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how to collect cannabis seeds

How to collect cannabis seeds

Out in the open, pollen may be viable for one or two weeks under normal conditions. However, when frozen and sealed, it can last up to a year and even longer. Pollen is more unstable than seed and even under the most optimal conditions, it isn’t expected to have as long of a shelf life.

Separate or sift seeds over the screen to remove any unwanted plant matter from the seeds themselves. Brush off the seeds—they should be completely free of any remaining plant material such as leaves, stem, or trichomes, as these elements put seeds at a higher risk for contamination and spoilage during long-term storage.

Fortunately, preserving genetics for long-term storage is easy and will save time, money, and space in the long run. Through seed and pollen collection, you can hang onto those genetics that you can’t fully get rid of and safely store them for future use.

To tell if a seed is mature, take a look at its shape and color. Premature seeds will be small and light in color, taking on a beige hue. Fully mature cannabis seeds are more full in shape and size and have a much darker brown hue, sometimes accented by black tiger stripes.

Seed and Pollen Storage

A grower or breeder can also freeze the progress of a breeding project for months or years without losing any of the long, hard work. Endeavors such as phenotype hunting and maintaining desired mothers for breeding and cloning can all be saved for later through genetic preservation. This process is like backing up work on a hard drive.

Moisture is a death sentence for pollen viability. Because of this, many breeders opt to mix flour into their pollen at a ratio of 4:1 (flour to pollen) when storing it long-term. This additional step will help keep pollen dry for a longer period of time.

When collecting seed by hand, use a fine screen to help catch trichomes that will break off during the process. This material is valuable and it would be a shame to waste.

How to Collect Seeds

It’s important to continually practice germination testing to be sure your stored seeds haven’t lost all viability. To test this, periodically plant a seed and document its ability to germinate.

To release the seeds, simply break up the dried buds over a screen and they will fall out. You can release the seeds en masse by rubbing the flower between your fingers and lightly breaking it apart.

How to collect cannabis seeds

These are both great options to better optimize cannabis cultivation for your personal needs.

To optimize further plant growth, don’t jump to germinate and plant fresh cannabis seeds. Allowing them to freeze for a period of time before growth improves the longevity and health of the plant.

In a natural habitat, a single male cannabis plant has the capacity to pollinate hundreds of female plants. Knowing this, you have to avoid over-pollination and cross-pollination when cultivating your cannabis plant for buds.

How to Harvest Seeds, Buds, and Your High

Now, we can move on to the pollination process. Proper pollination can make the difference between a seedy or a sensimilla harvest.

The Grobo grow box line uses a hydroponic technique called deep water culture to grow your plants, which you can nurture best using their app for cannabis plant grow recipes. Grobo also significantly reduces smell while growing your plants either from a mother clone or a seed. Wirth Grobo, you can expect a 2-3 ounce yield from your plants every 3-4 months.

After dabbing the pollen, cover your plant stalk with a plastic or brown paper bag to ensure the pollen doesn’t reach the rest of the plant and reduce its potential flower potency.

Cannabis Seed Removal

Taking a closer look at the plant’s early stages will help you get familiar with your growth process. During the first few weeks of the flowering period, the plant will show clear signs of being male or female.

Following the initial transplant, you need to watch your plant as closely as possible. You need to develop a feed schedule and optimize your growing conditions. After doing so, your plants will thank you.