- Jul 22, 2020
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As I’m getting my act together for a fall/winter run of some pretty cool Sativas, I’m wanting to start making my own seeds for future runs. I’m limited with plant counts/space so the ideas of running dozens of each isn’t an option. I will be able to dedicate a small tent and light to the males but also want to keep their pollen separate from each other so that I can dust different lower branches of the females. This will all need to be done in the same basement/space so I’d like to keep any accidental pollination to a minimum.
Some things I have read up on seem like good ideas but it’s always nice to get some real world feed back
Make selection - again, selecting from small numbers, I can look for things like plant health/structure/stem smell etc... but what else should I keep an eye on. I’ve seen opinions on early vs late flowering males etc...
Gathering - I like some of the things I’ve seen along the lines of as the pollen is just starting to drop, making a sort of three cup system where the bottom cup holds water, the middle cup has a hole in the bottom to allow the stem to sit in said water, but still catch pollen, and then a third upside down cup that acts as a dome. I’ve also seen where the tops of the skin to be fallen pollen branches are just cut and put into a separate bowl (easier but maybe the watered cut may be able to run longer?
Pollen storage - I’ve seen where people like to mix it with some all purpose flower and store it in the fridge - not sure how well that works or how long it can be stored but it would be nice to be able to keep it for a few runs of different females/strains
Containment - not sure if having a separate tent 10-15 feet away and putting some basic filtering on the ports (panty hose?) would keep things in check or not.
Dusting timing - I would assume that as soon as they roll into week three or so and have plenty of hairs that is a good time to hit them up?
What else am I missing? I realize this is chucking and not breeding but I’d like it to be as good of a longer term plan as I can