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Choosing Seeds for Hydroponics Indoor Gardens

Growing hydroponics plants from seeds gives you flower power! Growing hydroponics plants from seeds gives you flower power!

Growing your hydroponics plants from seeds instead of clones offers several advantages and that’s why professional growers dedicated to increasing the quality and value of hydroponics plants grow a seed crop every few cycles, even if they’re having great success with clone crops.

When you grow from seeds you get the fun opportunity to shop for the latest genetics from reputable seed banks and dispensaries. There’s been a dizzying increase in the number of different strains available for you, and in the number of places you can get quality seeds.

Another increase has been in the information you can get about seeds before you buy them. Many people used to get seeds from their friends or from mysterious resellers. There were problems with knowing exactly what you were getting, which led to other problems, such as plants that weren’t suited for your specific growing situation and hydroponics gardening goals.

Nowadays in some regions you can look at plants or sample endproducts of strains before you buy the seeds from which they were grown. It’s also getting easier to find out the real genetic origins of seeds, their growing characteristics and their endproduct quality and characteristics.

You definitely want to find out the strain’s bloom time. Some strains will bloom and be ready for harvest in 50 days, while others will take a month longer than that.

If you’re growing outdoors, you want to find out how that strain handles the climate conditions, diseases, pests and other factors that the plants would likely experience outdoors where you live.

Be sure to only shop from reputable seed producers or authorized resellers. You can get great seeds online, but as with all online transactions you have to be careful to check out the ethics and reputation of the seller before you hand over your credit card information or otherwise provide payment.

Get an explicit written statement of the seller’s returns and refund policy and read the fine print. You’ll find that the best sellers back their products 100%. Ethics and integrity are important, especially because premium hydroponics seeds can cost you a lot of money, and it’s kind of easy to get burned unless you pay attention. I've experienced some classic rip-offs in the seed biz, and some of them are still in business and have advertisements everywhere.

One of the worst rip-offs is when a seller has taken premium seeds, bred them, and then sells you the seconds as if they are the seeds from the original breeders. When you see plants grown from what's supposed to be all the same genetically stable strain of seeds, and yet they look like different plants, you're dealing with unstable seeds that are either second generation or were never genetically stable to begin with. 

Check out online forums to see the experiences that other growers are having with seed breeders, strains and resellers. Be careful!

In most cases, you’re not buying seeds direct from the seed breeder…you’re buying from a reseller. If you’re interested in premium strains, see if you can contact the breeder and ask them questions about those strains, as well as whether they’ve authorized a reseller to retail those strains for them. In a few cases you find that a quality breeder is also selling his own strains as a retailer. That is my preferred buying method- direct from the breeder or from people who specialize in going wordwide as strain hunters from Greenhouse Seeds and chasing the wildest genetics for your hydroponics pleasure.

Two relatively new developments are: color-coded seeds and feminized seeds. Color-coding helps you tell seeds from different strains apart and are a way for seed companies to sell you a set of five different strains that you can sprout at the same time and still know what you’ve got.

Feminized seeds are altered so they produce only female plants. This avoids the hassle of starting unfeminized seeds and growing them out…only to find that several of them are males that you don’t want.

On the other hand, growing males and using their pollen to breed your own seeds is one of the main benefits of growing from seeds. That’s why I don’t buy feminized seeds: I want a few males so I can breed them with primo females.

Indeed, the most satisfying and valuable strains I’ve grown were developed by my selective breeding of favorite plants, using pollen gathered from males to pollinate favorite females.

I’m not talking about the Monsanto version of this, where Frankenstein genetics are created. We’re talking the Kind method.

Monsanto does seeds the wrong way, but you’ll do it right.

We’ll give you lots more about hydroponics seeds, including germination, strain breeding and other data, but for now please be encouraged to try a seed crop every so often. It’s a great way of importing exciting new genetics into your hydroponics garden, it helps you avoid the inevitable staleness that happens when you rely for too long on clones and mothers, and it gives you the opportunity to breed your own strains.

The satisfaction of breeding and growing hydroponics flowers to give you the exact taste, aroma and other qualities that you love is one of life’s most potent joys!

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