Imagine you live in a place where growing cannabis at home for personal use is A-okay with TPTB. How would that be?

Well, for a growing number of Americans (no pun intended), that place and time is not some fantastical dream in a nebulous future. It is right here, right now.

Now, we’re not about to lay out all the details about home growing. But we will look at one of the most fundamental aspects of home production. The thing that all growers require. The something that, without it, there can be no adding greenery to your home scenery.

Your seeds.

The hows of storing cannabis seeds aren’t too complicated, but they are essential. How you keep your seeds will affect the germination rates and the vigorousness of your plants.

So, let’s dig in.

How to Store Marijuana Seeds

Marijuana seeds aren’t the most finicky of seeds out there. But, like all of us, they have needs. Theirs are:

  • Darkness
  • Temperature stability
  • Dryness

How to meet those needs depends on how long you plan on storing them.  

How to Store Cannabis Seeds for the Short-Term

If you’re looking to use the seeds soon (think within a couple of weeks), a dark cabinet or drawer with a stable temperature will do just fine. 

Storing Cannabis Seeds for the Long-Term

For storage of a few months or so, a Ziplock bag inside a dark container in a quiet corner or crisper drawer of a newer fridge is an excellent way to store your seeds. 

close up of cannabis seed

Since temperature stability is essential, ensure the fridge does not get opened frequently. Remember, newer fridges are pretty low in humidity, so it is crucial to protect seeds from over-drying by bagging them.

If you plan on storing your seeds for longer than a few months, it is possible to store them in the freezer. The same rules apply to keeping temperatures stable and things dark.

Some folks like to use food storage sealers for freezer storage, and while it’s not required, it is an excellent way to keep air and moisture out.

How to Store Weed Seeds: What Not to Do

Excess Moisture

The fastest way to ruin a batch of seeds is to let humidity have its moist way with seeds. Super-dry conditions aren’t optimal for seeds, but average indoor humidity is usually fine. 

Some folks in regions prone to higher humidity toss a desiccant pack in the bag, and this works. 

Older fridges can be a problem on the humidity front as well. Vacuum sealing with a desiccant can help control this.

Extreme Dryness

Yes, seeds hate wet air, but they’re not too fond of overly dry air, either. Again, average indoor humidity—think 30% or so—is just fine for retaining reasonable germination rates.

Light

Like many seeds, cannabis seeds are rather vampirish when it comes to light. They’re happiest in the dark, and being shielded from the light will extend their viability considerably.  

Temperature Shifts

While weed seeds like cooler temps, it’s better to store them at a warmer but stable temperature to minimize exposure to temperature swings. 

Temperature changes can signal seeds that it’s time to start germinating, which takes energy. Any energy the seed wastes while considering sprouting is energy lost. You want all that energy packed in that tiny seed so that it gives you its all when it is time to go.

Bugs

Believe it or not, you can wind up with seed-munching insects if you’re storing them in a cabinet or drawer. 

storing cannabis seeds

Your best approach here is prevention: 

  • Keep your storage area clean
  • Ensure the environment is not attractive to pests
  • Address insect issues in the area
  • Keep your humidity levels appropriate

If you find bugs in your seed storage container, spread diatomaceous earth (D.E.) in the storage area. However, take care that the D.E. does not come in contact with edibles.  

Is Storing Marijuana Seeds Right For You?

Now, if all of this sounds pretty fiddly, that’s because it can be. Many folks are tempted to try their hand at growing, but it takes a lot of care, precise conditions, and a fair bit of cash for a possibly disappointing outcome. 

So, while giving it a whirl might be a fun side trip, you’re likely to get better, more uniform, higher quality product from The Flower Shop than from your garage grow tent.  

The Flower Shop has expert cultivators on staff whose job is to create the very best growing environment at our Arizona growing facilities. They ensure that the final product is always absolutely, uniformly knock-your-socks-off excellent. 

Our cultivators, top in their field, turn science into magic for a living, from creating microbially diverse, nutrient-rich soil to using spectrum-shifting LED lighting to enhance terpene and cannabinoid production. 

But our involvement doesn’t end there. Our cultivators handle processing, extraction, and infusion. Our standout cultivation and crafting practices ensure that you can be confident you’re getting what you need.  

Let’s Get Growing

And there you go! If you’re looking to keep your seeds fresh and germination rates high, remember it’s all about temperature, humidity, and light. 

And if you want reliably, indubitably perfect weed of the highest quality every time? See our Wellness Experts at The Flower Shop, of course!