8 mutations and anomalies that give the cannabis plant a special look
As with many species of the plant kingdom, the cannabis plant produces from time to time genetic mutations. Here are 8 mutations and anomalies that give the plant a particular look followed by a brief explanation of the meaning and consequences of this phenomenon that you may not know.
Mutations of cannabis
By definition : Mutation is a term that describes a change in the genetic makeup of the biology of any organism. This can lead to various changes in the characteristics of the plant. The reason for the mutation may be due to deliberate manipulation of a person (such as a laboratory experiment). Or exposure to unusual living conditions in terms of temperature, nutrition, partial pressure exerted by oxygen, radiation and many other factors ...
Whorled phyllotaxis is a known mutation of cannabis producers. It signifies the order in which the leaves are implanted on the stem. Thus, it causes three leaves instead of the usual two. And subsequently produced an excess branch on the same node.
Although the symptoms can help to obtain a more abundant harvest, this mutation is negligible because most of the time it does not reach the end of its growth phase. The phenomenon is characterized by its unique appearance mainly on small plants, as shown in the picture.
Polyploid is a mutation organism that requires twice as many chromosomes as needed. The polyploidy phenomenon of cannabis occurs when there is a problem in the cellular processes of the plant during the growth phase. Apart from a slight change in appearance, it has no other effect.
Variation and Albinism
As in humans and animals, the phenomenon of albinism occurs when the genes responsible for the production of chlorophyll can not express themselves correctly, which leads to different pigmentations as in albino plants.
Although the phenomenon is interesting and beautiful, it is not beneficial in terms of product quality and could even hurt the plant. In addition, the phenomenon of cannabis albinism is rare and almost unrecorded, the vast majority of existing albino plants are created as a result of excess light.
Secondary flowers, Inflorescence or Cyme
This occurs when the usual flowers grow at the end of the stems and branches. In addition, these secondary flowers begin to grow at the base of the leaves as well.
Beginners might think it's a positive development to benefit from more flowers in the garden. The recommendation is to remove secondary flowers so that additional nutrients are not lost along the way without the knowledge of larger flowers.
Duckfoot or duck's leg
The phenomenon of "Duckfoot" occurs when a plant grows webbed between the tips of the leaves, which gives the leaves resembling a duck paw and does not really think of cannabis.
In addition, plants with this mutation produce a crop that does not really have a cannabis-like smell. It is one of the most sought-after mutations of farmers. On the one hand for its shape and on the other hand for its smell. This allows a natural camouflage.
Polymer Seeds or Polyembryonic Seeds
Another existing mutation in cannabis seeds: polymer seeds. This one will produce more than one germ and thus, during the germination one will find two germs to see more.
If treated carefully, the sprouts will be sufficient to remove the shell from the seed after a day or two and gently separate the two. After separation, the two germs will grow and turn into a pair of healthy plants.
ABC (Australian Bastard Cannabis) or Australian Bastard
Australian Bastard Cannabis is a rare mutation that was discovered in the 70 years by growers near Sydney, Australia. Plants with the mutation do not look like cannabis and leaf growth is short and elliptical.
The first mutation found was low in THC and was close to hemp. Subsequently, a number of Australian producers have tried to incorporate hybrid species. To date, no one knows about these strange austral genes.
One of the rarest mutations in the world of cannabis culture (and which still leaves several question marks) would be "cannabis vine". It seems that growers who have tried to breed and combine varieties of Australian bastard. Thus, they managed to reproduce a plant of cannabis spiral growth in the form of vine.
Even the leaves and flowers of these cultivated plants have nothing to do with traditional cannabis leaves. But rather it would look like a possible mutation of hops (a distant relative of the hemp plant). What presents itself with similar characteristics, indicating a theoretical possibility that the mutation is a real fact.