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Genetics | Selection

Creating new varieties of cannabis is time-consuming process that requires special knowledge and genetic material of the highest quality. Nowadays, the scientists created a wide range of cannabis varieties and hybrids with excellent genetic qualities. It is a never-ending process: the search for a perfect strain, variety and hybrid.   
 
Humans like perfection and strive for ideals. Many professional growers try their hand at breeding new cannabis varieties. Most often such experiments end in fiasco because creating a new strain is not enough. It is more than crossing excellent male and female plants.

Scientists and genetic engineers work for many years to create some special breed. They choose mother plants among many plants with priority qualities. It is a very expensive process that requires patience and a lot of equipment. 

How to choose cannabis seeds for breeding

When selecting seeds for breeding, pay attention to their appearance. Each seed must be perfect without any signs of damage. The seeds can to be glossy or matte dark color depending on the characteristics of the variety. Look for traces of infection on the surface of the seeds and select clean and healthy ones.

If you want to cultivate some cannabis plants for seeds, you need to create the most comfortable conditions for their growth. Such parental plants need more care. You have to grow a male plant and collect its pollen before your female plant starts flowering. The optimal period for pollination is between the second and third week of flowering. After pollination, the plant enters the stage of seed formation. You will see how flowers develop into seeds. You can harvest seeds and dry them in storage. Sometimes, the seeds fall down and sometimes you need to pick them out the cones. Usually experienced breeders record their observations and results in a journal.
 
After seeds are harvested, breeders germinate as many seeds as possible to select the most promising female plants and use them for repeated pollination. The breeding process is repeated several times until the genetic properties are stable. Some breeders like to cross several varieties of cannabis to achieve interesting results and improved genetics. 
 
If you plan to grow cannabis, probably you thought about how to optimize your investments. Cannabis growing is more than farming – it is art. If you approach growing seriously, your results will surprise professionals.
 
Growers like to watch how the plants develop. You can implement theory into practice. If you have questions, ask your fellow-growers to avoid mistakes. There is much information available on Internet: read the section with some basic information on growing marijuana.  
 
Do you know how to germinate cannabis seeds?  You should visit different sections of the forum for detailed information on germination. If you have any additional questions, try finding answers on our website and ask questions to experienced growers.
 
Many growers dream about healthy cannabis plants. They share their experience in the sections of Jahforum: they share how they fight cannabis diseases. Read about symptoms of common diseases and infections and find out how to treat them and keep your cannabis plants healthy.

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