Growing and developing new marijuana strains is not an easy and simple task to do especially if you know what you are doing. Europe is a leader when it comes to creating new strains and there are plenty of Amsterdam feminized seeds all over the world due to how the Netherlands has been at the forefront of strain development today. That is why the Dutch are very successful in the marijuana industry.
And speaking of strain development, what makes the Netherlands and several other breeders all over the world so successful in developing new strains is that they understand that this endeavor needs patience on top of knowledge. You need patience in the sense that you need to stabilize marijuana genetics first before you can truly say they are ready for the world.
What is Stabilization?
When you are breeding cannabis strains, you are basically developing seeds that have the genetic traits of both its parent strains because marijuana is a diploid organism that carries a trait each of its parents. In a sense, when the seeds of the offspring strain are produced, there is no certainty that you will have uniformity in terms of effects and attributes. Some of the seeds may grow into plants that have different traits compared to the other seeds that were produced using the same parent strains. This is where stabilization comes in.
Stabilization happens when you choose offspring strains with the traits you believe are the most desirable. Then, using those strains, you will now backcross them with one another to produce similar strains that have such desirable traits and attributes. By doing so, you will be able to make sure that all of the seeds of the newly developed strains will have uniformity.
However, there is still a need to backcross and stabilize the genes for several more generations even though they already show uniform traits and attributes. The reason for such is that there is still a chance for phenotypes to emerge. Phenotypes are plants that differ in terms of their traits and attributes and are generally “outliers”. So, to minimize phenotypes from emerging, it is essential for most breeders to stabilize the strain’s genetics for at least four generations before they are ready to be introduced to the market.
Moreover, if you are producing feminized seeds of a certain strain, you need to several more generations of backcrossing between those feminized seeds not only to minimize the onset of phenotypes but to also make sure that no hermaphrodites (females with male characteristics) will emerge.
That said, choosing to grow or develop certain cannabis strains requires you to go for the ones with the most stable genetics.
What are the most Stable Feminized Seeds on the Market today?
ACDC itself is a phenotype strain that comes from the popular medical strain Cannatonic. Despite being a phenotype, it is considered a very stable strain because of the fact that it is constantly bred and perfected because of its medicinal qualities. When growing ACDC, you can be sure that this plant will have the same characteristics as expected and will provide you the therapeutic benefits you can expect from a strain that has a 1:20 THC to CBD ratio.
It might be a bit odd to say that a landrace strain is one of the more stable strains in the market today. After all, Afghani did originally grow in the wilds of Afghanistan and is most likely unstable because of how it was left untouched by human hands. But because Afghani is now one of the most popular strains to use for creating new marijuana strains, there was a need to stabilize its genetics by crossing it with other Afghani strains. As such, it is now considered a very stable strain.
AK-47 is a very popular cannabis strain that does not sound as scary as its name. it is actually very mellow and relaxing. That is why it is so popular. And because of its popularity, it has become well-bred and very stable.
4. Alaskan Thunder Fuck
Also known as ATF or Matanuska Thunder, this strain originates from the Matanuska area of Alaska and was once a very unstable strain before it was stabilized using Afghani strains to make it a heartier choice for different users out there.
5. Blue Dream
Blue Dream really is a very dreamy strain that originates from California. This strain was developed using Blueberry and Haze and became one of the better choices for those who want to go for sativa-dominant hybrid strains. Before introducing it to the market, its breeders made sure to backcross it to make it a more stable and well-loved hybrid.
Speaking of which, Blueberry is a favorite all over the world because of the sweet and fruity flavors that characterize it. It has been around since the 70s and has always been a popular indica wherever you go. Despite the fact that it no longer resembles the same strain that was first introduced to the market nearly half a century ago, it is now a very stable feminized strain because of how it is so popular.
7. Bubba Kush
Bubba Kush comes from the Kush line and is a direct descendant of the popular OG Kush. This strain is known for its ability to put you down to sleep and for its natural coffee-like flavors that certainly are appealing. It may have uncertain genetic origins but generations of backcrossing have allowed it to stand well on its own.
8. Durban Poison
A strain that can be considered a landrace because of how it can be traced to the port city of Durban in Africa, Durban Poison is a pure sativa that has since become a very stable landrace because of how breeders are now keen on preserving the genetics of landraces.
9. Dutch Treat
As the name suggests, Dutch Treat is a favorite strain in Amsterdam and is one of the more sought-after buds you can find in coffee shops all over the Netherlands. Because breeders and growers in Amsterdam are so keen on making sure that the quality of their product remains the same, there was a real need to stabilize this favorite treat.
10. Granddaddy Purple
Granddaddy Purple or GDP is one of the greatest strains in the history of the cannabis industry. It was first introduced to the market back in 2003 and has since caught the world by storm due to its flavorful berry profile, massive yields, and great psychoactive effects. Since its introduction, it has become a more stable feminized strain and promises to deliver uniform traits and attributes more likely than not.