New marijuana strains pop up all the time, but the process of creating new strains of weed isn’t that easy! Fortunately, we know exactly what we’re doing and we follow strict codes of practice.
To optimize heterosis (hybrid vigor) we always use inbred parents and stabilize across multiple generations. We only use pollen less than 14 days old and we always hand-pollinate (our breeders call this Picasso-ing). Our facilities adhere to strict rules on cleanliness and general health & safety and our grow rooms NEVER share ventilation. This has eliminated pollen drift across all of our locations.
You can rest assured that Homegrown Cannabis Co. will never release a new strain of weed until it’s ready. It has to be stable, reliable, and super-amazing. That’s why our newest strains are always instant classics.
What are the new weed cultivars?
Cannabis strains are constantly evolving to keep up with current trends. In the last few decades, new strains of weed have incorporated more THC, and the potency skyrocketed.
Recently, medicinal cannabis cultivars gained popularity, too. These feature high CBD content and induce minimal psychoactive effects.
This change in demand gave rise to new cultivars, marijuana options aimed at wellness. These therapeutic varieties offer more CBD and little THC. Many options in this category have a 1:1 ratio of these compounds.
Some of the best new strains of marijuana are THC-dominant. These offer a unique blend of flavors and effects. Cannabis breeders combine popular and rare cultivars to develop marijuana options that give a modern twist to legendary strains. Great examples are the vast range of the new purple weed cultivars.
There's a wide range of marijuana strains to choose from. Let’s have a look at some of the most exciting innovations in the cannabis industry.
What's hybrid cannabis? Some of the best new weed strains fall into this category. These options are a blend of indica and sativa.
The genetic make-up of these determines which properties will be more prominent. Hybrid weed seeds with sativa-leaning properties induce uplifting and energizing effects initially. After a few hours, heavier, lazy sensations kick in, displaying the indica side of the cultivar.
Indica-dominant hybrid effects are typically more heavy-hitting and suited to relaxing tasks. These cultivars swiftly cause a full-body stone that leaves you melted to the sofa.
Many hybrid options induce a cerebral rush that pairs well with light tasks such as:
- Watching movies
- Creative thought
Cultivating the newest cannabis strains can be an exciting journey. Many modern seeds have a dexterous balance between sativa and indica effects, so finding your perfect strain has never been easier.
Genetically altered options
Cannabis cultivation is a rising trend. More tokers are opting to grow weed at home, in grow tents and grow rooms rather than purchase it commercially.
These growers typically choose seeds that are easy to maintain and have properties that make cultivation convenient. Genetically altered cultivars eliminate some of the challenges associated with regular seeds.
Some popular ones that fall into this category include:
- Fast Versions
Some of the strains are available as feminized seeds. They produce an all-female crop, meaning the grower doesn't need to sift out males.
When you cultivate these seeds, it guarantees you'll produce buds from your plants. The benefits of this option include:
- Saving time and resources by not having to remove male plants
- Each plant produces buds
- Extremely low chance of pollination
- Higher success rates in cultivation
These crops aren't ideal if you want to produce seeds or engage in breeding: you need male crops for that.
New cultivars available in autoflower versions are typically suited to intermediate-level growers. These varieties of cannabis don't require specific hours of light exposure to flip to the next stage of maturity.
Many of the newest marijuana strains are available as autos. Autoflower seeds don't need to be planted during a specific season, and they're versatile enough to cultivate indoors or outdoors. The benefits of these crops are:
- offering the grower flexibility
- Suitability for indoor and outdoor cultivation
- Multiple harvests each year
- Freedom from light schedules
- Ideal for small grow spaces
Fast Version seeds
Fast Version seeds are fairly new on the 420 scene. They've been available for just under a decade but quickly gained popularity among growers. They reduce the time it takes to cultivate crops.
These varieties are typically photoperiod plants but with an extremely fast flowering time. Most of the available options are feminized, offering growers double benefits. The advantages of fast version cultivars are:
- Quicker harvesting means you minimize the risk of mold and other pathogens that may invade as the weather changes
- The buds are potent despite the shorter growing time
- You won’t need to separate male crops
Why buy the new cannabis strains?
Classic strains provide enjoyable, predictable effects. You can select cultivars according to your preferences and categorize them by taste, smell, or even ease of cultivation.
Trying the newest types takes you slightly out of your comfort zone, and you might just discover a new favorite. Below we highlight a few reasons why you should give these cultivars a shot.
When you give the newest strains a try, you expose yourself to these benefits:
- New scent and flavor combinations
- Exciting combinations of effects
- Possible therapeutic effects
Let's take a closer look at these possibilities.
The scents and flavors of marijuana are complex and layered, so while your current citrus strain may have undertones of earth, you might find that a new strain has more complementary notes.
The strain you currently enjoy, because of its flavors, might induce complete couch-lock and effects you don't always enjoy. By trying one of our new cultivars with a similar taste, you might find an option that induces more pleasant sensations.
Another reason to buy a new strain of marijuana is simply to break your routine. Experimenting with something different in a social setting can lead to interesting interactions.
Some of these new types have long-lasting effects with medicinal benefits that leave you feeling positive and relaxed without the cerebral buzz. If you don't give them a shot, you might miss out on a sensational experience.
Broadening your cultivation skills
Many tokers opt to grow their own cannabis. With this in mind, some of the best new strains are beginner-friendly. Your cultivation journey can be convenient if you select the right cultivar.
Some newer variants don't need specific light cycles to mature, meaning that you don't need to spend a fortune on grow lamps. Other varieties are ready for harvest sooner, cutting down those electric bills.
By growing one of the newest marijuana strains, you get to broaden your cultivation experiences and refine your skills.
How to grow new types of weed?
Most of them are hybrids and can thrive both indoors and out. The ratio of sativa to indica varies, but these cultivars require similar cultivation techniques.
Each weed strain may have specific needs, but there are some common aspects that the grower must ensure. These include:
- Appropriate germination techniques
- Selecting the ideal grow medium
- Providing the ideal growing area with the right environmental conditions
- Proper maintenance
- Taking precautions against mold, mildew, and pests
- Adding supplements
- Harvesting at the correct time
Germination and grow mediums
The first aspect of cultivating new strains of weed is getting them to sprout. Seeds from Homegrown Cannabis Co. have a stupendously high germination rate. The paper towel method has the highest success rate, in our opinion.
When your seeds develop roots, you should plant them into a permanent growing medium. The ideal choice for the newest cultivars differs from one cultivar to the next.
Some flourish in soil, while others yield better results with hydroponics. If you decide to use soil, opt for a high-quality, organic product as these have more nutrients.
As your strain matures, keep an eye on how dense the foliage gets. Prune unnecessary leaves to allow adequate light to filter to the lower parts of the plant.
Pruning also enhances airflow and ventilation, so you reduce the risk of mold and other nasty infestations too.
Some of the new cannabis strains are more susceptible to pests like spider mites. Consider using a pesticide (always opt for organic if it’s available) or foliar spray to keep bugs at bay.
You'll want to ensure that your cannabis plants grow optimally by adding supplements. Each new strain of marijuana has unique requirements, but a moderate amount of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium does wonders for your crops.
You also need to monitor how frequently you water your plants. They need enough water for photosynthesis, but excessive watering causes root rot.
They don't differ much from the classics when it comes to temperature and humidity. A warm Mediterranean climate is best, along with moderate humidity levels that range between 55-65% for most strains.
If you select outdoor growing, be sure to harvest photoperiod variants in late September or early October. Certain cultivars wither in the cooler temperatures, and this directly affects the quality of the buds.
Yields vary among them, but thanks to the miracles of modern technology, most options produce generous harvests.
Where to buy the best new strains of weed?
If you want to start a crop with the newest strains, look no further than Homegrown Cannabis Co. Our selection of cannabis seeds leaves you spoiled for choice.
You can choose between feminized, autoflower, and regular variants. We also supply you with detailed information about each product so you can make an informed decision before purchasing your seeds.
When you buy new cultivars, you can easily track your progress by subscribing to our Homegrown Diaries. Cultivation doesn't have to be a lonely task, and you can find support from a community of like-minded individuals on our Homegrown forum.
Why not get started immediately? Give one of the new strains a shot and discover how green your fingers really are.