You can also minimize headaches and avoid the hassle of seed germination and sexing plants by starting with clones.
If buying from a reputable breeder or seed bank, growing from seed is the best way to ensure your plants will have solid genetics and start clean, meaning they won’t come with diseases or pests.
What are feminized cannabis seeds?
Some varieties of cannabis can produce male parts alongside female flowers on the same plant, especially if exposed to environmental stressors. These plants are known as hermaphrodites, and sometimes they can self-pollinate to create seeds.
Most cannabis plants begin flowering when the amount of light they receive on a daily basis reduces. Outdoors, this happens when the sun starts setting earlier in the day as the season turns from summer to autumn. Indoor growers can control when a plant flowers by reducing the daily amount of light plants receive from 18 hours to 12 hours.
There are a few indicators that will give you a sense of whether the seed is worth germinating.
Growing outdoors leaves your plants exposed to the elements. They’ll have the chance to soak up the sun, but you can’t control heat waves, storms, floods, and droughts.
Maybe there are times when you find it hard to choose between indica and sativa strains? Try breeding an indica-dominant strain with a sativa-dominant variety to create a perfectly balanced cultivar.
Indoors or outdoors?
Ventilation is an important factor for both indoor and outdoor plants. Stagnant air can promote the growth of mould, which can ruin your hard work. Instal fans if you’re growing indoors, and place outdoor plants in a breezy area of your garden.
Feminized seeds are ideal for growers looking exclusively for buds, but regular seeds have their own list of benefits. Chiefly, they’re paramount in the creation of novel strains. Regular seeds also tend to produce more vigorous plants. These specimens are hardier, can tolerate stress well, and produce cuttings that exhibit explosive growth and awesome yields.
Whether you’re after extreme potency, a certain flavour profile, or specific colours, you need regular seeds to make your vision come alive.
With such a strong (commercial) focus on feminized seeds, it’s easy to forget that regular seeds are vital for the creation and maintaining of a diverse cannabis gene pool. It’s incredibly important that seed banks and breeders take their responsibility and keep offering regular seeds to the cannabis community.
Before feminized seeds came about, many old generation growers would take the opportunity to breed male and female plants from their grow rooms, to enhance the features of the strains they had.
For some, this is what growing is all about, finding that incredible phenotype from a large selection. By growing from regular seeds you will be sure to express that strains full lineage. When feminized seeds are produced a preferred phenotype is selected then reverse pollen is used to preserve the new generation of seedlings.
Feminized cannabis seeds are incredibly popular by the home grower, but we should not forget about regular seeds!
‘Back in the day’ the only way to grow weed with seeds were ‘regular’ seeds. The classic way nature intended them to be. So from a seed you either got a male or a female plant. But most growers grow cannabis to harvest the buds which they can smoke, so they’re mainly interested in the female plants. For this reason feminized seeds have been created.