How are land races grown?

Can you tell me about the process of growing cannabis land races? I have heard that they have a different way of being cultivated, is this true?

One answer “How are land races grown?

  1. Yes, it is true that landrace cannabis plants—or cannabis varieties indigenous to particular regions of the world—are cultivated differently than hybrid or ‘domesticated’ cannabis strains.

    Landrace cannabis seeds are grown in the same geographic area where their parents were originally found to preserve their unique chemical makeup, physical traits and genetic identity. This allows landrace varieties to thrive in their native environment and develop the specific properties which make them so special. Different landraces may have characteristics that make them better suited for traditional uses, such as the resins of Afghan Kush plants, known for their high resin content and creamy smoke of Afghan Kush varieties.

    The first and most important step in growing landrace cannabis is location selection, evaluated both in terms of climate and climate-influenced nutrient availability. Climate considerations relate to temperature and relative humidity as well as environmental conditions in the immediate vicinity, such as nearby construction or any other factors that can cause water or air pollution. Landrace cannabis plants are sensitive to variations in weather, so their care and cultivation should reflect the particular conditions of their native environment.

    If you are looking to cultivate specific landrace variants then the next step is to source the necessary seeds or clones. It’s important to remember that landrace cannabis that is intended for commercial use is often a hybridized form of the original plant, so searching out authentic strains is important. Once you have secured your desired seeds or clones it’s a good idea to test the pH of the soil and adjust as needed, as some varieties—such as Mexicana—thrive in more acidic (lower pH) soil than other general-purpose cannabis varieties.

    Growers should also familiarize themselves with landrace varieties in terms of their growth stages and flowering time. Because landrace varieties are not bred for commercial production, flower times are usually longer than modern, hybrid or ‘domesticated’ varieties. Consequently, it is important to monitor the crop for pests and diseases, as well as providing timely watering and nutrients.

    Once harvested, landrace buds should also be dried and cured carefully to further enhance their natural aroma and flavor. Generally, the aromatic compounds and terpene profiles of landrace varieties are much more diverse and intense than those of hybrids and ‘domesticated’ varieties, so taking the necessary steps to preserve their character is essential.

    Ultimately, it takes knowledge, experience, and attention to detail to cultivate landrace cannabis varieties successfully. However, the rewards are immense and a beautiful crop of landrace buds can provide a truly unique and special experience.

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