Make Cannabis Seeds The Easy Way. Few things can satisfy a grower more than making their own cannabis seeds. On the one hand it represents an important saving of money on your very first grow and even more over future seasons.
And on the other, seeing our own creations grow and turn into beautiful plants.
It also allows us to share our seeds with friends and if everything goes well you will end up with hundreds if not thousands of seeds!.
This post will be dedicated to how to make regular or standard cannabis seeds, simply starting from a female plant and a male plant. This will give you the basics as it is still the easiest method that anyone can use with very little skill or knowledge.
Choosing a Mother Plant To Make Seeds.
The first step is to have a good female plant, which will be the mother of our seeds. I would always recommend that the plant you use is one which is known to you or someone in your close circle of friends or family. And is a good yielding plant with high quality.
Sometimes they are not easy to get for the grower who does not move in cultivator circles. But if you have the opportunity to get a perfect clone to make into your mother plant you should grab it with both hands.
If you don’t already have a female plant, we will have to grow some from seed. The ideal is always to germinate many seeds, because that way it improves our chances of finding an outstanding plant.
We need to look for a plant which has all the characteristics we are looking for which could include: It is a good producer, does it have an abundance of resin, has it got a good flavor and powerful effects? The more things our plant possesses the better.
Make Cannabis Seeds The Easy Way.
The more quality the mother has, the better her offspring will be. Here we leave you the main characteristics that a good mother plant should have:
- Resistance to hermaphroditic
- Vigor / Performance
- Fast flowering
- Resin production
- Floral structure
- Floral color
Choosing A Male Plant To Make Seeds.
Then, we will logically need a male plant, which will be the pollen donor with which to fertilize the flowers of the female plant.
This is the most complicated issue, because while in a female the things you desire are easily differentiable, with the males in most cases we will not know what they will contribute to the offspring until we have harvested the seeds, grown them and tasted them.
And now there is nothing left for us to do but to germinate the regular seeds hoping that Murphy’s law does not act and for once we get all females.
We will have to wait for all the plants to sex until the males are located. It is now when we must observe some details. The main ones are the following:
- Hermaphroditism resistance
- Maturation period, which is the time elapsed in flowering so that the flowers develop until their total maturity.
The ideal is to take a cutting of each male and save it until the moment we are going to use it. There is nothing more dangerous than a male plant next to female plants.
Keep in mind that unless we want thousands of seeds, it is enough to pollinate a single bud to get dozens of seeds. So with the cuttings safely taken, we can eliminate the large male plants.
IT’S TIME TO CROSS FEMALE AND MALE
It is also difficult to find the right time to for pollination. Males generally bloom before females, and we do not intend to have a flowering male next to our female plants.
A good system is to pick off the flowers of the male until the flowers of the female are about 3-4 weeks into flowering. The other option is to isolate the male, for example placing him in a bright room with minimal ventilation. The pollen of the male can travel hundreds of meters transported by air.
As soon as the female plant reaches these 3-4 weeks of flowering, we can let the male’s flowers mature. This happens in a few days. We will see them gain weight and open, expelling pollen.
Under some well open and mature male flowers, we put a zip bag or a small bottle, and gently tap the flower to collect the pollen. We can keep it in a refrigerator for 3-4 days, although it is always best to use it whilst it is fresh. Pollen can be applied in two ways. Either with a small brush, or by sprinkling the pollen onto the female bud if you want a lot of seeds.
We will select a good branch of the female, with a good bud that will be the one we will pollinate. The rest of the plant, we can cover it with a plastic bag to avoid “leaks” of pollen. And very carefully, we perform the pollination by dipping the brush in the pollen and then stroking it through the bud.
We then wait an hour or two, and then give the plant a spray of water to remove the remains of pollen from the bud, then we can remove the plastic bag. This allows us to put the plant back into the flowering room without the fear of the pollen creating seeds on any other plants you might be flowering at the same time.
Make sure to identify the branch or bud already fertilized you can do this any way you like, I do it by twisting a bag tie onto the pollinated branch.
Finish Making Your Seeds.
We will know that pollination has been successful, if within a few days the white hairs of the bud begin to wilt and die. These pass from the typical white color to a brown color, the same in appearance as the one that they would have at the end of flowering. The seed pods will begin to swell, forming the seeds inside.
Normally the seeds ripen in about 5-7 weeks, when they will be ready for collection. Before removing the seeded bud, we will remove a couple of the seeds to check that they have a good dark color and are not too green.
The bud once we remove all the seeds, we can smoke the remaining bud or use it to make a small extraction, vaporize etc.