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Hemp Seeds & Clones

Joaquin Acosta PharmD, MBA - 29 / May / 2020

Hemp Seeds & Clones

Human beings have enjoyed a mutualistic relationship with cannabis or hemp for thousands of years. With evolution and the emergence of technology, modern growing methods are not the same as they were in the past.

Hemp Seeds & Clones-

Human beings have enjoyed a mutualistic relationship with cannabis or hemp for thousands of years. With evolution and the emergence of technology, modern growing methods are not the same as they were in the past. In this article, we will give an overview on hemp seeds & clones. We will compare and contrast growing hemp from seeds vs. clones in detail. 

What is hemp?

Hemp is a member of the family of the cannabis family. It is currently known to be grown for the phytocannabinoid CBD, however, with over 15 major cannabinoids, industrial hemp does still have small traces of the more commonly known phytocannabinoid, THC. The versatility of this plant is showcased even more when you consider the fibers of the plant are used to manufacture different products like twine, clothing, and textiles. On top of the benefits it has in terms of promoting the endocannabinoid system, hemp is being studied as a super-food, and as it contains an array of vitamins, fibers, essential fatty acids, and proteins.

How to grow hemp:

There are two primary methods are used to start your hemp grow:

  • Plant the seed in a ground
  • Route or creating identical clones from the mother plant                           

a) Growing from seed:

The absolute biggest consideration from growing seed is finding a verified seed source. Many farmers since the 2018 farm bill have experienced the nightmare of believing that they would buy certified 100% feminized seeds and little did they know they were sold bad seed and their crop is ruined.

The best advice we can provide in this semi wild-west market is to source from providers who have had their seeds in a field with similar environment as your own. Don’t source seeds on a guess, because you will find yourself gambling.

Take a safe bet.

b) Cloned seed:

Cloning is one of the most common methods of hemp cultivation. It usually involves cutting from the mother plant which sprouts a root system and becomes an identical copy of the mother plant. This consistency is desired when you have a healthy mother which whom you have verified testing in terms of cannabinoid profiles and pathogens.

Cloning hemp is the method that offers you reliable and effective consistency across your farm. The cutting is usually done from lower branches. The cutting takes root in typically soil, water, and Rockwool. Roots of the cutting part sprout in 1-3 weeks depending on your method. 

Once the clones are ready, they are transplanted in fields or other controlled environments. 

This method offers you a better level of sustainability and stability with the best-predicted outcomes. But to get consistency in hemp growth via cloning brings takes time, capital, and finding good partners if you don’t choose to do your own greenhouse grow.

Hemp Seeds:

Pros

  • Seeds can be stored for the long-time and can easily be moved
  • It’s stronger taproot can penetrate deeper in the soil and really allows the plant to take off and feed effectively.

Cons

  • Seeds can take a longer time to grow and change into a mature plant
  • It is difficult to predict gender right now amid seed scares and lack of data
  • Inconsistent genetics

Hemp Clones:

Pros

  • Predictable and consistent genetics which gives consistent products
  • Clones require the same growing conditions 
  • Clones are taken from the female plants
  • Gender identification becomes less -problematic
  • Cutting from the plant grow to faster maturity 
  • Transplanting can effectively control spacing to tailor the farmer's expectation

Cons

  • Clones may carry some disease inherited from the parental plant
  • Great care should be taken to keep the mother plant in healthy condition
  • Root system isn’t as strong, plants will be more prone to weather early on

 

Verdicts

Which method works best for you? 

We believe that consistency in genetics in the desired environment to specific hemp farmers is critical to make the best crop and the best CBD products.