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Our seed is NOT genetically modified!

Our seed is NOT treated with any chemicals!

Our seed is suitable for certified organic cultivation!

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Click HERE for a five page PDF on practical farming tips for the FINOLA variety of oilseed hemp.

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Click HERE to download a 20 page PDF on FINOLA’s morphology and development.

Most FINOLA growers have good results, some not. Click HERE for a one page list of the 10 most common reasons for failing with this oilseed crop. Please have a look at this document and avoid these common mistakes!

For more information on industrial production of hempseed grain, check out the Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance Hemp Production eGuide: http://www.hemptrade.ca/eguide

Description of the FINOLA oilseed hemp variety:

FINOLA is the shortest and fastest auto-flowering variety of hemp (i.e., non-drug Cannabis). This auto-flowering characteristic means that it will begin to produce flowers under constant lighting conditions, soon after the seed has emerged from the soil. It is dioecious, with distinct male and female plants. The crop typically begins to flower at 25-30 days after sowing, with males flowers being the easiest to see. Mature females do not branch significantly during their subsequent development, even when standing alone. It is a good source of CBD (cannabidiol), and results vary according to the growing conditions and time of harvest.

Click HERE to download a 2.5 MB pdf that shows the development of FINOLA in pictures, with typical morphologic features of male and female plants, according to days after sowing. These pictures were taken in Finland (latitude 60 N), where most other varieties of hemp do not even release pollen, much less set seed. FINOLA will develop much faster at lower latitudes (40-50 N), and it is not so productive below latitude 40. We do not have good reports for this variety within the tropical and sub-tropical latitudes of 30N and 30S. Yes, it will grow there, but not very well.

FINOLA produces abundant grain at high latitudes (40-60 N). Our record yield for this variety is 3200 kg/hectare of clean, dried grain on a 100 hectare plot near latitude 50, under irrigation with conventional farming methods in Alberta, Canada. In Finland, near latitude 60, our best yield so far is 1600 kg/hectare. Near latitude 40, or best yield is 1800 kg/ha. This variety is typically very short and unproductive at latitudes below 30. FINOLA is typically planted in mid to late May and harvested about 100-120 days after sowing. Near latitude 40, the mature grain crop may be ready for harvest at 70 days after sowing.

Other Information for growing hemp in the EU:

See Annex I of the EUROPEAN COMMISSION REGULATION (EC) No 1122/2009, which describes the EU methodologies that are supposed to be follwed for sampling industrial hemp fields and analyzing for THC (288 kB pdf). Be sure to understand that FINOLA hemp fields should be sampled for THC between 40-60 days after sowing! Sampling should be even earlier if the crop is under stress from drought or other reasons, such as weed competition.

Click HERE for practical information on EU regulation 1122/2009, and how this has been applied and mostly misapplied to the evaluation of THC in FINOLA (672 KB). This information carefully describes the inherent problems in EU regulations that concern THC in hemp, and helps us understand why these regulations unfairly favor monoecious varieties of fiber hemp over dioecious oilseed varieties, and also how these regulations favor hemp varieties from Central Europe over varieties from Northern and Eastern Europe.

25 kg bags of OECD-certified FINOLA planting seed are available. In storage, FINOLA must be covered and protected from birds and rodents. These animals do not need to be educated about the nutritional value of FINOLA hempseed! For longer term storage, keep FINOLA in a dry, cool (+5-10 C) and dark space.

The Finola name and the seed-drop logo are trademarked.

The FINOLA variety of oilseed hemp is protected by OECD Plant Breeder Rights.

Auto finny seeds
Examples of this small stature can be seen from the two autoflowering cannabis strains that have already been mentioned above. Quick One can be expected to grow from 50 to 60 cm indoors, and an increased 60 to 100 cm if grown outside. On the other hand Royal Dwarf can reach heights of 40 to 70 cm when grown indoors and large sizes of 50 to 90 cm when grown outdoors.

The Pros And Cons Of Autoflowering Cannabis Strains

Autoflowering cannabis strains are a result of the introducing of cannabis ruderalis genetics to a more ususal strain. We take a look at how this genetic pairing offers growers a unique set of advantages as well as the potential disadvantages that come with them.

There are a lot of options to choose from when browsing our cannabis seed catalogue. One variety of cannabis that often gains as many questions as it does interest in autoflowering cannabis. In this article, we will explore what it is and what its pros and cons are.

AUTOFLOWERING CANNABIS

The cannabis plant is a diverse and genetically flexible creature, having species that have developed entirely different traits as a result of evolving in different parts of the world. The species known as cannabis ruderalis evolved in northern parts of the world where summers are shorter and therefore less light is available annually. Having adapted to these conditions, cannabis ruderalis developed the ability to flower based on age, instead of a change in photoperiod. This is a stark difference from other types of cannabis, that all require changing hours of light in order to flower.

This characteristic is what has enabled and inspired breeders to merge ruderalis genetics with that of indica and sativa varieties of cannabis, creating hybrids that maintain the cannabinoid content of sativas and indicas, but that flower with age.

Ruderalis is rarely grown in its pure genetic form, as its yields are low and its cannabinoid content is far outweighed by its indica and sativa counterparts.

PROS OF GROWING AUTOFLOWERING CANNABIS STRAINS

Let us first explore the advantages of growing autoflowering strains, of which there a quite a few.

RAPID HARVESTS AND FLOWERING TIMES

This is a massive advantage for growers who want to see their valuable yield as soon as possible. It is also a massive advantage to those growing in certain parts of the world where being stealthy and fast to harvest are essential requirements.

Autoflowering strains typically grow a lot faster than indica and sativa strains; some autoflowering strains can go from seed to harvest in as fast as two months.. Examples of such fast and efficient growing times include the autoflowering strain appropriately named “Quick one”.

Royal Dwarf is another fine example of a fast growing autoflowering cannabis strain, with yields that can be expected to be seen at around 8 to 9 weeks.

AUTOFLOWERING PLANTS ARE SMALL AND COMPACT

Another possible advantage of autoflowering cannabis strains – one that is highly subjective depending on the grower – is that they grow to quite a small and limited size. This factor is again due to the introduction of cannabis ruderalis genetics.

Sativa plants are known for their vast heights and slender leaves, capable of growing into enormous bushes outdoors if allowed to. Indicas, on the other hand, have a smaller stature, yet are broad which thicker, fan-like leaves. In contrast, pure ruderalis plants really do appear like weed. They are small and thin yet hardy and adaptive.

This trait makes autoflowering strains quite small and compact. This fact is a massive advantage to some growers who are either looking to make the absolute best out of their growing space, or those who live in areas that frown upon the growing of cannabis plants.

In fact, the rapid growth cycle and compact size of autoflowering strains make them the ultimate choice for stealth and covert growing spaces.

Examples of this small stature can be seen from the two autoflowering cannabis strains that have already been mentioned above. Quick One can be expected to grow from 50 to 60 cm indoors, and an increased 60 to 100 cm if grown outside. On the other hand Royal Dwarf can reach heights of 40 to 70 cm when grown indoors and large sizes of 50 to 90 cm when grown outdoors.

NO CHANGE IN PHOTOPERIOD REQUIRED

One of the main advantages of autoflowering strains is that they do not require a change in the light cycle in order to flower. Instead, they flower with age.

Autoflowering strains will flower automatically regardless of the light cycle they receive. For example, they can be kept at a light cycle of 16/8, meaning 16 hours of light and 8 hours of darkness each day, all the way through both the vegetative and flowering stages. This differs from usual cannabis, which reuqires a change in light cycles in order to cause flowering.

This gives outdoor one major potential advantage – it is possible to grow multiple harvests per season. And if you forget to plant your cannabis seeds in time, you can still start late in the season with an auto and make harvest in time before the weather gets cold.

CONS OF GROWING AUTOFLOWERING CANNABIS STRAINS

Next up we will delve into any possible cons or disadvantages of cultivating autoflowering cannabis strains. It is important to note that the disadvantages here are indeed subjective and will change depending of the views of different growers. What is seen as a disadvantage to some may indeed be viewed as an advantage to others.

THE SIZE OF AUTOFLOWERING STRAINS

As mentioned above, we once again find ourselves addressing the topic of the size of autoflowering strains. As we have discussed, autoflowering cannabis strains are indeed on the smaller side of the spectrum.

For growers with a huge grow room or private outdoor space, they may prefer to focus on strains that can grow to giant proportions with equally giant yields. Although a variety of strategies can be employed in order to maximise the yield of any auto cannabis strains, they are genetically smaller, and therefore cannot reach the massive yields of say, a monolithic sativa strain that looks more like a tree than cannabis plant.

LIGHTING

As we have stated, autoflowering plants can be kept under much more light during the flowering phase. This can be useful to maximise photosynthesis and therefore energy production within autoflowering cannabis strains. Having your lights on more will push up the electric costs, though. So some growers may find this to be a disadvantage.

LOWER THC CONTENT

As well as producing less of a yield than other types of strains, the cannabinoid content of that yield may also be less than a regular strain. Buds from autoflowering cannabis strains typically produce less THC due to their ruderalis genetics. They still back quite a punch, but for those chasing the highest amount of THC possible, autos may not fit the bill.