Cannabis is grown from one of two sources: a seed or a clone. Seeds carry genetic information from two parent plants and can express many different combinations of traits: some from the mother, some from the father, and some traits from both.
Some varieties of cannabis can produce male parts alongside female flowers on the same plant, especially if exposed to environmental stressors. These plants are known as hermaphrodites, and sometimes they can self-pollinate to create seeds.
Cannabis seeds vs. clones
With cloning, you don’t have to get new seeds every time you want to grow another plant—you just take a cutting of the old plant—and you don’t have to germinate seeds or sex them out and get rid of the males.
For the typical homegrower, it may be easier to obtain cannabis seeds rather than clones. Growing from seed can produce a stronger plant with more solid genetics.
These are referred to as “bagseeds” and whether or not you can grow one will depend on where it came from.
Growing outdoors leaves your plants exposed to the elements. They’ll have the chance to soak up the sun, but you can’t control heat waves, storms, floods, and droughts.
Once you’ve grown out the males and females you want to breed, it’s time to make the cross. Use these simple steps to do so.
Indoors or outdoors?
However, space isn’t usually an issue outdoors. Growers can cultivate tall and productive plants that provide bigger yields.
At RQS, we recommend growing organically. Studies have confirmed the harmful effects of pesticides and herbicides, and holistic methods render synthetic nutrients unnecessary.
Use this guide to learn everything you need to know about regular cannabis seeds.
Ever since the boom of feminized seeds back in 1998, growers have gone crazy for feminized seeds and many seed banks have really cleaned up during this time. It went so far that most seed banks don’t even sell regular cannabis seeds anymore at all. The European seed marketplace currently holds 95% to growers who grow with feminized seeds.
You can begin a small scale breeding project that is relatively straightforward, as the aim is not commercial financial value but to make your own strain. After a long time of breeding with selected clones and male plants, you can possess some of the most breathtaking strains around.
With such a strong (commercial) focus on feminized seeds, it’s easy to forget that regular seeds are vital for the creation and maintaining of a diverse cannabis gene pool. It’s incredibly important that seed banks and breeders take their responsibility and keep offering regular seeds to the cannabis community.
So what are the advantages of using regular seeds?
Feminized cannabis seeds are incredibly popular by the home grower, but we should not forget about regular seeds!