I am trying to think this out practically and more or less follow your plan. Keeping plants healthy that long while you wait to determine sex sounds somewhat bulky, inefficient. If you are sifting through seeds for phenotypes they could all be rootbound under lights. But if you are looking for seed plants to go outside in 200 gallon pots then you want them to be 100% thriving at every stage from a seedling IMO.
They will be getting pretty big by the time a clone begins flowering. You are essentially keeping every seed plant as a viable ideal mother plant, and taking clones and flowering them. Not much of a shortcut you know what I mean? It does sound like a thorough method to get good plants for next season however.
The genotype kits can tell you male/female but I don't know if that serves much purpose for pheno hunting in the same round. People have been determining the gender of cannabis plants just fine before the kits were around. When there is an advantage of technology frequently there is an equal disadvantage or hole poked in the inflatable argument sales pitch. Some tech mixed with a lot of marketing. Completely unnecessary. In fact I question whether a smart grower gets any advantage at all from the kit. I don't want to get carried away but it's like designer babies - only the richest, most narcissistic and psychopathic people will claim to improve your babies. For someone who is religious or not religious, either way that idea is shallow meaning superficial and deeply flawed and disturbing for many reasons. It seems people are always finding new ways to be unethical.
I don't have anything against Phylos, I am just keeping it real from my point of view telling it like it is. A licensed farm may use Phylos and they may either see a benefit there or maybe there is an advertising partnership. But for me, my budget and skills, I don't see anything worth buying there. The open source is cool but I wouldn't pay them to send in all my plant samples. It sounds good for a library where you are paying to make a library or preservation entry. Only a pretty picture from some samples they collected and whatever they are charging for a sex test kit. I might as well send clones to Katsu in the mail before sending in for a sex test kit but I digress. The "no brainer" is made for people with no brain. But if you have a brain then it isn't for you, something like that.
Last edited by Mengsk; 12-13-2018 at 11:06 PM..