When it comes to bud, you cannot tell whether it comes directly from cannabis seeds or clones (yes, even your CBD hemp plants). Yet, the process of growing plants into flower is different for both methods, each with their own pro’s and con’s. Before you decide to seed or clone, let’s explore each method to determine which is best for you. You should also read up on growing indoors versus outdoors before making your decision.
The Case for Clones
The common theme of any argument in favor of cloning is there is more guarantee of what you’re getting (so long as you’re buying from trusted sellers with the Clone Connect marketplace). Yes, it is more difficult to grow a plant from clone versus seed, but with its shorter cycles and ideal conditions for limited space, it makes it worth the effort.
It is important to note that cannabis is an annual plant. For that reason, it is worth knowing the age of your clone so you understand the likely yield. A clone from a mature plant that is aging can result in a lesser yield, so do your research.
Pro’s of Cloning:
- Ideal for the indoor grower (shortens grow cycle a month)
- You know what strain you’re getting
- You know what yield you’re getting
- Guaranteed gender
- Can quickly be grown into a mother and re-cloned
- Can grow in limited space
Con’s of Cloning
- More difficult to grow
- Possible genetic drift
- No phenotype variation
- Not easy to be transported over long distances (need to be watered)
- Susceptible to disease from the mother plant it came from
- Can be sensitive to new lighting conditions and new nutrients
The Case for Seeds
It should come as no surprise that we here at Clone Connect are partial to clones, but that’s not to say we don’t see the value in seeding. And because one of our company’s core values is transparency, we owe it to you to give an honest assessment.
Perhaps the greatest argument for seeds is that their plants are capable of growing their own tap root, where clones cannot (they can only produce a fibrous root system). With seeds, the roots grow first and then the leaves. This root volume will determine the yield of the plant. And because clones cannot grow these tap roots, they’ll likely never be as strong as plants grown from seeds and yield less flower.
This is not to say that seeds don’t carry their disadvantages. Below is a chart to help you understand both the good and bad and cultivating seeds.
Pro’s of Seeding
- Not susceptible to mildew, bugs, mites
- Better for growing outdoors
- Can cross strain
- Can be saved (don’t need to grow right away)
- Higher yields versus clones
- Easy to transport over long distances
Con’s of Seeding
- Extra 4-6 weeks grow time vs clones
- Not all seeds will germinate
- Risk of having non-feminized seeds which won’t yield buds
- Costs can add up quickly
- Can’t predict plant size or yield