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How to properly produce Feminized Autoflowering Seeds?

  • Thread starter Hemposapien
  • Start date Jan 23, 2020
  • Tags breedingbreeding autoflowersbreeding autosexperimentseed productionseeds
Hemposapien
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I am loving the autoflowers but the seeds are the biggest ongoing cost which really frustrates me. I have found a few links about how to produce photoperiod feminized seeds but none relating to autoflowers. If anyone has a link that could assist me or even direct hands on experience, your input would be greatly appreciated.

Autoflower Breeding & Seed Production | Autoflowering Cannabis Blog

In this article find out how to make your own autoflower seeds, breed autoflowering cannabis plants and even create a new autoflowering weed strain.

But there’s nothing about producing feminized autoflowering seeds in any of these links.
My assumption is that producing fem photoperiod seeds is the same as producing fem autoflower seeds.
Please correct me if I’m wrong.

Proph
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Welcome to AFN! I’m glad you are finding useful information! The process of reversing a female plant is the same for both photos and autos. There are different ways to do it. You have to find the one that works best for you. Some people use colliadal silver.. Some use STS. There are journals on here that have step by step instructions for both. I use STS. Here is a link to the journal I made for STS. You can also use the search box and type in “reversal” and it should pull up a few journals as well.

STS Journal

I didnt see an actual journal on this process, so I decided to document my current reversal in case it can come in handy for someone later.. So far I’ve created my sts spray and have sprayed the plant twice in two days. I got the ingredients off of eBay for less than $20 total. This is the.

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I am loving the autoflowers but the seeds are the biggest ongoing cost which really frustrates me. I have found a few links about how to produce photoperiod feminized seeds but none relating to autoflowers. If anyone has a link that could assist me or even direct hands on experience, your input would be greatly appreciated.

Autoflower Breeding & Seed Production | Autoflowering Cannabis Blog

In this article find out how to make your own autoflower seeds, breed autoflowering cannabis plants and even create a new autoflowering weed strain.

But there’s nothing about producing feminized autoflowering seeds in any of these links.
My assumption is that producing fem photoperiod seeds is the same as producing fem autoflower seeds.
Please correct me if I’m wrong.

If you make a male branch on an autoflower female, collect the pollen, and use it to fertilize a female autoflower, you will get feminized autoflower seeds. If you do this within one stable strain rather than crossing strains, you should have some idea what you will get out the other end. If you cross strains, the variation among seeds will be higher, maybe a lot higher.

Have fun, and let us know how you make out.

Hemposapien
Happy Growing!

Welcome to AFN! I’m glad you are finding useful information! The process of reversing a female plant is the same for both photos and autos. There are different ways to do it. You have to find the one that works best for you. Some people use colliadal silver.. Some use STS. There are journals on here that have step by step instructions for both. I use STS. Here is a link to the journal I made for STS. You can also use the search box and type in “reversal” and it should pull up a few journals as well.

STS Journal

I didnt see an actual journal on this process, so I decided to document my current reversal in case it can come in handy for someone later.. So far I’ve created my sts spray and have sprayed the plant twice in two days. I got the ingredients off of eBay for less than $20 total. This is the.

Thanks for the link, I’ll check it out tonight! Never heard of STS , excited to learn about it. Hopefully it doesn’t require an expensive ingredient like colloidal silver. Anyways, all the best and happy growing!

Hemposapien
Happy Growing!

If you make a male branch on an autoflower female, collect the pollen, and use it to fertilize a female autoflower, you will get feminized autoflower seeds. If you do this within one stable strain rather than crossing strains, you should have some idea what you will get out the other end. If you cross strains, the variation among seeds will be higher, maybe a lot higher.

Have fun, and let us know how you make out.

I agree cross breeding is a whole other process , I’m just looking to get strains that are already well developed and stockpile seeds of my favorite strains. Just wondering how many seeds can one run produce with 1 plant? For example, I’d be producing seeds with 1 plant (only because I think I won’t have enough pollen for all 3). Also, With the other 2 fem auto plants I have in the tent can I still produce bud from them or if they’re in the tent with the pollinated plant will all of them become pollinated and produce seeds?

Thanks so much to you and Proph for your input.

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$20 on Amazon. I used it and it works great. I still have 90% of the bottle and I have enough seeds for quite awhile.
Depending on how much of a Mom you pollinate you can end up with a few seeds or a few hundred.

I flipped a Blackberry gum from seed stockers and then pollinated 3 different plants. 1 was another Blackberry gum, 1 was a Mephisto SODK and the last was a Mephisto Northern cheese haze. I got 30-40 seeds from each plant along with 50 from the plant I flipped. it also produced flowers and she self pollinated.
I have had a 90% germ rate on my seeds. My best advice would be to start the plant you want to flip at least 1 month if not 2 before the rest of your crop otherwise your plants will be over ripe to get the seeds to where they are viable.
YOU SHOULD NOT SMOKE THE PLANT YOU SPRAY.

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I agree cross breeding is a whole other process , I’m just looking to get strains that are already well developed and stockpile seeds of my favorite strains. Just wondering how many seeds can one run produce with 1 plant? For example, I’d be producing seeds with 1 plant (only because I think I won’t have enough pollen for all 3). Also, With the other 2 fem auto plants I have in the tent can I still produce bud from them or if they’re in the tent with the pollinated plant will all of them become pollinated and produce seeds?

Thanks so much to you and Proph for your input.

I haven’t done it, so take my opinion accordingly. Having said that, I seriously doubt that you need to worry about having enough pollen. If you treat even part of one plant, you will get enough to do however many plants you will fit into your tent. As for mixing pollinated females for seed and unpollinated plants for bud, it should be doable reasonably well once you have your pollen. I suspect the challenge will be getting your pollen from a male in the same tent as your females without fertilizing all the females in the process. If you have two tents, you are golden. Just make pollen in tent #1 while keeping untreated females in tent #2. Once you have your pollen, use a watercolor brush to manually fertilize as many buds as you like. You may get a few extra seeds here and there, but no biggie.

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Others on here may be able to advise how to do this with one tent, but absent other ideas, I would just stagger germination so that you get the pollen collected before the females are capable of being fertilized. Again, isolation needn’t be perfect, a random seed here or there isn’t that big a deal if the stuff is for your own consumption. You could also just dedicate an entire grow to seeds, in which case just get them all together in the tent with your fan, and magic will happen without fuss.

Autoflower Breeding & Seed Production

In the last decade cannabis industry has experienced an exponential explosion in the number or available strains as well as the quality of those strains and the overall cannabis movement has become unstoppable. And there have also been some noticeable new advancements in this industry and one of the most well known is the advent of autoflowering cannabis strains that started with The Joint doctor and his experimentation with the wild ruderalis genetics. Autoflowers have many advantages for small scale growers as well as for stealth grows and these small plant grows much faster and can produce more turnover and more harvests in the same time period as photo-sensitive plants. With autoflowers you don’t need two separate vegging and flowering rooms and you can blast them with light for 24 hours every day to maximize their growth. But autoflowering plants can’t be cloned so you need to always start them with new seeds and if you are buying those seeds for every grow then that can quickly become quite expensive. And that is why many autoflower growers are starting to produce their own seeds as well breed their own strains to minimize their losses and produce new and exiting auto strains.

Making autoflower seeds

The first thing you need to learn is how to make autoflower seeds as that can greatly reduce your up front costs for each individual grow. When you are making autoflower seed every female can create more than a hundred seeds but in optimal growing conditions one plant can make more than a thousand seeds and that stash of beans can last you for several years. Of course with simple and natural pollination all the seeds you will make will be regular and that means they will have a 50:50 chance of being male or female. Those regular seeds can be a bad thing if you have to always grow out more plants and remove those males before they can pollinate your females. But you can use some more advanced growing methods using colloidal silver to create feminized seeds but those methods are usually reserved for advanced growers and that is why I will not include them in this simple beginner guide.

If you are growing autoflowers you should know that cannabis plants come in both male and females sexes and only the female plants are the ones that we grow for their flowers and for that precious medicine inside them. But if you want to create your own seeds you need to grow both males and females so that those male plants can pollinate your female plants and they can produce seeds. In nature this process happens naturally where male pollen is released from their pollen sacks and with the help of wind is transferred to the female plant flowers. But when we are growing plants indoors we usually like to take everything in our own hands and that is why you can select the best male and the best female plants to get the most desirable results and manually apply that pollen to all those female flowers. If you do that properly then in a couple of weeks you should have fully matured cannabis seed inside your autoflower plants that you will be able to store and use for later grows.

With general photo-sensitive plants the process usually ends here and you can simply cross any two strains and get a bunch of offspring that will have some genetic traits from both parents. But with autoflowers it is not that simple because that autoflowering gene is a recessive trait and that means you need to learn more about plant breeding and gene inheritance to create proper autoflowering seeds.

Autoflower breeding

Plant breeding is the science of manipulating and changing various different traits and characteristics of a plant in order to get a more desirable outcome. This process in it’s simplest form is a selective plant cross-breeding to get an offspring with the traits that the grower wants. This process can happen over multiple generations with in-breeding and cross-breeding as well as backcrossing multiple offsprings to lock in those traits that the grower wants in his plants. We need to learn how this process happens because the autoflowering trait or gene in most cases is a recessive trait and that means it is less likely to get passed and expressed in the offsprings. And because of that fact you need to understand how genes are passed and how can you create a strain that expresses this recessive autoflower trait.

Th easiest way to express how gene inheritance works is to study Mendel’s First Law of Genetics and to draw a Punnett square diagram that expresses one or multiple genotype expression ratios. To simplify the matter lets create a Punnett square with the autoflowering and non-autoflowering genetics as well as with two stable autoflowering plants.

In the diagrams above you can see tree breeding variations where the “AA” stands for the dominant photo-sensitive trait but “aa” stands for the recessive autoflowering trait. In genetics usually a capital letters(A) means a dominant trait but a lower case letters(a) means a recessive trait. If we examine these tables then we can see that there are 3 breeding cycles where in the first phase there is a cross between an autoflower plant (aa) with stable recessive trait and a stable photo-sensitive strain (AA) which has a stable dominant trait. In the second cycle there is a cross between two first generation ( F1 ) offsprings but in the third table there is a cross between two fully autoflowering genetics.

Autoflower X Autoflower breeding

If you want to create your own autoflowering seeds the easiest method is to cross two stable autoflowering plants and preferably both from the same species. This way you will have very stable offspring because there is no new traits being introduced and that means all those desired plant characteristics would be Homozygous(stable) and you will not need to worry about multiple cross-breeding cycles.

If we look at the third table above we can see that there is a cross between a stable recessive autoflowering trait plant (aa) and another stable recessive plant (aa) and that means that 100% of those offsprings will also be autoflowering and that is great for seed production. You can just order any regular autoflower seeds and grow them out, pollinate those females with the male pollen and get hundreds and hundreds of new regular autoflowering seeds. Because autoflowers usually take less than 70 days to flower theoretically you can start growing your next batch or home grown seeds in less than three months from ordering those first beans. And because you can get more than a 1000 seeds from one autoflower plant you will have a huge inventory of beans to keep your continuous grow operation going and every time you plant those seeds around half of those plants will be males. From those males you can manually pollinate a couple of branches on some female plants and get a continuous supply of, not just a decent home grown cannabis, but also home grown seeds that can be used for future grows.

At first this method of creating your own seeds feels a bit tricky but when you get the hang of it you can save a lot of money because autoflower seeds are not cheap and especially those feminized seeds as they can cost as much as 10$ for one bean. But when you make your own seeds the only expenses will be electricity, growing medium and nutrients but that is nothing compared to those saving that you will get creating your own autoflower seeds!

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Autoflower X Photo-sensitive plant breeding

If, however, you want to create a completely new autoflowering strain crossing a regular photo-sensitive plant with a stable autoflower strain then things get a bit trickier. You will have to make multiple generations to stabilize these new strains and that can be expensive and time consuming but if you have the energy and time then this is how you can do it:

  1. First breeding cycle – When you cross both these plant(an autoflower and a photo-sensitive strain) as you can see in the first table you will get 100% plants that have both the dominant Photo sensitive trait and the recessive autoflower trait. And that means that the F1 (first generation) Heterozygous(unstable) offsprings would all be photo-sensitive plants and will not flower automatically.
  2. Second breeding cycle – As you can see in the second table when you have grown out some of those first offsprings and crossed the best male with the best female then the second generation ( F2 ) offsprings will have a more diverse genetic make-up and 25% of their kids will give you fully dominant photo-sensitive plants(AA). 50% will give you the same hybrids as F1 generation (Aa) but only 25% will be Homozygous(stable) fully autoflowering plants (aa).
  3. Third breeding cycle – And in the third Punnett table you can see that we have grown out those second generation offsprings and selected only the ones that showed that autoflowering trait and have crossed the best male and best female from those 25% of previous generation(f2) plants. And in the F3 (third generation) all your plants should be completely autoflowering (aa) and all of those offsprings should have that autoflowering trait that you desire.

Of course in nature it is not that simple but in general these punnet tables can give you a great starting point and an approximate knowledge of how much plants should show you those desired autoflowering traits. In real world growers usually do at least 5 to 8 generations to completely lock in those autoflowering genetics and because we need not just that autoflowering trait but also a great yield and other desired genetic variations then that process becomes much more difficult and time consuming.

For example, to get some additional desired genetics from those original mother plants you need to do a backcrossing taking some stable recessive third generation( f3 ) offsprings and breeding them back with those first generation offsprings. In the table below you can see that the autoflowering recessive trait would become Homozygous in around 50% of the offsprings of this backcrossing experiment and then you would need to one again breed two plants together to get a fully autoflowering offspring collection.

But because you don’t just want to get that autoflowering trait but some other characteristics like great yield, good potency or good mold resistance then you need to do a dihybrid mendelian analysis and the Punnett table for such a thing is much more complicated and you get something like the fifth table below. Here you can see that we have plotted two different traits – AA, aa and BB, bb where AA stands for photo-sensitive trait, aa stands for a recessive autoflower trait, BB stands for low THC concentration and bb stands for a recessive high THC concentration. As you can see from examining that tables a desired cross with both recessive(autoflower and high THC) genes expressed you will get in only 1/16 or 6.25% of those offsprings in the lowest right corner. And that is only for two traits, so imagine if you wanted to select for more than two traits, the table would get huge and the percentage rates would drop accordingly. Of course not all the desired traits are recessive and that somewhat increases the odds because looking at the table below if for example that High THC trait would be dominant and you wanted a “B” and only the recessive “a“(autoflowering) trait then you can use all the children that have Homozygous autoflower trait (aa) and that is 4/16 or 25% of all those offsprings, that are located in the lowest 4 right-side squares.

As you can see breeding is not easy and to do it properly you need to perform a lot of experimentation and you need to create many generations of plants to lock in all those desired traits. Luckily autoflower plants grow much faster than regular photo-sensitive strains and that means you can get as much as 6 generations of plants in one year. And in a couple of years you could have a very stable strain that can be used over and over again each time producing more and more stable offsprings and giving you a more uniform yield. Theoretically you can get a new, fully autoflowering, strain with as low as 3 or 4 generations but usually you will need to do at least 5 to 7 generations to stabilize those genetics and that is why in the recent years there have been multiple autoflower strains that have flooded the market and that were not yet stable and produced a wide variety of phenotypes. And because of that it is best to buy an older and more stable strain seeds as those breeders have had time to perfect their breeding methods and create more stable hybrids.

How to produce cannabis seeds

When it comes to cannabis plants, feminized seeds are the most known ones. But do you know what auto and regular means?

1. Photoperiodic Cannabis

Photoperiodism isn’t unique to cannabis plants, many flowering plants sense changes in the length of night and day and use those changes as signals for when to flower. Photoperiodic cannabis plants are just like that, they basically respond to changes in the light cycle. As the night becomes longer at the beginning of autumn (in nature) or when you flip to 12/12 in a grow tent, the plant receives more darkness. This causes the plant to realize that its life cycle is coming to an end and they will start to flower (females) or produce pollen (males) in order to reproduce before winter.

Regular Photoperiodic Cannabis

Regular cannabis is photoperiodic cannabis that produces both male and female plants. They are called regular because they are produced the “natural way”: the pollen from the male plant pollinates the female, resulting in seeds. Back in the day, the only way to grow cannabis was with regular seeds, this way you would get half male and half females plants. There is a big difference between male and female plants, while female grows buds, male plants will only grow pollen sacs.

In nature male cannabis’ pollen sacs will open to release pollen which will pollinate the female flowers, this way producing seeds. But most growers that grow cannabis commercially or for their own consumption only want buds, allowing males to pollinate buds would ruin their harvest because pollination diminishes yield, so they’re mainly looking for female plants.

Feminized Photoperiodic Cannabis

To completely avoid accidental pollination and other problems related to male plants, feminized seeds were created. Feminized seeds come from the cross of two female plants, one of them is stressed so it starts producing pollen sacs, which will fertilize the other female. When you cultivate feminized seeds, the offspring will be only female plants. This takes out a lot of the unnecessary work that you can have when growing males and them not being able to use them. Ever since the boom of feminized seeds back in 1998, growers have stopped buying regular seeds for quite a bit. Nowadays most seed banks don’t even sell regular seeds anymore. With so much focus on feminized seeds, we can’t forget that regular seeds are vital for the creation of new strains.

2. Automatic Flowering Cannabis

You must already know that the characteristic that makes autoflowers an auto is they don’t need a different light cycle to enter the flowering stage. Like their name says, autoflowers start flowering automatically depending on age, and unlike regular and feminized cannabis that needs a change in the light cycle to start flowering. Autos don’t need anything else other than time to start producing buds.

But that trait didn’t come out of anywhere, it appeared as an adaptation to the environment. You’ve probably heard of Cannabis Indica and Sativa…well, the autoflowering gene comes from Cannabis Ruderalis. The Ruderalis species adapted to the extremely cold and harsh climates of Asia, Europe, and Russia. These regions have shorter warm seasons and colder temperatures. Because of this, Ruderalis started mutating from a photoperiodic plant to an autoflowering plant, to guarantee its reproduction before the temperatures reached freezing levels. Thanks to that adaptation, now we have autoflowers that take considerably less time from seed to harvest.

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3. How To Make Your Own Seeds

Producing your own seeds is relatively easy if you have what it’s needed but that doesn’t mean the result will be a perfect strain. The good strains or “IBLs” that most seed banks sell are strains that have been developed for years and are far into the third or fourth generation. IBL or stabilized strain means the offspring will have certain characteristics locked down. When you cross two strains for the first time the offspring can have infinite phenotypes and this is not good for commercializing.

Photoperiodic Regular Seeds

When we talk about cannabis, it’s easy to forget about male plants. Everybody nowadays is used to the beautiful flowers we all love, but it’s important to remember that male cannabis plants are just as important as females. Male cannabis plants produce pollen and are an essential element in the production of new cannabis plants. This pollen is super important in breeding cannabis as it allows breeders to create crosses with genetics from different plants and create their own seeds. For producing seeds all you need is pollen and buds. Cannabis pollen is no different from regular pollen produced by other plants. It’s a fine powder that usually has a golden yellow color and is excreted from the pollen sac on male plants.

Collecting pollen is simple. You’ll know when its ready to be collected when the pollen sacks are open and you see pollen floating in the air and on the leaves near them. When this happens, you can gently remove the sacs and store them in a ziplock bag, once you are ready to pollinate just release the pollen onto the buds. Another way is to simply agitate your male plants near the female plants, the pollen will stick to the buds. Pollen is used in order to pollinate female plants and create seeds. In nature, female plants get pollinated by the wind which carries the male pollen. Cannabis seeds develop in the buds about 4-6 weeks after pollination, you will see the calyxes start to round up from the seeds being inside them.

Pollinated buds look quite different from regular buds. They usually don’t have as many trichomes and are usually smaller and a lot more swollen. 4 weeks after pollination, you can start checking the buds to see if the seeds are ready for harvest by picking a couple of seeds from the bud. Mature seeds will have a hard shell and be a dark brown color, they might also have some stripes on the outer shell.

Photoperiodic Feminized Seeds

Normally, a male cannabis plant has to pollinate a female plant to produce seeds. The resulting regular seeds will contain about half male and half female seeds. The way feminized seeds are produced is the same but instead of collecting the pollen from a male, breeders will stress or spray flowers with colloidal silver, for example. This process forces the female plants to become a hermaphrodite and starts producing pollen sacs. Hermaphrodite plants are females that are halfway turned into males, this means she has both male (pollen sacs) and female (buds) parts.

By picking out the pollen sacs and using a reverted plant’s pollen to pollinate a female plant, you will have only female genes as there is no “father”, this way you get feminized seeds, meaning the offspring will be 100% female plants.

Feminized and Regular Autoflowering Seeds

Regular Autoflowering Seeds

Usually, you can find regular and feminized seeds, and this applies to autoflowering seeds also. This means you can find male and female autoflowers, depending on the type of seed you buy (regular = 50% male and 50% female, feminized = 100% female). Unfortunately the high increase in the production of feminized seeds affected automatic seeds also. Although it’s not common to find regular auto seeds nowadays, they do exist. For producing regular autoflowering seeds all you need is male pollen and female buds, just like for regular photoperiodic cannabis. The process is basically the same, collect the pollen from the male and spread it on the buds, this will result in regular autoflowering seeds.

Feminized Autoflowering Seeds

The process of producing feminized autoflowering seeds is almost the same, the only difference is you will need two female autos instead of one male and one female. You will have to make one of your female autos produce pollen, either by stressing her out or spraying with colloidal silver and pollinating the other female. This will result in a 100% female automatic offspring.

4. Pollen Collection and Storage, and Proper Pollination Techniques

The process of collecting pollen from either a male or a hermaphrodite cannabis plant is a piece of cake, but you do have to be very careful if you have female plants nearby. One male or hermie plant can pollinate a whole crop if you are not alert and aware of the stage the pollen sacks are at, so always try to keep any pollen-producing plants well quarantined from any females that you want to keep seed free. The best way to harvest the pollen is to carefully remove the whole pollen sac flower head, let it dry for a couple of days to a week and then transfer the whole shebang to a sealable container or zip-lock bag. Once in the bag or container, you can give the whole thing a bit of a shake and the pollen should fall right out In terms of pollen storage, there are a few factors to take into consideration. Temperature and moisture levels are the most important things to control. Our tried and true method for at-home storage of cannabis pollen is:

  • Collect the pollen and place it in a sealed container or zip lock bag.
  • Add regular baking flour – about double the weight of pollen. This doesn’t need to be super exact, but it helps greatly with moisture absorption and spreads your pollen out much further.
  • Place the whole thing into the freezer where it can be stored for up to a year.
  • Pollen hates temp fluctuations, so leave it be until you are sure you are ready to use it

When you are ready to pollinate your plant the process is again nothing more than child’s play, but you have to be very careful not to spread the pollen to plants that you want to remain seedless. This can be a little difficult if the plants are rooted into the ground, but if they are in pots then the job is much safer.

Just move whichever female plant you want to produce seeds to an area well away from the rest of the crop. There are a few ways to pollinate your plant, but our favorite method is this:

  • Wait until the female plant is in her 2nd or 3rd week of the flowering cycle. At this point, you should see pistils forming fully (the small white hair-like growths)
  • Grab your pre-collected pollen from the freezer and let it come to room temp over a few hours
  • Dip a small, fine paintbrush or Q-tip into the pollen and apply it to the pistils of the budding sites that you want to produce seeds
  • We recommend focusing on the budding sites on the lower branches – the popcorn bud producing areas. These buds are usually the lowest quality in terms of smokeability and trichome production, so use these ones for seeds instead!
  • Seeds usually take around 4 – 5 weeks to mature fully. A mature cannabis seed is brown in color with tiger-like stripes and a hard outer shell.

A common question asked is – how many seeds a single budding site will produce? This is an impossible question to answer, as it varies widely between strains and the size of the budding site. But a fully pollinated plant can produce A LOT of seeds.

5. In Conclusion

Even though it is fairly easy to produce seeds, we recommend having a bit of experience before trying it. We recommend easy-to-grow strains like Zkittlez Auto to start acquiring experience before going into breeding.

Just an easy to grow, solid packed buds. A heavy feeder and can be a bit prone to light burn at the end but otherwise perfection!

A breeding operation needs a lot of caution, even the smallest amount of pollen may ruin your entire harvest. Remember you should always buy seeds from a reputable seed bank. If you buy bad genetics, your plants can become a hermaphrodite easily and what was initially cheap can end up being surprisingly expensive.