Cannabis may be colloquially known as weed, but the truth is that cultivating a batch of healthy and profitable cannabis plants requires plenty of care and attention to detail. A fickle plant in many ways, cannabis often gives cultivators a hard time, especially if those cultivators are commercial growers with large scale cultivations.
One major issue that plagues commercial growers and has the potential to reduce their yield is pollination. Cannabis is dioecious, which means it produces male and female flowers on separate plants. Once female plants are pollinated, the quantity and quality of their yield is reduced significantly.
As such, the cannabis industry has come to revere seedless varieties that do not produce seeds. A special strain dubbed cannabis sinsemilla, which is Spanish for “without seeds,” was created in the 1970s by separating female plants from their pollen-producing male counterparts.
Triploid cannabis strains are the next stage in the industry’s quest for seedless cannabis varieties. Normally, cannabis plants are diploid, meaning they have 10 pairs of chromosomes. Research in recent years has revealed that cannabis can also have four copies (tetraploid) and eight copies (octoploid). Scientists also managed to develop cannabis plants with triploid expression by crossing a diploid plant with a tetraploid.
With most of the market placing a higher value on seedless cannabis varieties, strains such as triploid cannabis are poised to become the industry standard as they have a significant advantage over seeded varieties. Although cannabis sinsemilla is seedless, it is still sensitive to pollen. If there are any males within your plants, they can pollinate the female and significantly reduce your yield.
Even if you manage to weed out every male, your female plants will still be sensitive to pollen from cross-pollination. Triploid varieties avoid this pitfall by being insensitive to pollen; in addition, they will not produce seeds even if they are pollinated, meaning growers don’t have to spend time and resources separating the males from the females or worrying about cross pollination.
By investing in triploid varieties rather than cannabis sinsemilla, growers can reduce the risk of cross-pollination by nearly 100%, allowing them to maximize their yields and scale up their production without having to deal with crop losses. Seedless strains that are not sensitive to pollination also provide an opportunity to cut down on labor costs because there will be no need to keep males and females separated.
Large-scale cannabis operations stand to benefit a great deal from seedless cannabis varieties. Companies such as Dark Heart Industries are already working to perfect triploid strains that are insensitive to pollination. The cannabis industry may soon be awash with triploid cannabis as growers take advantage of the numerous benefits they offer.
It could be interesting to see how those seedless cannabis varieties would perform when grown in the high-tech micro gardens made by Advanced Container Technologies Inc. (OTC: ACTX) and other such companies.
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