Royal Queen Seeds recently released cannabis F1 hybrids. The agricultural sector has long used this technology to create more productive, uniform, and disease-resistant plants. Now, it's being implemented in the cannabis cultivation industry, and RQS makes them available to growers.
The concept of F1 hybrids stands out because of a trait called hybrid vigor. By crossing two highly pure inbred lines, breeders create offspring with enhanced traits. The result? Plants that produce bigger yields and churn out more THC and terpenes. F1 hybrid varieties are also highly uniform; all plants share the same shape and structure, which makes them more predictable and easier to grow.
Royal Queen Seeds explains that many cannabis seed companies market their seeds as F1 hybrids. "In the world of breeding, the term 'F1' simply describes the plants that make up the first generation following a cross. However, the majority of modern cannabis strains are created using unstable parents. This means they display inferior uniformity and lack the vigor of true F1 hybrids."
According to the company, Royal Queen Seeds' F1 hybrids are new to the world of cannabis. However, expert growers are already experiencing the benefits they offer in the grow room and garden. A grower that goes by the name MCFLOW reported that Apollo F1 "was the fastest-growing plant I've ever cultivated."
The hybrid vigor that makes F1s so attractive could soon make them the most popular type of seed, RQS says. Naturally, it may take some growers time to accept this new category. MCFLOW added, "my skepticism vanished when I witnessed the exceptional growth and substantial yield of Apollo F1."
After growing Titan F1, KotiGrowers reported "impressive potency and high resin production." Discussing plant uniformity, he added: "All three plants have the same bonsai-like size and are very compact. It is the ideal size for a discreet grow."
Oyziphar reported: "What also struck me, besides the strong germination rate, was the growth rate. If you want to keep your cycle short, these new RQS F1 hybrids are state of the art."
Agreeing with Oyziphar, a grower called ButterfliesLittleFarm wrote: "What is fascinating is their speed of maturation. The first plant was ready for harvest in less than 60 days." This grower also seems thrilled at the quality of the buds, saying: "I have to admit that they are the best I have grown by far—hard and full with a wonderful smell."
The first true F1 cannabis hybrids show a lot of promise, RQS says. "Large breeding programs and plenty of investment make the endeavor seem impressive. Cultivation experiences show that they're more productive, more concentrated with terpenes and cannabinoids, and less prone to common plant diseases."
On top of this, the first wave of growers to try out these genetics are thrilled with the results. According to LittleButterfliesFarm: "I think that in general, F1s are great for growers with a lack of space, and those who want a top result in the fastest time possible."
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