Seed To Choose?
Regular seeds are natural cannabis seeds bred from male and female parent plants. With the exception of North America, this type of cannabis cultivation is in decline. European home growers have mostly switched to 100% female crops, either via feminized seeds or cuttings. regular seeds represent only a small portion of the global cannabis seed market.
Cultivating regular seeds is really only advantageous to seasoned growers and breeders. A typical pack of 10 regular seeds will contain a 50-50 split of male and female plants. Sure, sometimes you might get lucky and get 6-8 females, but you can also get stung with a majority of males.
A little experience goes a long way with regular seeds. Males must be identified and removed early in bloom to prevent the females from getting pollinated.
Really, the only good reason for a home grower to take the extra time and effort to cultivate regular seeds is in the interest of finding a “Mother” of particularly rare marijuana. Even in this age of mainstream marijuana, some outstanding varieties are still only available in regular seed form.
Growers anecdotally report that clones from natural females can be taken cyclically without rapidly losing vigour. Plus, mother plants derived from a pack of regular seeds have been known to produce clones for decades with high success rates.
Female plants are the ticket to the heaviest harvest. For the ordinary, decent home grower, it really is a no-brainer. Feminized seeds deliver bigger yields from fewer seeds. It really is that simple. The bad old days of hermies and rushed breeding practices are dead and gone.
Contemporary, high-quality feminized seeds are created by treating female plants with colloidal silver to produce female pollen for breeding. Thus, 100% female plants are to be expected from a pack of today’s feminized seeds.
Branding is everything and only the fire marijuana varieties will win grow space. Competition is fierce amongst seed banks. It really is a great time to be a home grower cropping feminized seeds.
Intersex traits can occur in cannabis whether you grow regular or feminized seeds. Interference with the light cycle, ph fluctuations and a host of other stressors can cause female plants to produce pollen sacs along with flowers.
Hermie plants must be bagged and tagged immediately. Literally, cover them with a plastic trash bag and chop at the base of the stem. You must get the plant out of the grow-op ASAP. Intersex plants can and will pollinate themselves and every other female in the grow tent.
Autoflowering feminized seeds are the rising stars of cannabis. In the last 10 years, ruderalis has been hybridised and refined to create amazing super-autos that rival photoperiod strains. Yields and potency have been significantly boosted to mouth-wateringly high levels. Best of all, these beans are all-female and completely photoperiod independent with a short lifecycle.
High-performance, feminized auto seeds can race from seed to harvest in just 8-10 weeks. Outdoor growers with limited space and/or a short growing season can even squeeze in a discreet balcony/terrace grow.
Old-school growers and creative breeders will find regular autoflowering seeds of interest. Growing can be all about cropping a great stash or breeding your own variety, it all depends on what kind of cultivator you are.