A question we get asked all the time is “what is best between the three options and how do I choose?”
There are price differences to consider. Some people say one is better than another. So let us break it down for you because there are things to consider with each. No matter which option you choose, vetting your plant or seed provider is the first step.
Non Feminized - When we first entered the hemp industry we started with normal, F1, non-feminized seeds. There was a large amount of variability, they were all around inconsistent and unreliable and there were lots of male plants to deal with. Seeds like this should not be used for large acreage because dealing with so many males is inefficient and a waste of space, time, and energy.
Feminized - Many farmers planted feminized seed in 2019 only to find that the seed either was not actually feminized or had high rates of hermaphroditism. Known as a “herm,” these plants display both female and male plant parts.
Properly produced feminized seed is third-party tested for germination rate and male/female ratio, and has had a documented grow-out trial prior to selling. Making sure you know and trust the people who produced and are selling the seed is very important.
Farmers can save money by sprouting their own seed in a greenhouse, however there are still risks involved as those plants need about 4-5 weeks in a greenhouse before they are moved outside. We have provided a germination guide on our website which should help you be successful.
Our BaOx S1 feminized seed was created from clonal stock of a single genotype of our signature variety, BaOx.
Our BaOx is a handpicked selection from a BaOx cross that we first tested in 2017. It was planted by more than 150 farmers across 10 states on over 500 acres of land the first two years. We received many requests to make feminized seeds with our variety, so we decided to oblige.
Triangle Hemp's BaOx has gone through all the necessary steps to be QA Certified by the North Carolina Crop Improvement Association (NCCIA) for germination rate, purity, and uniformity. The federal seed certifying body however have not yet released guidelines that will allow the NCCIA to certify. Throughout the seed production process, numerous regular inspections were performed by the NCCIA to ensure there were no off-types or genetic inconsistency.
If you do not have a greenhouse or suitable indoor space where you can create starter plants or would just feel more comfortable letting us get your plants ready for you, we are here for you. We will germinate our feminized seeds for you and get them ready to move into the field. Upon pick up you will receive field ready, fully-hardened off plants with our rootbound-free guarantee.
In 2017 when we realized there was such a huge amount of variability in most seed stock, we decided the only way farmers would be able to plant with peace of mind was to produce clones. Our clones are from a female plant that came from a single seed selection that was tested for CBD/THC as well as vigor, growth habit, and a number of other factors.
For the past two years, we sold more than 500,000 clones and not a single male plant was found. It is arguably the only way to ensure true consistency and no males in your field, but it is also a time consuming and difficult process — thus, clones are the most expensive option.