No one can blame you for wanting to jump right into the cannabis industry. Still pretty young, the industry is projected to be worth $73 billion by 2027, and hundreds of businesses want a piece of the cake. If you’re a complete beginner looking to make a name for yourself as a grower, your first priority is to find the best marijuana genetics. However, that’s no easy task, especially in an industry that’s only a few years old and barely has any standardized regulations.
For starters, make sure you do plenty of research. Marijuana is probably one of the most genetically diverse plants out there. It took award-winning cannabis breeder Mean Gene years to know “what is what” when it comes to cannabis genetics, and his advice to beginners is to seek advice from someone who’s had experience growing marijuana. There’s no standard manual for how to cater to different genetics, so it pays to get insight from someone who has had the first-hand experience. At massive seed purchasing events like the Emerald Cup, Gene recommends standing in line and getting other people’s feedback.
Pay heed to the generation of the seeds. Usually, breeders work to find the optimal version of a strain they’ve created by stabilizing the genetics through the subsequent generations. If you’re looking for a strain with a history of consistent results, look for later generations, rather than 1st generation genetics, such as Mean Gene’s Pop Kush F3.
Grow seeds most suitable for your area. Despite its rather quick growing time, farming cannabis can be quite troublesome. The best way to ensure the plants grow healthy is to find genetics that have been bred for the area you will farm in. The genetics will be best adapted to environmental factors like climate and soil. As Nikki Lastreto, one of the brains behind Swami Select says, choosing genetics means finding the seeds bred in your area.
Accept the results. At the end of the day, those seeds are in the ground and once they do, you lose any control you had. While you can ensure the plant is adequately nourished and protected as it grows, how it turns out will largely depend on the genetics you chose. Cannabis is especially tricky as a single plant has both male and female genders, so their final genders will be a surprise to you. Although some companies sell feminized seeds that produce pollen sacks instead of flowers and then pollinate the female plant with the female pollen, Lastreto says she prefers being surprised by unfeminized seeds.
“You have to accept that when you’re growing from seed, you don’t know what you’re going to get.” That thrill of the journey is probably what enticed companies like VIVO Cannabis Inc. (TSX.V: VIVO) (OTCQX: VVCIF) into the sector, plus the desire to use this plant to make a contribution to people’s lives.
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