Regular seed offers a pure, untampered growing experience. They operate exactly how nature intended, germinating at an equal rate of male and female plants and requiring growers to remove any male plants to prevent them pollinating the females.
Regular seeds are ideal for seasoned growers and newbies alike. They’re also the best choice for anyone who wants to breed their own cultivars or take cuttings from a mother plant.
Genetic stability is a desirable trait in cannabis. Breeders seek to create stable parent lines over many generations in order to impart specific desired traits into their strains. This can be a time consuming process with up to 12 generations sometimes being required for robust genetic stability.
Regular seeds operate as nature intended and have a 50% chance of germinating into male or female plants. They allow breeders to create new cultivars and produce superior clones.
The SSSC regular seed collection contains some of our finest original 1980’s strains including Karel’s Haze, Creamy Kees and Frosty Friday! These varieties will give you a ratio of about 50-50 for female and male offspring, although you may occasionally get more males. This is a great way to experiment with different phenotypes of your favourite strain and create your own special cultivar. This also means that you don’t have to worry about male plants producing pollen and competing with your desired feminized plants in a garden.
Easy to Breed
Since regular seeds are the natural offspring of a cannabis plant, they’re highly valued by cultivators who breed their own strains. They are the most stable choice for those looking to keep mother plants for taking cuttings (clones).
Regular seeds produce a healthy proportion of male and female plants, making it easier to select one for breeding. Cultivators who take this route can easily breed a strain that will display the qualities they’re after, like terpene profile, potency, flowering time and color.
Feminized seeds, on the other hand, undergo a significant amount of genetic tampering and are far more unstable. This makes feminized varieties more difficult to clone and work with.
Easy to Clone
The first step in cloning is to select a healthy mother plant. The ideal mother plant is one that has been grown in a vegetative state for at least 4 weeks and has 4-6 nodes, the points at which you take cuttings from.
The next step is to dip the cuttings in a rooting hormone powder or solution. This is done to stimulate the clone to produce roots quickly. The cloned plants should be placed in a container with a small amount of soil. They are then given half a day of partial light to help them develop their roots.
Clones are easy to work with because they are exactly duplicates of the original parent. However, they can also introduce diseases and pests into your grow. To minimize this, you should always quarantine clones from outside sources. It is especially important to quarantine clones from unknown sources because viruses and disease can be transmitted by unknowing clone sources.
Feminized seeds are more expensive because the process used to create them requires extensive breeding. This is time consuming and expensive, which translates into higher retail prices for the finished product.
Unlike feminized seeds, regular marijuana seeds can produce both male and female plants. It’s important to recognize and remove any male plants that appear in your garden so they don’t pollinate your female crops.
Fortunately, it’s relatively easy to identify a male plant when growing weed at home. Just look for minuscule sprouts on the stem that resemble hairs, which are called stigma. These sprouts contain pollen, and when exposed to female clones, they will fertilize them. Therefore, removing male plants from your crop can help you achieve more consistent yields.