8 Top Tips On Breeding Your Own Cannabisby Stoney TarkBreeding For Heavy Resin Production.Breeding Cannabis plants is a joyful experience that is often highly rewarding. In a worldwith the best genetics around, wanting to tweak an old clone, or create a new strainentirely is easily done in the comfort of your own home.Below are my top tips to consider when it comes to breeding Cannabis.J50Desired TraitsBefore you have decided on the fancy name ofyour new strain, you should consider what desiredtraits you actually plan to bring forward. Areyou making the strain for yourself or others? Oris your project based on enhancing growth structure,yield capabilities, terpene profile, overall effects,resistance to pathogens and plant disease?My top tip here is find two strains that are compatibleto your criteria of desired traits. Oftentimes a Cannabis plant will display hybrid vigourwhen it is paired with another similar in one ofthese categories mentioned above.Grow Many Small Plants In The Early StageNo matter what size your growing space is, froma small tent to a converted basement, growing asmany seeds at once will allow you to work with ahigher number of plants. Ultimately, the chance tofind a wider of expression of genetic traits, bothgood and bad is much larger with a higher plantcount.My top tip here is to grow small plants in littlepots, until you able able to visually notice certainkeepers based on growth structure, or you areable to sex the plants. You will only need to find2-3 male keepers and 2-3 female keepers from a50 plant pheno hunt.Use Regular Seed LinesIf you are new to growing Cannabis and this willbe your first attempt at breeding, then use regularsexed seeds to start with. Femenised seeds werecreated as a way to preserve the Cannabis plantin a female form. They have many advantagescommercially, however for breeding, you will wantto use male and female parental lines and workinto an F1 line that also offer male and femaleplants.
My top tip here is to invest in regular lines only from the top seed banks. Not all of them will offerregulars as the demand for femenised seeds in comparison to enormous, however the price will bealmost half of the femenised line and you will be able to plant 20-30 regular seeds without breakingthe bankLabel Pots CorrectlyThis is one of the most important things when keeping organised and working with multiple plants atonce. Depending on how many strains you are growing you will need to label them accordingly with aname and number. An example is “ Grandaddy Purple #1 “ until you get to “ Grandaddy Purple #20 orwhatever the number you have is.Use a permanent marker pen to write on the side of pots, or white sticky labels to show the number ofeach. This is important to get in the practice of this now, so when you narrow down the keepers, youwill refer to that number throughout the project, and later write male or female.Mothers and FathersOnce you get to the stage of growing out your plants and have a good idea of which you want to bringforward, you should take a clone of each and label it the same # number. The reason is to revert backto these are parental lines, incase you plan to remake the seeds, or to backcross the same male lateron.My top tip here is to keepthe clones under a CFL,LED or low powered HID.The aim of the game is tokeep the plants growing atslow speed until you needto come back to them. If youdecide to turn one femaleinto a large sized motherthen this is easily done,however keeping small cutsof males and females earlyon will keep your optionsopen as you progress withyour project.Pollinate Using A PaintBrushWhen you look at pollenunder a microscope, it willbuzz and vibrate around.Pollen is designed to finda female flower and it onlytakes one spec to cause forthe development of a seed.Many growers are unawarePurple Plants are a Popular Trait Breeders Look for.J51