See also: Our guide to recommended cheap hotels in Amsterdam.
Amsterdam is fertile ground for free and almost-free souvenirs. While floral bouquets don’t travel well on an airplane (and may not be allowed!), seed packets and bulbs are both easy to pack, travel well, and will blossom back home. Plus, they’re totally cheap.
The Aalsmeer Flower Auction
The Floating Flower Market, or Bloemenmarkt, is in full bloom every day along the Singel canal. The market, held in barges floating along the Singel, is the place to find thousands of seed packets, bulbs, and cut (and dried) flowers for mere euros.
Every morning, the Bloemenveiling Aalsmeer, or Aalsmeer flower auction, takes place in nearby Aalsmeer, 10 km south of Amsterdam. The fast-paced auction gives tourists an introduction to the global flower market, as 19 million flowers get bought and sold daily, before being shipped worldwide. Try picking up some sample seeds or bulbs at the market for a cheapo souvenir.
Daily between Koninsplein and Heiligeweg. Monday through Saturday, 9 AM – 5:30 PM, Sunday 11:00 AM – 5:30 PM.
Aalsmeer Flower Auction
Driekolommenplein 1. Open Monday through Friday, from 7:30 AM to 11:00 AM. The best time to go is between 7:30 AM and 9 AM.
There are serveral webshops where you can buy your flower seeds, but dutch garden seeds have fresh flower seeds of the buzzy seeds collection.
Growing flowers with flower seeds that you have planted by your self is the most beautiful and the best there is. Flowers are also relatively easy to grow. Sow the seeds mid April and a few moths later you have a beautiful garden!
The advantage of buying seeds from the online shop of Dutch Garden Seeds is that you will have free shipping on orders above 15euro. Due good contracts with local postal organisations.
Online flower seeds
Besides growing indoors, it is also possible to grow autoflower seeds outdoors. Because of the high level of Ruderalis, autoflower plants will remain relatively small. This makes them less noticeable between other types of (non-cannabis) plants in your garden.
It is possible to grow autoflowering strains indoors as well as outdoors. This choice is completely up to you. You can choose which way suits your personal situation and space the best.
Amsterdam Seed Center doesn’t only offer you a wide collection of regular seeds. We also offer you a wide variety of autoflower seeds.
Growing autoflower seeds outdoors
Autoflower seeds are Indica and Sativa strains that are crossed with Ruderalis. Ruderalis originally grows in areas with extreme weather conditions, such as Russia and Siberia. This makes the strain resistant to pests, cold weather and fungi. Unlike regular cannabis seeds, autoflowering cannabis seeds grow independently of light. This means that the cannabis plant will start to flower automatically after a few weeks. The flowering process will start automatically based on a time cycle, instead of a light cycle.
In case you grow autoflowering strains indoors, the modest size of the plant probably has your interest. Are you an (still) inexperienced grower? Then you are most safe with autoflowering plants that contain a higher level of Indica. These autoflowering strains grow a few shoots (branches), so you do not have to prune much. Autoflower plants that consist of a higher level of Sativa, do grow more shoots. Therefore, you have to prune the plants more often. This might sound easy, but actually it is not. You have to be a more experienced grower for doing this.
Our autoflowering strains are extremely popular. We offer a huge range of strains and can imagine that it is hard for you to decide which one(s) to choose. To make it easier for you, we made a top 5 of our most popular autoflowering strains:
By growing outdoors, the autoflower seeds will be more exposed to diseases, fungi and pests. Fortunately, the amount of Ruderalis in the plant ensures that they are resistant to this.