What does it mean to find seeds in your marijuana buds? Is it something to be worried about?
If it’s very seedy the buds may not feel as potent, though a few seeds here and there won’t make much difference in potency. The main problem with seedy weed is that you are getting less smokeable bud for the amount of total mass there. If it is seedless, you will get a lot more bang for your buck. Seedless bud (sinsemilla) is considered to be the highest quality and most potent type of weed.
What causes seeds?
Seeds are the result of pollination. That means the seedy cannabis buds (which come from a female plant) may have come into contact with pollen from a male plant. Therefore, it’s possible the grower didn’t identify and remove all the male plants before the released pollen. It’s also possible that the plant self-pollinated (sometimes called herming) which is often the result of plant stress during the budding phase but can also be caused by genetics.
There’s a seed in my bud!
I’ve seen some growers get impressive results with bagseed, but overall results seem to be hit or miss. Plants can grow in odd ways and often either the yields or quality isn’t as expected. The problem is that seeds often don’t “breed true” to the buds that they came from. That is why many growers either stick to clones (which are exactly the same as the “mother” plant) or purchase seeds of a stabilized strain from a trustworthy breeder, where each of the plants will grow the way you expect, and buds more consistently have the smell, yield and potency they’re supposed to.
Seeds can also form in plants with genetic disorders or instability, like hermaphrodites—plants that develop both male and female reproductive parts. Generally, stress and genetic disorders are viewed as bad, so temper expectations with any plant you start from a bagseed.
Autoflowers don’t need lots of nutrients because they’re small and don’t spend much time in the vegetative cycle. They won’t need as much veg nutrients—such as nitrogen—but will need more bloom nutrients.
Immature seeds tend to be light in color and have a soft outer shell.
Is a bagseed good or bad?
As mentioned above, you can skip the processing of sexing weed plants by growing with feminized seeds or clones.
Cannabis plant sex organs appear on nodes, the points where branches grow off from the main stalk.
You might also find a mature seed that has been physically damaged through poor handling, like rough trimming. In those cases, it probably isn’t worth the effort to try and germinate the seed.
Also, buying from a reputable breeder or seed bank will give you a sense of what a particular strain will look and smell like, how it will grow, and how much it will yield at harvest.
Also, quality cannabis seeds usually come at a high price and for valid reasons. Cultivators get what they pay for and if the cost of cannabis seeds is high due to its unique genetics, this tends to be a sign that the seeds are quality. Sometimes, though, cannabis seeds cost a lot but they’re not high-quality. Therefore, it’s recommended to closely examine and analyze cannabis seeds before buying them.
Next are feminized cannabis seeds, which are bred to create only female plants at the time they’re planted. Ultimately, feminized seeds are created with the intention of them possessing no male chromosome whatsoever. One of the main purposes of using feminized cannabis seeds is so they can make trichome-rich buds that contain a multitude of benefits cannabis users can experience and benefit from.
Aside from the cost of cannabis seeds, you may wonder how to get weed seeds. A few options include local dispensaries, pot shops, and seed bank websites. Keep in mind though that marijuana seeds’ legality vary based on where you live, so do some research before buying cannabis seeds.
Auto-flowering Cannabis Seeds: A Temporary Cultivation Trend, Or Are They Here To Stay?
In addition, it has become more popular for cultivators to cross some of their plants with cannabis ruderalis in order to produce auto-flowering cannabis seeds. Of course, there are other benefits of incorporating cannabis ruderalis into one’s home grow such as the plant’s high CBD content, which grabs the attention of cultivators and consumers alike.
What’s especially unique about cannabis ruderalis is that it flowers based on its own genetic schedule due to both maturity and age rather than being based on an appropriate timed light cycle. Essentially, auto-flowering is a characteristic that provides a cannabis plant with the capability to begin and complete the flowering stage based on the plant’s age without factoring in a timed light cycle. Surprisingly, auto-flowering cannabis seeds can start flowering in as little as two to four weeks. Based on these benefits and several others, more growers are shifting towards using auto-flowering cannabis seeds during the cultivation process.
The next time you come across cannabis seeds or if you’re asked about them, you now know what to look for in regards to quality and the three types of seeds to choose from.
Cannabis seeds are seeds used by cultivators that undergo multiple growing stages to become fully developed and mature cannabis plants. Depending on a seed’s specific strain and the environmental growing conditions that are used, cultivators can expect to reap a plentiful yield come harvest time. What’s interesting about traditional cannabis seeds is that they possess characteristics of both a male (father) and female (mother) plant.