CBD Hemp Clones
In all, people clone plants for the sole purpose of duplicating strong genetics with consistent observable traits and getting ahead of the time and space required to sow twice as many seeds as you need to plant in order to sex and remove males if they are growing for CBD or other Cannabinoids like CBG.
The industry will see the expansion of cloning into industrial hemp as prized genetics are created for larger amounts of cellulose, bast, hurd, disease resistance, pest resistance, bountiful seeding etc. Right now, the preferred method of producing CBD/CBG strains for their biochemical content is cloning so that variation in biochemical make up can be avoided along with the aforementioned concerns.
- 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 subsequent seasons.