Regular seeds are a popular choice among traditional gardeners and breeders. They have a 50/50 chance of producing male and female plants.
The pollen from the male plants fertilizes the females resulting in a new generation of seed. This can be a problem for growers who want to produce seedless, smokable buds.
Breeding is the process of selecting and improving plant characteristics, following objectives, such as yield and quality; ease of cultivation, harvest, and processing; agronomic resistance to stresses; or resistance to pests. Ancient agriculturists improved several plants through selective breeding, shifting traits to increase their value for local production and human nutrition.
Regular cannabis seeds are free from any chemical or genetic modification, which makes them cheaper than other seed types. They also have a 50% chance of producing male or female plants, which is helpful when breeding new strains.
Regular seeds are a favourite of old school growers and newbies alike, offering an untampered growing experience. They are also essential when it comes to creating new strains and breeding clones from your favourite parent plants.
Cloning is a process where an animal, plant or human is created with an exact copy of its DNA. It’s often used to create new animals, plants and humans, but can also be used for research purposes.
Genetic engineering has allowed scientists to clone animals with specific traits. This can help researchers better understand diseases in a particular species, such as cancer.
Cloned livestock like cows and pigs can be used to produce more milk or meat. They can also be bred to be more resistant to disease.
However, cloning is not an exact science. The clones will never spring forth fully formed from their mother or grow in test tubes, but rather are born just like any other animal.
Although cloning can be a good way to preserve the genetics of certain strains, it has many downsides as well. One of the biggest is that clones take longer to grow into a full-sized plant than seeds do.
Organic farming relies on sustainable methods, eschewing synthetic pesticides and herbicides as well as fertilizers containing genetically modified organisms or GMOs. These practices help to reduce weed and pest burden, increase biodiversity, and promote soil health.
Typically, farmers transition their land to become certified organic before they begin growing crops. This involves a substantial amount of time and expense.
They must also follow specific guidelines and procedures outlined by the USDA National Organic Program. The USDA defines organic seed as “seed grown and processed on an organic farm and certified by a recognized third party.”
In addition to the health benefits, organic farming and seed production systems help to mitigate the effects of climate change. They also reduce greenhouse gas contributions to the atmosphere, minimize ground water pollution, and decrease soil degradation and erosion.
Old School Genetics
Regular cannabis seeds are a great way to grow true-breeding marijuana genetics. These plants produce approximately equal numbers of male and female offspring, which is ideal for creating hybrids and crosses.
Most old school cannabis strains are stable, true-breeding genetic lines that are guaranteed to produce healthy, vibrant, and high-yielding plants. They also tend to have higher THC levels than modern strains, which is a good thing for those looking for mind-numbing bud.
Old School Genetics is a European seed company made up of a collective of leading breeders. Based in the beautiful Spanish city of Barcelona, they hold a large library of rare and exclusive cannabis cuts from iconic seedbanks and growing collectives that they cross and select with contemporary strains to create unique hybrid cannabis.
The main man at OSG is Oldman Green; a legendary grower perhaps best known for his award-winning Peach Slush strain from the mid 1990s, which still remains part of his catalogue to this day.