Seeds and clones are two of the most common ways to grow cannabis. They do grow into mature and flowering plants but they’re a bit different. Cannabis seeds are basically seeds from a cannabis plant, plain and simple, and it’s pretty much peppercorn-sized, and as they sprout and grow, they pretty much become the plants that you know and are familiar with.
On the flip side, clones are basically cuttings that come from a cannabis, or mother plant. They offer the same genetics, which is why they’re called clones. When they do get planted and are tended to correctly, they actually do grow and mature into literally the same plant genetically as the mother plant that it came from. Is there a benefit to one over the other? Let’s look at this and see what’s right for you.
Growing from Seeds
They are simple to get, and very easy. You can actually get them discreetly sent to you, and you can even create them yourself after you’ve grown your first plant. They also offer some great, fresh genetics without the baggage, and it can actually give you a blank slate for easier growth.
You can also get seeds that are feminized automatically so that you’re getting a female plant. Remember female ones are what produces the buds, and what most people want. Unless you screw it up, it’s going to be a female plant. But the cool thing is that you can get different seeds too for cross-breeding, seeds for pollination to make new breeds, and also different beginner-friendly seeds too.
There are some cons though. The biggest is that it may not automatically germinate, so it may not work, you just have to make sure that it gets the right warmth and the right moisture too. It’s also far slower since well, you’re growing it from the ground up. That means germination and flowering might happen longer, which may lead to a later harvest. Finally, it does have some genetic variation, so if you don’t want that, you might want to avoid seeds.
Cannabis Clones Growing
Remember that these clones all have the same genetics, so you won’t have to worry about the performance of this. Lots of people love that it has the same genetics as their mother plant, and you don’t have to worry about taking a chance with this, offering better results.
Another benefit is that they’re going to always be female since you’re taking it from a female plant. Finally, you don’t have to wait as long, as a clone cuts the time for growth to the harvesting stage by about three weeks. That isn’t to say it’s perfect though. The hardest thing is that it’s hard to find, and they’re not always the easiest to get from others. They’re also incredibly delicate since there is no taproot, so you’re going to have to give it more care, and it can be less hardy.
The biggest downside is that there are some baggage issues with this. If the mother plant had some baggage such as mildew, pests, and diseases, the clone will have this, and if there are genetic issues, it’s going to have this too. This means that if you’re going to get clones, you should be ready to put a little bit of the legwork into there, as it may require you to give it a little more TLC than say, the seeds in some areas, especially if there is baggage.No way is better than the other, so remember that when you’re choosing to grow these different types of plants.