Regular Cannabis Seeds
When cannabis plants grow seed naturally they produce regular seeds that give rise to roughly 50% male and 50% female offspring. Before Dutch Passion gave the world feminized seed technology in the 1990s, regular seeds were the only option.
Today regular seeds are still sold, though they are not as popular as feminized seeds. Regular seeds have gradually become less accepted since private cultivators tend to prefer smaller gardens filled with female-only plants.
However, regular seeds remain popular with growers who don’t mind producing male cannabis plants, there are many amateur growers who like to produce their own seeds – especially in countries where importing cannabis seeds has been outlawed. For these people there is the double challenge of growing their own stash and the extra challenge of producing some seeds for next year’s crop.
Regular cannabis seeds for seed-producing and breeding.
For the gardener who enjoys making his own seed stock, regular seeds are a vital part of the process. Male plants can be separated from the females and the pollen collected for later use. Sometimes the pollen will be applied perhaps only to specific female plants. Once pollinated the females will start producing their seeds which can be collected. For the seed-producing grower, there is the challenge of selecting the best male and female plants to cross. Of course, there is the additional challenge of ensuring that the entire crop is not accidentally pollinated!
Regular seeds are also bought by traditional gardeners who perhaps have never fully adapted to the concept of feminized seed technology, even though it is now a reliable science.
Regular seeds are also frequently planted ‘in faith’ by outdoor growers who are keen to see cannabis successfully re-established in the wild again. These seeds are often planted in small groups in forests and on inaccessible mountainsides with the deliberate intention of allowing cross-pollination and seed setting, thereby re-introducing small pockets of natural cannabis plants back in the wild. This idea isn’t as strange as it sounds, in the last century wild-growing cannabis has been systematically eradicated from many areas.
Although regular seeds have become less popular than they used to be they remain an important part of cannabis seed sales. Source
Check out the differences between regular and feminized seeds. If you’re planning to grow the dankest of the dank, knowing the difference is essential. We take a close look at exactly what each type of seed is, and their differences.
We’re here to clarify any misconceptions regarding the difference between regular and feminized seeds. Growers usually prefer one over the other, due to specific growing characteristics.
Before we get into the difference between regular and feminized seeds, let’s understand the crucial differences between sexes. Cannabis plants can be either male, female or hermaphroditic. Male plants, during the flowering stage, develop oval shaped pollen sacks. Female plants develop calyxes (the flowers) and pistils, which catch the pollen to create seeds. It’s relatively straight forward. The male pollen pollinates the female flower, which produces seeds.
Hermaphroditic plants contain both pollen sacks and calyxes. When a cannabis plant is subjected to stressful conditions, the survival instinct kicks in. Under such conditions, the plant sees virtually no possibilities of being fertilized anytime soon. Therefore, the plant begins to reproduce with itself. The female plant begins to produce pollen sacks for self-pollination to carry on the ganja genes. The males can also develop calyxes, although it’s very rare.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN REGULAR AND FEMINIZED SEEDS
Regular seeds are created from a male and female plant. The pollen from the male fertilizes the female, which in turn produces seeds. These seeds are called regular seeds because they are produced in the “regular” natural way. Feminized seeds, on the other hand, are created from a female and another female plant. One of the females is subjected to stressful conditions to create pollen, which will fertilize the other female.
It is the flowers of the cannabis plant that are used for their cannabinoid content. This makes the female plant desired by most growers – thus a lot of growers opt for feminized cannabis seeds to minimise the risk of getting a male plant. However, regular seeds certainty have their uses, as we look at a bit later on in the article.
WHAT ARE FEMINIZED SEEDS
Simply put, feminized seeds derive from two females and produce female plants 100% of the time.
As growing methods became more advanced, growers gained more knowledge about breeding cannabis plants. To produce feminized seeds, growers provide the female plants trace amounts of colloidal silver. This stresses the plant into pollen production. This pollen fertilizes the female plants, which in turn produce feminized seeds. That’s how seeds become feminized in today’s growing operations.
When colloidal silver is used to create feminized seeds, the likelihood of the seeds becoming hermaphroditic are minimal. This is because the female, which produced the pollen, barely had any genetic predispositions to become a hermaphrodite.
WHAT ARE REGULAR SEEDS
When a male cannabis plant fertilizes a female cannabis plant, the calyxes of the females will produce regular seeds. Whenever a regular seed is planted, there’s a 50% chance that it will turn male or female.
WHAT ARE REGULAR AUTOFLOWERING SEEDS
Regular autoflowering seeds derive from a male and female cannabis plant, of which at least one carries autoflowering genetics. Top Tao Seeds is a seedbank that specializes in regular seeds, they’ve brought to light many dank autoflowering varieties.
WHY SHOULD I CHOOSE FEMINIZED SEEDS
Most growers prefer using feminized seeds because they are 100% female. Most ganja enthusiasts grow marijuana to receive crystal covered buds. The biggest worry of growers is the pollen which can virtually kill the buds. With feminized seeds, you don’t need to worry about male pollination.
Also, there’s no hassle of meticulously verifying the sex of the plant during the flowering period. You plant the seeds, you nurture the plant, you receive dank buds, it’s that simple.
WHY SHOULD I CHOOSE REGULAR SEEDS
Many professional growers prefer to grow regular seeds for several reasons. First, females deriving from regular seeds are better qualified to function as mother plants for cloning. Some consider the quality of the buds to be better from regular seeds, although this is widely debated.
Second, when growers wish to create strong crosses or amazing hybrids, they can prefer to use an actual male to pollinate a female, rather than using “feminized” pollen for seed production.