Originally Posted by JohnnyChicago
In short, I discarded circa 25% during the first 2 weeks, another 25% during initial stretch, 2/3 of the rest were females, had only 6 males left and kept the 3 best. I remember I called male#1 "the stinkiest" before I knew he was a male. He was the smelliest of all in veg, had the thickest stems, the widest leafs and had the most compact growth.
Same with male#3. I called him "the sexiest"and was able to smell something special out of its leafs before he outed as male and he was the last one to show sex.
All the other OH's had pretty much the same growth and smell. Male#2 was kept because out of the last 4 males he was the best representative of Original Haze. In his crosses I had similar results I had with the OHxPCK crosses I tested.
Thanks for that. So you discarded 25% of the seedlings at 2 weeks into flower or at 2 weeks from seed? What characteristics were you keeping and discarding? Again, what were your selection criteria during the stretch? Looking for plants that stretched least?
I ask because I've only been growing for a year but am interested in some hobby breeding and want to understand how breeders make their selection decisions, and your breeding goals are aligned with mine.
I kept a couple males from my recent Angel's Breath grow and the haze-leaner male that I liked had essentially no smell through about 5 weeks of flowering. I haven't tested his progeny yet, and because nothing about that male except the structure seemed interesting, I wasn't sure whether it would be worth the effort to test his progeny.
Then someone showed me this old post from Joshua Hazen on the MNS forum
Just so you know for future reference, generally when working with haze strains, males with little smell, are often the most haze like, and stoniest.
Next time, you may want to try smoking the leaf before you cull it, if it is from a haze line, you may be shocked by how stony it is.
It would seem that you did the final selection of your males for progeny testing based on a whiff you got during veg. Excellent work.
I appreciate any information you care to share with me. Thanks.