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Introduction to Living Soil Cannabis Part 3: Genetic Selection

March means its time to acquire the cannabis genetics you wish to sow. There are a few considerations to make when choosing strains, such as location, climate, type of seed, and personal experience.

The location is a big factor. Are you to grow outside, inside, in a tent, etc. Some genetics grow tall and spindly, while others short and fat. Knowing how much room you have to cultivate will dictate this decision.

The climate must be good for the genetics chosen. For example, if you live in a hot climate, its best to pick a haze type hybrid. If the grow location is in the northern portion of the USA, then maybe a shorter cycle indica dominant plant is best.

The type of seed can vary from strain and breeder as well. Photo regs, are normal cannabis seeds with 50% male, 50% female. These are good for getting the truest, most natural expression of a plant. There are Auto Flowers, which finish in a specific time regardless of light cycle, which are easier to cultivate. However, these plants often are not the tastiest or most potent, but the most convenient for new growers. They take the guess work out of the light cycle and when to change it. There are also feminized plants, guaranteed to be females, but they have been reversed using colloidal silver. Personally, I would choose Photoperiod Regular seeds. These seem to have the best cannabinoid and terpene expressions, resulting in better quality cannabis.

Personal experience must be considered, as some strains are harder to grow then others. They may require more care and catering too then others. It just depends how much you would prefer to trade convenience for quality.

Once you have a basic knowledge of the types of seeds, location, and grower experience, the search can be more refined. Are you looking for hash plants for larger hash yields? Plants with a big biomass yield? Resiliency? Potency? Terps? It’s best to know the breeder and reach out for discussions.


Caleb Neal is a U.S. Army Veteran, serving 5 years Active Duty as a Military Police Officer. His late spouse, Courtney Neal, was a female combat veteran MP who lost her life to suicide in 2021. His goal is to empower and educate veterans to cultivate their own in the best way for their body and the earth. 

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