Hybrid Cannabis Strains
As the demand for cannabis grows, so does the need for new and improved strains. One way of achieving that is by hybridizing existing strains to create new ones. Not only does this increase the diversity of cannabis’ genealogy, but it also allows for customization of the user’s recreational and medicinal experience. More importantly, it allows for the enhancement of traits - be it cannabinoid concentrations or horticultural properties.
Hybrids: The Best of Both Worlds
Cannabis plants started as either pure Indica or Sativa. Each has distinct, desirable traits that prompted humans to cultivate it. In terms of effects, these two are at the opposite end of the spectrum. To strike a balance between the two, breeders mixed and matched different Indica and Sativa strain to create hybrids bearing the combination of its desirable traits at varying concentrations.
Hybrids were borne out of human intervention. These varieties are primarily bred to improve an existing strain by crossing it with another parent bearing excellent genes. This lets the breeder customize the resulting progeny’s traits. Depending on the parent strains used, hybrids can be Sativa-dominant, Indica-dominant, or balanced.
- Sativa-dominant hybrids. These plants have higher Sativa genes in its composition. Thus, it features traits that closely resemble its Sativa parent. Often, it exerts a predominantly energetic cerebral high along with a mellow, relaxing effect. Cultivation-wise, these plants tend to grow tall and lanky with widely-spaced internodes.
- Indica-dominant hybrids. The polarizing opposite of Sativa-heavy varieties contains more Indica percentage in its genetic makeup. Hence, it primarily imparts a profoundly soothing physical buzz along with a subtle euphoric cerebral high. It also develops into a bushy, compact plant with sparse internodal spacing.
- Balanced hybrids. Even-split hybrids provide a balanced combination of Indica and Sativa effects. It is the ideal choice for consumers who want to experience the best of both worlds. After all, balanced hybrids are not too energizing nor overly soporific; it sits somewhere in the middle. The same is true for its stature upon development. Hybrid plants are usually average-sized - not too tall, but also not too squat.
How Are Hybrids Created?
Highly stable hybrids from Homegrown Cannabis Co. are produced through meticulous hybridization that takes several years to perfect. This process involves selectively breeding Indica and Sativa cultivars to give rise to a progeny with enhanced characteristics. Seeds produced through this process are deemed as the first generation hybrids. Then, the sprouts that exhibit the desired traits are “cubed.” In essence, the first-gen hybrids are inbred or back-crossed with the parent strain to reinforce the desired features. This process is then repeated across three or more generations until each hybrid expresses the genes consistently.
Top Picks for Growing at Home
One of the most compelling reasons for choosing hybrid strains is that it offers a more tailored experience that suits varying needs and preferences. For instance, consumers who prefer strains with well-balanced stimulating and relaxing effects will surely take delight in toking Homegrown Cannabis Co.’s equal-split hybrids. Growers, on the other hand, can benefit from its enhanced genetics and horticultural properties.
The vast selection of hybrids in the market could be quite overwhelming, especially to neophyte consumers. To avoid decision fatigue, here are the top hybrid strains from Homegrown Cannabis Co. that are worth considering:
- Early Skunk x Cinderella 99 Feminized
Those who fancy starting the day with an extra ‘oomph’ should consider waking and baking with Early Skunk x Cinderella 99. This hybrid’s enlivening effect ensures that the user stays energized throughout the day. Meanwhile, its soothing relaxation dispels exhaustion and prevents it from affecting productivity - thus, making it a reliable daytime and late afternoon companion. Moreover, beyond recreation, its 21% THC concentration delivers immense relief from various medical concerns - be it physical or psychological in nature.
Such outstanding traits must be credited to its prominent parentage - Early Skunk and Cinderella 99. Both strains boast of a short flowering cycle and hefty bud production. Still, it is the former that imparts sturdy genes - making the hybrid capable of withstanding mold and pathogen attacks in outdoor settings. The latter, on the other hand, heavily influences the stature of the progeny. Given its compact build, feminized Early Skunk x Cinderella 99 can be easily cultivated indoors, too.
Regardless of the environment, though, it is best to grow this plant in organic soil to further enhance its terpene profile. Moreover, do note that it thrives well in warm and semi-humid environments. When grown in a Sea of Green setup, expect harvests to hit the 400 to 600-gram per square meter mark after just 8 to 10 weeks of flowering. Meanwhile, each sun-grown plant can produce up to 600 grams of overly resinous buds.
Rosetta Stone is an equal-split hybrid worthy of admiration. Aside from its unforgettable and enticing aroma, it ensnares the senses with a binding spell of well-balanced effects. It invigorates the mind while drowning the body in relaxation - thus, making it perfect for getting through the day without succumbing to fatigue. On top of that, given its 19% THC potency, it also provides lasting relief from various health concerns.
This hybrid hails from the union of two legendary cannabis strains with elite genetics. A female Ginger Ale was specifically chosen for its ability to produce incredibly dense and massive buds, which then ensures a plentiful harvest. But to guarantee top-shelf quality buds with each harvest, it was paired with a strain renowned for its prolific resin production - the quintessential White Widow. Such union gave rise to Rosetta Stone Feminized - a stable, equal-split hybrid that does not fail to impress with its copious yields of dense, massive, and trichome-laden colas with tinged with the sophisticated scent of pines and earth.
Offered at Homegrown Cannabis Co. as feminized seeds, these sensimillas delight growers with its fast-flowering rate and ease of cultivation. Moreover, it ensures a zero pollination risk. As such, effort, time, and resources become solely dedicated to female plants that can produce up to 450 grams of resinous nugs per square meter after just 7 to 8 weeks of flowering. Meanwhile, growing outdoors in a warm Mediterranean climate brings an even more plentiful harvest, with each plant capable of producing up to 900 grams of sticky buds.
- Kosher Kush x Tangerine Feminized
One of Kosher Kush x Tangerine’s most prominent traits is its off-the-roof THC levels reaching as high as 29%. That said, this hybrid is not suitable for people who cannot handle the intense high it offers. But for those who can tolerate such effects, a well-balanced cerebral and physical experience awaits. It invigorates the mind and motivates one to be physically active before soothing the body in a comforting relaxation. Beyond recreation, this hybrid is also useful for remedying various health concerns. Given its insane potency, it inevitably knocks out pain and mental distress in an instant.
Pairing Kosher Kush with Tangerine resulted in an equal-split hybrid with a pronounced terpene profile. The progeny inherited Tangerine’s fruity mango and pineapple notes along with Kosher Kush’s classic earthy, piney odor. Aside from this enticing flavor and aroma, though, Homegrown Cannabis Co.’s feminized Kosher Kush x Tangerine seeds are coveted for its highly resilient and easy-to-germinate nature. Thus, making it an excellent choice for less-experienced cultivators. On top of that, its impressive yielding capacity makes it rewarding to cultivate. When grown in a Screen of Green Setup, it provides up to 600 grams of buds per square meter after 9 weeks of flowering. Outdoors, the yield per plant could be as high as 700 grams.
- Northern Lights x Cream Autoflower
Those searching for an instant uplift along with relaxation and lasting relief from discomforts need not look further. Homegrown Cannabis Co. combines Northern Lights’ classic Indica prowess with Cream Auto’s delectable stimulating high to come up with a well-balanced hybrid offering the best of both worlds. As expected, Northern Lights x Cream Autoflower’s elite genetics and 18% THC potency never fail to impress with its mind-bending euphoric influence perfectly complemented by a soothing relaxation. It also excels in appeasing aches and discomforts - be it physical or psychological in nature. To top it all off, this hybrid delights the palate with a sweet, earthy essence it inherited from Northern Lights along with Auto Cream’s refreshing fruity flavor.
Cultivating Northern Lights x Cream Autoflower requires minimal maintenance. Nonetheless, it produces satisfactory yields of crystal-laden buds - even at the hands of amateur growers. Moreover, since it is an autoflowering variety, it matures at a break-neck rate - requiring only 9 to 10 weeks of development from germination to produce 100 to 150 grams of harvest per square meter. For even more substantial yields, consider growing outdoors where each plant could bear as much as 150 grams of buds. Year-round cultivation is also encouraged since autos’ short lifespan allows for planting two to three batches per annum.