This mutation is unusual and interesting in appearance, and is often thought to be advantageous due to the extra bud sites. However, in reality it is probably better to remove these leaves as soon as they are observed, as buds yielded from these sites are usually tiny, and take up nutrients that could be put towards developing your main flower sites.
However, there is some indication that the white flower tips commonly expressed during high-intensity LED cultivation may arise due to genetic mechanisms. Testing on these white tips has reportedly demonstrated above-average cannabinoid and terpene levels compared to normal parts of the same plant – so white flower tissue may not be so detrimental after all! Of course, we need to conduct more studies and tests to ascertain the exact nature of the relationship between high light levels, genetics and variegation.
The creeper phenotype is a strange mutation that is generally found in tropical strains, which often grow extremely large, in very humid conditions. Rather than focussing their energy on producing a large central cola, some of these tropical strains grow such large and heavy lower branches that they can bow down to touch the ground. At that point, the branches continue to grow along the ground. In common with many other plants, it may even form new root sites where the underside of the stem touches the ground!
The ‘Ducksfoot’ is a variety of cannabis that has extremely wide, webbed leaves reminiscent of the webs between the toes of a duck’s foot, hence its delightfully descriptive name! During the vegetative period, Ducksfoot (as well as the many crosses it has spawned) looks practically nothing like a cannabis plant, and even in full flower, its appearance and smell are highly deceptive.
The creeper phenotype has the potential to be useful, as it somewhat disguises the plant, and may also confer some extra vigour via extra rooting sites. However, this phenotype appears to be rare, and has not been developed into any known strains.
Often these DNA alterations are detrimental to the plant and are not passed on to subsequent generations. But desirable or neutral traits sometimes arise through random mutations. Such traits can often be stabilised through selective breeding or natural selection. Exceptional strains can result from random, beneficial mutations.
Typically, flower sites on cannabis plants occur at the nodes, at the same point that the petioles (stalks of leaves) originate from. However, a relatively common mutation can cause buds to form at the other end of the petiole, at the base of the leaves themselves. This is sometimes called a piggyback mutation.
Tetraploid plants (with four sets of chromosomes) have the potential to increase yield and potency. This has been investigated by Buddha Seeds and reported in the International Cannagraphic Magazine forums. Disappointingly, no compelling advantages of the tetraploid plants over the diploid versions were observed. This is not the only study to question the received wisdom that tetraploid plants are more potent than duploids: a study of polyploidism in hemp found that tetraploids had more protein, starch and flavonoids than diploids, but less THC.
Arguably one of the most beautiful spontaneous mutations to occur in any plant, variegation occurs when some of the genes that control production of chlorophyll and other pigments do not express correctly, causing distinctive patterns of pigmented and non-pigmented sections on leaves and buds.
When cannabis genes mutate, the results can be staggering! All about variegated leaves, buds that grow from leaves, stalks that grow like vines, and more…
Images of a strain dubbed Black Diesel have been circling the internet for a while now. At first, people didn’t believe how intensely black the nugs grew.
They both give off a powerful sweet scent, almost as if you were chewing a piece of gum. These strains grow short and bushy, with long colas sticking out from the canopy.
The plant is known for having a dark complexion all over the bushy canopy, and gorgeous pale flowers. The peak of its beauty is during the flowering phase because the sleek black leaves look like huge fingers.
Purple Kush is one of the many strains carrying the purple phenotype. This strain has been hugely popular for more than 20 years and it still has a strong genetics.
Red Poison is a cross of Green Poison and Pakistani Kush, the one I just spoke about. Keep in mind the heritage when buying seeds, as sometimes you just might get lucky like this grower.
The colas are very tall and they stick out from the canopy. The leaves are bright green throughout its life until the last month of flowering when both the leaves and flowers start becoming blackish in color.
Purple Trainwreck isn’t purple at all, it just has a misleading name.
Its colas grow to a medium size and the buds themselves have a powerful fragrance. This is an autoflower version, so they don’t tend to grow really too big, but they sure are beautiful.
Bubblelicious is also known for their wonderful scent of bubblegum, which means the fragrance will probably visit your neighbor’s yard.
Check out my selection of the most beautiful cannabis strains in the world, in a variety of different colors.