Americans and Australians rejoice.
I Love Growing Marijuana ships to your countries. But not anywhere else. Not at the moment.
Why should you rejoice?
Because this is our favorite online seed bank. If you are in the US or in Australia, we always recommend you check I Love Growing Marijuana (shortened to ILGM for the rest of this review) first.
That said, this store does have one major weakness. But for most people it will not be an issue.
Read the rest of this review to find out it it is a problem for you, or if this is the place you should be buying your cannabis or hemp seeds.
- 1 I Love Growing Marijuana Review: Overview And Features
- 1.1 Pros
- 1.2 Cons
- 1.3 Features
- 1.4 ILGM Vs Marijuana Seeds NL
- 2 ILGM Review: Conclusion And Rating
I Love Growing Marijuana Review: Overview And Features
I Love Growing Marijuana is our favorite seed bank for US customers for a reason. They might not have the largest selection of seeds, but the ones they do have are excellent.
Even better, they give you a germination guarantee. They also offer a delivery guarantee, meaning they will reship your order if it does not arrive.
As for shipping times, while ILGM is based in Amsterdam, they now have a warehouse in California, which means fast shipping to the US and no customs. Even if the shipment did go through customs, they do a great job of concealing the seeds, too.
They run a lot of sales, so you can usually get a great deal. Their customer service is the best in the industry and they offer all of the standard payment methods.
Are there any drawbacks? Of course. But overall, they are the best out there. At least for the regions where they ship. Read the rest of this review to find out if you should be ordering your seeds from ILGM.
- 100% germination guarantee
- Best customer service in the industry
- Many sales and free seed offers
- Fast shipping to the US and Australia
- Shipping is free to the US
- Delivery is guaranteed
- Stealth shipping
- 10% discount when paying with Bitcoin
- Free Grow Bible (find it here)
- Only ship to the US and Australia
- Somewhat limited selection
- $25 shipping charge to Australia for orders under $500
Robert Bergman founded ILGM back in 2012. At that time, it was not a seed bank, but site where Robert shared his expertise as a marijuana grower of over 20 years and where other growers could gather to learn from him and each other, sharing tips, advice and more.
Even today, education remains a major part of ILGM. Robert still offers his Grow Bible for free (you can find it here) and the website still has tons of growing guides and advice, along with an active forum.
But they’re no longer just about education. Today, they are a full-blown seed bank and that is obviously what you are interested in. So let’s see if they’re any good.
High Quality Seeds
ILGM has a smaller selection than many other seed banks, but the seeds they do offer extremely high quality. Robert is very careful in hand selecting the best strains. He also offers his own that you can’t find anywhere else, like the famous Bergman’s Gold Leaf strain (see below)
As mentioned, their selection is on the small side, but they do still offer close to 100 different strains, which should be plenty for most growers. This includes plenty of feminized strains and autoflower strains.
Now I know every seed bank says they offer only the highest quality seeds. But only ILGM guarantees it. How? With their germination guarantee.
Bergman’s Gold Leaf
We wanted to give you a little more info on Bergman’s Gold Leaf, since it is one of the best-selling strains and one you can only get on ILGM. Bergman bred it specifically to be easy to grow and to deliver massive yields. It is the highest yielding strain on the site.
You can generally expect to harvest around 16 to 23 ounces per square meter with Bergman’s Gold Leaf. It has a THC content of up to 21%.
It is a hybrid made up of 6 parts indica, and 4 parts sativa. It gives you a euphoric, uplifted, creative and relaxing high. ILGM claims it can help soothe ADD, anxiety, ADHD, insomnia, pain, appetite issues, and stress.
Bergman’s Gold Leaf tends to grow tall, so an outdoor grow would maximize yields. That said, it can be very successful indoors, but you’ll need to crop and prune it.
The ILGM germination guarantee means they you get replacement seeds for any that do not germinate. If you don’t want replacements and simply want your money back, they’ll happily issue a refund instead. The only catch is that you have to mail back the non-sprouting seed(s). The reason for that should be obvious.
Not many (if any) competing stores offer such a guarantee. Whether a seed sprouts depends both on the genetics, and the skill of the grower. The reason ILGM do offer a guarantee is that they are confident in their seeds and that they provide a ton of guides on their site (they also include a growing guide with any purchase) to ensure you know exactly what to do to ensure proper germination.
Fast Free Shipping (But Only To Two Countries)
Currently, ILGM only ships to the US and Australia. They used to ship to more countries, so they may do so again in the future.
Their shipping times are fast, with an average of 4 days. A big reason they can ship so quickly to the US is that they now have a warehouse in California, which also means your order won’t have to go through customs, which adds time and risk.
They ship for free to the US, but charge $25 to Australia. However, if your total order value is above $150, they shipping to Australia is free as well.
They used to charge $25 if you wanted tracking, but this is no longer the case. You simply need to select the registered shipping options and they will provide you tracking info. You can also create an account on their website, in which case you will find tracking info on your dashboard.
If your seeds arrive crushed, they will replace them. Simply take a photo showing the damaged seeds and send it to them and they will get a new package in the mail.
Similarly, if your seeds never arrive, ILGM will send you replacements. They guarantee that you will receive your seeds, so you do not have to worry about your shipment being intercepted or confiscated. If it happens, you simply get a note informing you of that. With other providers, you are out the money you paid for the seeds, but with this one, you’re not even out that. They will send you another shipment.
ILGM has years of experience shipping seeds overseas. Even though they can now ship from within the US, they still use the same stealth methods to ensure no one will ever know that you are receiving seeds.
Multiple Payment Options
You can pay for your order using the following methods: credit card, bank transfer (ACH or wire), check, Bill Pay, cash or Bitcoin. If you pay with Bitcoin, you get a 10% discount on your order.
Obviously, Bitcoin can be an anonymous way to pay. The other option if you want to stay anonymous is to use cash. To pay this way, simply mail cash to ILGM in an envelope. This is safe and anonymous, but the drawback is that it generally takes a week or two for your cash to arrive, so you have to wait until your order ships out.
ILGM often run a “buy 10, get 10 free” offer, which is a great deal. They also have a VIP program where you collect points for future discounts and you get exclusive bonuses, huge savings and exclusive access to certain strains that are not publicly available.
As mentioned, the ILGM site does not only sell seeds. It also contains tons of info to ensure you are successful, even if it is your first time growing. Seriously, between the advice and guides on the site (over 500 articles and over 200 guides) and the helpful forum, you really do have all of the knowledge you need.
The shop section of the site is excellent as well. They provide tons of info on each strain, so that you know exactly what to expect. This allows you to find the perfect strain for you. In addition to ILGM’s info, there are also lots of customer reviews, so you also get many third-party opinions on each strain.
Best Customer Service In the Industry
Not only do they offer germination and shipping guarantees and always do everything they can to ensure you are thrilled with your order, but their customer service is also incredibly responsive and helpful.
In fact, if you checkout reviews of I Love Growing Marijuana on sites like Trustpilot, you’ll see tons of customers commenting on the excellent customer service. They not only help you with shopping, but also with any questions you may have about germinating and growing their seeds.
ILGM Vs Marijuana Seeds NL
Marijuana Seeds NL calls itself the original seeds bank, since they have been around since 1999. And they’ve built an excellent reputation in that time as a reliable seed bank the delivers high quality strains.
All of that is true. They also have a lot of sales and great deals on their site and they offer free seeds with every order. At a minimum, they give you 5 free seeds.
They have the best stealth shipping in the industry, too. But shipping is not free, unless you pay a large order. You pay in tiers, with standard shipping being the cheapest, stealth shipping being next and guaranteed stealth being the most expensive. Guaranteed stealth includes a delivery guarantee. If you remember, ILGM offers that for free.
In fact, ILGM does not charge for shipping at all. And since they have a location in the US, they have much shorter shipping times than MSNL, who ship quickly to the EU and UK, but take longer to the US.
Another area where ILGM is better is the 100% germination guarantee. MSNL has a high germination rate, but they do not guarantee that. If some seeds do not germinate, they will not replace them.
It is this guarantee, along with the free shipping, that makes ILGM our preferred seed store for the US. But since they only ship to the US or to Australia, MSNL is a great alternative for any other countries. You can learn more in our full review of Marijuana Seeds NL.
ILGM Review: Conclusion And Rating
I Love Growing marijuana is the top online seed shop if you are in the US. It is also a top choice for Australia. If you are not in one of those countries, they unfortunately do not ship to you at the moment, though this is likely to change in the future.
The reason this online seed bank is so good for the US is that they now have a California warehouse, which drastically reduces shipping time and eliminates the need to go through customs. Apart from that, the seed quality is excellent and is even backed with a germination guarantee.
Prices are about average, but frequent sales make these seeds a steal. Shipping is not only fast, but also discreet and free (at least in the US). All standard payment options are available and you even get an additional 10% off if you pay with Bitcoin.
Overall, this shop really has no weakness, if you are in the US. The only possible weak point is the somewhat limited selection, but there are still plenty of strains to choose from. Outside the US and Australia, the obvious weakness is that you simply can’t use this store.
For anyone in the US, we give ILGM a 4.9 out of 5. Check this store first to see if they have a strain you want. If not, then check out one of our other recommended online seed banks.