HEY THERE SKUNKERS, I was just going to do a little babbling about some considerations when breeding with IBL stock, IBL stands for, ‘inbred line’ and unlike a poly-hybrid, or hybrid stock. A bit about hybrids as well; and, if you don’t know what these terms mean, just skip down to the bottom of this article for a quick explanation. Also, make sure to grab a copy of my latest TLO (True Living Organics 2nd Edition) book here at this link on Amazon: http://a.co/00XaOcn and thank you all for all the awesome support and kudos regarding the book—cheers.
My book doesn’t really go into any depth regarding breeding, just some basic pollen skills and whatnot; however, since you cannot be a good breeder unless you are a good grower, because they are intertwined. My book will rock your brain full of great info about the all-natural style of growing, which is different than any other style including most organic styles of growing. It also allows you to see the true strengths and weaknesses of your individual plants. Alright then, on with the show…
The IBL Effect
What I am going to share with you all here is some hands-on breeding knowledge acquired from over 30 years of breeding cannabis. I’m going to share these things with you in a very casual style without using a lot of techno-babble or the copying and pasting of complicated science regarding the subject. I’m not a scientist and I don’t play one on the internet, heh heh, and while I am familiar with a lot of breeding science, one thing I know for sure after 30 years of doing it, is that you don’t have to really know the science of it to be a wicked good breeder. Just be a great grower, use skills of observation and pattern recognition, and you’re fairly golden.
Almost always, if you pay attention, you can notice a pattern of certain expression(s) that are always and only present when other favored (or unfavored even) expressions have yet to show, like large yields, or purple buds as two examples. This is a major timesaver and space saver, and I call them “marker expressions” and you’ll see them too, if you pay close attention.
Now you must recognize first that Mother Nature goes with what works; that’s called evolution baybee. Survival of the fittest, as it were. Knowing this gives us insight regarding IBL cannabis strains. Something like a Malawi, or an Afghanistan Hashplant, or like a Cinderella 99, Northern Lights #5, or Skunk, are all examples of strains that have been inbred many generations, and with old world stuff like Malawi and Hashplants these lines have been inbred for thousands of generations. So, if you are using genetics with a long IBL status as a breeder and you are crossing it to a poly-hybrid then your offspring are almost 100% likely to favor the IBL line as far as expressions go, simply because as Mother Nature sees it, the IBL line has been successful and reproduced tons of times.
Basically, you can calculate the percentage of general dominance one variety/strain will have over another in a cross if you take into account IBL length. Like an old-world Malawi would still be pretty dominant, even if crossed with a Northern Lights #5; even though they are both IBL lines, the Malawi has been an IBL line the longest (most inbred generations) so the Malawi will “win” in the cross regarding the offspring generation, in general dominance.
Here’s a potential problem with that, when breeding using an IBL as the male, and a poly-hybrid as the female; it’s very hard to “know” your male has what you are looking for and therefore could actually take away some of the good things about the poly-hybrid you like in the offspring. My recommendation here would be simply to use a killer female of the IBL strain you know is the bomber, and use the male from the poly-hybrid line. This way you seriously up your odds of making something special. Sometimes in old IBL lines, almost all the females are awesome breeders, but most of the males are not, for one reason or another. To further insure my success when breeding with male IBL stock I use multiple males—at least two of them. Just to make damn double sure my odds are way up high for success.
It Is a Poly-Hybrid Madhouse Out There
There’s a tad bit of a monoculture occurring now as I see it in the majority of the breeding industry, and a lot of the growing industry as well. There is a vast array of cannabis effects well beyond making you drool on your shoes, eat ravenously, and get very sleepy. This type of cannabis is usually fast finishing Hashplant or Hashplant hybrids like your Kush, etc., which brings me to my next piece of advice; be meticulous about sourcing your genetics, particularly when it comes to heirloom sativa-type stock. There’s a whole universe of stunning varieties of cannabis out there, some are wonderful muses, cause massive creative juices to flow, and get you intensely baked without making you forget whatever you were just thinking—it’s true! So expand your selection and see what I mean.
I love a variety of cannabis varieties and while I love the Hashplant and heavy Indica types for late-night normally, they aren’t such a great call if I need some competence. Sativa dominants are really my go-to-choice most of the time, but some of those can actually wake your ass up. But I always have some goofy fun on Indica and Hashplant types, and I loves them too.
A really great skill for you to get a grip on, is identifying a male plant that is the nearly identical twin genetically, to a favorite selected female; thus, highly increasing your odds of success when selecting for breeder plants that are hybrids, but even as I said above, can be used for selecting the right male IBL breeders as well. If you just try and look at them in kind of a different way, you can see the similarities of any males to females or visa versa. All you need to do is really attempt doing it, don’t give up easily, and it will indeed dawn on you what I mean and you will have that “sight” then, as a true bad ass breeding skill—wink.
Breed Anything Baybee
If you want to do a little reading about something that will help you greatly, I recommend you read up on the difference between a homozygous (true–breeding) genetic expression and a heterozygous one. Just because your poly-hybrid is awesome doesn’t mean she will breed well with some other varieties, poly-hybrids sometimes have “hidden” weaknesses that will often be enhanced when crossed with another poly-hybrid having the same “hidden” genetic weakness. Familiarity is really the keystone element to breeding, familiarity with cannabis plants, allowing you to actually notice differences in the plants, and patterns in those differences, you savvy? Basically, look at your plants a lot, and notice everything closely, and breed them—just do it.
I breed and have bred some cool things, like guppies, peppers, and tomatoes, and not only is it a blast, but extra awesome knowing you bred it and got what you wanted, in part or mostly. I outcrossed my favorite Roma tomato to an Early Girl, then back to the Roma again and those tomatoes in the photo were the uber delicious results, that I have lots of seeds in order to grow them every year now and all the plants are basically uniform, and I have a faster Roma that handles adverse weather better too.
Hope you all liked this little latenight with Rev chat, just a few things out of my melon this late night, from me to you—cheers all, and bestest Juju; Revski out.
· IBL (Inbred Line)
An inbred line would be a plant or animal exclusively bred within its own line (genotype) over multiple generations resulting in all offspring being very similar after about the 4th generation as a rule of thumb.
The offspring of two plants or animals of different varieties or species; like a mule for example, the hybrid offspring of a donkey and a horse.
A hybrid made with cannabis plants using other hybrid plants as parents (like about 80% of the genetics commercially available today).