The albino grass, the main reasons for its existence
Albinism in plants is indeed a strange phenomenon, but not so unheard of. However, there are different theories and reasons why some plants express albinism. We will not talk about the "New York White", an urban legend of an overpowered weed that would have pushed into the sewers of New York ... MA real scoop on the weed albino, it exists. Here are the main reasons why a plant becomes albino
Albinism in plants
Plants produce energy from the sun. The green color of the leaves and other parts of the plant comes from a special pigment called chlorophyll. But, chlorophyll does much more than provide color for the plant. This pigment is vital for its survival, chlorophyll absorbs specific wavelengths of light (blue and red ultraviolet). And what it does not absorb, simply bounces. When chlorophyll absorbs the right kind of light, it converts light energy into usable sugar via the process of photosynthesis.
Out, albino plants do not have chlorophyll ... This means that there is no pigment available to absorb the energy of the sun. Basically, these plants have lost their ability to respond appropriately to light. So as if they were constantly in the dark (the sewers?). This is why most albino plants die at an early stage before they reach maturity.
As at humans, albinism in plants is a rare genetic abnormality. Albinism is a recessive genetic trait that makes plants weaker. Plants may show signs of albinism at the seedling stage. The plant does not have to be completely white to be considered albino. Some plants may lose chlorophyll only on some leaves or other parts of plants. This can be triggered by a combination of genetic and environmental factors.
Interestingly, some species of albino plants are able to survive on their own. The albino sequoia, found in northern California, for example, does not photosynthesize at all. Rather, confusing botanists, albino sequoia has taken a parasitic character. Albino redwood taps into the roots of a parent tree, feeding on its nutrients.
While albino sequoia can survive this way, it is significantly smaller, less robust, and features characteristic of the needle different from its relative health. Research on other albino plants may shed some light on possible ways to help albino cannabis plants survive, if only out of curiosity.
The hybridization process can also highlight albino traits in a strain. To hybridize a plant, breeders often retro-cross strains to highlight certain recessive traits. In some cases, hybridization may allow albino characteristics to be expressed more often.
2. to apical chlorosis
Too much light is another major cause of bleaching. Perhaps some strains have more genetic predisposition for this bleaching. But under certain lighting circumstances, particularly with (strong) LED lighting systems, apical chlorosis appears. The phenomenon is comparable to a so-called mild burning of photosynthetic cells.
However, it often happens that the plants turn white in the areas closest to the lights. From time to time, the upper buds and leaves of a plant will turn white with too much light intensity. This is a major source of stress for the plant because the bud bleached and then loses its ability to photosynthesize ....
Is white cannabis good?
As you may have guessed, the answer to this question is simply a "no". White cannabis can not harness the energy of the sun in the same way as a colored cannabis plant (green, purple or red). The light bounces on white objects, which is why the walls of a culture room are often painted in a flat white.
Staining in the leaves and buds helps the plant to capture sunlight and convert it into energy. Without the chlorophyll needed to convert light into sugars, the plant can not survive. Although the provision of additional nutrients can help, the overall quality of the culture will suffer. When the genetic value of marijuana typically albino, the plant is more aesthetic than cannabis ...
What should I do in case of albinism?
Whether due to a lighting error or an unexpected reproductive problem, there may be some ways to save a plant that has started to show white coloring. Very early research has found that feeding sugars from plants in the absence of light will help them grow and increase in volume. However, plant growth can be abnormal and the gains slight.
1919 experiments have shown that adding extra sugars and nutrients to albino corn samples helps them to grow. Yet without these extra sugars, albino plants die ...
However, if a cannabis plant starts to turn white or shows signs of albinism, additional foods can help save your crop. But the plant must still have this green color present somewhere to be strengthened.
Lighting settings are definitely another recommended option. Perhaps consider switching to a lower power LED installation. Adjusting the height of the light can also be beneficial. They should be close enough to provide adequate lumens. But beware, the light should not be too close to plants that show signs of heat stress.
If a plant is white from the seedling stage, it is probably a genetic fact. But some suggest that white cannabis plants will produce less THC and CBD than a green plant. Indeed, it is an exact assumption! As a white plant therefore has less energy (photosynthesis) that it needs, it will therefore have even more trouble producing cannabinoids so not effective in medical or recreational terms ...