While feminized seeds produce hermaphrodite plants, regular seeds have a 50/50 chance of producing male plants. This can be a good thing, especially if you use techniques like topping or fimming to stress your plants.
They are cheaper
Regular seeds do not require any artificial chemicals to produce them, so they tend to be cheaper than feminized or autoflowering seed varieties. However, growing them can be tricky for novice growers as they are more likely to produce male plants. They can be weeded out by hand or with the use of an unpleasant-sounding chemical such as colloidal silver.
Despite the risk of producing male plants, many experienced growers prefer to breed their own regular cannabis strains. These seeds provide them with the genetic diversity and flexibility they need to create unique and high-quality cultivars.
The breeding process can be challenging, but it’s an exciting and rewarding experience for the right grower. It can take years to perfect a new strain, but it’s worth the wait. The result can be a strain that is perfectly suited to your growing environment and personal tastes. For example, Granddaddy Purple has luscious berry flavors and is suitable for intermediate growers.
They are more stable
Regular seeds are more stable than feminized or autoflowering ones. They usually produce a higher proportion of female plants than male plants, which means growers don’t have to waste time weeding out the males. This is especially useful for cultivators who want to keep mother plants for taking cuttings or clones (also known as asexual reproduction). They also tend to be more vigorous, which allows them to handle stress better.
Because growers don’t have to worry about eliminating male plants, they can focus all their attention and energy on growing the girls. This leads to a much better return on investment. This is a great benefit for small-scale indoor operations or those who are legally limited to a certain number of plants. In addition, regular seeds have a greater genetic diversity, which can be beneficial for breeders looking to create new strains.
They are more genetically diverse
Regular seeds are the most genetically diverse type of cannabis seed. They can grow into both male and female plants, but will not automatically become hermaphrodites unless subjected to extreme stress (which includes techniques like topping, fimming, and lollypopping). This makes them an excellent choice for breeders, as they allow them to collect clones that can be used to create new strains.
The genetic diversity of regular seeds also means that they can produce a wider variety of plant phenotypes, making them an excellent choice for those who enjoy creating their own strains. In addition, these seeds can be easily bred to produce the desired phenotype.
Germination rates for regular seeds are generally higher than feminized seeds. However, the germination rate depends on the quality of the seed and the environment. It is recommended that you follow the germination instructions that come with your seeds. If you don’t, you may be disappointed by a low germination rate.
They are easier to breed
Many growers who enjoy breeding their own cultivars opt for regular seeds over feminized ones. The reason for this is that feminized seeds do not allow you to choose the male and female plants that will grow, which makes it harder to breed. You may have to get rid of male plants, which can reduce the yield of your crop.
However, it is important to remember that growing a successful crop with regular seeds requires time, effort, and care. You need to know how to identify and remove male plants, and you need to be careful that your clones do not become hermaphrodites.
Despite the challenges of working with regular seeds, they still offer a wide range of benefits for growers and breeders alike. Their genetic stability and potential for phenotype variation provide the grower with endless opportunities for cultivation. They also have a high chance of producing female plants, which can increase the yield and quality of your harvest.