Join the Craft Hemp Revolution: Grow CBD Hemp Seeds
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Growing Feminized Seeds
Why grow chimney rock seeds?
These are new and different genetics on the hemp and cannabis scene. They are unique crosses of some of the most rare and sought after cultivars. We grow for craft cannabinoid production believing the market is evolving like the craft beer industry towards unique cultivars that can be "tuned " for targeted therapies desired by health professionals and manufacturers. Breeding a plant to a formulation is much less expensive than fractioning and distilling individual cannabinoids and terpenes only to reassemble again into a compounded Nutraceutical product. These strains are for those who are seeking high CBD and the full spectrum of minor cannabinoids and expressive terpenes. These plants grow and look like traditional cannabis grown for THC. They are not derived from typical industrial hemp cultivars. They will grow to look like high THC plants, not fiber and seed industrial hemp. We have found that industrial hemp seed crosses are not as stable and predictable as we would like. Advanced growers may wish to use these cultivars in other breeding projects. These open source seeds can be used to create specific THC to CBD ratios for those authorized to grow that type of cannabis. People who have always wanted to try a “terpy” high CBD plant in their home gardens or for commercial uses will enjoy selecting from our seeds. Most growers will identify and keep mother plants of the best of the best and populate their farms with clones.
Are the seeds REGULAR or feminized?
All of our seed is feminized, we do not offer regular seed anymore since the economics just don't work for the average farmer. These seeds will produce at least 99% female plants. We use third-party sex testing on large samples of each seed lot as well as in-house testing to ensure our feminized seed is what we claim it to be. These results are available upon request. Despite rigorous testing and industry standard techniques for feminizing seed, around 1 in 1000 plants may display monoecy, although this effect is partially controlled by environmental factors causing stress. Avoid using a flashlight around your plants in the dark. As many as 1 in 4000 plants will express male phenotypes. These rare phenotypes will release pollen and should be rogued and culled prior to full flowering. Real growers know the pros and cons of feminized seeds. Using regular seed for planting stock is time consuming and costly. Clones are convenient, but they are expensive and can be difficult to source outside of states with established industrial hemp industries. Seeds are cheaper than clones, and are easy to ship and store. Seeds do not harbor pests or diseases. Seeds produce a sort of tap root that helps them establish in the field more quickly than clones, and tend to be more vigorous than clones. Feminized seed combines most of the advantages of clones with those of seed, producing vigorous, all-female plants that require little space and inputs to produce planting stock.
Hemp Seed Type
Are these hemp seeds?
Yes, these cultivars are able to be grown and kept under 0.3% THC if monitored, tested, and harvested before they go over the limit. Our Network Farmers have found Indica cultivars can be harvested mid-September while Sativa cultivars often go until late September or early October. Cannabis plants respond to their environment so we suggest you begin testing all cultivars in August to determine your harvest date. Some phenotypes may express themselves as non-hemp cultivars and could be grown outside of hemp regulations and be treated as medical cannabis. We suggest using these if you are an advanced grower or farmer who knows what to do with Type III Chemotype cannabis grown compliant within the definition of hemp.
Are the seeds REGULAR or feminized?
All of our seed is now feminized. These seeds will produce at least 99% female plants. We use third-party sex testing on large samples of each seed lot as well as in-house testing to ensure our feminzed seed is what we claim it to be. These results are available upon request. Despite rigorous testing and industry standard techniques for feminizeing seed, around 1 in 1000 plants may display monoecy, although this effect is partially controlled by environmental factors causing stress. Avoid using a flashlight around your plants in the dark. As many as1 in 4000 plants will express male phenotypes. These rare phenotypes will release pollen and should be rogued and culled prior to full flowering. Real growers know the pros and cons of feminized seeds. Using regular seed for planting stock is time consuming and costly. Clones are convenient, but they are expensive and can be difficult to source outside of states with established industrial hemp industries. Seeds are cheaper than clones, and are easy to ship and store. Seeds do not harbor pests or diseases. Seeds produce a sort of tap root that helps them establish in the field more quickly than clones, and tend to be more vigorous than clones. Feminized seed combines most of the advantages of clones with those of seed, producing vigorous, all-female plants that require little space and inputs to produce planting stock.
Are the seeds stable?
Another interesting question. Depends on what a person feels is “stable”. Most of our seeds are F1 hybrids. We also have a few F2’s or Bx1’s available for growers that know what that means. We usually see 2-3 phenotypes and have a hard time with some of these F1’s finding more than 2 phenos. We have yet to find a hermaphrodite or “hermie” in any of our plants. We are sure that it is possible under extreme circumstances, but we have not seen it happen yet. We will also be posting further information on our website about all the cultivars in the future.
What is the germination rate?
We are registered as a seed seller and required by the Colorado Department of Agriculture to follow labeling requirements for seed sold within our State. Each pack sold in Colorado will include a seed label that will include germination rates as well as a lot of other useful information. The vast majority of our selections will germinate at over 90+%. In many of our tests we get 100% germination but your results may vary. Our lowest germination rate is about 50% (we still feel people want some of the low germination rate seeds because of the unique properties of those cultivars). We can provide you with germination percentages of your selections prior to purchase. Please ask.
What is the CBD % of these seeds?
Our most popular question! This is a very interesting question that has permeated the CBD genetics world. We will make no unsubstantiated claims unless we can back them with real science. There are many other seed breeders and sales people that make a lot of claims that we do not necessarily find true. Over the past few years, we have procured and grown almost all of the common high CBD cultivars in existence and we have found the results can vary wildly. We have never been able to grow out a plant with zero or non detectable THC. Buyer beware of these types of claims with high CBD seeds and clones. We released our seeds for people who know all of this and will grow these out to find plants that work for their situations. Many of these plants will show CBD to THC ratios of over 80:1. These ratios will move almost daily during the flowering cycle and at harvest time (for hemp) come in somewhere in the 20:1 to 30:1 range. We also ask growers to consider other attributes in plant selection. Why are we so caught up in the contest for high CBD % when we are not asking better questions such as: what do they yield? When do you harvest? Are they best indoor, outdoor, or greenhouse? Insect and pest resistance? What is the Terpenoid content and makeup? Cold and Heat tolerance? And many, many, more… If none of this makes sense to you, then you may want to gain more education about this space or look into our Network Farmer program where we assist growers with consulting.
Can I trust a Certificate of Analysis (COA)?
Mark Twain once said there were three kinds of lies, "Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics..." We have been testing our plants for almost three years and after hundreds of samples and spending thousands of dollars on private labs here is what we have come to know:
The CBD % and THC % test results are subject to a high degree of variability: What part of the plant was sampled? What standards were used? Who performed the test? What equipment and procedures were employed? Ultimately we see a 10-20% variation between private labs in blind sample tests.
There is one advertised CBD number but three types tests that should be taken to know what you are growing. The first test should be a biomass test with all the flower, leaf and trim homogenized. This will come in around 4% for Industrial field hemp to about 10% for select strains grown with care (little to no weeds, dust, or dirt etc.. from mechanical harvesting). The second test should be the Department of Agriculture test. In Colorado that is 2" of the best flower, homogenized with leaf , stem and seeds i(f present). And the last test should be the scraped trichomes off the flower discarding all leaf, stem and seed. Unfortunately this is the test result that is advertised and implied as the percentage of the whole plant. Ask what the test methodology were used and set your expectations accordingly.
Having said all of that, we find that quality hemp plants, under .3% THC will regularly come in at 6-12% CBD. A farmer or grower is doing very well to hit 10% CBD and maintain hemp status. We know that 15-20% CBD may be possible but under very specific conditions and is very rare. It is like growing an Orchid. Almost any trait can be achieved at great cost within a single plant but who plants a field of orchids? Look for solid, repeatable strains farmers have successfully grown. If you want to be a commodity farmer there are plenty of cheap seeds on the market now. Most isolate extractors care mainly about price so if this is your objective, you too, can join the "race to the bottom".
Purchasing from Chimney Rock
How do you price your seeds?
We have packs of 13, 25, 100. There are about 25,000 - 30,000 seeds in a pound or about 55k to 66k per kilo. We have a minimum order limit or $1,000. All 2018 seeds are non-feminized, however, starting in 2019 we will offer a couple of open source feminized seed lines to our Network Farmer partners and past bulk seed buyers on a first-come, first-served basis. Our bulk pricing is by the pound or kilo.
How can I Purchase Seeds from chimney rock
We can accept a check, cash, or money order for a 50% deposit before we ship and the remainder due upon receipt. We will share the delivery risk with you on your first 3 orders. After that if each shipment is successful we can arrange terms. We are working on online payment systems, please stay tuned. We are shipping nationwide now with the understanding we both share the importation risk for the first 3 orders.. For sales outside Colorado, please contact us for shipping information. Stay tuned to our social media and website as to more locations, brokers, and ways to purchase our seed selections.
What are license only cultivars?
We are working on cultivars that are cannabinoid specific meaning they exhibit higher levels of CBC, CBG or CBN . We are breeding for uniques terpenes that have aromas people prefer like chocolate, mint and even bubble gum! Many of these terpenes may turn out to be essential in the effectiveness of certain nutraceutical formulations.