Where to find the best Cannabis Seeds in South Africa

Now that it’s legal to grow your own plants in private, for personal use, why not step it up a bit? Sure, with the great soil and climate we have here in South Africa, you could simply throw any old bagseed in the ground and let it grow.

However, it would be a much wiser idea to get some quality seeds, and use those to take advantage of South Africa’s ideal growing conditions. Many swear by growing high-quality seeds outdoors as the best way to grow a great cannabis plant.

It’s the meeting of great genetics, and fantastic climate which encourages interesting growth and unique terpene profiles (the chemicals weed produces that give it it’s smell and taste). It’s by far the best way to grow, but one is spoilt for choice with so many places to buy seeds from available to the everyday grower.

We’ve put together this guide to give you the low-down on what you need to know about buying weed seeds, from strains and variants to brands. Let’s look a little deeper.

What to know before you buy Dagga Seeds

There are a number of attributes you’ll see listed with each individual seed on seed bank websites. They mostly refer to the genetics, and heritage of the strain, but certain others refer to the seed itself, and how it’s been prepared for you to grow. Let’s go ahead and break those down.

Regular Seeds

These are normal old weed seeds in the sense of ‘plant 10, hope 5 are female’. This means that you’ll have to germinate all the seeds you buy, grow them as seedlings, and when plants begin to show their sex, remove all the males.

We remove the males for two reasons. Firstly, because female cannabis plants are the ones that produce flowers, while males only product pollen sacks. Secondly, should a male pollinate your female plants, they will become fertilized and begin to produce seeds in their buds, leaving you with a seedy, and less potent bud (as many of the nutrients meant for the flower will go into producing seeds instead).

The best example of regular cannabis seeds would be the ones you find in bud you’ve smoked.

Feminised Seeds

Feminised seeds have been genetically altered and sorted so that there’s a 90%+ chance of them growing female. This has fast become the international standard for a high quality cannabis seed.

Feminisation is quite an art, and complicated process involving getting a female plant to produce male plant-esque pollen, pollinate itself, and create a seed which contains XX chromosomes meaning it’s super duper likely to grow into a female plant.

It’s a process that only the experienced, advanced grower with years of experience could pull off, so we’ll rather leave it to the professionals and just buy our own feminised seeds. They’re also usually better bang for your buck, ensuring that all seeds that sprout will be female.

An example of a male weed plant.

Autoflowering Seeds

Autoflowering seeds are all in the name. They produce a plant which flowers based on plant age, as opposed to light cycle. They’re very easy to grow for newer growers, or anyone just plain and simple not worried about the hassle of switching to flower.

They’re created by breeding plants with cannabis ruderalis variants – a sub-species like indica and sativa which comes from areas with short summers and low light. Originally mainly found in Northern Europe, Russia and China, ruderalis contains less THC than the other subtypes, however most standard weed strains are now available in autoflower variants.

Autoflowers also grow a lot faster than standard seeds, and are regarded as the best way to grow big buds, fast.

Ruderalis plants grow small and fast, with little to no THC, but their genetics are very useful.

Where to buy Cannabis Seeds in South Africa

There are so many choices when looking for a place to buy cannabis seeds online in South Africa. To help you narrow down your choices, we’ve chosen three local suppliers, and three international seed banks so you’re spoilt for choice when looking for some seeds for your new garden.

Our favourite South African Seed Banks

These are our favourite three South African Seed Banks. In a flooding market, many are selling seeds or clones that really just aren’t the strain they claim to be. These three we’ve listed are the most transparent and trustworthy we could find.

Green Smoke Room

Durban Poison Fast from Green Smoke Room.

Our Recommended 3 Strains to Try:

  • Durban Poison Fast Feminised
  • Cape Town’s Critical Cheese Auto Feminised
  • OG Kush Feminised Seeds

Green Smoke Room is a local company founded in 2009. They sell growing equipment like soil, nutrients and tools; as well as some vapes and other smoking accessories. Their main venture however, is their Green Smoke Room Seedbank.

With a great selection of both their own genetics, and some popular or trademarked strains imported from international seedbanks, they have a wide array of seeds to choose from. Most seed packs they sell are available in 1, 3, 5 or 10.

In terms of strains, here’s where you’re really spoilt for choice. They’ve got a number of in-house genetics of their own creation, twists on famous strains such as Lemon Skunk or Cape Town’s Critical Cheese. This way you can grab a familiar strain that’s got a new little twist to it, or try a number of variants upon your top 10 smoke. In addition, they have all your classic Kush and Haze style strains that we all know and love, and even some true OG strains like Acapulco Gold.

Biltong and Budz

Feminized Cherry Kush CBD from Biltong & Budz

Our Recommended 3 Strains to Try:

  • Cherry Kush CBD Feminised
  • Blue Cheese Auto Feminised
  • Auto AK (AK-47 x Lowryder)

Biltong and Budz is a name we’ve seen recommended many times when looking for a place to buy seeds locally, without importing. While they’re just stockists, they stock a number of local seed banks’ genetics such as AmaDeadly, which are suited great to growing in our climate; as well as seeds from a number of international companies.

Some of their popular strains include the Honey Cream Fast Version, a strain growing increasingly popular in Spain; and Maya Gold, a resilient and strong strain meant for growing outdoors, bred from Malawi Gold, Early Pearl, Power Haze and Early Sativa genetics.

While you’re met with a huge disclaimer upon entering the site stating that the seeds are sold only as souvenirs (we’re not sure how well this would hold up in court), their seeds are most definitely not just trinkets, and will give you fat, huge buds no matter which strain you end up with.


Liberty Haze, a Barneys Farm Strain from CannabisSeed.co.za

Our Recommended 3 Strains to Try:

  • Liberty Haze (Barney’s)
  • Cheese (Greenhouse Seeds)
  • Strawberry Cough (Dutch Passion)

This site is somewhat of a newcomer, that we haven’t heard much about but seems pretty darn reliable. They’ve got a great selection of seeds from three popular Dutch seed banks, namely Barney’s, Dutch Passion and Green House Seeds.

Each of these seed banks has their own strains, such as Barneys Liberty Haze (2011 High Times Cannabis Cup Winner), which they’ve developed and bred to a consistent level over the years. Many of these strains are staples in coffeeshops in Amsterdam, and if you know of anyone who’s been growing during prohibition on any kind of serious level, they’ve more than likely brought back at least one of these strains before.

While this is kind of just an interim or middle man between us and these European Seed Banks, it still makes for a more convenient sale for us, the customer.

The Best Online Seed Bank for South African Growers

If you’re prepared to pay a little more, and wait a little longer, and risk having your seeds confiscated by a conservative post office agent – then ordering online is another option. You might have a little more choice with some of these sellers, but overall there’s no huge advantage over going local.

Sensi Seeds

Feminized Mexican Sativa from Sensi Seeds

Our Recommended 3 Strains to Try:

  • Mexican Sativa Feminised
  • Big Bud Aromatic
  • Northern Lights

Sensi Seeds is an incredibly well-known Dutch seed bank, and the creator of the famous Northern Lights strain. They have an incredible array of genetics, with many of their seeds available in all three normal, feminised and auto varieties.

They are the world’s oldest and largest seed producer with the largest seed bank, not only of regular cannabis but also hemp cultivars. The founder of sensi seeds was the same founder of Amsterdam’s Hash, Marihuana and Hemp Museum. In addition, their website has really handy sorting options of climate zones, yield amount, height and flowering time, allowing you to best select the seeds that will work best for you.

They also stock a great number of strains based on landrace or heirloom genetics, and from their reviews it seems they’ve really recaptured these strains, whether by hunting in the outback somewhere for a seeded plant; or by breeding and breeding until accurate genetic makeups return.

Attitude Seedbank

CBD Vanilla Haze, available at Attitude Seedbank.

Our Recommended 3 Strains to Try:

  • CBD Vanilla Haze
  • Pure Origin Collection Pakistan Valley
  • Elemental Seeds Mango Tango

Attitude seed bank is a UK based company which stocks seeds and strains from over 100 different brands or breeders. They have one of the wildest and biggest ranges of seeds we could find, and if you’re looking for a very specific specialty or novelty strain, then look no further.

Most promising to us are their wide collection of CBD seeds, as well as landrace strains. Both CBD and landrace strains, while serving very different purposes, are still somewhat hard to find, especially in South Africa. With a nice selection like this, any CBD patient could really tailor the kind of medication they’re getting; and the landraces are perfect for nerdy growers who want to experiment with world-class landrace genetics.

This is certainly the seed bank to go with if you’re looking for something specific or particular, something from a movie or that you heard of in a documentary about high-end cannabis culture.

Dinafem Seeds

A beautiful Amnesia Kush from Dinafem seeds.

Our Recommended 3 Strains to Try:

  • Amnesia Kush
  • OG Kush Auto
  • Cheese CBD

Dinafem is a very high end, Spanish, science-oriented seed bank which is known for some of its name brand strains such as their OG Kush Auto, and Critical + 2.0 Auto. They focus on creating functional variants of popular weed strains such as Kushes, Hazes and Cheeses; such as autoflower, CBD and fast variants.

They also seem like one of the most rigorous seed banks in terms of their knowledge of biology and science surrounding growing and breeding weed, which makes us only trust them more. It’s an important facet of growing that many breeders ignore, either accidentally or by choice.

Dinafem is the place to look if you’re wanting to get deeper into a specific strain. They’re the right spot to find your own personalized variant of your favourite OG strains (and some new ones), built to your own grow-op standards and specifications.

Which strains of Weed Seeds should South Africans grow?

While you can grow just about anything in South Africa with relative ease, thanks to our ideal climate and temperature, there are certainly strains that will do better here. For example, if you take a really finicky and hard-to-grow strain meant for indoor growing, and grow it outdoors – it’s going to burn to a crisp on a hot South African day.

Firstly, it’s probably best to grow a sativa. Most African landraces are partially or entirely sativa, which grow tall and thin, and less leafy. Because these are the genetics that developed naturally over time in Africa, it’s a good indicator that our climate is better suited to this sub-type.

Secondly, it’s a good idea to look for a strain of weed with African or Southern-African landrace genetics. For example, Durban Poison was a highly sought after strain for breeding being a pure sativa. It grows incredibly well in South Africa, and as such, plants containing strong Durban Poison genetics should follow suit and also be a lot easier to grow than those that don’t.

However, at the end of the day, it’s up to you. If you’re prepared to put in the proper care, time and attention that growing weed requires and deserves, any seed you choose should prosper given our beautiful landscape and climate.

As Wu-Tang would say, ‘diversify yo’ bonds’. Don’t buy 20 seeds of one strain just to watch them all fail in a heatwave, try a little of this and a little of that and see what works. You’ll have fun experimenting, and know exactly which seeds to buy for the next harvest.

You may even end up foraying into breeding your own strains based on which plants grow best – if you do, please let us know!

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