5 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Growing With Seeds or Cuttings
Seeds or cuttings? Which way do you dress? Are you the sort of grower that thinks "I want to see this through from start to finish - I want to be part of the miracle of life, to fully nurture from start." if you do you're probably a hippy, reading this in a tie-dyed Grateful Dead T-shirt and comfy ethically sourced footwear, there's nothing wrong with that, stay true and spread the love my friend. You might not be a hippy and still want to grow from seed because you want to grow some awesome strains to cater for your diverse palette and ever-growing taste for something just a bit more special. Or you might be the type of grower that wants to get on with it, you know some guy with a mother and he's got a few little babies spare that you could put straight into your system right now and get some big results. However you choose, you've got to start from somewhere, there's pro's and con's to both methods and we've put together a list to help you decide how you want to start your next grow.
1. SEEDS ARE LEGAL TENDER
Yep, all seeds are legal, that means you can ship them from anywhere that's selling them or even go out right now and buy some with your hard earned money, in person face to face and you'll also remind yourself that there's life beyond the internet too. Cuttings are not available to buy in shops, you'll have to rely on your trusted network or make them yourself, but then they've got to come from somewhere in the first place.
2. SEEDS COME IN MANY STRAINS
They do! Fucking loads of different types, this is both it's blessing and curse. There's almost too much choice and you might end up like a fat kid at the pick and mix in the cinema on his birthday and try to get everything all at once. Do some research on the characteristics of each plant and find one that you like the look of...stick to that one, for now anyway, they're going to need all your attention from the minute they get into your grow room. Starting from Cuttings from your mate or that bloke you spoke to once in the pub will dramatically limit your options as to what type of plants you want in your grow room, sometimes it might be a case of you get what you're given.
3. QUALITY IS SUBJECTIVE
One person saying they've got loads of top quality cuttings might turn out to mean they've got cuttings, but they're a bag of shit to another person. Know your source and how they've been cultivated from the start, also get some info on the mother plant, if that's been treated poorly then your plants ain't going to do much better. Starting yourself from seed means you can exercise your mental, OCD yet caring nature from the very beginning and make sure your plants feel comfortable in your grow room.
4. CUTTINGS ARE FAST
I mean that growing from cuttings and not seed, wipes out a whole other process in the life-cycle of the plant and if you've got some proper amazing cuttings with plenty of white root and healthy green leaves they'll transplant into your grow room and take like a duck to water. Leaving you to get on with the important bit and making these plants produce. With seeds you've got to germinate, and let them sprout at their own rate. The early stages has be done at the plant's pace, you cant force it to grow quicker, they're very delicate at this stage.
5. HOW WILL I KNOW IF MY SEEDS ARE WHAT THEY SAY THEY ARE?
You get your seeds from a catalogue of pictures showing you what the seeds will turn into, normally they'd have picked a 'poster girl' of the plant to star in the images, grown by an expert grower and tended to in a way a crazy dog owner caters to every whim of a crufts prize winner. But generally the big seed companies about don't give out bullshit, if they did, their business would go under pretty quick, so as long as you use a reputable seed bank you can feel confident that what you paid for is what you've got. There's more of a risk of your cuttings not being as they're claimed to be, maybe to push up the price of each cutting or possibly because where you got them from don't have a clue what it is...its a plant, you'll only know what it really is at the end.
So, which ever way you choose to start your next grow, seeds or cuttings, both are great methods with obvious benefits, but the key thing with either is to stay informed. Do your research and make sure your sources are reliable, if they're not, it'll be you paying for it in the end.
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