Humboldt Seed Company (HSC) announced the release of its OG Kush Triploid and Donutz Triploid cannabis seeds to the U.S. market.
"This seed release has been a long time coming," said Benjamin Lind, co-founder and chief science officer of Humboldt Seed Company. "It's been over five years since we discovered a naturally occurring triploid during a phenotype hunt in Grass Valley, California. After extensive, large-scale field trials with leading, licensed California farms and our collaboration with Richard Philbrook, a molecular biologist at Dark Heart Labs, we are excited to release stable, high-THC triploid seeds."
These strains were created to simplify home growing and provide a solution for commercial cultivators to remain competitive in an ever-changing market.
- OG Kush Triploid: An upgraded classic. Sparkly, bright green, tennis ball-sized buds. THC 30-34%.
- Donutz Triploid: A modern stunner. Beautiful, frosty, indoor-style buds. THC 30-35%.
Triploids possess three copies of chromosomes instead of the usual two and are 99% seedless, thanks to natural breeding techniques and selective pressures. HSC triploids are not genetically modified organisms (GMOs). This alteration in chromosome number allows for enhanced characteristics and maintains genetic integrity.
"Triploid technology has revolutionized fruit production worldwide, notably in seedless watermelons and grapes—now it's coming to cannabis," said Ed Rosenthal, cannabis horticulture expert. "I had a chance to compare the triploid and diploid plants at the Humboldt Seed Company 2023 phenotype hunt. The triploids appeared more vigorous, had larger buds and higher trichome density, increasing the value for both the consumer and farmer."
Benefits of triploid cannabis seeds
Triploid seeds offer a 3-5% increase in THC, a 10-20% increase in flower yields, and a 10-15% increase in fresh frozen live rosin yield. They also shorten flowering time by 5-10 days and virtually eliminate crop losses due to pollination. Additional benefits include potential enhanced disease resistance and reduced requirements for nutrients and water, leading to a lower carbon footprint and a more environmentally friendly growth cycle.
HSC triploid seeds are available across the U.S., with a triploid clone release to follow this spring in Europe.
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Humboldt Seed Company