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how to tell if seeds are female

MSNL Team / 3rd February 2017

Research is carried out all the time to determine if a plant’s environment has anything to do with the sex it will turn out to be. And while there’s research stating that it does not, there’s just as much research stating that certain species do have their sex determined by the environment. This same research also states that using certain chemical treatments can also reverse the sex of a plant.

Can you determine the sex of cannabis seeds?

While growers may not be able to determine the sex of a seed, does the environment have anything to do with it? This is something else that has been hotly contested online.

While it would be much easier for growers to be able to sex their cannabis seeds, the simple fact is that there’s no way to do it. However, sexing plants early on during their growth period is not only essential, it’s completely possible. Growers can even do it before their plants enter the flowering stage if needed. Then male plants can be removed and growers can enjoy a nice, full crop.

So where do all the myths from sexing cannabis seeds come from?

I recently tried this out and I can confirm that it works. I germinated 5 seeds. 2 of them that I planted where sprouted out of the side (male) and the other 3 sprouted out of the top/bottom (female). Out of the 2 seeds that were potentially Male plants, 1 of them has shown sex and it is indeed a male. The other plant hasn’t shown sex yet but is very thin and doesn’t have many leaves, making me believe that it is indeed another Male.

Having said that, this could all be a big coincidence. However, if this turns out to be a fact, then the world of growing has made a huge step forward!

I may have the answer but would like for other growers to please try this out and confirm if it works for them.

To tell if a seed is male or female, you must first germinate it.
Once the seed sprouts, you need to look where it sprouted from.

Firstly, I’m pretty new to posting on this forum so hopefully I posted this in the right category.

I always see this question everywhere, "Can you tell if a seed is male or female?"

If the sprout comes out of either the TOP or BOTTOM of the seed, it is a FEMALE.

While seeing and feeling a marijuana seed can give growers a lot of information, it is not always accurate. Even the best-looking seeds can be duds, especially if they have been frozen. Below are a few things growers can do to better determine the quality of their seeds.

The largest seeds are the best ones to grow. It is easier to pick the largest ones if there are several to compare side by side. Growers should look for the most symmetrical seed that is round or shaped slightly like a teardrop. Underdeveloped seeds are small and have an asymmetrical shape.

How to Determine the Quality of a Marijuana Seed

A high-quality marijuana seed has a dark color, typically a shade of brown, grey, or black. It should have tiger-like stripes or spots on the entire surface of the seed. If the seed is green or white, it is immature and is not likely to germinate. In the rare circumstance that an immature seed germinates, it takes much longer than it would for a mature seed.

Ask any experienced grower how to produce a hardy marijuana plant and they will say to start with a seed for a good strain. Lighting, soil, nutrients, and water play large roles in the final yield, but starting with a high-quality seed gives growers the best genetics with the highest potential yield possible. Most people find their first seed mixed in with marijuana, but most of these seeds are low quality and may grow to be male plants. The best way to get high-quality seeds is to purchase them from a reputable marijuana seed retailer.

Preflowers are the earliest sign of a marijuana plant’s gender. Between four and six weeks, nodes will develop at the joint where a plant’s stem meets the stalk. Female plants develop white hairs at the internodal joints while male plants develop rounded internodal sacs that fill with pollen.