminates in flowering (6 to 12 weeks). Many new growers are unsure of […]

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Do Male Cannabis Plants Produce Female Seeds

While cannabis is a dioecious plant (meaning it can be male, female or hermaphroditic), the short answer to whether or not male cannabis plants produce female seeds is no. The longer answer is also technically no, but requires a little more explanation. No worries, we’ll introduce you to the basics of feminized cannabis seeds as […]

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What Causes Cannabis Leaves To Curl? How To beat “The Claw”

It’s never a good sign when the serrated edges of cannabis plants take on a “canoe” shape and start curling upwards. In the immortal words of Jim Carrey: “It’s becoming the claw!” So what causes cannabis leaves to curl? Well, a lot of things. While cannabis is a hardy and resilient plant, it’s still susceptible to a […]

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Interactive Weed Wordsearch – Growing Cannabis Plants

Today’s interactive weed Wordsearch is all about growing cannabis plants. Since it’s legal, it’s time to familiarize yourself with some plant jargon. Have fun and remember, it’s always important to take the time to smell the roses… and dank bud! Did you win the puzzle? Want to play again? Refresh your screen and get ready […]

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