20 year old Hawaiian Land-Race Cannabis Seeds

In 1994 I stored a bunch of seeds, perhaps about a thousand of them and split them into different categories, vacuum packed and surrounded with rice.. that was what I used back then before other desiccants.. When I came to Spain at the beginning of this century I left half in the UK with friends and brought with me some of the more interesting ones, mainly Sativa because that was my choice back in the day, my Mota mortal and Acapulco gold type strains for example that I grew out successfully recently. When I came to Spain they were all chucked into the deep freeze and I’ve been as careful as possible in all that time not to let them thaw.

Hawaiian Land-race Cannabis Seeds

Last year tho I cracked into a tube of Hawaiian background seeds, seeds that I had collected over the course of a few years from mates going to check out the scene back then around the end of the 80’s. These recently planted beans threw out all manner of phenotypes, from about two dozen seeds it felt like I had twenty different phenotypes or strains. This is never an ideal situation, different requirements, different heights etc and coupled with the hectic year and me moving twice within about 6 months the project was a disaster.

For this year, along with my regular reliable meds I am going to grow out a batch of these old schools again and try to give them the required attention. Nothing stood out as unbelievable grower early on last year so I’m not expecting fireworks but I AM hoping that we can find one or two that are interesting.

Now, for purists, I know that some argue about the true background of Hawaiian land-races and I am aware of all this but for me cannabis has been around the world and back again ten times over over thousands of years. They might not technically be a land-race as in originated in this place but I consider land-races to be strains that thrive in a certain location and are growing wild. That’s what the plants that produced these seeds were doing.

As I was just saying to a friend on Facebook

“i love the nostalgia of these old school tho and not quite knowing what you are going to get is always nice for an enthusiast ”

The early idea is to just plant a few, remove any weak plants in the first few weeks, force flower half after 6 weeks or so and let the remaining plants get fully mature with several re-pots before planting outdoors. I have an area in my smallish garden in mind for them with some bamboo and canes growing high behind them for some protection from the elements and prying eyes. With these particular seeds having a Hawaiian background they should do well in our local, almost sub-tropical climate.


Bagseed or F1 seed? What’s the difference?

I was asked this question recently by email so thought I’d ‘try’ to explain things and help with the decision.

Many mistakes are made by people new to growing cannabis, it is normal and expected to suffer some losses initially, be that through carelessness, incorrect measuring or watering or just through bad luck. Bagseed is free!

So if you are the wreckless type or consider yourself prone to suffering all the bad luck under the sun then you might save a few coins as you learn from your experiences of growing them.

However…For some people, having invested in expensive growing equipment, good fertilisers and soils etc then buying good quality proven genetics can be considered the logical step, especially when you consider the amount of time, effort and allround dedication that you are about to invest into cultivating them.

So, basically it comes down to your own experiences and style and being realistic in what you can achieve, can you definately tend to the plants in a proper manner over the course of several months? It’s also worth noting that just because you have the best genetics, it doesn’t mean your going to get perfect plants every time. The growing environment and a persons experience play a huge role in a cannabis plants development.

So if I choose to have quality seeds should I choose f1? It is better than f2? Or do I choose a Hybrid? How does that work?

Ok,this is quite a complicated subject so I try to break it down to basics. In the beginning breeders start with ‘homozygous’ strains. These are considered true breeding strains, the true great mothers if you will and these strains show very little variation in characteristics, i.e the yield or size or aroma. When you start mixing true breeding strains you end up with ‘heterozygous’ strains. These strains will usually be more varied in thier chracteristics than the original homozygous parents. A heterozygous strain is considered to be a hybrid. An F1, F2, F3 etc are all hybrids.

F1 hybrid – is the first generation of a cross between any two unrelated seed lines in the creation of a hybrid. F1 hybrids can be uniform or variable depending on the parent stock used.

F2 hybrid – is the offspring of a cross between two F1 plants.

So, to sum that bit up, when you see the description of a strain by the breeders themselves, that is descibing the f1 plant. The further away from the f1 you go then the further away from the description you are likely to get.

Any wiser?