How To Grow Marijuana With Feminized Cannabis Seeds
There are so many different seed banks and marijuana breeders where you can get some solid genetics from. Sometimes it can seem like you will never be able to get all of the strains that you feel are MUST HAVE strains.
Usually when you start buying seeds it tends to get a bit addictive ( I think that growing and collecting seeds is about as ADDICTIVE as marijuana can be ) because there are just so many great strains worth buying up.
Many new patients and growers start with feminized seeds these days. It could be due to the simplicity of not needing to deal with males however there can be other issues including random males and hermaphrodite plants popping up if the feminized strains were not bred correctly and tested.
What Are Feminized Seeds
Feminized seeds simply means that 100% of the seeds are female and there should be zero chance of any males popping out of the seeds. With nature, it can do what it wants to do and as crosses and hybrids are developed random males can and do pop up from time to time.
Now a days the feminized breeders have gotten their fem breeding down to a solid system and have removed most hermie and male issues from their female lines which has been a definite bonus for the medical marijuana and commercial growers .
Spotting Hermies And How To Avoid Them
If you are new to growing, locating males and females can be difficult however locating hermaphrodite plants is ten times harder because they are much harder to spot. Usually hermies come out of female plants which then grow out “bananas” within their bud sites and preflowers. They literally look like small bananas and when they open up POLLEN will come out and dust all the hairs and if viable will create seeds.
Since the plants that are producing this pollen is a female however each and every seed that this pollen produces will be female. There are some shady breeders who actually use hermaphrodite pollen versus creating real female seeds using colloidal silver for example. Be careful when buying female seeds especially from unverified breeders because they could have hermies within their projects and the problem genetics might take awhile to pop up ( a few generations ) but once they do they will reek havoc in your garden and breeding projects.
How Are Feminized Seeds Made
There are many ways to create female seeds and the fastest way is from hermi plants pollinating themselves and other plants in your tent, cabinet or garden. You can also self females which will allow you to take a female that does NOT hermi but force it to produce male nanners to create pollen with and allow for 100% genetically viable females within each and every seed.
You can do a colloidal silver mix which is actually quite easy to make at home ( google colloidal silver generator females ) and will allow any closet breeder or pollen chucker the ability to take any clone only or elite female and produce seeds of. This would be killer for cherry pie, girl scout cookies or other cali elite clone only strains currently around.
How Does Grow Room Environment Affect Plant Gender
There really are plenty of reasons why a plant will be male or female but hermies tend to come from environmental issues specifically light leaks and other interruptions with the flowering day/night light cycles. When a plant feels that it will not survive due to the environment or the light cycles, it can and will produce nanners so that it can reproduce.
Having a hotter temp can create more males especially in terribly dry grow tents with zero air flow. Many males will tend to pop up due to low light issues and is something that can easily be fixed once the grower dials in the environment to the 75-85 degree sweet spot.