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How to select the best phenotype of your favorite strain?

How to select the best phenotype of your favorite strain?


  1. When buying cannabis seeds, we choose according to our personal preferences regarding the taste, scent, effect, and yield of the plant to grow.
  2. Each of us’s priorities varies greatly, as much as our reasons for growing, sometimes even being opposed.
  3. Keep reading to learn how to select the pheno of a cannabis variety based upon specific characteristics.

Growers usually pick a strain because of its aromas, tastes, or effects. Although small-scale growers or large-scale legal cultivations also pick for yield.

The plant’s size could be a decision-making difference. Since small growers may lack space while large-scale growers may want to optimize every inch of the space available, setting up, for example, vertical growth.

Another key point for cannabis growers could be the length of the flowering stage, the plants’ resistance to fungi and pests, and their genetic stability. They are all complementary features that contribute to preserving the plant, in the long run, both for the small and professional growers.


Selection criteria for your favorite marijuana phenotype

As previously mentioned, the reasons for picking one strain over another are 100% subjective. It’s a personal choice.



The emotional turmoil evoked by the scent of a cannabis plant can vary from one person to another. Some may feel elated when smelling a particular strain, while others could find it unpleasant.

There’s nothing wrong with that. It’s just a matter of personal taste. The terpene profile of Original Amnesia may attract you. Limonene, reminiscent of lemon groves and orange groves, dominates it. These are extremely varied citrus scents, or maybe you’re more into California Hash Plant, rich in myrcene, with earthy and forest-like undernotes.

If you fall for a particular strain because it makes you feel on cloud nine, be sure to keep it!



When coming across an extremely delicious taste, it’s just the same. Whether it’s for vaping or for smoking, if you enjoy the flavor of a particular plant, don’t think twice and keep a cutting of it for yourself.

Even if your friends tell you otherwise, you’re the master of your own decisions. Diversity is always positive. Moreover, it could also happen to you that you dislike the taste of one of their favorite varieties.

There’s nothing better than letting yourself be carried away by emotions and impulses in your romantic life, with your friends, when picking a dish, buying any worldly thing, or simply when freeing your natural appetite.



The effect of a marijuana hybrid strains phenotype could vary wildly within the same genetic line-up for various reasons, such as the cannabinoid profile of the pheno and the user’s biochemical composition.

All this has a direct effect on the way it affects each one of us. The biological conception varies from one person to another, meaning we must only trust our own experience, although even that can differ depending on our physical and mental state.

If you’ve found a variety that suits your tastes, relaxes both body and mind while infusing a pleasant sense of euphoria, or makes you feel happy, no doubt that’s a strain to keep for future cultivation.



With the main organoleptic qualities that could draw your attention to the table, it’s time to talk about an essential aspect that directly impacts the optimization of the space available: the size of cannabis plants.

Cannabis growers cultivating personal use with a 2.3-2.5 m high growing room can pick any strain they want to. If their growing space only reaches 1 meter in height, or even less, things could get complicated for only a small plant could be grown in there.

The same goes for those professional growers who prioritize the yield per square meter. The plants’ size plays an important and valuable complementary role in achieving better yields, especially in indoor vertical growth.



The yield of a marijuana plant can also be a phenotypic selection criterion. Some small growers may pick for yield because of a lack of space or because they can only enjoy the process of growing their favorite plant during a particular time of the year and need to stock up for the remaining months.

This aspect relies heavily on the plant size for professional growers as their goal is to harvest as many dense and resinous flowers as possible.


Length of the flowering period

The blooming stage is vital for the vast majority of growers because depending on its length. They’ll be able to fit in more harvests into one season.

Here too, it’s one’s personal choice. Professional growers cultivating extensive legal facilities consider it a top priority as they can obtain bountiful indica harvests in a flash, thereby increasing their profitability and relieving the financial burden.

Small-scale growers willing to fit in several harvests each year or with little time for growing weed may find this aspect very interesting.


Resistance to fungi and pests

Pests and fungi affect professional growers more heavily since they can cause them greater financial losses due to the loss of production and cost of plant-protection products.

Small-scale growers will also have their yields affected. It would be a major step backward for those lacking time and space.

For all these reasons, it’s crucial to pick plants whose phenotype boasts a resistant immune system in line with the growing space’s environmental conditions, whether it’s indoors, outdoors, or in a greenhouse.


Mutations, deformities, hermaphroditism, and genetic degeneration

This aspect needs to be taken very seriously for, however extraordinary the specimen can seem. If it shows any mutation or deformity during its growth, it’s quite likely to end badly.

The same with hermaphroditism. Plants with mutations, deformities, or hermaphroditism could make it ’till the end. However, the long-term preservation of these specimens is not viable.

The features of each pheno are written in their DNA. It will remain there forever, appearing on and on and on no matter how many times we grow them.

It’s the same with degeneration. There’s no way we can modify them, and they will keep appearing regularly.

So, finally, if you want to find one of these phenotypes, we strongly advise you to discard the entire line-up. It may be hard, but it’s the best thing you can do.

All these problems could lead to the development of unworkable plants that are impossible to grow. Please don’t waste your time and money on a plant doomed to fail from its birth.

Comments (1)

  1. admin

    Thanks for the information, it’s of good use to me

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