At Karing Kind, we’re proud to offer Boulder residents and visitors a wide selection of popular and hard-to-find strains, all grown and hand-manicured right here in Boulder using the best available carbon conscious methods and only the finest ingredients.
But where do strains like Green Crack or Flo come from? And how do you go from Hawaiian Romulan and Island Sweet Skunk to a new marijuana cross breed like Golden Goat?
In this post, we’ll take a quick look at how marijuana cross-breeding works. This isn’t intended – or sufficient – to be used as a how-to guide for growing marijuana plants at home as permitted by Colorado law. But it is a good starting place.
The information we include here 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 our location in North Boulder to speak with one of our award-winning budtenders.
How Does Marijuana Cross Breeding Work?
When you hear about marijuana cross breeds, 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 involves more than just picking two strains you like, putting them in a room together and turning on your Marvin Gaye Spotify playlist.
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.
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 producing marijuana cross breeds. 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 cannabis 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.
This is especially true when you can shop at Karing Kind and get the lowest tax rate in the state (our customers save an average of $7.50 every trip over other Boulder dispensaries, even before factoring in member rewards and daily deals).
Karing Kind is located just off of US-36, one mile north of Broadway, open daily from 9am to 10pm.
While we carry a variety of strains, concentrates and edibles, our inventory and stock levels fluctuate from week to week. Check our menu and follow us on Instagram and Twitter for an up-to-date list of edibles, concentrates and buds available now.
Additional Resources on Breeding & Cross Breeding Marijuana:
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