Do you ever wonder why some roses are red, while others are pink or white? Or why potatoes are brown, yellow, purple and red? The answer my friend are phenotypes, a 'composite of an organism's observable characteristics or traits.' Imagine walking into the produce section of your local grocery store, how many different types of tomatoes do you see? At least 4; cherry, heirloom, vine ripe and roma. What are the differences, and which one do you pick? This is a question cannabis cultivators ask themselves regularly.
During the initial breeding process cultivators carefully chose male and female plants with specific characteristics, the plants are then bred using the male pollen and a new strain is born! The seeds from the female are then harvested and then the pheno hunt can begin. Cultivators who don't breed themselves will often get new strains in seed packs, while others might purchase clones. Many believe clones are the only way to obtain a 'real cut' of a sought after strain, but that's another story.
Generally a pack of seeds contains between 3-10 seeds, sometimes even more. Regular seed packs contain both male and female plants while feminized seeds are all female. Feminized seeds can sometimes be less stable and cause problems later on. Males, if not kept separate, can also cause flowering plants to seed unnecessarily. Seedlings are labeled with the strain name followed by a number. In this case we have UK Cheese and Buddah Tahoe OG, which do you think is the best?
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stoneyxochi. 28 year old California native. proud pothead, Mexicana and woman.