Autoflowering strains require some preparation, as they will grow quickly and start to flower whether or not you’re ready for them.
Aside from producing cannabis through seeds, or sexual reproduction, you can also reproduce the plant through cloning, or asexual reproduction. A clone is a cutting that is genetically identical to the plant it was taken from—that plant is known as the “mother.”
It’s important to keep the delicate seed sterile, so don’t touch the seed or taproot as it begins to split.
Seeds found in finished cannabis buds can develop for a number of reasons. For example, a male plant may have accidentally pollinated a flowering female during the growing process. But more commonly, they’re a sign of stress and can be attributed to high temperatures during the final stages of flowering or an exaggerated spike in climate or environment.
Seeds for these varieties are now widely available online and through dispensaries. It should be noted, however, that any plant grown from these seeds is not guaranteed to produce high levels of CBD, as it takes many years to create a seed line that produces consistent results. A grower looking to produce cannabis with a certain THC to CBD ratio will need to grow from a tested and proven clone or seed.
There are five fundamental qualities to consider when selecting mature seeds.
Those who seek to develop flowering cannabis seeds should grow regular or autoflowering strains. When a female becomes pollinated, the plants produce seeds that are then used to produce oil, grain, or viable cannabis seeds.
To perform a float test, simply drop your seed into a glass cup or jar of distilled or spring water and leave it for a few hours. Viable seeds will absorb water and sink while an unhealthy one will remain floating.
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Generally, the darker the color of the seed, the healthier it is. Healthy mature seeds are usually black, brown, or tan. Some have dark spots and stripes. Also, when held to the light, they have a healthy wax-like sheen. On the other hand, unhealthy seeds have lighter colors like white, yellow, and pale green.