Where To Buy Autoflowering Cannabis Seeds
1. Direct from the Breeder
2. Seed Bank (Check our Recommendations!)
3. Seed Exchanges
1. Direct from the Breeder
Purchasing/obtaining direct from the breeder is the best source for freshness of product, reliability, and customer service/feedback (and supports them directly.) Whenever possible this is the most preferred method for obtaining genetics/seeds.
If the breeder cannot ship to your country due to restrictions, they may have a 3rd party distributor or a recommended seed bank (that typically carries a variety of genetics) that can ship worldwide.
We define genetic breeders by two types: Commercial Breeders and Independent Breeders.
Commercial Breeders are individuals or groups of individuals that may have an entire team that supports their breeding program, customer service, distribution, and sales.
For a full list and example of commercial breeders on AFN, check out Autoflower Commercial Breeders & Seed Banks.
Independent Breeders are individuals that may breed on their own or with a small group of individuals (not necessarily part of a larger breeding operation.) These breeders can be a great source for new genetics, crosses, and other sources of propagation material.
For a full list and examples of independent breeders on AFN or to learn how to breed/cross your own autoflower genetics, check out Autoflower Breeding: How To & Independent Projects.
2. Seed Bank
A seed bank is a company that carries a variety of breeder genetics in a central location.
Many seed banks will ship world-wide with stealth shipping options, offers freebies and promotions with purchase, and may offer credit card processing.
For examples of seed banks, check Seedsman and The Vault Cannabis Seed Store! Both offer shipping to the USA and Canada!
3. Seed Exchanges
Seed exchanges are peer-to-peer cannabis clone, pollen, and seed exchange platforms. The idea behind a seed exchange is to empower cannabis growers and breeders to preserve marijuana genetics. Seed exchanges typically do not sell propagation material directly but provide a platform to advertise and connect communities of breeders and growers.
For an example of a cannabis seed exchange, check out Strainly.io!
Resellers are individuals that have purchased bulk seeds at wholesale cost for the purpose of reselling them. It is surprisingly easy to bulk purchase seeds at wholesale cost from most breeders.
There are authorized resellers and unauthorized resellers.
Authorized resellers have official contractual permission from the companies to resell merchandise, which may potentially be verified by contacting said parent company.
Unauthorized resellers have purchased bulk wholesale seed (potentially from questionable sources with damaged, defective, improperly stored seeds, etc,) with intent to operate as a seed bank without explicit permission to do so.
Because of this practice it’s possible a breeder may not offer direct warranty of goods sold by an unauthorized reseller because of the questionable nature of the how the goods may have been purchased/sold/stored (leaving that accountability on the reseller and their in-house policies.)
Another common tactic for these unauthorized resellers is to purchase seed at wholesale cost, then turn around and undercut the retail price from the supplier, making it seem like they are the better buy or purchase by targeting growers financial security.
These tactics and types of sellers are typically discouraged because of the historical lack of accountability, responsibility, and ownership of ethical business practices.
Considerations and Safety
Autoflower Network’s Affiliated Seed Banks
The Autoflower Network is officially affiliated with two seed banks, Seedsman and The Vault.
The decision to affiliate with these companies was based on feedback from growers of the site, giving us positive feedback and reports on how the user experience was from start to finish, receiving your seeds in a timely manner, how the customer service experience was, etc.
In efforts of being transparent and in full disclosure, AFN does make a percentage off each affiliate sale. These affiliate earnings go towards paying our monthly server bill, site security, site licenses for add-on’s and support, etc.
How the affiliate program works is that when you click on one of the affiliate links or banners, it creates a unique cookie that lets the seed bank site know when you’ve made a purchase clicking through one of our affiliate links, which then credits AFN.
If you would like to support the Autoflower Network, the best donation path is currently by supporting our affiliates and vendors (which in turn supports us!)
We appreciate any consideration and kindness and hope you found this guide helpful in finding reliable, reputable genetics for your autoflower and photoperiod needs!