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10 Quick Questions with The Real Seed Company

10 Quick Questions with The Real Seed Company

In the first of a brand new series of articles, Seedsman sat down with Angus from the Real Seed Company to ask him 10 quick questions about his seedbank.

http://www.seedsman.com/blog/10-quick-questions-with-the-real-seed-company/

1. How was The Real Seed Company born?

Real Seed Co was born in 2007. I had already lived in Asia for many years and had got a taste for the kind of quality traditional cannabis you can find with a little effort in places like Thailand and Nepal. In 2007, I travelled to Chitral high in the Hindu Kush mountains and realised that there is so much more to cannabis than you get through conventional, mainstream seedbanks. When I got back to the UK, I started The Real Seed Company.

2. Why was The Real Seed Company created? What is the aim of the seedbank?

The first motivation was just a genuine passion for the kind of highs and flavours that are unique to traditional ganja and charas. For me, modern hybrid strains have never hit the same spot and I knew a lot of other people felt the same way. So when I started with Real Seed Co the idea was just to get genuine seeds of traditional cannabis strains out to anyone who was interested. We began with the real Mazar-i-Sharif as grown in Afghanistan; several Himalayan strains, including Nepalese and Malana; and a Highland Lao ganja plant. Soon we added varieties like Highland Thai and a Lebanese that I found in Bekaa Valley.

Quickly it became clear that customers came to the site with a range of interests. There were collectors building up personal seedbanks. There were people who craved charas and were growing stands of Himalayan plants outdoors to hand-rub for themselves. Others were lucky enough to have the kind of climate where they could grow Thai and Lao plants under the sun. And there even were more serious breeders who were prepared to put in the work to take traditional plants through several generations in order to start making crosses. We also have medicinal growers interested in traditional charas and hashish plans for their CBD content.

3. What makes your seeds different?

They are genuine traditional strains direct from the source. That means they are open pollinated, so you are going to get a lot of diversity in each strain, as well as vigour. There are three basic types of traditional plant: northern hashish plants grown in places like Lebanon, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Himalayan charas plants from Nepal, Parvati and so on. And the ganja strains grown in the tropics in places like Thailand, Laos and Kerala. Plants from places like Afghanistan and Lebanon are grown for resin production and are generally closer to what Western growers like to call ‘indicas.’ Himalayan types are more ‘sativa’, but with some wild characteristics. Tropical varieties like Thai and Kerala are what you could call ‘pure sativas’ and are generally the most potent traditional plants. If you’re growing real first generation Afghan or Lebanese seeds you will need to go through a number of plants before you find something really potent, whereas with tropical ganja strains you can quite easily find plants with comparable potency to modern hybrids.

4. What is your most popular strain?

Probably the Lebanese as it is compact, resinous and fast flowering. It has a reputation for making a good breeding plant too. There is also a lot of interest in plants from Southeast Asia and the Hindu Kush.

5. What unique strain would you recommend people try from your collection?

For me the most interesting plant on the site at the minute is probably the Manipuri. It’s a traditional ganja variety from Northeast India, right on the border of Burma. There is a really vibrant cannabis culture in Manipur. Smoking sessions are highly ritualized. And generations of selection, with smokers keeping seeds from strong batches of ganja, mean that the Manipuri strain from Imphal Valley is surprisingly potent – comparable to good Thai. But one obvious difference from Thai is the somewhat milder mintier aroma. Also, unlike Thai and Lao smokers Manipuris don’t use bamboo bongs, they prefer clay or stone chillums.

6. In one sentence, explain why customers should buy from The Real Seed Company.

We have the best selection of genuine straight-from-the-source traditional cannabis strains on the web.

7. Any special/secret cultivation tips you could let our readers know about?

When it comes to growing traditional strains less is more. Go easy on the liquid nutes; try slow release stuff. And if you’re lucky enough to have the climate then grow outside in soil under the sun. Let the plants put down roots.

8. Do you have any new strains in the pipeline?
The plan is to have some Hindu Kush strains back, plus the old Mazar-i-Sharif. Hopefully we’ll have a new Thai variety soon too, and maybe even a Congolese.

9. What does the future hold for The Real Seed Company?

At the same time as collecting these strains, I’ve been documenting the cultures for a book. From this year I’ve teamed up with a German filmmaker to start putting these places, the plants and the people on video.

10. How can people find out more about The Real Seed Company?

Our site is at www.therealseedcompany.com.

We also have a facebook page.

Plus a forum on UK420.

You can buy seeds from The Real Seed Company on Seedsman now!

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nice piece,, great work namkha, keep it up dude :thumsup::thumsup: real seed's rocks :headbang:

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9. What does the future hold for The Real Seed Company?

At the same time as collecting these strains, I’ve been documenting the cultures for a book. From this year I’ve teamed up with a German filmmaker to start putting these places, the plants and the people on video.

Fuck yes!! Looking forward to this project.

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8. Do you have any new strains in the pipeline?

The plan is to have some Hindu Kush strains back, plus the old Mazar-i-Sharif. Hopefully we’ll have a new Thai variety soon too, and maybe even a Congolese.

Congolese!

Is it going to be the Congo Pointe Noire?

A new Thai variety! That's very exciting.

I'm looking forward to seeing all these strains in stock. I missed the opportunity to acquire the Mazar-i-Sharif and some of the Hindu Kush strains back in 2008 as well as some of the Asian strains like Highland Thai or Golden Triangle Akha. I still hope that these currently unavailable strains will also make a come-back sooner or later.

That book and those videos will also be interesting to see.

Great interview. Thanks to both Angus and seedsman.

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I'll look forward to that video. I know for a fact it will interest everyone here. Good man. :)

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I'll look forward to that video. I know for a fact it will interest everyone here. Good man. :)

@@Blayz'd - plan is have the first video out during the first half of 2016

an updated and corrected version of this Seedsman interview is up on the blog:

10 Quick Questions with The Real Seed Company

https://therealseedcompany.wordpress.com/2015/12/20/10-quick-questions-with-the-real-seed-company/

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hi there - taking a break from the book project for the time-being - but the film is coming along slowly - due to be finished early next year

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On Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 4:24 PM, namkha said:

hi there - taking a break from the book project for the time-being - but the film is coming along slowly - due to be finished early next year

Hello Namkha. Stumbled across this thread where it talks about film and book. According to what's written above it/they should be out by now. Any link for the video and the book too?

 

Cheers

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@danlilker Namhkas not here anymore man, copped a hissy fit and trounced off. 

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1 minute ago, THC4METOO said:

@danlilker Namhkas not here anymore man, copped a hissy fit and trounced off. 

sorry THC4METOO i don't understand what you wrote. could you explain?

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@danlilker He got upset, insulted loads of people and left the site, never to return. 

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3 minutes ago, THC4METOO said:

@danlilker He got upset, insulted loads of people and left the site, never to return. 

Oh i see. thank you for the explanation. going back to the video and the book. do you know anything about them? i mean have they been released/printed?

Is/Was Namkha  Angus?

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No idea bud, try googling him he may be on another site somewhere? 

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