Have you ever bought some cannabis seeds and found that they were white instead of the usual brown? You might have heard that white seeds are duds. That they won’t grow as well as “normal” seeds. We’re here to nip that myth in the bud! ;-) Read on to learn what the difference is between a white seed and an immature seed and what to expect from your white seeds!

The Difference Between White Seeds and Immature Seeds

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:

White Seeds

As you can see in this picture, there are a lot of greenish seeds. (By the way, we found this picture online, these are not our seeds!) These are the seeds that are immature. A lot of times, light green seeds are mistaken for white seeds, and vice versa.  

In other words, if your seeds are green or light green, you have a problem. Otherwise, no problem!

Why Are Some Seeds White?

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. 

Cross-Breeding

However, there are some cannabis strains that naturally produce primarily white seeds. Strains such as White Widow often produce pale white seeds. Other examples of white seed strains are: Super Silver Haze, White Queen, and Light of Jah.  These strains produce more white seeds than normal because of years of cross breeding. Just like two people with blue eyes are more likely to have blue-eyed children, the same is true for plants. If a strain has a lineage of white seed producing strains, it is more likely to result in white seeds. 

Mutation

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!

Yeah, Yeah, Okay… But Are White Seeds Any Good?

Now it’s time for the million dollar question! Are white seeds the same quality, or are they subpar? The answer might surprise you!  From all the tests we’ve done internally, as well as all the tests we’ve seen from our competitors, it turns out that white seeds have the same germination rate and are actually more likely to sprout faster than brown seeds! Because these seeds tend to have a slightly less thick outer shell, it allows the seeds to sprout faster. 

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!”