Green Smoke Room Seeds is South African seed bank offering a massive range of seeds, both locally stocked and internationally imported. They offer unfeminized, feminized and autoflowering seeds at competitive prices. I decided to use The Green Smoke Room because I was looking to grow some autoflower strains, and they had some specific genetics I was interested in. I was particularly impressed by the wide range of seed banks used by the Green Smoke Room; offering products from Barney’s Farm, Seedsman, Royal Queen and more.
Browsing their website, everything is laid out in an easy to read fashion, with images displaying pictures of the plants in question, along with generally showing your THC content as well as flowering time when available.
Purchase and Shipping
The purchasing of the seeds was simple enough, a payment made through EFT. Though it would have been nice for additional payment method options to be included. The only negative part of my experience was that I had only ordered seeds from the “Local Stock” category, but once the order had gone through, I received an email saying that they were waiting for the seeds to arrive from overseas. Despite the fact that they didn’t have immediate stock, within 4 days I had received the email that the package was on its way (Though I do kind of wish that an ETA had been provided after being told they were being imported). The item was then sent using discrete shipping via courier and delivered to my door.
Buying seeds is often about more than just the genetics, and to me, packaging can make a big difference in making the customer feel like they got a product they can be proud of. The packaging from Green Smoke Room was pretty decent, both seeds came wrapped in a branded cardboard package, with the seed located inside a PCR tube for protection. The order also came with a free sticker, a nice added little touch.
Germination & Genetics
I had no problems germinating these girls, and both seeds sank within 2 hours of being placed in the pre-germination ‘activation’ (this method is argued by some, but the way I usually germinate). And both were rooting within 24 hours of being placed under a wet roller-towel. And while I can’t say conclusively that it was the genetics and not the fault of the grower, I found some issues in the way the one plant behaved. Despite being on the same schedule and same environment as its sister plant, my Ogre Auto struggled with stunted growth towards the latter stages of veg and into flower. Despite being sold as a large, high yielding strain, I find that the Ogre I grew reached half the size of the one next to it, and struggled to produce any strong colas, only developing popcorn buds. This of course could be an unnoticed error on the grower’s part, but seemed far removed from the genetics I was expecting.
Despite the Ogre Auto not living up to what I was hoping for, there is no way to pin that on the seed bank. Germination was good, as was the packaging and the seeds themselves. There’s a lot of seed banks out there, but if you’re looking to buy locally, it’s definitely worth giving these guys a look and seeing what they offer.