Last updated: August 13, 2018

What Does Crossbreeding Mean?

Crossbreeding refers to the breeding of two different cannabis plants. The art of crossbreeding plants is done to attain an offspring that features the best of both parent plants.

Some growers opt to cross breed plants that offer stability and abundant growth. Other growers are trying to improve the terpene count, increase cannabinoid production, achieve a specific high, or obtain a distinctive flavor. The cannabis plant inherits its characteristics from both parent plants.

Natural hereditary factors play into crossbreeding so there is no true way to determine exactly which characteristics the offspring will inherit and which ones they won’t.


Maximum Yield Explains Crossbreeding

Crossbreeding is ultimately about producing a better offspring cannabis strain than the parent plants. The parent plants' flower production, stem strength, leaves, growth, and stability must all be taken into consideration before crossbreeding.

Other important factors are the parent plants' levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD), terpenes, and trichomes. Combining the key points of the various strains through crossbreeding is not only an art form but also a scientific project that is extremely important when breeding strains for medicinal marijuana users.

Many cannabis plant breeders enjoy using landrace strains because of their hardiness and the fact that they have relabily passed down key hereditary strengths from generation to generation.

Through crossbreeding, growers are able to develop new strains of marijuana, which are often a mix of sativa and indica strains. The resulting plants from crossbreeding as often called crossbreeds, crosses, or hybrids.


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