Selecting A Commercial Strain
Where is this strain coming from?
One time I walked into a garden and they were putting together a 2,000 clone order for another business. The gardener comes out and tells the owner that he didn’t label the last four trays of clones and he didn’t pay attention to which mothers he took them from. So they had about 300 clones that they weren’t exactly sure what they were. Without a breath, the owner replies, “Just label them Dutch Sour Cream and sell them. No one will be able to tell the difference for a while anyways.” No one wants to be on the receiving end of this. Choose your suppliers carefully, it will save you thousands and make sales more fluid.
Lets see the finished product
Many growers and business owners get caught up on strain names and strain lineage. While these things can be important for breeding, what is most important right now is the finished product. How does the final product look? How does it smell? Is this something that can easily be sold? If not you’ll have to drop your price when it comes time to start selling the products.
Tell me about the plant
Does this plant finish in 8 weeks, 9 weeks, 14 weeks? This is important because 8 and 9 week strains are going to get you more harvests per year. How well did it produce? It can be the prettiest stuff on earth but if it doesn’t produce enough to be profitable in a commercial facility take it back to your basement!
Don’t fill your garden up with this plant. Get six plants and run them on your grow system. Don’t change a proven commercial system to accommodate a genetic! Right before these six plants move into flower take a few clones off of the best one. Next, observe. Watch the flowering plants, if they produce well, finish flowering quickly and the product is good, you have winner!
If your clones rooted properly you should have a few mothers on the Veg side to keep the strain in your garden. If they turn out to be Dutch Sour Cream, the plant never develops properly and it finishes flowering in 14 weeks. Better luck next time and at least. it’s only six plants and not your entire operation. Cut out the genetic anywhere that it is in the garden and don’t buy from that supplier again!
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