I can merely relay hearsay but this is my 2 cents and in some cases it came from immediate family.
If kept alive long enough, you can end up with what is in truth a plant the size of an apple tree if grown outdoors. I've seen photos of a family member with some he found in the mountains while camping.
Many have told me when keeping the plant alive, you can actually increase potency as generations pass. Basically grow, harvest, vegetate then for your next bloom, pollinate. Skip the next generation or two of harvests then pollinate again. Eventually you end up with a massive and incredibly healthy female that produces amazing clones and should be kept alive at all costs. Again, this came direct from family as well as several friends over the years. In one case this female reached a good 7-8 feet and was cloned to death after having survived several years of harvesting.
Meanwhile, probably 90% of growers today are using some form of ponics, always clone or seed start and kill upon harvest so the opinions you will find on keeping plants alive will tend to claim it's pointless and the quality weakens with each yield.
I stand by my claim though, as long as you pollinate every other yield, you will get a bigger plant, bigger yields and stronger potency as generations pass.
Why was it cloned to death?
Because everyone and their mother was willing to pay big bucks based on the yield and potency from the last batch of clones it had produced.
Ever see a momma pig, momma raccoon etc?
The more litters they have, the bigger they get and the bigger their offspring gets as they come closer to their life expectancy.
Edited by TestTones, 22 April 2011 - 03:19 PM.