When you are choosing your weed seeds, it’s important to know the difference between regular seed and feminized seed. Feminized seeds are easier to breed and produce a larger harvest than regular seed.
Despite these benefits, many growers continue to use regular seeds for their indoor growing operations. This is because they are less expensive and they don’t require sexing. They are also more stable than feminized seeds.
They are cheaper
When it comes to buying seeds, there are a few different types of seed. One type is feminized. This is a strain that produces female plants, which ensures a higher overall yield than non-feminized seeds.
However, feminized seeds are more expensive than regular seeds. This is because feminized seeds are more complex to produce and they have a higher likelihood of producing female plants than regular seeds.
Feminized seeds are also more stable, meaning they will produce the same genetics every time you plant them. This makes them ideal for breeding and taking cuttings.
Another type of seed is variety blends, which are often made from surplus alfalfa seed. These can be cheap, but they may contain poor quality alfalfa genetics or varieties that aren’t compatible with modern cultivars.
They are easier to breed
Regular seed allows growers to cross their favourite male and female strains to create new cultivars. By combining the best traits of each species, they can achieve a variety of results, from extremely potent strains to those that produce terpenes and flavours you love.
Moreover, regular seeds are easier to breed than feminized ones because they haven’t undergone genetic tampering that makes them less stable in the long run. They also have a better chance of producing robust descendants and offer better clones than feminized plants.
Feminized seeds, on the other hand, are designed to produce only female plants. They are ideal for commercial growers who want a specific ratio of female to male plants in their crop.
Feminized seeds are more expensive than regular seeds, but they are much more likely to deliver smokable buds. In addition, they are also less likely to attract pests and diseases than regular seeds. This means that growers will spend less time dealing with these issues and will be able to harvest their crop whenever they please.
They are more stable
While feminized seeds are still the most popular among cannabis growers, regular seed is a good choice for a variety of reasons. One is that it allows for more genetic variation and a better chance of discovering new phenotypes.
Another reason is that regular seeds are more stable than feminized seeds. Feminized plants tend to produce half female and half male offspring, making them very difficult to breed and create a robust strain.
For this reason, regular seeds are the best option for breeders and experienced growers looking to create a new strain. They can also be ‘fused’ with other strains to create new hybrids that have strong yields and potency but also maintain the original characteristics of each variety.
This stability is important if you plan on keeping the mother plant for taking cuttings/clones (asexual reproduction). Because the seeds from regular plants have endured essentially no genetic tampering, it’s much more likely that your offspring will be robust and have the desired traits.
They are easier to grow
Regular seeds are more commonly used for home cultivation and are often cheaper than their feminized counterparts. However, they do have a few drawbacks.
They are not as predictable and may produce male plants in addition to female ones, which is something that you’ll have to take care of when growing them.
If you decide to use regular seed, you’ll need to make sure that you weed out the males before they pollinate. This can be a difficult process, but it’s worth it in the long run as it will ensure that your plants will be primarily female and produce a higher-quality crop.
You can also breed your own strains from regular seed, which is an excellent way to create new combinations of traits and terpene profiles. Depending on your growing preferences, you can even experiment with mixing indica and sativa strains to create balanced cultivars.