The world's best seeds and clones to grow in 2024
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Welcome to the world's best seeds and clones for growing in 2024. Let's get gardening!
Hot new news from the top dogs
We begin with a blistering display of pure hype – the city's true anecdotes.
Seed Junky Genetics
Mark the year 2024: Permanent Marker S1. (Courtesy of Seed Junky Genetics)
The 2023 Leaf Variety of the Year Permanent Marker will colonize the country in 2024. LA breeder Seed Junky Genetics has facilitated direct sales of Permanent Marker S1 to the consumer or bred it themselves. Also scoop up Scented Markers, Malibu Markers, and Cherry Ztripez. For professional indoor growers only.
The Cap Junky intersection Coolio is coming in spring 2024. (Courtesy of Capulator)
MAC1's LA maker Capulator continues to dabble in Cap Junky with Coolio (Cap Junky x Caps Frozen Oranges); planned for spring 2024.
Coolio No. 18 tastes of orange oil and paint thinner.
“After a long, hard day at work, hitting number 18 makes me want to pack the heavy bag, go on a 10-mile bike ride, and then stay up until 3 a.m. working on the creative side of my business work. It's super productive and uplifting. Probably my favorite smoke at the moment.”
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Cap also plans two clone drops from Chadberry and Big Buns. Chadberry is GMO x Chillz, which he calls “super-cheerful chickweed that smells like chemberries.”
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Also in LA, Wonderbrett has released seeds for the first time under the Byrdseed Genetics brand. Get the new Cherry Crush, based on his stable of stallions. Cherry Crush is Wonderbrett's OZ Kush selection crossed with its Kush Cola and Seed Junky's Jealousy (2022 Leafly Strain of the Year).
Cookies seed bank
In Northern California, global icon Cookies and its Cookies Seed Bank are doubling down on the Lemon Cherry Gelato trend with Double Lemon Cherry.
Cipher Genetics is based in Santa Cruz, California' Chris Lynch has a line of Blue Lobster crosses (Eye Candy x Apples & Bananas) that he is preparing in collaboration with Maine Trees for the first half of 2024. Blue Lobster has exploded on both coasts and is a 2024 Leafly Buzz strain.
Compound Genetics' panacea-bred double-up for 2024. (Photo by @ginja.club, courtesy of Compound Genetics)
Compound Genetics and Node Labs have prepared Double Up (Mellowz #8 & Gastro Pop #5) for a 2024 run.
“The resulting buds are some of the best we’ve ever seen,” Compound said. With notes ranging from bubble gum, candy, fruit and citrus to kerosene and industrial chemicals.
Also don't miss The Scrooge by Compound, Jokerz #31 x The Menthol for a mintier, sweeter and creamier note.
Purple City genetics
The current favorite from Oakland clone and seed powerhouse Purple City Genetics is Curaçao – a cross between Maltese Orange (Lemon Tree Skorange x THC Bomb) x Caribbean Cookies. It's purple, has a yield of over 30% and “has a unique sour orange peel and cookie dough terp that makes it special. Super strong but uplifting and coating your mouth and nose until the last hit.”
Speaking of cloners, Phinest in Sacramento, California is launching the Puffy Payton line Gary Payton x Banana Puffy from Colorado breeder Cannarado. Banana Puffy is Banana OG x Thin Mint. So this is cookie work with particularly high yields for flowers and hashish.
Puffy Payton is the undisputed champion of this year's Cannarado bounties
Phinest, Sacramento, California
Phinest says: “Purple with orange and lime green big banana terpenes. Consistently in the upper quartile of wholesale prices, Puffy is an elegant workhorse that's attracting the attention of growers in NorCal and is certainly on the California State podium due to its hash yield and fancy banana terp profile (with a twist). Gary will be fair this year) and plenty of trichome production.” See also: Cannarados Candyclysm.
Humboldt Seed Co
Humboldt Seed Co. Donutz. (Photo by Erik Christiansen, courtesy of Humboldt Seed Co)
Leading the Humboldt Seed Co. hype train is Donutz (Lemon Cherry Gelato x GSC x OG). It tastes like glazed donuts and fuel and will be ready outside October 5-10. Humboldt Seed Co focuses on feminized seeds so you don't have a guy running through the girls in the garden. They also introduced the “triploid” Donutz, who in no way can become male. See also: Granny Candy.
Exotic Gasoline Potion from Genetix. (Courtesy of Exotic Genetix)
Washington-based Exotic Genetix Mike is stepping up his game for 2024 with Petrol Potion from his fresh line of Grape Jubilee crosses. See also: Twisted Terpz (Trop Runtz x Grape Jubilee).
And our 2023 Budtender's Choice strain Devil Driver returns in Tiki Madman's Pablo's Private Reserve (Devil Driver x Pablo's Revenge). Pablos Revenge has popped up on our radar as Leafly Buzz: Hot Strain of 2024. See also: Tiki Madman's Disco Tiger (Grape Zoda x Zoo Runtz), Blue Gushers Bx and Bacio Belts.
Sin City Seeds
Rip Tide combines the Blue Power from Sin City Seeds with the Point Break from Surfr Seeds. (Courtesy of Sin City Seeds)
Another big release from a grower favorite: Las Vegas-based Sin City Seeds is collaborating with Surfr Seeds on Rip Tide (Point Break x Blue Power IX2). Point Break is a lemony, cakey tropical cookie note. Blue Power is the power behind apples and bananas.
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The latest from the Z era
In 2024, candy terps dominate, whether it's tropical toffee, blue raspberry, grape or grapefruit.
The best Z work probably comes from Archive Seeds in Portland, Oregon with their Z-Face and Zsunami. No one works as hard at refining their lines as Fletch from Archive Seeds, and it shows.
Z-originator TerpHogz will offer GelonoidZ as feminized seeds and Grapefruit Zruntz in 2024.
Leafly Strain of the Year 2023, Runner-up RS-11 Breeder. Wizard Trees has several crossovers to Zangria or Studio 54 on their website.
The highly respected maker of the modern Mai Tai, Clearwater Genetics, has Blue Razzicle crosses that are on point; especially crossed with RS-11, BTY OG, Sherbanger and Zoap. My goodness!
More candy aisle flavors
—Karma Genetics has a more unique Cheddar Zi that is (Cheese/Biker) x (Z x ZiZi).
—Chemdog popularizer Chemdog and its Smash Hits brand in western Massachusetts have Z clones for the legal market. Grab Z Head (Z x Headbanger Kush) and Zour Diesel (Z x Sour Diesel). All will be available at Canna Provisions locations in Lee and Holyoke, Massachusetts.
– Oakland-based Purple City Genetics satisfies those with a sweet tooth with Street Tarts – a mega-cross of Guava Tart (Grandi Guava x Caribbean Cookies). [Guava x OGKB bx1] ) x Street Guru.
– 3rd Coast Genetics of Michigan wants you to grow more of our 2024 Leafly Hot strain – Cadillac Rainbow – in seed form.
– Also in 2024, the Z x Sherbanger heat Candy Fumez #6 from Bloom Seed Co. is the Harry Palms selection.
—And Atlas Seeds presents a Green Apple Candy with an intense scent of ripe green apples. It grew out of a Wedding Crasher x Dirty Sanchez project.
Green apple candy. (Courtesy of Atlas Seeds)
GMOs and other crazy stuff
We conclude the first part of our list with savory dishes to balance out the sweet.
3rd Coast Genetics
3rd Coast Genetics in Michigan steps up with Pure Michigan F2 and Black Truffle; Building enthusiasm for white truffles.
The Michigan manufacturer of the popular Peanut Butter Breath, Thug Pug, has brought this line to F3s.
Skunk House Genetics
California Seed Bank Papa Burger. (Courtesy of California Seed Bank)
Former Skunk House Genetics breeder, California Seed Bank, recommends trying Papa Burger, which just took 1st place in Legends of Hashish.
If you're hardy, look for Dragon's Fist from Southern Oregon breeder Kush Kirk or Ultimate Garlic Bundle from Compton, California breeder Masonic Seeds.
Phew! OK, let's take a breath and come back with Part 2, where we'll cover Sours, OGs, Purps, Tangies, Sativas, Landraces and Nostalgia strains. Finally, Part 3 is all about hashers – strains that yield trichomes for BHO, live resin, rosin, live rosin and dry screen! Download the app and turn on notifications so you never miss a drop. Peace.