Regular seeds offer endless possibilities for hybridizers to experiment. From the very beginning of Sensi Seeds and the worldwide cannabis seed market, a regular seed was simply a regular seed. Today, many use the word regular to distinguish the original seeds from feminized or autoflowering seeds, which are used for outdoor growing only. Autoflowering seeds are suitable for indoor growing but are illegal in the United States.
To avoid confusion with feminized seeds, let’s look at how regular seeds work. The process begins with the selection of a high-quality, disease-free grass type. Then, in order to make the plant more aromatic, it is crossed with other grass types that contain desirable traits. Next, new, feminized seeds are planted in the cross with the new grass, creating a new plant with all the desirable traits of the parents. Because of crossbreeding and natural selection, each generation produces more flowers and more marijuana plants.
However, there are disadvantages to crossbreeding. Crossbreeding removes any natural variation in marijuana plants, making them sterile and eliminating any possibility of improving a plant’s characteristics. Many growers buy feminized cannabis seeds because they believe that the plants have an advantage over regular seedlings because they are more likely to produce high-quality flowers and plants.
One advantage of feminized seeds is that they don’t require the intensive care required to maintain a crop of regular ones. Regular seedlings require mowing frequently, fertilizing, harvesting and spraying, all of which can be time consuming. Also, farmers who raise feminized plants are able to skip much of the physical labor involved in cultivation. For these reasons, most breeders prefer to use feminized plants when possible.
Another advantage of feminized marijuana seeds is the ability to control the environment in which the plants grow. When using regular seedlings, farmers must provide as much light and moisture as possible, since these plants are more sensitive to extreme temperatures. But with feminized plants, farmers can control the amount of light and water their plants get, allowing them to control the development process in much the same way as she would with traditional plants. The result is a crop that has greater overall uniformity in growth, with plants of both genders having similar hardiness levels. This makes it easier for breeders to introduce new, feminized strains into the market.
However, there are some disadvantages to using feminized cannabis seedling. Some of these disadvantages stem from the crossbreeding used to create these cannabis seedlings, meaning that the plants actually carry traits from one species to another, instead of just one individual seedling. Some of these traits, such as disease resistance, may not be passed on to future generations, but some others may, which is why crossbreeding is sometimes used to increase a plant’s resistance to common pests or diseases.
Crossbreeding between male and female plants has also been used to create crops that have high yields, as well as more predictable prices. When crossbreeding a male with a female, the traits usually gained from the process are mostly passed on to the offspring. However, some crops have managed to survive even when the parents were crossbred, due to genetic differences between the two parent plants. The main problem with this approach is that breeding only one sex gives you lower yield, because all the traits that the parent plants have been already present in the offspring. This results in lower quality plants.
For these reasons, it is best to use feminized plants for growing space. Regular seeds contain only one set of chromosomes, making them resistant to many different external stresses and environmental stresses. This makes them better choices for indoor growing spaces. On top of that, feminized plants can grow up to 12 times faster than regular seeds, because they have been designed specifically to cope with fast-growing conditions.