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Which Cannabis Strain Breeders Can I Trust?
Don’t you want the best-of-the-best cannabis genetics for your next grow? You can help ensure you get a great strain by starting with a great breeder. This article shares some of the most popular and reputable cannabis breeders, including information and recommended strains for each one. I’ve divided this tutorial into two parts. First I’ll give a list of recommended breeders and strains, then the second half will discuss the current state of genetics in the cannabis world.
Recommended Breeders of American Genetics
– They offer modern genetics, but unlike the two examples below, they stabilize each strain in seed form so you can get the consistency of growing the same strain every time. I want to be able to come back and order the same strain if I like it, and Seed Supreme is (so far) one of the first breeders of American genetics I’ve found that offers that option. – Mostly offers “crosses”, which means they breed two good plants together and sell the seeds without much (if any) stabilization or back-crossing. Even though they don’t offer stabilized strains and their yields/results are variable, I included them on the list for people who don’t care as much about consistency and want to hunt for new phenotypes using modern genetics with lots of variation. – I like the strains I’ve grown from this breeder, but the seeds are EXPENSIVE. My friend who gave me some of these seeds paid $200 for 10 feminized seeds. I wouldn’t recommend them unless you plan on taking clones and doing a breeding program as the strains are not stabilized (same as Ethos) but if you’re looking for lots of new phenotypes to explore with cutting-edge genetics, this is another great choice. They release their strains in “drops” and it can be difficult to get your hands on their seeds. I recommend following them on their Instagram account to learn when and where to buy seeds for the next drop.
The Seed Supreme version of Platinum Cookies is something special
Recommended European Cannabis Breeders
These breeders have good reputations and stabilized genetics, which means their strain descriptions can be trusted. Although some of them do source some genetics from the USA, they primarily breed with genetics that have made it to Europe. Some of these genetics are difficult to find in the US, but often offer unique or interesting effects compared to the trendy American strains. European strains tend to be lower in THC (under 20%, though not always), which is great if you want more classic effects, but not the best choice if you want to feel overwhelmed by the bud effects. If you’re looking for “Face melter” strains, then I recommend sticking to the section of American breeders.
– Barney’s Farm has been selling seeds out of Amsterdam since 1992, and they regularly develop new genetics and refine their lineup. In my experience, strains can be hit or miss, but I included Barney’s Farm on the list because they offer some real winners. When I’ve grown these strains, I’ve been consistently impressed: Acapulco Gold, Ayahuasca Purple, Cookies Kush, Liberty Haze (one of my favorite strains for daytime), LSD, Pineapple Chunk (best Pineapple strain I’ve grown) & Sweet Tooth. – Specializes in stabilizing strains to capture classic strains, clone-only strains, and other hard-to-find genetics in seed form – Sparkly strong buds (they also breed seeds under the name Reserva Privada) – Great all-around selection with something for everyone – potent, consistent results – delightful great-smelling buds
Pineapple Chunk is a quintessential European strain that continues to impress me I grew it in 2012, then 2015, and recently again in 2020. Every time the buds came out even better than the previous time. I personally think this may be Barney Farm’s best strain, and that explains why they keep refining it. This one was grown under an ES300 LED grow light in 2020 and smelled like a mix of citrus with a hint of strawberry. Buds came out dense and sparkly.
Recommended Autoflowering Breeders
Auto-flowering strains cannot be cloned and therefore have somewhat different breeding protocols vs standard (photoperiod) strains. On top of that, old auto-flowering genetics produce weak plants with low potency buds. Therefore it’s extremely important to use a breeder that’s got a high-quality (and current) auto-flowering breeding program. Many breeders produce great auto-flowering strains (Barney’s Farm, etc.), but the following breeders stand out for consistency and potency. Click the name of the breeder to see a list of their currently available auto-flowering strains.
– sparkly and potent buds – feel-good potency, great choice for growers who struggle with anxiety – Excellent yields, classic effects – Fast and potent – Consistent (auto-flowering only) – unfortunately, they can’t seem to scale up their operations and strains sell out constantly (keep checking back or sign up for the newsletter on the bottom of the Mephisto website to get updates when they release batches of seeds) – Buds always come out beautiful (they look just like the pictures) and smell great. – fast germination, auto-flowering plants grow fast and vigorous – Spanish genetics with beautiful and colorful strains like Cream Caramel Auto – Dense high-quality buds that look and smell like photoperiod strains
Cinderella Jack Auto by Dutch Passion makes extra-potent, rock-hard buds with above-average yields. This little plant produced several ounces by itself.
Recommended Cannabis Strains
Now that I’ve given some examples of recommended breeders, I wanted to share some examples of particular strains that my friends and I have grown over the years and recommend. These are all great for beginners unless otherwise noted, and produce excellent buds.
These strain recommendations are based on…
Potency – THC & CBD content, plus does it have the described effects?
Bag Appeal – Bud structure, color, density, smell
Consistency – Do strains grow the way the breeder says they will? Do plant characteristics vary a lot from plant to plant of the same strain?
Ease of growing – General hardiness of strains
Reputation – Has this breeder earned an excellent reputation over the years?
Girl Scout Cookies
Girl Scout Cookies is a famous clone-only strain from California that has spawned countless copycats and been incorporated into other famous strains like Platinum Cookies. BlimBurn Seeds has captured the magic in their version so growers can see what Girl Scout Cookies is like without having to find a clone.
The BlimBurn version of Girl Scout Cookies produces excellent buds. They don’t always turn purple, but cooler night temperatures towards the last 2 weeks of flowering can help bring out purpling.
I am a huge fan of Liberty Haze. The bud effects remind me of the unique psychedelic “day” (uplifting) effects of now-rare outdoor Sativa strains. You never see them anymore because they get huge and need long hot summers in order to produce properly. Liberty Haze gives you access to those bud effects yet is suitable to grow indoors. It still tends to grow tall and stretchy, but as long as you top the plants when they’re small (cut off the tops, which forces the buds to makes many buds instead of one), you can wrangle them indoors.
The left plant here is the 2nd time I grew Liberty Haze. As you can see it got a bit tall, which I’ve come to expect, but it was otherwise easy to grow and produced excellent yields. The Critical Kush on the right was also a good plant, but the Liberty Haze buds won when it came to effects.
Example of a Liberty Haze plant sent in by a reader
For the fruity lovers, Tangerine Dream smells great and produces beautiful buds.
This strain lives up to its name. Amnesia buds are known for making you forget what you were just saying. Not necessarily the best choice for social situations (unless you all just want to chill) but perfect for relaxation at the end of a long day.
Example of an Amnesia plant I grew in a hydroponic setup
Closeup of Amnesia buds. Dense and chunky!
Moby Dick is a whale of a strain. The bud effects let you swim through life with THC levels that can hit 27%. However, it also has a good amount of CBD (1%), which means it’s much less likely to cause brains to dive down into a state of panic or anxiety (especially compared to high-THC strains that lack the calming gentle waves of CBD). Smoke a bud and sail through your mental stress into a state of relaxation.
Okay, that’s enough whale jokes, but seriously this is an excellent strain that’s easy to grow and produces high-quality buds. The one downside is it tends to get a bit tall, but as long as you bend over and tie down any branches that are getting taller than the rest, it grows well indoors and rewards you with above-average yields.
Closeup of a Moby Dick bud
Critical Mass CBD Autoflower
Speaking of CBD, some growers would like to maximize the amount of CBD but aren’t looking for a strain with a lot of mind-altering THC. Critical CBD Auto is a great choice and comes in auto-flowering form, which means that it will automatically grow buds and be ready to harvest about 10 weeks from germination. A nice easy strain for someone who’s just getting started.
Example of bud from a Critical CBD Auto
I’ll be adding more details about the recommended strains below soon
Frisian Dew is a great choice for outdoor growing
Closeup of Frisian Dew bud
Example of a Durban Poison plant that was grown under fluorescent lights. Excellent yield for such low light levels!
A bunch of Master Kush plants
Example of a Northern Lights bud
Example of a small-but-beefy Aurora Indica plant
Example of Bubba Kush plant grown outdoors
Recommended Auto-Flowering Strains
Auto-flowering plants will make buds and be ready to harvest in 2-3 months from germination (check out the details on the page to see the exact estimate for each strain). Click here to learn more about auto-flowering strains.
Here’s the whole Auto Blue Dream plant
An assortment of different autoflowering plants from the breeders listed above
Importance of Strain Names
While we’re talking about breeders and strains, I want to talk about an important topic that affects all of us…
Just 50 years ago, cannabis was considered one of the most immoral and destructive drugs in the world, putting it at the top of illegal drug lists in many countries. Many people still live with this attitude.
But in some ways, things have changed.
These days, people are generally more accepting of cannabis, and laws about marijuana are slowly being changed for the better in many places around the world, especially the US.
Because of better attitudes about cannabis around the world, we get…
Fewer people are getting their lives ruined or going to prison because of a simple plant that’s more harmless than Tylenol
But good things don’t come easily. We still have a long way to go, and the cannabis legalization movement highly scrutinized. The image we create now is going to set the tone for the rest of the world.
We are the face of the cannabis community. When people think about legalizing cannabis, they’re looking at our actions. As growers, every one of us has a responsibility to represent the growing community in a positive light.
Politicians around the world are trying to decide whether removing penalties for cannabis will have a positive effect. We are at a critical turning point, and it could go either way.
We’ve come to an important fork in the road
I believe that making cannabis legal and available to adults and medical patients is incredibly important. Whether someone uses cannabis for a medical condition or just because it helps them relax, I believe that everyone should have fair and equal access to this miraculous plant.
Yet with change comes responsibility. I believe that, as growers, we have a responsibility to present a good image to the public about growing cannabis. We must earn a better reputation to prove to the world that cannabis is not only a safe source of medicine but also that cannabis is less dangerous than cigarettes or alcohol. I believe adults and medical patients deserve the freedom to use this plant responsibly.
The world is watching us, and the way we act now is going to decide whether cannabis ever gets fully legalized. That’s why I’m ashamed of some of the most popular strain names…
I am ashamed the cannabis growing community has popular strain names like…
I know a lot of these strains have great genetics; in fact, some of them are award-winners!
But do these strain names bring to mind the image of peace-loving and laid-back growers and consumers which make up the majority of the cannabis community?
I believe we must improve our public image. I have chosen to no longer grow strains that carry an offensive name. Growers, I encourage you to do the same. Strain breeders, I’m begging you! Please be mindful of the cannabis movement when naming new strains.
Don’t Let This Happen To You!
I just received this slightly alarming email, and I had to share. Don’t let this happen to you!
This is supposed to be Auto Bubble. 4 weeks in from seed. What is the deal? What is this plant?
This is NOT a marijuana plant! Unfortunately, this person got ripped off
Seeing a case like this is a huge reminder of why it’s so important to buy your seeds from a trusted seed source!
View GrowWeedEasy.com’s list of trusted seed vendors here: https://www.growweedeasy.com/seeds
Our list only contains seed banks who have proven themselves over the years with high-quality seeds from trusted breeders, discrete shipping, and reliable delivery.
Best Cannabis Seed Genetics
This 2022 is going to be an exciting year for cannabis genetics. Keep an eye on cannabis breeders like MrSoul of Brothers Grimm Seeds, Mel Frank and Todd McCormick of AG Seed Company, and also Purple City Genetics, led by breeder Cowboy. While Purple City Genetics is new to seed production, they have been working on their genetics for years. The best is yet to come this 2022.
Since there are hundreds of genetics companies, seed breeders and seed banks, it can be hard to know who has the best of the best. Fortunately, we’ve researched throughout the year to identify the most reliable and potent cannabis breeders. Then we curated a list of the top genetics companies and seed breeders to watch. When you work with their genetics, you won’t be disappointed.
If you want to grow something new in 2022, then consider cannabis seeds from Brother Mendel or Green Bodhi. For growers interested in legacy strains, consider cannabis genetics from Brothers Grimm Seeds or SubCool. In 2022, official SubCool seeds will finally become available again. SubCool unexpectedly passed away on February 2, 2020, and ever since his seeds have been extremely hard to find.
Brother Mendel is the only company listed below that offers autoflowers. No matter which seeds you choose to grow, you will not be disappointed with our list of top cannabis breeders. It’s a lush garden of exotics and designer genetics, so go ahead, discover the best cannabis genetics this 2022.
Top Cannabis Breeders and Genetics Companies in 2022
Grow the best genetics this 2022. Maybe you’ll grow Cinderella 99 or Grimm Glue from Brothers Grimm Seeds, or some autoflowers from Brother Mendel. You decide. Whatever you choose, be sure to grow high quality genetics. You’ll reap world class, best-in-class cannabis as a result. Having the best genetics is a game-changer. Those who know, know. If you don’t know yet, get ready to find out!
After you stack up on seed packs or bulk seeds, don’t forget other important cultivation supplies. For indoor commercial growers, there’s AiroClean420, and for home growers, there’s Airo Home Hobby. You can also review our grow room checklist. Lastly, we recommend learning about the different ways home growers can prevent powdery mildew, the archnemesis of cannabis plants.
Top 10 Cannabis Seed Banks
CHECK OUT THIS LIST OF OUR BEST SELLING SEED BANKS HERE AT ZATIVO
When it comes to buying cannabis seeds, making sure you get the best genetics possible is essential if you want to get the most out of your plant. A great way to ensure this is to look at the reputation of the seedbank you are buying from, because if anything is an indication of quality, it is happy customers. With this in mind, we have put together a list of the top 10 best selling seedbanks here at Zativo – chosen by growers for growers.
1. BARNEY’S FARM
- From Amsterdam, The Netherlands
- 41 cannabis strains
- All cannabis seeds from Barney’s Farm are feminized
- Available in packaging of 3, 5 and 10 seeds
Barney’s Farm has a reputation as one of the most highly regarded seed banks around. They are well known for their love of experimentation with high-quality genetics and have consistently produced strain after strain of top-shelf cannabis. Based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Barney’s Farm are at the very heart of cannabis culture and have pretty much been there from the start. All throughout the eighties, the breeders of Barney’s Farm travelled the world, collecting and cataloguing a whole array of the best cannabis strains available, ready to be bred back home. It resulted in the foundations from which they grew to fame, using their unique breeding skills to hone and meld all kinds of captivating strains. Barney’s Farm still scours the world for new and exciting landrace strains to make a part of their seed catalogue and use to breed the next generation of high-quality cannabis seeds. And the proof is out there, Barney’s Farm cannabis strains are some of the most award winning strains around – often winning a High Times Cannabis Cup every year.
Go to the complete catalogue of Barney’s Farm.
2. ROYAL QUEEN SEEDS
- From Barcelona, Spain
- 58 cannabis strains
- All cannabis seeds from Royal Queen Seeds are feminized
- Available in packaging of 1, 3, 5 and 10 seeds
Royal Queen Seeds is a seed bank that prides itself on its stringent quality control and advanced breeding methods. You can rest assured that the seeds from RQS are always the best they can be, and the people agree – Royal Queen Seeds is now one of the fastest growing seed banks here in Europe. With over 20 years of experience breeding cannabis seeds, Royal Queen Seeds has proven their worth, not only with their popularity among our customers, but also with the awards they have won, picking up prizes at many different Award shows. Also, for Royal Queen Seeds, it’s not all just about THC; they have taken their reputation for high-quality genetics and applied it to the creation of some unique and award winning CBD rich strains, cementing themselves in the market for some of the best CBD cannabis strains available.
Go to the complete catalogue of Royal Queen Seeds.
- From San Sebastian, Spain
- 62 cannabis strains
- All cannabis seeds from Dinafem are feminized
- Available in packaging of 1, 3, 5 and 10 seeds
Dinafem is a Spanish cannabis seed bank made up of likeminded breeders who came together to share their experience and unique cannabis genetics with the world. They became the first Spanish seed bank to dedicate themselves to producing some of the best feminized varieties of cannabis around. It has skyrocketed them into the big leagues, especially amongst their Spanish fans, who have welcomed feminized varieties of cannabis seeds with open arms. While Dinafem may not have the marketing presence of some of the larger players in the cannabis seed market, their seeds tend to do the speaking for them – and it has something our customers have recognised, with Dinafem being our fourth most popular seed bank here at Zativo. They have well and truly consolidated their place in the market and have become synonymous with high-quality cannabis seed genetics.
Go to the complete catalogue of Dinafem.
4. GREENHOUSE SEEDS
- From Amsterdam, The Netherlands
- 53 cannabis strains
- All cannabis seeds from Greenhouse Seeds are feminized
- Available in packaging of 3, 5 and 10 seeds
Greenhouse Seeds are one of the big players in the cannabis seed market, and consistently produce best-selling cannabis strains. They are well known for their huge coffeeshop that acts as their base in Amsterdam, and it draws tourists in from across the globe, wanting to sample some of the delights this seed bank has on offer. Arjan, the founder of the company, has dedicated years of his life to hunting down unique and localised landrace strains from across the globe – finding the gems hidden in the rough – and making them a part of the Greenhouse name. Their efforts to produce world-renowned strains pays off, as they have continued to win award after award, year after year, for the many strains of cannabis seeds they produce.
Go to the complete catalogue of Greenhouse Seeds.
5. DUTCH PASSION
- From Amsterdam, The Netherlands
- 64 cannabis strains
- All cannabis seeds from Dutch Passion are feminized
- Available in packaging of 3, 5, 7 and 10 seeds
As the name suggests, Dutch Passion has its roots deep within the Dutch cannabis scene. It is one of the oldest cannabis seed banks on the planet, and as such, has years of breeding experience to draw upon. They are one of the ancient giants of the cannabis community, and even claim to have invented the feminized cannabis seed. With such a reputation, it is easy to see why they are so popular with our customers, and deserving of a place in our top 10 best cannabis seed bank list. The actual breeding of Dutch Passion is based on old-school genetics, and they continue to offer tried and true classics, as well as newer varieties in both regular and feminized versions – meeting every grower’s needs. When it comes to Dutch Passion, it is all about refinement and masterwork genetics – you can’t go wrong.
Go to the complete catalogue of Dutch Passion.
6. SWEET SEEDS
- From Valencia, Spain
- 56 cannabis strains
- All cannabis seeds from Sweet Seeds are feminized
- Available in packaging of 3 and 5 seeds
According to Sweet Seeds, cannabis is a gift of nature that everyone across the globe should be able to enjoy. As such, they have dedicated themselves to collecting and personally sampling the many cannabis strains out there. Only then, once they have found something they like, will they consider breeding – name and pedigree doesn’t matter when it comes to deciding what to breed next, it is all about their personal experience with a plant. It has led to a unique style of breeding, but one that is immensely popular with growers everywhere. And it doesn’t stop there, what makes Sweets Seeds one of the best seed banks out there, and so popular with our customers, is that they listen to the feedback growers give them about their seeds, and use it to shape the future path of their genetics.
Go to the complete catalogue of Sweet Seeds.
7. SENSI SEEDS
- From Amsterdam, The Netherlands
- 17 cannabis strains
- Sensi Seeds has feminized, but also some regular seeds in their catalogue
- Available in packaging of 3, 5, 10 and 25 seeds
Sensi Seeds don’t see themselves as just a seed bank, but as a responsible member of the cannabis community, and a source of education about the true effects and applications of cannabis. It is a philosophy that is woven into the very fabric of the company itself, and has helped shape them over the decades they have been producing high-quality cannabis seeds. In addition to dedicating their time to breeding to more traditional strains, Sensi Seeds have put a lot of effort into ensuring they have a variety of strains suitable for medical users. The reputation as an activist seed bank means they bring all of their passion into their breeding, as they try to uncover the many hidden secrets cannabis has to offer. One thing is for sure, this passion for all things cannabis guarantees a gold standard of genetics, which has ultimately seen them shoot to fame as growers across the world flock to their banner.
Go to the complete catalogue of Sensi Seeds.
8. DNA GENETICS
- From Amsterdam, The Netherlands
- 35 cannabis strains
- All cannabis seeds from DNA Genetics are feminized
- Available in packaging of 3 and 6 seeds
Featuring in the High Times Seed Bank Hall of Fame, DNA Genetics are the only seed bank ever to have won every single type of award presented at the High Times Cannabis Cup – one of the most prestigious cannabis award events on the planet. As such, they are quite rightly seen as one of the best cannabis seed banks around, and a heavy weight of the market. DNA Genetics actually started life as a Californian-based seed bank back in the eighties, but later moved to Amsterdam in 2002 to take advantage of the more cannabis friendly environment. It was a move that helped bring the best of American cannabis genetics right into the centre of the European cannabis scene, using their expertise and fresh take on certain strains to help shape the wider market as a whole.
Go to the complete catalogue of DNA Genetics.
9. PYRAMID SEEDS
- From Barcelona, Spain
- 37 cannabis strains
- All cannabis seeds from Pyramid Seeds are feminized
- Available in packaging of 1, 3 and 5 seeds
Pyramid Seeds focuses on producing potent, high yielding and easy to grow feminized cannabis seeds. This one-track goal has led the seed bank to pour all its resources and knowledge into the breeding of some of the strongest bud around, and when paired with the fact all of their strains are easy to grow, has led to Pyramid Seed enjoying a surge of popularity over the last few years. The quality of their cannabis is such that they have managed to bag awards at the Spannabis Cup – Spain’s largest cannabis awards event. This approachability is popular with novices and veterans alike, with novices finding Pyramid Seeds’ range a great high-quality tool to learn with, while veterans enjoy the ease with which they can be subjected to advanced growing techniques. Pyramid Seeds is all about easy cultivation and using world-class genetics to achieve it.
Go to the complete catalogue of Pyramid Seeds.
10. SERIOUS SEEDS
- From Purmerend, The Netherlands
- 11 cannabis strains
- Available in packaging of 6 feminized seeds and 11 regular seeds
Serious Seeds is another old-school titan that has been around since the beginning. Long-established in The Netherlands, Serious Seeds have spent the last few decades dedicating their time to perfecting and honing some of the most radical and consistently excellent cannabis strains available. As the name suggests, they are extremely serious about cannabis and pride themselves on the stable, reliable, and uniform nature of their plants. In fact, they are so keen to ensure their cannabis is the best it can be, they are the only seed bank to individually number their packets, so they can trace the entire life and batch of any seed sold under their brand. When it comes to producing some of the best cannabis seeds around, there are none more serious about it than Serious Seeds.