In this week’s PotCast, Kronic returns to clarify a few things covered in his All About Autoflowers episode a couple of weeks back. Kronic starts by explaining that cannabis cultivation and growing knowledge are something that he is constantly developing and learning, it’s easy to forget that Kronic has only been growing for 6 months, however, he has put in over 8 years of time researching and participating in other areas of the community such as forum moderation.
In the aforementioned Potcast episode on autoflower seeds , Kronic made some comments about colloidal silver and it’s usefulness which he felt the need to clarify. Colloidal silver does not create autoflowers, however, it does play a key role for autoflower breeders when stabilizing and feminizing autoflower genetics.
Colloidal silver is composed of tiny particles that allow it to pass through plant cells. Once on the plant, it bonds to existing copper molecules residing on a female plant. Ethylene is produced from these copper molecules, and it is this that tells the plants to produce female buds; otherwise known as calyxes or pistils. When colloidal silver bonds with the copper molecules, ethylene production grinds to a halt and the plant produces male pollen sacs while also developing female flowers.
Using colloidal silver allows you to stabilize the genetics of any offspring from hermaphrodite plant and ensure that they don’t inherit any hermaphrodite traits and are fully feminized.
Cannabis Ruderalis is a species of cannabis much like Sativa and Indica, however, they occur naturally in far cooler climates in the Northern Hemisphere. They can survive without much light, unlike Sativa which prefers warmer, sunny climates. Ruderalis do need sleep-time, they are used in the process of breeding autoflower strains, but it is not until the fourth or fifth generation when the autoflower strains hit the market with perfectly coded genetics.
Once the autoflower strains become available, they should be genetically encoded to continue growing with minimal or no sleep time, as Kronic concluded previously. This is important as it means that autoflowers do not need to follow traditional light-cycles and growth cycles.
Everything You Need To Know About Ruderalis
As Kronic continues his research and training with growing autoflowers, the more knowledge he will be able to pass on, check out his journey over on Instagram @thecannabiskronicles and look out for him dropping gems of knowledge on the Homegrown Forum.
Hit play on the PotCast below to find out more about Cannabis Ruderalis!