How Does Marijuana Cross Breeding Work?

Marijuana Cross-Breeding

Marijuana Cross-Breeding At Karing Kind

At Karing Kind, we’re proud to offer Boulder residents and visitors a wide selection of organic, chemical-free strains, from North American Widow to Green Crack. But where do these strains come from? And how do you go from Hawaiian Romulan and Island Sweet Skunk to a new cross-breed like Golden Goat?

This is a quick overview to how marijuana cross-breeding works and is not intended – or sufficient – to be used as a how-to guide for growing marijuana plants at home as permitted by Colorado law. Additionally, the information in this post is general in nature and does not detail the Karing Kind process or that of our growers. For more information about marijuana cultivation and cross-breeding, we encourage you to check out the additional links at the end of this post or stop by the shop and speak with one of our award-winning budtenders.

How Does Marijuana Cross-Breeding Work?

Marijuana cross-breeding involves a more than just picking two strains you like, putting them in a room together and turning on your Marvin Gaye Pandora station. The process takes a substantial amount of information, resources, time and patience, often stretching across multiple generations in order to isolate or highlight the desired traits or phenotypes from each parent strain.

When you hear about marijuana cross-breeding, you may think of strains like Lemon Diesel, which combines traits from Lost Coast OG and California Sour to deliver a fruity, sweet smell and a creeping, euphoric high. But, marijuana cross-breeding can also be more subtle, selecting different generations from the same line in an effort to achieve a more stable, almost purebred plant.

How you go about selecting the parents for your marijuana baby depends on what you want the little guy to grow up and accomplish. Some growers aim for stability and speed, isolating their fastest growing females with the males that deliver the desired effects. Others wish to create a brand new strain, breeding multiple plants and generations in an effort to find and stabilize a certain look, smell, potency or type of high.

While there are common, desirable traits a new cultivator may wish to look for, many growers develop their own unique methods for selecting males and females, adapting their strategy over time as they find out what works for them, their location and their plants. You may find that you become attached to your grow and wish to save every plant. Alternately, you might prefer to test the strength of your plants as they grow and eliminate weak stock early, thus ensuring your time and resources are only going toward the best plants with the most potential.

There is an art to marijuana cross-breeding that shines through when you find a great strain. The goal is to produce a consistent strain or stable genetic line that you can use for the same effect generation to generation, perhaps with varying potency. As such, growers consider not only the strength of the stems and density of the flowers but also the size and thickness of the leaves and the flower-to-leaf ratio. Do you want something easy to trim and that allows more sun and airflow, for example? Will that allow you to achieve the desired results or will you need fatter, thicker leaves? Have you identified and selected those plants that show greater resistance to mold or mildew?

Simply put, marijuana cultivation and marijuana cross-breeding isn’t simple. When growers aren’t pouring their time, energy and money into their grow, many are completing research and attending grower’s conferences in an effort to continue improving their craft.

Are You Considering Growing Marijuana At Home?

If you are interested in taking advantage of Colorado’s laws that allow you to grow your own plants at home, you may want to do some extensive research first. Depending on the size and number of plants you grow – and you should be careful to follow Colorado laws regulating growth – you may be spending as much on soil, electricity and equipment as you did buying marijuana from the shop. Especially when you can shop at Karing Kind and get the lowest tax rate in the state on chemical free, organic bud.

Whether you’re a grower or a customer, you want to get the most bang for your buck. That might mean higher THC or CBD content, getting just the right sativa-indica hybrid effects or drawing out a specific flavor (think Grape Ape, Banana Kush or Lemon Diesel).

At Karing Kind, we carry some of the finest local and national strains and cross breeds, including North American Widow, Rishi Kush and Green Crack.

Karing Kind is located just off of US-36, one mile north of Broadway, open daily from 11a to 7p.

While we carry a variety of strains, concentrates and edibles, inventory and stock levels fluctuate from week to week and month to month. Check our menu and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for an up-to-date list of edibles, concentrates and buds available now.

Additional Resources on Breeding & Cross Breeding Marijuana:

Karing Kind’s Menu of Organic Strains & Cross Breeds
Grow Q&A: Breeding Your Own Strains – High Times
BREEDING – Cannabis Growing Guide – Weed Farmer
How to Select Male Cannabis Plants for Breeding & Seed Making – The Ganjier
Marijuana Retailers & Home Growers – Colorado.gov