Ceres Seeds is a 100% homegrown Dutch seed company. Its history goes back to 1988 when its founders started their first seeds and cuttings. There is a famous childhood story of one them, buying cuttings and growing supplies at the Sinsemilla Fan Club – with his grandmother! The Ceres Seeds team was learning the ropes back then. In the early 1990s, they worked for the old, infamous Dreadlock Coffeeshop in Amsterdam's Red Light District, as well at reputable seed companies such as Sensi Seed Bank, where they learned how to produce and cross strong, healthy plants.
Ceres Seeds’ original (landrace) seeds came from the imported Jamaican, Thai, and Colombian weed that formed the stock of many coffeeshops in Amsterdam before the modern varieties took over. With a little help from their friends throughout the Dutch cannabis industry, Ceres Seeds also acquired some Indica-dominant varieties that had been in Holland already for many generations.
In the late 1990s, seed companies started popping up everywhere. The Ceres Seeds team was surprised that many of these companies were making F2 varieties (hybrids crossed with hybrids). They decided to get serious and jump in the game, with their own F1 varieties. They approached breeding with the simple philosophy of easy, reliable and 100% stable strains. Ceres started with landrace genetics that were available from Sensi, plus the strong Indica seeds they had collected over the years in Holland. “Then,” says Ceres Seeds, “we remembered the old Sativa seeds from all those baggies of weed we had smoked ten or fifteen years earlier. We started testing, growing, selecting and reproducing new varieties, using the best seeds from all our collections.” In 1999 they made the big step and started Ceres Seeds. They took the name from Ceres, the Roman goddess of agriculture and motherly love. Her name derives from the Proto-Indo-European root “ker,” meaning “to grow,” which is also the root for the words “create” and “increase.”
Ceres’ first F1 variety, White Panther (F.K.A. White Smurf), was introduced in 2000. With the invaluable help of the well-known “Smurf” name from an established local coffeeshop, this variety won two awards at the High Times Cannabis Cup that year. This gave Ceres the encouragement they needed. Ceres continued to work on their prize stock and launched the www.ceresseeds.com web site, adding other varieties such as Northern Lights x Skunk #1, Ceres Kush, and White Indica to their offerings. Ceres also designed their packaging. This design has become somewhat of a standard in the cannabis seed industry.
Home to Ceres Seeds in Amsterdam, is the shop Hempshopper. Hempshopper opened its doors on the Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal in 2004. From here, Ceres Seeds helped produce the first Grass-A-Matazz in 2005. The Grass-A-Matazz is a Jazz ’n Grass party, featuring the legendary John Sinclair. It is held during the annual High Times Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam, and represents the blues and jazz roots in cannabis history. At the second Grass-A-Matazz party, Ceres presented their new variety Fruity Thai. The following year, this strain won Second Prize at the Cannabis Cup in the Indica category.
Ceres Seeds Launches New Seed Lines
Multiple award winning seed company Ceres Seeds adds two brand new cannabis seed lines to their collection - Ceres Originals Feminized and John Sinclair Seeds.
Ceres Seeds is proud to announce the long-awaited launch of Ceres Originals Feminized Collection, as well as an exciting new line of seeds dedicated to the cannabis legend John Sinclair.
Ceres Originals Feminized is the sister collection of the Ceres Originals, a line of F1 varieties that has previously only been available as regular seeds. With award winning F1 varieties, the Ceres Originals line has been widely applauded for their superb genotypes for over a decade. Now the entire collection of Ceres Originals, including Cannabis Cup winners Fruity Thai and White Panther f.k.a. White Smurf, is available as feminized varieties, in packs of both 5 and 10 seeds. Ceres Originals Feminized varieties are tailored for connoisseur growers who appreciate excellence in quality as well as quantity.
Ceres Seeds is also proud to announce a brand new line of seeds in honor of the Detroit poet, political activist and famed cannabis connoisseur John Sinclair. Popularized by John Lennon in the song “John Sinclair” from Lennon’s 1972 album Some Time in New York City, Sinclair has a long career of cannabis activism behind him. In collaboration with Ceres Seeds, John Sinclair is now launching his favorite varieties in the new line of John Sinclair Seeds, including Sativa, Indica and Skunk varieties. Much like the man himself, John Sinclair Seeds promotes creativity, action and innovative thinking.
About Ceres Seeds
Ceres Seeds is an Amsterdam based seed company with a wide reputation for high quality cannabis genetics. With over 10 years in the business, the Ceres family is devoted to F1 excellence, with attention to details appreciated by connoisseurs. Recognized by the international cannabis community, Ceres Seeds have been praised with various accolades and awards, including several prizes at the annual High Times Cannabis Cup.