Don’t Worry, It’s Just Genetics!

August 15, 2019

Don’t Worry, It’s Just Genetics!

Many Hemp farmers in Alabama have chosen multiple strains to grow this season. The choices are not astronomical but there are many. Wines, T1’s, Wife’s, Franklins and many more. What strains are right for you and what did you decide to grow? That question and many more have probably consumed your mind after you received your license to grow. Hopefully you did your homework and made the right selections for your grow.

We chose eleven specific strains to grow this year and our selections were very specific to our objectives. Having over 19 years of experience with this plant I chose a few strains to grow in our greenhouses with the intentions of putting the plants through pure hell. This “hell” theory is not recommended for you unless you are ok with potentially losing all your plants. I did this more for research and genetics than for anything else. Do not do this unless you can afford the loss.

We had plants growing with night time temps in the 60’s with RH (relative humidity) around 90% and daytimes as high as 130 degrees and RH at 22% in the greenhouses. These extreme swings put a tremendous amount of stress on the plants. We have not lost a plant and all have survived the tests. This research allows us to compile an enormous amount of data for cloning and breeding purposes.

As we put some of our plants through extreme conditions while the others enjoyed growing in more ideal conditions one thing that was noticeable was that within the strains there has been many morphological expressions of unstable genetics. I have noticed this as well consulting for many of you. As we’ve walked the fields we noticed a lot of instability in most all strains. This is not uncommon and to be expected. Remember we have not been growing hemp in our country for long. Of course during WWII and before but not modern day.

We are not growing Industrial Hemp for the most part even though states title the program as such. Unless you are growing strains from Europe or China specifically geared for fiber production or some strains very popular in Canada for seed production we are all growing hemp strain derived from marijuana genetics. Most hemp strains in the states have X & Y parents linked backed to marijuana strains with the intentions of breeding out the THC and increasing CBD and other cannabinoids. That’s one reason we all have to be concerned with the THC limits. Most all strains will eventually get HOT.

This is also a reason why in your strains you have noticed for the most part that plants in the same strain are all shapes and sizes. Some look great and some don’t. Some terps are full of aromatics and others not. Thin leaves, broad leaves. Slender plants with long strong colas and others very bushy and week and so on. It’s not your fault, it’s genetics.

Breeders for the most part will tell you the strains are stable. That they are F5, 6’s, 8’s, 10’s and so on. If this is true then they may not be very good breeders, they are not telling you the truth or something else is going on because the plants speak for themselves. With the price of clones as high as $8.00 and seeds selling for $2,500 to $35,000 a pound in July the market is unstable with the opportunity for very high financial gain. I have heard many stories from farmers around the country who have said they felt they have been taken advantage of most likely due to their lack of knowledge in the game. Remember this is a very new industry to most of you. Be careful. Do your homework and be patient. Strains will stabilize moving forward so choose your breeders wisely. A good partnership with a breeder is extremely important for long term success.

As a vertically integrated company we are striving for stability in the strains we breed for our farmers. From seeds to clones we have a few strains that have proved very promising as we have done a lot of sifting and culling this season always looking for those outliers that will produce tremendous results for our farmers.

So don’t sweat it. Enjoy the grow but pay close attention to what plants in the field you like best and what would work best for you on your farm for your needs, We both could have the exact same seeds or clones but one grows in Northern Alabama and another in Southern Alabama with two very different results. That is why this plant is so amazing and like no other. Hoped this helped you a little bit.

B Well & B Safe!

-Lou
uneekbotanicals.com




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