Yo, what up my fellow weed enthusiasts? It’s your boy Dan here, and today we’re gonna talk about regular cannabis seeds. If you’re new to the game, you might be wondering what the hell regular seeds even are. Well, let me break it down for you.
Regular cannabis seeds are the OG seeds, the ones that operate how nature intended. They have a 50/50 chance of emerging as either male or female plants. Now I know what you’re thinking: “But Dan, why would I want to take a gamble like that? I want my plants to produce the best buds possible!” And hey, I get where you’re coming from. But hear me out.
Males may not produce THC-rich flowers, but they are crucial when it comes to breeding. And regular strains provide superior clones. Plus, if you’re looking to create new cultivars with specific traits, regular seeds are the way to go.
Feminized seeds are great for growers who just want buds without any hassle. But regular seeds have their own set of benefits. They tend to produce more vigorous plants that can tolerate stress better and provide explosive growth and awesome yields.
So, let’s dive into everything you need to know about growing regular cannabis seeds.
First off, let’s talk about mother plants and clones. Regular cannabis plants provide strong and healthy clones that root well and grow fast. Cloning allows you to make an exact genetic copy of a specific plant that you love. And rooting cuttings allows you to produce more plants in a shorter time frame.
Regular cannabis plants are more suitable for cloning than their feminized counterparts because their clones will be much more stable and possess stronger genetics. Females from feminized seeds are only fit for a single harvest, and their genetics tend to become unstable when cloned.
Now let’s talk about how to grow these bad boys. The process of growing regular seeds is almost identical to growing feminized ones. The only difference is that regular seeds require a bit more attention and care.
When it comes to germination, there are several ways to go about it. You can plant them directly in the soil or wrap them in a damp paper towel for a couple of days.
Your seeds will need a relative humidity level of around 80% during the germination process, which takes between 1-4 days. Keep them warm with a room temperature of approximately 78°F.
You’ll also need to decide whether you want to cultivate your plants indoors or outdoors. Growing indoors gives you much more control over the grow space, but space can be limited. Outdoor plants have the chance to soak up the sun, but they’re more susceptible to pests and fungal diseases.
After your seedlings have gained some size, you’ll need to transplant them into a bigger pot. It’s important to give them enough space to expand their roots, but placing them straight into a large pot can be detrimental. It’s better to slowly increase the pot size as your plant grows to avoid conditions such as root rot.
Fabric pots are ideal for the entire growing cycle. They retain moisture while allowing roots to breathe properly and are available in various sizes. I also recommend growing organically because studies have confirmed the harmful effects of pesticides and herbicides.
When it comes to watering your plants, less is more. Too much water can cause root rot, and too little can result in nutrient uptake issues. Start out low and gradually increase the amount of water you give as your plants grow.
It’s also important to learn how to identify male and female plants early on. Dedicate a separate room or tent to male plants, as they can be valuable when it comes to breeding. And by growing regular cannabis seeds, you have the opportunity to breed your own strains at home.
Cross two strains to combine their best traits into a single plant or try breeding an indica-dominant strain with a sativa-dominant variety to create a perfectly balanced cultivar. You can also play around with terpene profiles or cross a regular male with a high-THC or high-CBD strain to boost cannabinoid levels.
Once you’ve grown out the males and females you want to breed, it’s time to make the cross. Choose a prime male specimen and collect its pollen with a plastic bag. Fertilize the flowers on one or two branches of each female plant, then spray down the fertilized buds with water to remove excess pollen. The fertilized flowers will produce seeds within 2-6 weeks that you can harvest and store for future use.
So there you have it, folks. Regular cannabis seeds may require a bit more work, but they provide the opportunity to create new cultivars, produce superior clones, and breed your own strains. Happy growing!