The process of breeding multiple cannabis plants to produce a new strain. In order to cross-breed, first the grower must grow a male plant to maturity so that it is ready to release pollen. The pollen is collected and sprinkled onto a female plant in the early stages of flowering, which causes the female to go into seedling mode to use its energy to form beans inside her buds. When the seeds swell and become visible, the female plant is harvested and dried, with seeds ready to be collected. After growing out as many seeds as possible and choosing the best females for future pollination, the process is repeated until you have a stable genetic line. After cross-breeding occurs, the new strain inherits traits from both parent plants, ranging from flavor profile, potency, appearance and more.