Here at Heavenly Buds we are passionate about being on the cutting edge with our grow processes and techniques. We are excited to be experimenting with some exciting new methods, like tissue culturing and synthetic seeds. To enlighten us on these, we sat down with Mike Fujimoto, our Grow Team Propagation Specialist. Mike holds double Bachelor’s degrees in Biology and Environmental Science.
Q. What is Tissue Culturing?
A. Tissue culture is a propagation tool where the cultivator would grow tissue or cells outside of the plant itself, commonly referred to as “Micropropagation” or “small cloning.” Basic requirements include macro and micro nutrients, carbs, and light, which is all provided in a test tube.
Q. What are the Benefits of Tissue Culturing?
A. With a proper lab, the same amount of material that you would need for a few clones can make thousands of cultures. A prime example of tissue culturing is that it can be used to repopulate endangered species like the sequoia trees. It’s also more sustainable since you are using less of everything and turning a little bit into a lot.
Q. What are synthetic seeds?
A. Synthetic Seeds are a genre of tissue culturing, they allow the storage of genetic material if you need to hold off on a specimen to be used later and allows for the transfer of genetics. I take nodal segments and encapsulate them, and the gel hardens and forms a synthetic seed.
Q. How does it differ from using a traditional seed?
A. With traditional seeds you don’t know what you are going to get. There is a 50/50 chance of the seed being male or female (only the female cannabis plants produce buds). Synthetic seeds are a genetically identical to the mother plant so you know exactly what you are getting every time.
Q. What are the benefits of using synthetic seeds?
A. You know exactly what you are getting with regards to the genetics of the plant, and it enables the storage of genetic information for long periods of time. This is the future of tissue culture. We can now preserve elite phenotypes without fear of genetic degradation.
Q. Are there any downsides to tissue culturing and synthetic seeds?
A. It’s a complex process and can take up to 90 days to see results, compared to days or weeks with traditional seeds.