For many of us the first attempt to grow marijuana was from a few seeds found at the bottom of a baggy of whatever we had been smoking. For those of you who have tried to grow these mystery seeds, I am sure you have had some mixed results. The biggest problem with mystery seeds is their unknown genetic potential. You can’t assume that because the seed came from a bud that was extra sticky, stony, and smelled like heaven that the buds grown from that seed will share those same characteristics. If you are planning to grow outside, in most cases you have only got one shot each year to get it right. Even when growing marijuana inside, it is easy to spend lots of time and money only to find out that the seeds you grew were a waste of time.
If your seeds came from a bag of Mexican brick weed, the odds are you will not be growing top shelf cannabis, especially if you try to grow them indoor or at less equatorial latitudes. On the other hand, if you found those seeds in a bag of what was supposed to be high quality sinsemilla, a seed in your bag usually means that one of two things went wrong.
The best case scenario is that there was an unknown male plant either in that garden or nearby that was able to pollinate the female plant which allowed it to produce seeds. In this case, we don’t know what kind of male plant pollinated the female plant and, unless both plants were from the same stabilized strain, we have no idea which characteristics of the female or male plant those seeds will produce. They may not be anything like the parent female or male, and likely no two seeds from the bag will produce identical plants. This can lead to a great new hybrid marijuana strain or to severe disappointment at harvest.
The worst case scenario is that, due to genetic predisposition or environmental stress, a female plant became a hermaphrodite and began to create pollen-producing male sex glands as well. This doesn’t happen often, but one hermaphrodite plant can pollinate an entire garden. By growing the seeds produced by a female plant pollinated by a hermaphrodite plant, or a hermaphrodite plant pollinating itself, you run a much higher risk of these hermaphrodite genes being passed along to their seeds… the seeds you are growing. If you think a bag of seedy weed is disappointing, try a garden full.
When you buy seeds of a stabilized marijuana strain online or otherwise, the idea is that the seed strain has been bred in a way so that the desirable characteristics should present themselves the same in each seed. This means that all of the seeds should produce fairly similar though not identical plants, like brothers and sisters.
Unless you are just playing around and don’t particularly care about the result, I suggest starting with your best foot forward and finding yourself some quality marijuana seeds or clones to grow.
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