Many farmers who are transitioning from traditional crops to hemp farming want to know the difference between hemp seeds and hemp clones. This will help you to plan your crop and know what to purchase when it comes time to plant.
A hemp clone is a cutting from a ‘mother plant,’ which means it’s farther along in the growing process than a seed. When you purchase clones, you know what strain you are getting, and you can more easily estimate what you can expect as far as yield and strength. When you transplant the clone, it is very important that the conditions are optimal. However, if handled properly, hemp clones can be a great way to start your crop.
Hemp seeds are exactly what they sound like: seeds. You plant them just like you would any other seed. Many farmers prefer this method because it’s familiar and because when you find a high-quality seed distributor, there’s no guesswork involved. Hemp is an annual plant, so starting from seed is more natural. When you plant a seed, the life cycle is easy to track and the plant’s genetics will likely end up being stronger than a clone, since a clone may be taken from a plant that has already reached maturity.
Which Should You Choose?
Hemp seeds and clones each have advantages and disadvantages. Some hemp farmers who are just starting out will choose clones because they believe it will be easier and faster than starting from seed. It’s also nice to know exactly what you’re getting.
However, some believe that because cannabis is an annual plant, it is unnatural to keep it alive year after year for cloning purposes. The plant is not having to adapt to a stressful environment or fight off diseases and pests, so the clones end up being genetically weaker. It also may have a harder time taking root.
Seeds are a little more difficult to control and predict. If you’re not working with a reputable supplier, the seeds may have more THC than is allowed under the 2018 Farm Bill, or there may be more males in the mix.
Too many male seeds in your crop will mean more pollen will be released. If there are enough male seeds releasing pollen, it is possible that all of the female plants in your crop could become pollinated. If this happens, the plants will produce both flower and seed, reducing the overall CBD concentration within the plant. If you decide to start with seeds, it’s important to work with a supplier who knows their average female-to-male ratio.
Many hemp farmers prefer seeds because they are less expensive. If you’re not sure you want to go “all in” yet, seeds could be a good way to test hemp farming out.
To learn more or to find out how to start growing hemp, please reach out to us! The team at HempWave is happy to assist you through the entire process.