Growing cannabis strains requires time, commitment, and resources, thus, choosing the right strain to cultivate is crucial. If you are a novice grower, your first strain should be chosen carefully, as it will pave the way for your succeeding cultivations. If you are an experienced grower, it is always challenging to choose a strain to add to your collection.
In order to choose the perfect strain, one must know how to distinguish the different types of cannabis. Each type has its own advantage and disadvantages. Each has unique characteristics and benefits which will suit the grower depending on what he wants to achieve. The following factors will lay out the differences between fast version and regular cannabis strains, so you’ll know which is more suitable for your garden and your needs.
Why Choose Regular or Fast Version?
If you want to grow cannabis for commercial purposes, it is best to go with regular cannabis strains. They are the standard strains for breeding as they grow the normal way. They start off as seeds and go through the conventional stages of germination, vegetation, and flowering. This usually results in a higher yield since the bud quality grows naturally. You may also obtain and develop clones or cuttings along the way, as it is more suitable for cloning than fast version seeds. It requires minimal interference from your end. You just needed to surrender to nature as you watch over them. Thus, it is cheaper to cultivate them.
On the other hand, fast version strains are great if you want the same features as regular cannabis, only with a shorter period of growth, but still maintaining a high yield. Though it is largely similar to regular strains, it should still be treated differently. Unlike regular strains which do not require much interference, fast version strains love more attention. It needs tweaking of light, ventilation, and humidity, especially if you are growing indoors.
How are They Developed?
Regular cannabis strains are grown from regular seeds. They are unpredictable, but it gives you the opportunity to obtain both male and female strains, which is why it is perfect for breeding purposes. You have no control over the gender, though. No one knows if they will grow up as females, which produce buds or males which produce pollen. You may be required to have a separate grow room or tent for females and males, as males can fertilize the female ones, which can ruin your original plans. You have the freedom to cross them to create new variations.
Fast version strains were created with the aid of technology. These strains are feminized. No need to wait in agony, if it will turn out to be a female or male. They were made from crossing an automatic flowering strain and a regular strain, resulting in a structure, potency, and effects like a regular strain, with an additional fast flowering trait. It is a combination of two female plants. Possessing the female hormones embedded in their DNA, these strains rapidly-produce flowers instead of pollen. The ethylene levels present in plant tissues are impeded to make the female plant produce pollens, which are then used to pollinate another female plant. It is not suitable if you are after breeding.
There are also times when female strains take the matter into their own hands if they are left unfertilized. They switch gender on their own, developing pollens famously known as bananas. It has a higher chance of becoming hermaphrodites.
Cultivating regular and fast version strains are almost similar. You just have to take some factors into consideration since the latter one reaches the flowering stage faster. Regular cannabis strains usually take around eight weeks to 7 months to reach its full potential. With the development of fast version strains, around 1 to 2 weeks are shaved off from the standard wait time.
Germinating regular cannabis strains take around 1 to 4 days. You can allow the seeds to take root by burying them right away under the soil, or by using paper towels to wrap them and generate warmth well. The ideal temperature for successful germination is around 70 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit, while the suitable humidity level should not exceed 80%. As early as this stage, you may be able to identify which ones are great for cloning or cutting.
It is important to consider if growing should be done indoors or outdoors. Indoor cultivation means you need to take spacing into thought to avoid mold development. You have to arrange the plants depending on the sizes after the vegetation phase, especially for regular cannabis strains to avoid unnecessary fertilization of the male and female plants. It requires more of your time as well since you have to maintain ventilation, lighting, and humidity. On the other hand, outdoor cultivation means you leave it to nature to do its wonders. The only downside is you have no control over ventilation, lighting, and humidity, making it prone to harsh climate conditions. Plants are also exposed to pests and diseases, but it requires lesser effort and budget on your end.
Transferring or transplanting the seeds should be done carefully. While it is good to transfer a plant to a bigger pot for root expansion, it is best to slowly increase pot size along the way to avoid rotting.
Growing regular strains means you leave most of the work to nature while growing fast version strains mean more attention. However, this does not mean feeding nutrients to regular strains is not important, and overfeeding fast versions strains is acceptable. Both strains need careful observation so you can adjust feeding amounts right away, depending on the plants’ responses. Nitrogen should always be present as it is detrimental to the growth and development of the plants, as well as magnesium, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, and sulfur. Higher amounts of nitrogen are required during the vegetation phase, while potassium and phosphorus are the more essential ones during the flowering phase. It is better to start by feeding lightly and increasing the amounts gradually.
The same goes for watering. Overwatering may cause the roots to rot, while underwatering will dry them out. It is recommended to water lightly at first, then slowly increase the amounts depending on the plants’ response. The pot size should also be taken into consideration, as well as ventilation and humidity to avoid molds.