As a responsible cannabis grower, you’ve likely done everything you could to keep males out of the garden. Growing your own seeds on a very basic level, however, requires a healthy, flowering male plant. Yes, keep him separate from your garden still, but the first step to breeding or growing your own seeds is picking a hearty male of the strain you want and growing him out.
Now the question is if you want to grow a whole lotta seeds or enough to stock your grow room for the next stretch. Remember that the following methods do not guarantee female seeds, you’ll still have to grow and sort, but it will be with seeds of your own creation.
Pick a female of the same or a different strain, remember this is essentially your foray into breeding as well as producing dank seeds if you cross two strains, but also remember that you’re creating seeds that are going to be used, so try and envision the strains together, from growth patterns to THC/CBD ratios and beyond.
For the whole plant method, when the female you’ve chosen is also flowering, take her into an isolated room with the male. Give the male a good few shakes to really get the pollen stirred up and then let nature take its course for a few days. When you return the female to her proper room or grow space, she’ll soon be pregnant with a whole mess of seeds.
When you just need a few good seeds or you want to ease into the seed growing experiment, do just a branch or two at a time. This will preserve the beautiful buds on other branches from being pollinated and you’ll have the best of both worlds. Simply clip a six inch flowering branch from the male and place it in a paper bag. Carefully and in a completely still room, slide the bag over a flowering female branch and tie it off tight, just don’t break the branch! After a few hours the magic will have worked due to their close proximity and you’ll be on the way to growing your own seeds in no time flat.
Related Story: Hemp, Hemp, Hooray! How Hemp Can Save The Planet
Check that your seeds are ripe before harvesting. This can be done via a squeeze test – if it breaks it’s not ready – and by observation. You’ll want them to be flush in color or stripes or a pattern that’s taken over the outside of the seeds. Happy harvesting and growing anew!