Is She the One? Growing Mystery Marijuana Seeds

Rambo November 21, 2011 6
Is She the One? Growing Mystery Marijuana Seeds

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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  1. seedkingseeds December 29, 2012 at 8:01 am -

    dude… where do you gt your info from??? you may have lived in cali,, im a canadian thats also lived in cali, as well as texas.. so i know all about that crappy brick weed… BUT you should research a litter further, youll find that MOST of those brick bag seeds are actually sativas such as accupolco gold, and other local equitorials and landraces…. theyre very good genetically speaking, what makes the weed crappy is that they dont harvest for trichrome color etc, and theeres no cure to it, so when they compact it while its still wet, it gets amonia in it

    • Rambo December 29, 2012 at 3:55 pm -

      The point of the article was not to suggest that the genetics behind brick-weed were necessarily bad, but that planting seeds of unknown origin has some serious risks that can lead to a big waste of time for amateur growers. If someone is going to try to set up there first indoor and grow some seeds they found in there shwag, they might as well take the time to get there hands on some seeds that have a better chance of producing. Not many first time growers can’t handle keeping a pure sativa alive indoor for as long as they take to flower, and most first timers indoor gardens are not large enough for a sativa in the first place.

  2. seedkingseeds December 29, 2012 at 8:03 am -

    and a seed is not stabilized unless it says IBL

    Inbred Line or inbred breeding line

  3. j.blazzzzzzer September 30, 2013 at 3:32 am -

    Started a grow in the uk outside before moveing it inside now im sure shes female but it stands bout 60CM and has started flowering ive had a half heartedal attitude towards her as i found like 20 seeds lien round from variously buds ive bought, like 10 were ready to go yet i killed em as the smell was a bit much(without any colas on) got one left on 1212 water feed the question is why is she sprouting colas while shes so small and her stem is thinner than a macdz straw!!! Will she produce a good yield and is it worth carrying on?

  4. derik June 15, 2014 at 9:40 am -

    imo a new grower looking to learn should always try with bagseeds and learn from mistakes before spending money this is the most uneducated post ive read yett