That efficiency is key for medical cannabis patients and hobby growers. Since most cannabis regulations limit plant counts, growers cultivating a small crop of cannabis for personal use want to ensure they’re getting the most out of their grow.
Anyone who’s ever savored a joint owes their enjoyment to the fruits of the cannabis plant, but moreover, to the female of the species. That’s because only female cannabis plants produce the cannabinoid-rich flowers that deliver the flavors and effects consumers look for.
Why Grow From Feminized Cannabis Seeds?
Growing cannabis in your home is legal in an increasing number of states and provinces throughout the United States and Canada. To make starting a home garden easy, growers can start with feminized seeds for many popular strains from providers like Kannabia.
Treating cannabis seeds with a silver thiosulphate solution can ensure the resulting plants are females. (Courtesy of Kannabia)
Male vs. Female Cannabis Plants
Cultivators depend on feminized seeds for efficient growing cycles. (Courtesy of Mr. Sticky Farm)
Don’t have the time, resources, know-how, or wherewithal to create feminized seeds? In that case, you can easily purchase them from a reputable supplier such as Kannabia. They use high-quality equipment to all but guarantee feminized seeds. The brand has created an impressive range of feminized genetics featuring award-winning strains.
As far as growing is concerned, Blue Cheese is surprisingly easy to cultivate. It’s naturally resistant to mold, powdery mildew, and various insects. It can also survive in colder environments compared to other strains. As a result, you don’t need to be a botany expert to help this strain thrive.
Royal Queen Seeds now stocks a feminized version of the classic White Widow strain. It even recommends this strain specifically to new growers; take their word for it!
For growers, White Widow is a blessing. It’s resistant to molds, pests, and colder temperatures. You can cultivate it pretty much anywhere, and it grows well without much intervention.
7 – Purple Queen
Apart from temperature regulation, Northern Lights is a pretty easy grower. You can use either a soil medium or a hydroponics set-up, and the crop will reward you with 18 ounces per square meter. Meanwhile, outdoor crops can provide 22 ounces per plant!
Finding 99.9% silver is a big challenge in this DIY process. As a result, it is best to buy a colloidal silver solution from a reputable store. Whether you purchase or create the solution, the next step is to select a female marijuana plant. Make sure you mist it daily with the silver after it flowers. Continue this process until male pollen sacs begin to form. It usually takes anywhere from 10 to 14 days for this to happen.
Therefore, you will know a plant’s gender by the beginning of the flowering stage as long as you know what to look for. At this point, your plants will begin growing buds and pollen sacs. There is a difference between the pre-flowers produced by male and female plants. Once you become an experienced grower, you can quickly tell the difference.
4 – Bubba Kush
When this happens, female plants may grow male ‘staminate’ flowers to produce pollen. They can also pollinate their own female ‘pistil’ flowers and produce seeds for next year.
By the way, Purple Queen is relatively resistant to mold, so you can sit back and enjoy what this strain has to offer. The only complicated part is bringing out the coloration.
Growers can force a female plant to make pollen sacs, and the “feminized” pollen produced can be used to fertilize another female plant. The resulting seeds will only produce female plants.
4.) Pollinate Another Female Plant
One way to harvest your pollen is to gently and carefully remove all the pollen sacs. Let them dry in open air for a week, and then put them in a resealable bag. If you shake the bag the pollen should easily spill out. You may need to cut a few open yourself.