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Why Clones vs Seed?
- Each seed will display a different set of sexual (male or female) and
phenotypical traits (physical characteristics). Each clone will be an exact
genetic replica. Thus, you are better protected with consistency during
regulatory testing for hot plants (over the allowable total THC limits) when
using genetics from clone rather than seeds.
- There is less production cost, time and space needed for cloning than there
is raising seedlings and having to cull out males as well as having to deal
with the inconsistent phenotypes. Sprouting different seeds is analogous to
having multiple different children or offspring. Meaning, each seed results
in variation, which includes Feminized seed, different and inconsistent CBD
percentages, inconsistent THC percentages, unforeseeable plant structure,
inconsistent yield (total biomass), differing pest/disease resistance,
inconsistent watering/fertilizer needs etc.
- The cost, time and space needed to raise seeds in order to populate a
desired number of acres could be twice as much as you would need with
clones. There is certainty in that a clone is going to be a female replica
of a female stock plant and that, contrastingly, the seed can have varying
germination rates as well as a possible 50% male 50% female variability.
Once clones have rooted, they are already larger in size and grow at a
faster pace than seedlings. The average time for a clone to be ready for
transplant is 10 to 14 days. A seedling’s size at 10 to 14 days is only a
fraction of the size and still is not known to be of a certain sexual
specificity or if feminized hold consistency within its phenotypical traits.
- When variables such as regulatory compliance, CBD to THC ratios/values,
production cost, yield, mold and pest resistance, regional compatibility and
consistency from plant to plant with each variable in consideration, it is a
much safer and wise decision to grow from clone.
- Clone take rates can be far superior than some seeds germination rates.
- Feminized seed is not guaranteed to be female and still displays different
phenotypical traits from plant to plant. The manufacture of most Feminized
seed is developed through female plants pushed to hermaphrodite and
asexually pollenate themselves. The seed yielded is “Feminized,” however, it
no carries a higher tendency in its genome to hermaphrodite. Thus,
hermaphrodites will existed with Feminized fields and lead to many problems.
- Fields sowed with Feminized seed are riddled with gaps from culled, unwanted
hermaphrodite/male plants. This reduces overall yield and can lead to
fertilizer waste at absentee plant sites.
- Farmers can’t cull all hermaphordites/males in fields sowed with Feminized
seed; therefore, crops become pollinated, reducing overall biochemical
content and can potentially drop seed during harvest that can germinate in