Dissimilar plants

I’m growing Haze from Willy Jack Seeds. I noticed that the plants are not all similar. Out of 10 seeds only 2 of the 6 females seemed like sisters. Is that normal for a strain?
In the last weeks of flowering I’ve noticed a few pollen sacs on one particularly good plant. Should I try and pollinate this one plant to get seeds because this is a nice short plant with good bud compared to some of the other plants that are way taller and have longer node lengths or should I just pluck the male flowers off? If I do get seeds will there be a chance that they will be similar to the mother?

River Drive Park, Ontario

There are several different crosses that are called Haze. All of them are crosses of Sativas such as Mexican, Colombian, Jamaican and Thai. The different groups that developed the varieties worked for years inbreeding the original stock. Haze are large, late maturing plants. They have the traditional Sativa conical Christmas-tree shape. They thrive under an unclouded sun and warm temperatures during the summer, but most importantly, they need a long warm autumn in which to develop their colas. Haze was bred in California and was adapted to the unique climactic conditions found in certain parts of the state.

One group south of Santa Cruz developed a strain that was heavily influenced by several varieties of early ?70’s Colombian As well as Jamaican and Thai. The plants grow 8 to 14 feet tall with a diameter up to eight feet at the bottom. These plants were adapted to the Coastal conditions, heavily mediated by the nearby ocean. During the summer the coast is shrouded by fog in the morning. It burns off by noon and returns between 5 and 6 PM. The wind direction changes around Labor Day, bathing the land in full sun from morning to night as the day shortens. Unless storms come, there is a 50/50 chance the weather will remain like this until harvest time, Just before Halloween.

There were other groups in Humboldt, Mendocino, and the Central valley who were all growing their own adaptions of Haze. Often starting with another breeder’s plants, each breeder added his/her own Sativa varieties and expertise to the mix. All of these plants were called Haze. If indica was added, which happened quite a bit, the resulting plants were not looked upon as Haze. All of these plants had a long maturation period, usually in late October or November. Haze is an exuberant plant that has the ability to turn sunlight into exceptional growth. It is unsuitable for indoor cultivation.

When Haze seeds arrived in Holland, the breeders saw the potential of the plant, but only if it was domesticated. The maturation time had to be shortened. It’s unruly growing traits had to be restrained. The solution was to cross the plant with it’s early maturing cousin, Indica, to make it a shorter, earlier plant that could be used indoors and in areas of the continent with a shorter growing season. In order to maintain Sativa characteristics it was backcrossed to the pure Haze.

Willy Jack breeds in southern Canada, and so he’s probably adapted the plant a bit to his conditions. The taller plants, with longer internodes, are more like the original Haze. The reason that no two plants look alike is that this is an f2, f3 or later hybrid. The first generation (f1) hybrids are uniform because they all mostly the same genes. But when hybrids are crossed the genes and thus the characteristics are sorted in a random way. No two plants have similar sets of genes and no two plants look alike. It takes about six generations of inbreeding from the f2 hybrid to develop a homogeneous strain.

The advantage of starting with high quality plants with different characteristics is that one of them will be right for the environment. It provides a selection. If several plants are special, they will provide you with variety. Don’t worry about the plants you don’t like. You have purchased unique genetics for a few dollars.

The six females that you have all look different and your favorite one is a hermaphrodite. The question is, when do the male flowers ripen? Do they mature when the flowers are still young and ruin good buds, or do they release pollen just as the buds finish ripening and it can do no damage? If the flowers mature when the plants are young, the plant is not desirable. However, late maturing male flowers do no damage to the bud. Some of the progeny from this plant crossed to itself will be fairly similar to their mother. It is likely that most of the females will be hermaphrodites.

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