When you buy seeds, you can also grow your garden right away. You don’t need to wait too long and waste time, resources, and money. You can immediately germinate your seeds too; just follow any germination guide provided by the breeder so you’ll be assured that your young plants are ready to sprout.
Are you tired of the usual cannabis strains available from your local seed bank? Is there a lack of variety when it comes to cannabis strains that can grow in your area? Are you getting bored with the usual regular or feminized strain? If so, then why not buy a new strain, or how about creating a new one?
Pros and Cons of Buying New Strains
As there are some economic advantages to purchasing seeds, there are also some disadvantages as well. If you are located a distance away from a seed bank, or you cannot order online, then it might be harder for you to buy seeds. More than that, you might have to spend more money to travel far just to buy seeds. Also, seeds can be quite pricey when purchased online, however, you can expect well-tested and quality seeds. But despite these disadvantages, consider that this is a more economical way to get seeds than growing or breeding your own strains.
Finally, you must need your strains tested for potency. Naturally, you want a potent strain, right? You want a strain that’s powerful and enduring whether you crave a recreational or medicinal strain. Although professional testing is expensive, you may use a home testing kit or perhaps have your strains personally tested by friends, for subjective reviews like flavor, effects, and vigor. Professional testing is standardized testing, it is costly but totally worth it.
Creating one’s own strain is something that many growers long for. Yes, there is an awesome feeling of making a new strain. You feel very proud that you have contributed to the cannabis society and may have possibly created a very potent, and therapeutic strain. As amazing as it sounds, there are many things to consider [when creating your own strain.
But it’s important to remember that male cannabis plants are just as important as their female counterparts. Male cannabis plants produce pollen like other male plant varieties which germinate female buds to create seeds.
There are a few simple ways to collect the pollen from your male plants:
WHAT IS CANNABIS POLLEN?
Pollen is usually collected by expert breeders and used to make cannabis seeds or breed unique strains. It can be manually extracted from flowering male plants and stored for well over a year.
Collecting pollen is relatively simple. You’ll know your male plants are ready when their pollen sacks look full or when you find small patches of pollen on nearby leafs.
Remember, never go near female plants after harvesting pollen or having been near any flowering male plants. Also do not keep your male plants in close proximity to your female plants or you’ll risk pollinating them and destroying your harvest.
Creating own cannabis varieties is pretty easy too and could potentially be a green goldmine. Even if you don’t create the next Super Silver Haze on your first try, it is still worth trying. Cross-breeding your own weed strains is very educative and results in a huge collection of cannabis genetics. Meaning you might hold seeds to strains that are no longer being produced – to cultivate or cross-breed with.
Hollow stems on male cannabis plants may indicate high THC-production in its offspring
Crossing Weed Strains
Rest assured, there is no need for a separate grow room for the male plants to develop from there. As a flowering male can be held under a simple lightbulb or simply in the windowsill. Furthermore, you can even cut off a few branches and put them in a vase to collect the pollen a week later. Regular Cannabis seeds create male and/or female plants.
Obviously, only select male cannabis plants with a nice structure and a healthy root system. If possible, cut off a few branches in search of hollow stems. As a hollow stem in weed plants is often an indicator for high THC-production in the plants.
Male plants that are quick to flower are often dominant in passing on their genes – so it’s best to leave those be. Late-bloomers however, carry recessive genes.