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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.

Screen Of Green ( SCROG )
If you are looking for a fun way to get growing mmj you should totally take a look at setting up a scrog. With a scrog which is a Screen Of Green allows a grower to run less plants but still get a completely even and yield producing grow.

Intro To Scrogging
To put it simple, a scrog is a screen ( some use hemp rope, garden trellis and other diy methods ) that you put at a specific height which you will then make sure that all of your plant colas fill in a “square” in the screen. You get the entire plant to grow up towards the screen but keep tucking it under so that all the secondary growth on the plants start filling the other “squares” within the screen as well.

Once you have a good 50% to 75% of the screen filled up you will then be ready to flip them ( go from veg light cycle to flower cycle ) and then as the flowering progresses keep tucking your plants under the screen so that your canopy continues to stay the same height which ends up helping create a ton of top colas that will yield HUGE.

The issue with common growing methods versus simple training methods tends to let plants grow at their own pace and by the time flowering comes around you have some plants over 4 feet tall and others under 2 feet which ends up becoming very inefficient.

Who Likes To Scrog
Many patients and non patients who worry about plant count laws will generally run a low plant count. Sometimes growers will run a SINGLE plant using the screen of green method and still be able to yield quite well considering they are only running singles.

Anyone who doesn’t like the extra work that can happen ( in a sog for example ) might enjoy only having to tend to a few plants versus a TON crammed into the same area.

Why Scrog Works With Low Plant Count MMJ Laws
We are still living at a time where banning plants is still the norm even though we all know that you can’t FORCE people into YOUR WAY OF LIFE even if you feel it isn’t the best thing for them. For those who still believe marijuana is harmful, please research how many deaths have been caused from marijuana compared to cigarettes and alcohol. I will save you some time as I know the current death toll from marijuana which is ZERO, now go research what those other two so called “safe” drugs ( cigarettes and alcohol ) have caused as far as death rates go.

Due to other peoples worries and the save the children mentality many growers have to limit their plant count which is really irritating especially when growing from seed as you need to locate the males and females, cut clones, put some in flower all the while trying to stay within a set plant count.

If there is to be any plant count for growers it should be no less than 200, this would allow clones, veg, mother section and flowering areas PLUS a buffer for most growers. We personally do not believe in ANY plant count because this is a beneficial plant which everyone should grow and enjoy.

SCROG Compared To SOG
Without the issue of plant count as mentioned above, there are some growers who prefer less plants under a SCROG and others like a ton of plants in s SOG. As you get your green thumb started you will soon find out what style works best for YOU.

In the end there is no magic pill that will grow better bud that can compare to trial and error and YEARS of experience which allow you to make mistakes, correct them and continue getting better.