Gary Payton Strain


Caryophyllene, Limonene, Linalool

Strain Type



30 in – 78 in

Yield (oz/ft2)

1 – 3

Flowering Time

7 – 9 weeks

Harvest Month


Pack Size

3, 6, 12, 24




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Seed Type


Gary Payton SeedsThe Gary Payton strain is associated with long orange pistils which stand out against a covering of amber and white crystal trichomes on dense spherical mint green flowers.

The History of Gary Payton Feminized Seeds

Searching for a new point guard for your weed garden?

Say hello to Gary Payton Feminized Seeds.Without the slightest sliver of a doubt, one of the most sought-after strains of the past few years, and now finally available for home growers and commercial cultivators alike to add to their collection.

Gary Payton Feminized Seeds are the brainchild of the breeders at Cookies and Powerzzz Genetics, in close collaboration with the man himself – Seattle Supersonics point guard from the 90s and 2000s, Mr. Gary Payton. A cross of two of the most highly touted new-school offerings -The Y and Snowman – this is a premium cultivar in every sense of the term.

The result?

An almost perfectly balanced Sativa/Indica hybrid, that can reach heights of plus 6 feet and produce yields that will satisfy even the greediest of stoners. Phenotypical stability is the name of the game here, with the ease of cultivation and high resistance to pests and mold issues making these feminized seeds perfect for all growers, no matter how much experience you have under your belt.

How to Germinate Gary Payton Feminized Seeds

Cannabis seed germination is a hotly debated topic…

Should you just chuck the seeds in the soil, and hope for the best?

Do you need to spend a decent chunk of cash on a germination chamber, and provide the seeds with the absolute optimal environment?

Or is there a comfortable middle ground?

Sure, a germination chamber will (most likely) offer the very best chance at 100% germination success, but here at Premium Cultivars we pride ourselves on only offering the healthiest seeds, with extremely high rates of germination without the need to spend your hard-earned cheddar on any extra gear.

So, unless you are starting some huge project, the comfortable middle ground is what we suggest. Germination can seem complicated, especially to novice cultivators, but the whole process is super simple. All you need is a Tupperware container, a few napkins or sheets of paper towel (non-fragranced and unbleached), and some fresh water that has been pH regulated to 5.5 to 6.5 if possible.

The Best At Home Gary Payton Feminized Germination Technique

  1. Soak the seeds – Drop the seeds into your ph-regulated water and leave them for 6 to 12 hours. This softens the shell, speeding up the germination process considerably.
  2. Moisten the napkins or kitchen towel – Make sure your napkins are just slightly moist, and not dripping wet.
  3. Tupperware – This is your germination station. Place a layer of moist napkins in the Tupperware container, and carefully place the seeds onto their napkin bed. Make sure you leave a bit of room for each seed, and then lay another moist napkin over the seeds.
  4. If you are germinating more than one strain, use separate containers and always label them.
  5. Seal the containers up – Light can kill seeds quickly, so non-transparent containers work best. Place the containers in a lightproof environment, like a drawer or cupboard.
  6. Stable temps make a huge difference to timing and germination success – try to find a space where the temperatures consistently stay between 75°F to 85°F.
  7. Check the seeds twice a day to see if the tap root has broken free, and always keep the napkins nice and moist, but not overly wet. A spray mister can help here.
  8. Plant the seeds – once the tap root reaches half an inch, get them into the substrate immediately. Plant them about an inch deep and give them a very light watering

Why are Feminized Seeds Better than Regs?

If you are growing weed for the flowers, then it’s feminized seeds you want. It’s only the ladies that produce those dank buds.

Regular seed packs will, on average, contain a 50/50 split of male and female plants. This is great if you are wanting to start up your very own breeding program, but this is really the only time that you should consider regular seeds. Males grow pollen sacs in place of flowers, and there is no way of telling males and females apart until the pre-flowers start to form. That means you are going to waste a bunch of time, effort, and resources growing plants that you will eventually have to scrap, as one single male can pollinate a crazy number of females.

Why is this a bad thing?

Simple. Pollinated flowers grow seeds, taking away from the energy needed to grow the buds we all want. Also, when keeping a garden outdoors, those pesky male plants have no issue gifting pollen to neighboring outdoor plants too.

In summary, if it’s top-shelf buds you are after, then save yourself a bunch of effort and time, and opt for feminized seeds.

Growing Gary Payton Feminized Seeds

Gary Payton Feminized Seeds are the perfect introduction to cannabis cultivation. Easy to grow and super hardy, they respond very well to certain training techniques and produce a rich harvest of quality buds.

With an average flowering time of 7 to 9 weeks and explosive vegetative growth, these plants make a great addition to any garden, indoors or out.

Should I Grow Gary Payton Feminized Seeds Indoors or Outdoors?

This strain will thrive in both environments, however, home growers will likely get the biggest yields when grown hydroponically indoors.

Growing Gary Payton Feminized Seeds Indoors

When growing Gary Payton Feminized Seeds indoors, keep in mind that this is a tall growing plant that will require some specific plant training to keep within the height restrictions of a home grow room (more on this further down). Be sure to provide plenty of horizontal and vertical space for your plants, along with good air circulation and ample lighting. When it comes time to flowering, most indoor-grown Gary Payton plants will finish up in around 50 to 55 days.

Growing Gary Payton Feminized Seeds Outdoors

This gorgeous cultivar is also very much suited to outdoor gardens and will produce a ridiculous amount of resinous bud if the climatic conditions and soil quality are to standard. To maximize your outdoor harvest, make sure the plants are receiving as much uninterrupted sunlight during both the vegetative and flowering growth stages, and use a flower-boosting additive.

How Much Do Gary Payton Feminized Seeds Yield?

There are a bunch of factors that will affect the final yield weight (environmental conditions, light intensity, your cultivation skill, the training methods employed, etc.), but a general guide for indoor-grown Gary Payton Feminized Seeds is around 1.5 ounces per square foot or 20 ounces per outdoor plant.

How to Get Better Yields From Your Gary Payton Feminized Seeds

Increasing your yield sizes is all about two main factors –

  • Dialing in your cultivation techniques (plant training, watering, feeding, etc.)
  • Controlling the climatic and environmental conditions (temps, humidity, substrate selection

You should be hoping to increase the yield size with every new crop. Let’s take a look at a t few surefire methods you can implement to help those buds reach the density and size dreams are made of.

The Best Grow Medium for Gary Payton Feminized Seeds

The grow setting and media you settle on will have an impact on the yield.

Hydroponically grown weed in an indoor setting will have the best chance of reaching the very peak of the yield potential, but there is a wide range of factors that can affect this apart from just water growing your weed.

Organic soil-grown plants usually offer the best terpene and flavonoid profiles, and while the yields will be slightly smaller than hydro crops, they will still be impressive.

What we most often suggest is to go with a coco-coir based substrate, especially if you are a new grower looking to start out with hydro. Coco-coir offers a great combination of water retention and aeration, as well as being naturally inert – meaning you have full control of the nutrient levels afforded to the plants. It also has the advantage of being very simple to use and maintain. Look for an option that has around 30% perlite in the mix, and then use coco-coir-specific nutrients for the very best results (which can and often do rival pure hydro).

The Best Climate for Gary Payton Feminized Seeds

As we mentioned up top, The Gary Payton weed strain is a tough, robust, and fast-growing son of a gun. But to see the best crop development, you will want to keep the climate under your control, at least to a certain extent. That’s not to say that this cultivar will struggle with slightly warmer or colder temps, or if the humidity levels go a bit wonky, but for the best crops you should be aiming for temperatures of between 68 – 86°F and humidity levels sitting somewhere around the 65% mark during the seedling stage, and steadily dropping to closer to 45% by the time the crop is ready for harvest.

Problems to Look Out For When Growing Gary Payton Feminized Seeds

The Gary Payton cultivar comes with high levels of resistance to not just pests, but also fungal issues, and diseases.

That being said, the best way to avoid any potential issues is by making sure you are using a growing medium that is not overly wet and that you are keeping an eye on the temperatures and humidity levels, as mentioned above. Doing so will further reduce any chances of mold issues popping up in both the buds and the roots.

Small pests like spider mites, thrips, aphids, and whiteflies can still find their way into your garden (more so for outdoor crops, but indoor grows are anything but immune to these problems) so keep an eye out for these.

The most common issues that new growers run into are to do with the nutrient levels, and the plant’s ability to uptake the nutrients. This is less of a problem if growing organically in a good-quality soil blend, but can still happen if the pH regulation is out of whack

How Difficult is it to Grow Gary Payton Feminized Seeds?

Gary Payton Feminized Seeds are regarded to be suitable for cultivators of all expertise levels.

Are Gary Payton Feminized Seeds Suitable for Beginners?

They certainly are. In fact, Gary Payton Feminized Seeds are up there with our most popular seeds for beginners, thanks to the fact that they are hardy and fast-growing, not to mention the generous yields. As long as you pay close attention to your climate conditions, and use a high-quality growing medium and nutrients, you will have a great chance of producing an impressive crop.

The Best Grow Techniques for Gary Payton Feminized Seeds

While Gary Payton Seeds are a cultivators dream and do really well when allowed to grow in a natural and organic manner, when it comes to maximizing yields there are some techniques that can (and should) be looked at. Since this is a really forgiving strain, it is perfect for those looking to refine their stress training techniques. The Gary Payton weed strain responds well to both LST (low-stress training) and HST (high-stress training) techniques, and can definitely handle a bit of a battering.

But, you don’t necessarily need to start going down the experimental road. In the past 5 years the amount of new stress training techniques to hit the forums and grow rooms is slightly ridiculous and in our view a little bit of overkill. We prefer to stick to a more tried and true methods, and this couldn’t be more true with Gary Payton Feminized Seeds. This tall-growing, high-production cultivar responds amazingly well to the three most common stress training techniques (for photoperiodic strains) – topping, ScrOG, and defoliation.


Topping is one of the most widely used stress training techniques no matter the strain, and for good reason. It is a simple and effective technique that can be done without the need for any fancy gear or tools, and the results are wild.

Simply put, topping is when you cut the top shoot of the main stem just above a node (usually the 3rd or 4th), which forces the two branch shoots that are growing out of the node below the cut to essentially become the new main stem. This causes the plant to branch out and produce more lateral growth, which not only doubles the number of main colas produced but also opens the canopy right up by breaking the apical dominance that cannabis plants normally exhibit – you know, that Christmas tree shape.

This, in turn, forces the plant to more evenly spread the main growth hormone, auxin, amongst its many lateral shoots, and not just the main stem. This results in more bud sites forming on the plant (which leads to heavier yields), and a much more even spread of light penetration through the entire plant. It also boosts the canopy or flow and exchange, which lowers any chance of mold issues rearing up, and increases oxygenation to the budding sites.

You can top a plant as many times as you like, just remember that it has to be done during vegetative growth and that it will take a few days for the plant to bounce back from the stress.


Defoliation is a bit of a touchy subject. Some growers are of the thinking that removing fan leaves will reduce the overall yield, while others believe that it will actually increase the quality, density, and quantity of buds.

In our experience with Gary Payton Feminized Seeds, we have found that a light defoliation practice during the second last week of vegetative growth, and again in the third week of flower will help to really open up the plant and give better light penetration. This helps to increase overall production levels as well as quality, and the air exchange is also boosted.

Always remove the older growth over the newer leaves, and never more than around 25% of the fan leaves at once. Focus on leaves that are casting a shadow over the budding sited, and any that look a little less healthy than the rest of the plant.

ScrOG (Screen of Green)

ScrOG. Weird name, but it make sense once you understand the process.

It’s actually super simple, easy to implement, and almost stress-free for the plant itself meaning there’s no pause in growth while the plant repairs itself. All you need to do is place a screen or net of some kind horizontally above the plant in the last few weeks of vegetative growth, and carefully tie all the branches (and the main stem) off to this net. This force the entire canopy to be at one, even level with all the buds being the same distance from the light. It also helps really open up the canopy.

You can do single-pot ScrOGs by knocking up a quick little PVC frame, or run a huge net over the entire crop. Both options work well, but keep in mind that if you are setting up a multi-plant ScrOG, it can make accessing the plants a little tricky.

Are there Similar Seeds to Gary Payton Feminized Seeds for Sale Online?

Want to grow a couple of strains at the same time that will work really well with Gary Payton Feminized Seeds?

We recommend

  • SUNDAE DRIVER FEMINIZED SEEDS  – One of the most popular new-school strains, and a perfect partner for Gary Payton. Similar growth pattern and flowering time.
  • SNOWMAN FEMINIZED SEEDS – One of the Gary Payton Strain parent strains, and a banger in its own right!
  • GIRL SCOUT COOKIES AUTOFLOWER FEMINIZED SEEDS – Possibly the most popular strain of the last 10 years, and a true auto heavyweight.

Where Can I Gary Payton Feminized Seeds?

Gary Payton Feminized Seeds have been very hard to come across for the past few years, but that’s no longer the case! But get in quick, these seeds are sure to sell out in no time at all.

How do I Gary Payton Feminized Seeds?

Easy, just head back to the top of this page and pick the seed pack size that suits you. Click through to the cart page, add your credit or debit card info along with the your address, and in 3 to 5 business days you will have the goods in your hands.

Unlike most seed banks, we are able to process payments through all of the major credit card providers (Visa, Mastercard, Discovery, Amex), and deliver to every single state in the country as well as many European destinations. Shipping is totally free on all orders over $100, and don’t forget to check out our free seeds giveaways while you’re at it.

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Keep in mind that as the seed pack size increases, so do your savings. 3 seeds will set you back $60 ($20 a seed), but if you bump that up to 12 seeds the price drops to $10.75 for each seed.

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