Frequently Asked Questions

March 25, 2020


1. What is a crop plan?

2. What should I do when my plants arrive?

  • Unpack immediately, plant within 3 days of receiving, and water them in if they are dry. Overwatering early in the growing process was a common issue with new farmers last year. For more tips on growing and farm-specific advice, please contact your FRB sales contact.

3. What is my hardiness zone?

  • A hardiness zone is a geographic area defined to encompass a certain range of climatic conditions relevant to plant growth and survival. Hardiness zones can be linked to frost dates and the lowest temperature of your region and are published by the USDA. It is essential to know your first and last frost date to determine when it’s time to plant and harvest your crop.

4. Should I direct seed or transplant?

  • FRB recommends transplanting. Transplanting clones reduces the risk of inconsistent plant heights and yields. Transplanting seedlings reduces the risk of low germination rates from direct sowing.

5. What density should I plant?

  • This depends on the latitude of the growing area, the weather conditions expected, and your planting date. In general, expect to plant from 1,800 to 2,500 plants per acre. If planting later, plant densities will increase. Auto-flower should be planted at 8,000 to 15,000 seeds per acre.

6. When should I start sampling my plants for THC analysis?

7. Can I create mother stock or breed with your genetics?

  • FRB does not allow anyone to create mother stock or breed with our genetics unless there is a royalty agreement in place.

8. Can I resell seed?

  • FRB does not allow anyone who is not an authorized representative or distributor to resell seeds.

9. How many pounds per plant can I expect?

  • This depends on many factors – planting time is the biggest. The earlier you plant your crop the larger your plants will be due to increased vegetative time in the field. Fertility, irrigation, and soil health will also play a substantial role in how many pounds per plant you produce. Talk to your salesperson to receive an estimate for your growing conditions.

10. Do you offer certified seed?

  • At this point, the AOSCA has not recognized feminized seed as certified, which is the only type of seed we currently offer. We are working to acquire these certifications for high-cannabinoid-content feminized seed as they are made available. However, we do grade our seed and verify our seed internally and with 3rd-party testing services for germination rates, cannabinoid content, and performance.

11. Do you offer post-harvest support?

  • We can recommend services, but we do not offer support at this time. Depending on your area, we can recommend companies that can help with planting, harvesting, processing, sales, and storage. We recommend establishing a harvest and processing plan before you plant.

12. What are the advantages of planting clones vs. seed??

  • There are advantages and disadvantages for both. The advantage for clones is consistency, and if grown correctly, they provide a nice, fibrous root system. Seeds can produce a taproot which can be important, especially in desert regions, but can be more variable in phenotype. For more information refer to our video, Why Genetics Matter.

Regulatory Compliance

13. What does CBD to THC ratio mean?

  • Ratios are a key reference point in determining expectations and when to harvest. In order to determine the ratio of a product, simply divide the total CBD by the total THC, and that will give you the ratio of CBD:THC.
  • For example, if the total CBD content is 8% and total THC is 0.3%, 8 ÷ 0.3 = 26.6, this would be a 27:1 ratio of total CBD to total THC.  
  • For more information, refer to our Growing Hemp videos, Episode 1: Successes & Failures of 2019 and Episode 3: Why Genetics Matter.

14. What are the viruses that Front Range Biosciences tests for?

  • FRB currently tests for the following viruses, CMV, ToRSV, ArMV, TMV, AMV, TSV, TRSV.

15. Where can I find COAs of your varieties?

  • Please contact your sales rep for a current COA.

Ordering and Shipping

16. Is there a minimum order?

  • At this time, we have a minimum order of 2,016 clones or seedlings and a 2,000-minimum order for raw seeds. Special circumstances may allow smaller orders. Talk to your salesperson to discuss your needs.

17. Can I mix n' match seeds and clones to meet the minimum order?

  • Yes – speak with your salesperson to discuss your needs.

18. What information do you need to process an order?  

  • Current hemp license
  • Tax resale certificate
  • Shipping address

19. How much is shipping?

  • Shipping cost depends on where the items are being sourced from and where they are being sent. Contact your salesperson to receive an estimate.

20. When will my order ship?

  • Generally, the shipping week is identified at the time your order is taken. We will contact you the week before your shipping week to determine the actual date of shipment.

21. How do I place an order?

  • You place an order by signing the FRB Purchase & Sales (P&S) Agreement and providing a deposit with the P&S. Full payment must be made before the actual shipment date. Talk to your salesperson to get a P&S prepared for you. 

22. What forms of payment do you accept?

  • Cash
  • Check
  • Wire transfer
  • ACH
  • We do not accept credit cards at this time.

23. What varieties are best for me? Is there a substitute if the one I want is out of stock?

  • To determine what varieties may be best suited for your growing region, we need to determine your location, photoperiod, and average first and last frost dates. Once we gather this information, we can recommend the varieties we believe are the most appropriate for your region.
  • We sell a wide variety of plants and seeds and often have other plants or seeds available if your preferred variety is currently out of stock. Talk to your salesperson to discuss your situation.

24. What are your Terms & Conditions?

  • Please read our Terms & Conditions here.


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