If you are looking into growing your own marijuana garden for medicinal purposes, you would want to go for the female seeds. I know what you’re thinking, how will you identify a female plant from a male plant? And the fact that marijuana plants have gender is a new concept for most. Research on where you’ll purchase your seeds and make sure they have a feminized marijuana seed bank.
But why do most growers prefer the female plant over the male one? The answer is, female plants produce the buds used for medicinal purposes. While the male plant is said to have low potency and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) content. Here are some easy ways to identify if the plant is a female or a male one.
Identifying Marijuana Plants
- Generally, if we are going to compare the same marijuana strain a male plant will have a thicker and sturdier stalk. This is to make sure that as they grow taller, the stalks will be able to support the weight. Male plants will also have fewer leaves than the female plant.
- Both male and female plants will have little balls growing in their joints. But look closely, for female plants, you’ll notice long, white, translucent hairs on them.
- You need to know that even in marijuana species, a hermaphrodite exits. These are the one growing little balls on their joints with a combination of translucent hairs on them and those without. These are considered undesirable plants for some as they might ruin other crops with their pollen.
- Fuller bodies of leaves for female plants, especially near the top and shorter ones for male plants.
Buying from a Feminized Marijuana Seed bank
Starting your own marijuana garden can be time-consuming and identifying whether your plant is a male or a female will only make it longer for you to start. A great option will be to look for seeds that are readily available in a feminized marijuana seed bank. The process is simple; walk through the seed bank of your choice, tell them you want to purchase feminized seeds and voila, you now have seeds ready for planting.
If you’ll ask why cultivators spend their time and effort making feminized seeds only, the logical reason for that is feminized seeds will produce female plants only. Growers are into this since it straightens the journey in having certain results while saving time and resources.
Growing Feminized Seeds at home
Although it’s easier to just buy feminized seeds, a certain feeling of pride will arise if you’re able to grow your own at home. It might be a little complicated but nothing like a good old experiment to wake up the scientist in you.
In a nutshell, what we’re about to do is to breed two female plants together so their offspring will be female also. We’ll force the female plant to produce a pollen sac like the male plant then we’ll harvest the pollen and pollinate the other female plant. Now let’s start.
- Colloidal Silver
You can either make or buy this one. This is cheap by the way since it’s just a solution of silver suspended in water. Colloidal Silver is available online and in health stores.
- During the first 3-4 weeks of the flowering stage, spray the bud sites.
You should be on the 12:12 light schedule at this time, choose bud sites and spray them with colloidal silver. Do this until pollen sacs form and start splitting open.
- Harvesting Feminized Pollen
You’ll notice that the pollen sacs are swelling like a balloon and start to open up. Be careful not to harvest early, continue spraying the bud sites with colloidal silver daily. You will know that it’s time to harvest if the leaf section that protects the pollen starts cracking up. It will be easier to collect the pollen sac directly and let them dry for about a week. After that, put it inside a bag, shake it, and collect the pollen.
- Pollinating Another Female Plant
Once you have collected the pollen, proceed to the other female plant that has been flowering for 2-3 weeks.
- Wait for 6 weeks to Harvest
6 weeks after the pollination, the calyxes on the bud of the female plant will now be swollen or fat. Best time to harvest is when you see them bursting out. And now you have feminized seeds.
- Repeat the process with the same time frame.
You can also use a different marijuana strain to get genetically different results and variations but make sure to stick to female plants from step 1 till the end.
Advantages of breeding two feminized seeds
We’re not saying that male plants are a complete waste when it comes to breeding medicinal marijuana, but there are factors that might affect results if we’ll always breed male and female plants together. We have gathered some benefits of breeding feminized seeds.
- Being able to visualize what type of offspring you’ll have
Genetic predisposition of male plant differs and once it breeds with a female plant, it can pass on different genes to its offspring. This will affect how the buds will develop and how the plant will turn out. By using two feminized seeds, you just work on the same chromosomes and pass it on to the offspring which is a female.
- Saves time
Since using feminized seeds from female plants have been proven to create good results, it’s no longer necessary to create documentation and identifying whether the pairing will be successful or not.
- Saves space
You’ll no longer have to make spaces for male plants since you’ll be focusing on breeding female plants.
It’s no longer a mystery why growers and cultivators prefer to use feminized seeds when it comes to their seed banks. The benefits and marijuana varieties that can be produced are endless. Growing your own feminized seed banks at home might not seem easy but hey, the rewards are worth it. Go ahead and try breeding feminized seeds on your own.