Feminized marijuana seeds have been around for a long time, but the jury is still out. Is it worth it? Feminized seeds are seeds that produce female cannabis plants. There are many misconceptions surrounding feminized seeds, hermaphroditic marijuana plants and strictly female plants. In humans, biologic sex is most commonly presented as either male or female, and absolutely does not switch on its own under natural conditions. But marijuana plants are different from us (in more ways than one!). Marijuana sex is more fluid. It can produce male, female or both kinds of flowers as conditions vary.
Marijuana plants are annuals, meaning that they have only one season to reproduce. Whatever sexual traits improved the species chances of passing on their genetic material, improved their fitness, were passed on. That is the lens through which we understand cannabis reproductive traits. Typically, marijuana is dioecious, meaning that male and female flowers occur on separate plants. But it is not at all uncommon for a single weed plant to produce both male and female flowers for the sake of survival.
Any sudden change in a marijuana plants environment, such as a change in temperature, light cycle or nutrient deprivation, will put the plant into stress. Botanically speaking, stress equals a rush to procreate. If a plant is unable to complete the season, it stands to reason that it won’t be around when plants of the opposite sex come to maturity. Therefore, as a survival mechanism, it must self fertilize. In this case, female plants will produce male flowers in an attempt to pollinate itself and pass on its genetic traits.Old School Marijuana Seed Feminizing
Originally, the way feminized seeds were (and sometimes are still) produced is with two female marijuana plants. One plant must have a strong tendency to produce male plants when stressed, and the other an extremely low tendency. The first plant is stressed until it produces a few male flowers and then it is used to pollinate the strictly female plant. While the seeds produced are guaranteed to be female, they do carry the genes of mother number 1, which means they may contain a strong tendency to produce male flowers when stressed. A little science behind the frustration of buying feminized seeds and then having the plant go hermaphrodite.New School Marijuana Seed Feminizing
Nowadays, with a bit of chemistry, feminized seeds have an extremely low chance of going hermaphrodite on you. Using silver, female cannabis plants which exhibit no tendency towards producing male flowers in stressful situations can be forced into a hermaphroditic state. Then a female plant of equally low tendency is pollinated with Mother 1, and voila… true feminized seeds. Hooray for Weed Science!