The best California cannabis seed and clone stores of 2020
America’s cannabis-growing heartland—the Emerald Triangle—celebrated Valentine’s Day a little differently than the rest of us.
While lovers popped bottles of champagne, Humboldt County growers prayed over and germinated their 2020 cannabis seeds, said Brian Smith, buyer and inventory manager at Satori Wellness, a licensed cannabis retailer in McKinleyville, Humboldt County, California; population, 15,177.
‘You should definitely be popping all your seeds off by the end of February and beginning of March.’
Brian Smith, inventory manager, Satori Wellness
“Oh yeah, it’s a tradition in Humboldt County to pop seeds on Valentine’s Day,” Smith said. “We got the full moon, then the equinox coming. You should definitely be popping all your seeds off by the end of February and beginning of March.”
Missed the big occasion? Don’t stress. Hundreds of legal stores in California stand ready to sell you prestigious seeds for your garden this year. It’s peak seed-selling season, store managers say, and more adults 21 and older can tap more legal genetics from more legal outlets than ever before.
Thanks to Prop. 64, passed in 2016, adults 21+ in California possess the unambiguous legal right to grow up to six plants on their property and keep their harvest. An outdoor plant can yield up to a pound on the high end, so a decent gardener could grow about six pounds this year—that could be a six-year supply, assuming you smoke a gram every day.
Still, most Californians haven’t visited a legal weed store—legal sales are just a little over two years old.
Below, we direct first-timers and veterans alike to the best California cannabis stores that sell seeds and clones.
Los Angeles marijuana seed stores
Buds & Roses
Los Angeleno weed nerds looking to grow a personalized, exotic strain flock to longtime all-star outlet Buds & Roses, located in the San Fernando Valley, north of downtown, said owner Aaron Justis.
The iconic Prop 215 club survived the Prop. 64 transition and stocks a wide variety of legal cannabis seeds as a matter of principle. Buying, collecting, growing, and making new seeds ensures plant diversity, Justis said.
“We’re really into the genetics and what’s new out there and getting them out there to the people,” he said.
Buds & Roses stocks Southern California’s most solid lineup of Purple City Genetics, Equilibrium Genetics, and Rebel Grown seeds.
PCG touts hyped crosses like Zookies x Super Lemon SMAC. Go Rebel Grown for the undisputed king of OG Kush and Chem genetics. Equilibrium’s 2020 hot sellers include Burmese Bananaberry or Forbidden Heat, Justis said.
Los Angeles Farmers Collective
Also in LA: Don’t miss Los Angeles Farmer’s Collective—home of the Jungle Boyz, SoCal’s elite, exotic, indoor flower brand.
This year, Los Angeles Farmer’s Collective carries Jungle Boyz’s Creamsicle #10 and Divorce Cake #1. Plus, don’t miss out on all their Zkittlez Cake crossed to Grape Topanga #6, Gelato #33, or TK Lato #1.
Seeds also spotted at:
- TLC Collective, downtown Los Angeles
- New Amsterdam Naturals Pre-ICO, Culver City
- Sun Valley Caregivers, San Fernando Valley
- Hueneme Patient Collective, Pt. Hueneme
- Sespe Creek Collective, Ojai
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Best San Francisco cannabis seed and clone stores
Eight hours north from Los Angeles, San Francisco is a global ganja crossroads and hobby gardener’s playground. Several stores promise the best legal seeds and clones of cannabis’ entire history.
Around San Francisco, new store SF Elevated carries Purple City Genetics and Equilibrium. On Mission Street, Mission Organic Center carries seeds from Medicine Man including Tropical Zittles (Purple Punch x Zkittlez).
Harborside in Oakland remains the go-to choice for clones from Dark Heart Nursery. But you can look for Dark Heart clones all around the Bay, like in Pacifica’s Lytt, SPARC Santa Rosa, 7 Stars Richmond, or Airfield Supply Co. in San Jose.
Seeds also spotted at:
- The Green Cross, San Francisco
- Hi Fidelity, Berkeley
- Merci Wellness, Cotati
Best San Diego cannabis seed and clone stores
All the way down south in California, San Diego has fully licensed the legal cannabis industry, from seed to sale. Two years into commercial sales, retail marijuana stores are just beginning to entice home gardeners with fresh seeds.
At the Urbn Leaf chain of stores, customers young and old, experienced and novice, surprise budtenders with seed requests. Packs of 20 regular seeds from Humboldt Seed Co. sell for $124. Grow a classic like Trainwreck or the new Pineapple Muffin.
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Best Santa Cruz, Mendocino, Humboldt cannabis seed and clone stores
If you want the best wine grapes, you go to wine country. Want the best cannabis genes? Point your map app at cannabis country. Gas up the car, charge up the phone, and pull out some cash for this genetics odyssey. Or make sure to hit these spots next time you’re passing through.
Santa Cruz Naturals
An hour south of San Francisco lies the stoner Valhalla of Santa Cruz—where lush coastal mountains hide greenhouses and gardens and the pumping point break of Steamer’s Lane keeps the vibes irie. The two go-to seed spots are Santa Cruz Naturals of Aptos or Watsonville.
Satori Wellness of Humboldt County
Champagne, France, rocks some badass wine grapes. Similarly, Humboldt County is stunting in cannabis genetics.
Everyone from mom and pop growers to big ballers with cash stream into Satori Wellness in McKinleyville this time of year for the best seed selection in the world. A huge drop from all major breeders came in Feb. 1.
“Seeds are on a roll. I’m moving through some units,” said Brian Smith, the inventory manager.
The two-year-old store is affiliated with award-winning Talking Trees farms and carries their clones. Also in season in 2020, Humboldt Seed Co.’s Magic Melon, Caramel Cream, and feminized Notorious THC.
“It takes a lot of work to get them all in. We’ve established ourselves as the premier store and our seed selection has gone with it,” Smith said.
Seeds also spotted at:
Compassionate Heart in Mendocino
At Compassionate Heart, Ukiah, seed sales are peaking for the year, staff said. In-house brand Lempire Seeds is crushing it with the Lempire Strawberry Banana Slush. Also score exclusive Dying Breed Seeds, plus Terp Hogz seeds, and DNA Genetics seeds.
Adults can save thousands growing their own marijuana legally under Prop. 64. Read this list of all-star seed and clone stores of California.
The Best California Dispensaries to Buy Cannabis Seeds & Clones
Growing your own cannabis is now legal in California under Proposition 64. If you happen to smoke often, consider gardening mandatory.
This simple but revolutionary act will save you hundreds or thousands of dollars, provide a fun hobby, and give you access to rare cultivars that you can’t find at local dispensaries. Plus, watching cannabis grow is one of life’s pleasures, encouraging a more personal connection to the plant, and a deeper appreciation to your DIY supply.
California is the best place in the world to buy legal cannabis seeds — since 2018, they’ve been on sale in dozens of stores across the state. All you need is a valid I.D. showing you are 21 and over, and some cash. Here’s the best dispensaries in California to get your garden growing in 2019.
Start fantasizing about your backyard crop by browsing the menus, find the plants best suited to your needs at a dispensary near you, and begin planning your Spring garden now!
Best Southern California Seed & Clone Stores
Buds and Roses in Studio City, Los Angeles
With fresh drops from Dark Heart including fun, new strains like Pineapple Upside Down Cake, Napali Pink, and Mirage, expect to find clones at this acclaimed L.A. dispensary along with about 20 seed varieties from Equilibrium Genetics, including several CBD-rich strains. Choose from Black Lemon Glue, Orange AC/DC, Cheese Lights and many more, ranging from $45 to $79 for a six-pack of seeds. Set a few plants out on your sunny patio to enjoy while you relax poolside!
BARC Beverly Alternative Relief, near Beverly Hills
Yo, the one percent needs good herb, too. Maybe it’ll chill them out a bit — make ‘em more magnanimous. Pop into clone outlet BARC near Beverly Hills to scoop up new clones from Dark Heart Nursery including Original Glue, CBD-rich Remedy, and the on-trend Black Jack at BARC this winter.
Desert Organic Solutions in Palm Springs
Desert dwellers south and east of Los Angeles can tap the power of the blazing sun to grow their own affordable supplies of CBD-rich cultivars from Equilibrium Genetics — in stock at Desert Organic Solutions in Palm Springs. CBD Glue Tide 1:1 takes the joy of Original Glue’s aroma and pairs it with the soothing effects of CBD. The strain Orange Romulawi promises a trippy mix of citrus, sedative Romulan, and energetic Malawi. As for “Lemon Wookie Glue”? That’s all you to discover.
805 Beach Breaks in Grover Beach, San Luis Obispo County
The weather and soil of San Luis Obispo County makes it an agricultural center for all kinds of produce, cannabis included. 805 Beach Breaks in Grover Beach is your connection to seeds from top-ranked California breeder Cali Connection. Cali Connection’s feminized Blue Dream Haze is so easy to grow, you can toss a few beans in your backyard, set it, and nearly forget it till harvest.
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Best Northern California Cannabis Seed Stores
Bloom Room in San Francisco
Tucked into an alley in downtown San Francisco, this tiny shop has a reputation for carrying boutique flowers that you can’t find anywhere else, and their seed selection is no different! Here you’ll find a dozen unheard-of varieties from Cult Classic Seeds, a Sonoma County breeder with novel genetics named American Girl, Ripple, and SmokeyMon, fairly priced at $100 for a ten-pack. Don’t leave without picking up an eighth of flower from Red Beard Farms or JAHnetics, you’ll be glad you did!
Berkeley Patients Group in Berkeley
This pioneering Berkeley dispensary stocks just a few seed varieties from Cali Connection, Crockett Family Farms, and TGA Seeds. Look for the CBD OG seeds if you’re interested in growing a CBD-rich variety, while TGA’s Vortex is a lovely award-winning sativa that would benefit from stretching out in a sunny backyard. Prices at BPG range from $80 for a five-pack of Vortex to $110 for 12 seeds of Crockett’s highly resinous Clifford cultivar.
Harborside in San Jose and Oakland
A robust genetics department stocked with seeds and clones has always been part of Harborside’s trailblazing business model, with knowledgeable staff available to assist with cultivation questions. Over a dozen Dark Heart clones were in stock recently, including Do-Si-Dos, Purple Punch, Sherbet and Blackjack. Look for seeds from Humboldt Seed Company, including favorites like Lemon Kush, Humboldt Headband and GS Cookies, priced at $110 for a 20-pack.
Humboldt Patient Resource Center in Arcata
It’s worth a road trip up to Humboldt to visit this genetics mecca, where you can choose from an overwhelming 200+ varieties of seeds from industry leaders like Humboldt Seed Company, TGA Genetics, Rebel Grown, Crockett Family Farms, and DNA Genetics, as well as rarities from local breeders like South Fork Seed Collective ,and NorStar Genetics. Look for old-school favorites like Cannalope Haze from DNA Genetics, Pre-98 Bubba Kush from Cali Connection, and Jack’s Cleaner from TGA Genetics, who also offers five seeds for just $30, making it more affordable to mix and match a few different varieties. HPRC lists more seeds on Leafly than any other place in the world!
Satori Wellness in McKinleyville
With over 80 seed varieties in stock, Satori Wellness is a great spot to score genetics from Humboldt Seed Co., Crockett Family Farms, and Talking Trees Farms. Prices range from $50 for six seeds from Equilibrium, with 20-packs from Humboldt Seed Co. holding steady at $100, and a ten-pack of sought-after Melon Chunks from Dying Breed at $350. Commercial growers can stock up on 100 Pineapple Tsunami seeds for $399, enough to plant a field full of this CBD-rich cultivar. Small-scale growers can source enduring classics like Jack Herer, OG Kush and AK-47, which have become hard to find on dispensary shelves, and if you go on “Farmer Fridays,” you get 10% off seeds!
Santa Cruz Naturals in Aptos
Pick up fun flavors from Crockett Family Farms at this Aptos dispensary, including feminized varieties of hot new strains Cherry Poppins, Georgia Peach, and Slurpee Syrup, which are guaranteed to produce female plants, eliminating guesswork for growers. A six-pack of feminized seeds costs $125, compared to regular varieties of Banana Pie and Strawberry Fields priced at $115 for a 12-pack.
CannaCruz in Santa Cruz
This bud boutique only stocks a few select seeds from Equilibrium Genetics, including classic cornerstone genetics like Northern Lights, which every grower should plant at least once in their lifetime. Smoking Northern Lights is like taking a time machine back to the 1990s, when kind bud was slowly spreading throughout the United States and grunge reigned supreme. Prices for six seeds range from $40 to $70, making it possible to pick more than one strain for your summer garden. If you’re feeling more adventurous, try the Super Sour Orange, a cross of Super Sour Diesel and African Orange.
Mercy Wellness of Cotati
Another outpost for Equilibrium Genetics with almost 20 varieties in stock. Get your garden started at minimal cost by spending just $40 for six seeds of either Orange AC/DC, Dream Queen Glue, CBD Orange Tide, Lemon Wookie Glue, or Cookies Glue. For $70, choose from an interesting old-school Panama Red cultivar with 2:1 CBD ratio, or Nelson’s Ledges, a legendary strain from Ohio with a colorful backstory.
Get started growing a pound of your favorite strain this year by shopping the world’s biggest legal genetics market — the Golden State.