Confidentiality and discretion are key qualities when choosing a top UK seed bank.
There are now more strains of cannabis seed available than ever before. This is great if you decide to buy some but it is easy to get stuck when there are so many players in the UK market. To get the right guidance and the best deal, while staying on the right side of the law, it is crucial to find a good seed bank.
If you make this first choice wisely it will make everything that follows smoother. Don’t be tempted to go with an unproven supplier for discounted seeds. This could compromise your security or the quality of the product.
A good seed bank should provide you with secure transactions, quick delivery and a range of other benefits such as a great variety of choices and even free seeds.
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Best UK Seed Banks
If you want to skip the reading this table acts as a quick reference to what I consider as the best UK seed banks:
The law surrounding cannabis seeds in the UK is very clear: It is legal to buy and sell them but they are illegal to germinate. Germination is the process of introducing a seed to warmth, light and moisture to begin the growing process.
Seeds maybe purchased as memorabilia, souvenirs, bird food, or even fish bait. However, if you make a purchase and indicate that you intend to germinate them then the seller is obligated to report it to the police. Equally, a seller must not indicate that seeds are being sold for the purpose of germination.
If you do intend to purchase seeds for germination you must be aware that you may be caught and risk fines or time in prison. As you’re buying them for storage and preservation purposes this won’t be an issue to you.
What Should I Consider When Purchasing?
When selecting a seed bank to make your purchase it is always worth doing your research. Don’t get sucked in by attractive websites or cheap deals, get a bit deeper under the surface first. To get the best product and to make the right choices there are lots of things to consider:
Value for Money
Different seed banks may not only sell at different prices and in different quantities but there may also be different deals available. Remember you are only getting a good deal if the seeds you have bought are good quality and you actually get the strains that you have paid for.
Range of Seeds Available
Most seed banks have a huge range of seeds available so look carefully at the information that is provided for each strain. Look out for a detailed description of the product and customer reviews showing that they have a responsive customer service team. Don’t wait until you’ve got a problem to realise that there is no way to directly contact the suppliers. A seed bank that offers a good variety and communicates clearly about their product will often earn a good reputation.
If you want help to decide which seeds to purchase we also have two articles offering recommendations on the best available in the UK.
This is important to know and can be discovered from a range of sources. Look at product reviews on the seed bank sites and other review sites. Visit forums and discussion boards and even question and answer sites such as Quora. Get as many different opinions as you can. Finally, ask friends who have bought seeds and listen to their product and user experience.
In the days of amazon prime and the next-day delivery of so many products, it has become more relevant than ever for companies to offer a competitive delivery service. In addition, some seed banks also offer an extra layer of discretion with ‘stealth shipping’. This is when your seeds are packed inside another product. It is an excellent option but don’t forget that you have chosen ‘stealth’ when you can’t work out why someone has sent you a packet of pens.
Online vs Shop
In the UK, seeds are available from some shops as well as online. Shops can be a good choice if you don’t have to travel far, you want to talk to a salesperson and you don’t want to wait for your seeds to be delivered. However, for the majority of people buying online is a more attractive option. With an online store, your purchase is discrete, they often stock a wider range of seeds and finally, an online seller will often add some free seeds to sweeten the deal.
Best 5 Seed Banks Shipping to the UK
In 2021 it has suddenly become much more difficult to ship items to the UK. This has seen the market for cannabis seeds change somewhat. Some of our previous recommendations are based in Holland, they have taken the decision to no longer sell to the UK because of the additional taxes and costs to do so. Others have also moved headquarters to Spain which has meant not all stock is being held in local storage and reducing their selections.
1 – The Vault Seed Bank
The Vault Seed Bank
Why Shop Here?
The Vault are our new choice as the best UK seed bank. However, The Vault Cannabis Seed Bank is certainly not new newcomers, in fact, they have been around for some time now and are an established part of the scene. Based in Scotland they were founded in 2012 when Jack and George began with a mission to be the most generous bank in the game. They now offer a choice of free seeds with every order and loads of additional breeder-specific freebies.
Their strain selection is enormous, stocking strains from over 100 of the world’s most renowned breeders. You can choose from regs, fems and autos plus their awesome range of old-school landraces. If you consider yourself a bit of a connoisseur you will also find enough modern hybrids to satisfy evening the most discerning collector. If you are not sure where to begin, check out their offers page to see what special breeder giveaways are available.
Long-standing trusted UK seed bank
Choice of free seeds with every order
Lots of positive customer reviews
Large selection available
Website was recently improved
Single seeds available
They don't have as many free seed offers as they used to
When I first wrote this back in 2019 Grizzly Seed Bank were somewhat new but I had already developed a lot of trust in the team as they guided my purchases. Two years on and I think is fair to say they are well and truly established. They are certainly as good to deal with as the Vault, but do not offer anywhere near the same selection, which is why they come in at second place.
The website is clean and easy to navigate and Grizzly Seed Bank offers numerous payment options including card, crypto (no Bitcoin) and bank transfer. Whilst their collection has increased in size to around 500 strains from over 50 Breeders, if you want to buy regular seeds, you should look elsewhere. Their range of autoflowers is much larger than it was but still has some catching up to do compared to their feminised strain collection. If you seek high-quality fems, shipped quickly and discreetly Grizzly Seed Bank is the place for you. Like many seed banks, they also offer free seeds with each order.
Beginning back in 2003, Seedsman have been shipping cannabis seeds all over the world ever since. Until recently Seedsman was my number 1 choice of UK seed banks. However, they are now officially based in Spain and some of the massive selection that makes them so good isn’t currently available for sale in the UK. That doesn’t make them a bad choice, far from it.
Seedsman is still trusted by many because when available they have an enormous selection of regular, feminised and autoflowering strains from over 150 of the world’s best Breeders. This is alongside their own range of exclusive strains. As a wholesaler they also have deals with Breeders to offer more free seeds than almost any other seed bank. Payment options are varied and you can receive sizeable discounts if you buy using cryptocurrency.
Free seeds with every order
One of the oldest online seed banks
Payment accepted using card
Bitcoin and bank transfer
Thousands of strains to choose from
Single seeds available
A busy seed bank means customer service is sometimes slow to respond
The oldest online seed bank on the list, Marijuana Seeds NL have been going since the previous millennium (1999). They have a superb range of seeds that includes coffee shop classics and modern hybrids. All seeds are their own versions, so you won’t find anything from the other US and European Breeders.
What sets MSNL apart is their excellent prices on classic strains. There’s always a range of seeds that have been discounted, so this is the place to grab yourself a good deal on that strain you’ve always wanted. If you want to pay using Bitcoin they also offer a 15% discount.
Selection includes regs fems and autos.
Prices are reasonable
Free seeds with every order
Constant half price and buy one get one free offers
Relatively new but with a familiar team in place, 420 Seeds is run by the same people behind MSNL and they have brought their years experience to the fore. You can find well over 1000 strains from around 50 breeders on site. With a good selection of regs, fems and autos.