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Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Cannabis Seed Banks to Choose and Explore for Growers

Posted By on Tue, Sep 8, 2020 at 2:53 PM

Marijuana seeds provide a gold mine of different genetic information that can help growers bring new, rare, and exciting strains into their very own grow room. Unless a grower is fortunate enough to live in a state where marijuana seeds can be purchased legally, they are likely buying from seed banks, which are also called seed resellers and can be found around the globe.

Usually, seed banks for marijuana are found outside of the U.S. A great option is to try seeds from i49, which is located in Colorado. Regardless of who someone buys from, getting to know what to buy is essential. Keep reading for some helpful information on this topic.

Getting to Know Cannabis Seeds

Cannabis seeds are either female or male. The females are the only plants that will produce buds; however, for reproduction, the flower of the female plant has to be pollinated by a male plant. After the pollination, the female flower creates seeds.

Once the seeds have matured, the female plant will die, and the seeds will drop to the ground where they can germinate and develop new cannabis plants, or they are harvested and processed into food products, seed oil, or sown to become the next generation of cannabis plants.

To grow the buds you find available in recreational and medical stores, female cannabis plants must be grown in a setting where no males are present. Or the males have to be removed from this area before they can release any pollen, which ensures the females will not create seeds. This is a type of high-potency marijuana that is usually called sinsemilla, which means it is seedless.

Some types of cannabis will produce male parts with the female flowers on the same plant. This is especially the case if they are exposed to specific environmental stressors. These types of plants are called hermaphrodites, and in some cases, they will self-pollinate to create the seeds.

Understanding Feminized Cannabis Seeds 

Cannabis seeds that are “feminized” are only going to produce female plants to get buds. This means there is no need to remove the male plants or to worry about the plants being pollinated. The feminized seeds are created by causing the monoecious or the hermaphrodite condition that is found in the female cannabis plant. The seeds that are grown are almost identical to the “selfed” or self-pollinated female parent because there is just one set of genes present.

Sometimes, growers call this “cloning by seed.” When this is done, no male plants are produced.

Autoflower Cannabis Seeds

Some cannabis plants will start to flower when the light they are exposed to daily is reduced to around 12 hours. This will mimic the sun going down sooner, like what happens in autumn.

Growing Cannabis Successfully

When it comes to growing cannabis, there are many factors to consider. Getting the right seeds from the seed bank is where this all begins. Be sure to find a reputable seed bank that is known for providing quality seeds and the variety that is needed. Being informed and knowing what to expect are the best ways to ensure the desired results are achieved, the grower gets the quality cannabis plants they want, and the crop will help them earn a profit.

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