Originally Posted by Jellyfish
Okay, but having said all that, have you ever gotten a keeper out of a seedling you had to baby all the way, or a bean you had to crack open? In my opinion, vigor is the plant's path to all the qualities you're valuing.
Vigour and desirable smoke qualities are not mutually exclusive. One of the best tasting plants Ive ever smoked was a very delicate, slow, unproductive prima donna but she had incense to the smoke to die for. She snuffed it eventually after me and and few others kept her going for nearly 30 years.
If vigour, outward appearance and basic strength and hardiness correlated rigidly we desirable terpene and cannabinoid profiles, Serious Seeds Chronic would smoke better than Nevilles A5 Haze.
Look at Prof. Stephen Hawins - not nice is it? no but he's REALLY clever.
If we looked at things the way you suggest, a lot of humans wouldn't get to live and many of them, despite needing to be enabled and supported by others , do have important and valuable contributions to make sometimes.
I just found 3 seeds I put in towels the other day have all germinated well without any assistance. Thats after 3 years in my fridge stash