What are the disadvantages of clone seeds?
What are clone seeds?
A home grower could plant a seed knowing that it would grow into a guaranteed winner. It could be the frostiest White Widow ever seen, the fruitiest Blueberry, the strongest Mazar or the most citrus Orange Bud ever grown. A clone seed guarantees a genetically identical copy of the mother plant, all the seed company has to do is identify the very best mother plants which are worthwhile making into clone seeds.
A clone seed takes living plant tissue from an elite mother plant. The mother plant may be an exceptional medical or recreational specimen which combines all the desired characteristics regarding potency, cannabinoid profile, yield, grow speed, aroma, taste and effect. The plant tissue is inserted into an artificial seed casing and filled with a nutritious gel which will allow the plant tissue to grow roots and feed. The artificial seed casing will swell and split when it is wet, allowing the young plant to start growing.
Growing cannabis indoors under an ‘artificial sun’ in a grow tent with nutrients may not seem particularly natural but no-one worries about doing it. Nor do people worry about growing from feminized seeds any more than they worry about the ethics of growing cannabis indoors. Those home growers that have an ethical objection to clone seeds can comfort themselves with the knowledge that they can grow traditional cannabis seeds, no-one is forcing them to change their own growing techniques if they don’t want to.
Q. What are the Benefits of Tissue Culturing?
Mike Fujimoto pictured in the Heavenly Buds clone room
Q. How does it differ from using a traditional seed?
Q. What is Tissue Culturing?
A. You know exactly what you are getting with regards to the genetics of the plant, and it enables the storage of genetic information for long periods of time. This is the future of tissue culture. We can now preserve elite phenotypes without fear of genetic degradation.