Remember, just like animals and other living things, cannabis seeds are biologically different from one another (even if they are technically the same strain) and therefore will exhibit different physical characteristics. Don’t let these natural differences fool you into thinking that a larger, rounder, and darker seed (for example) is of better quality than a lighter, smaller, and more oval-shaped one.
However, slight patience is required when conducting the float test, as results are not immediately apparent. You’ll have to wait for approximately 1–2 hours before confirming the results. Some good-quality seeds will need adequate time to absorb enough water for them to sink. Use this time to go water the garden and get some much needed pruning done. Upon your return, any seeds that remain on the surface are most likely not viable and won’t be worth further time and effort.
Growing Seeds From A Bag (Bagseed)
This is absolutely not true. As we explained earlier, cannabis seeds naturally look different, and no single physical trait of a seed can tell you whether that seed contains the genetics for a male or female plant. The only way to tell a female cannabis plant from a male is by looking at its flowers when it begins to sex. Don’t be fooled into throwing out perfectly healthy seeds just because a popular internet chart told you so.
Unlike other agricultural crops (like vegetables, fruit, or grain), cannabis hasn’t undergone the vigorous breeding techniques that ensure a stable crop. This means that you’ll sometimes sow a pack of seeds technically labeled as the same “strain,” but may end up with very different looking plants. It also means that the individual seeds you buy from a seed bank can vary in appearance.
The alternative to this is to risk buying seeds from a hobbyist. This isn’t to say that hobby growers cannot produce fantastic genetics, but if you don’t know them or their skills, there’s no way to know whether your seeds will grow.
Now that you know how to spot the difference between white seeds and immature seeds, let’s take a look at why some seeds are white, while others are brown or striped. The majority of cannabis strains are indeed brown, which is why there is so much confusion about white seeds.
Being in ‘the business’ for quite some time now, SOMA writes from his own experiences and gathers information from all the people he meets along the way. Some of these people are growers; some users. Some use weed for medical purposes, whilst others just want to smoke and enjoy a good high and a movie on the couch.
Why Are Some Seeds White?
Another reason for white seeds can be a genetic mutation. This is why it’s perfectly possible to get a white seed from a strain that normally produces brown seeds. There’s another myth about white seeds, is that they will grow into an all-white plant. This is also worth debunking, your white seeds will grow into normal plants. Albino marijuana plants are extremely rare!
It’s true that immature seeds will have a low germination rate. So the first step is knowing how to spot the difference between an immature seed and a healthy white seed. Check out this picture for example:
So there you have it folks, next time you hear someone talk smack about white seeds, you can step in and set them right! In the words of the Notorious B.I.G., “If you don’t know, now you know!”