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autoflower vs feminized

Regular cannabis seeds are your standard, run-of-the mill, plant seed. They are not optimized in any way by genetic engineering to make anything about the grow process work differently than it would in nature. As such, they are generally the easiest to come across. Some experienced growers recommend this type of seed to beginners for two reasons: First, because rookie mistakes that nearly everyone makes as part of the learning process shouldn’t be done with expensive seed types. Second, because it gives the first-time grower a better sense of the full cycle of growth and the kind of care that the plant needs.
Regular seeds are also critical in the process of creating new strains as well as in crossbreeding.
While feminized seeds are an upgrade compared to their regular counterparts, they still require all of the same care and specific growing conditions, and should not be mistaken for their autoflowering counterparts (which are also often feminized).
There is no deception in the name of this seed type. As implied, feminized seeds are meant to entirely eliminate the possibility of producing male plants. This means that growers who upgrade from regular seeds should no longer expect to discard the 40% of the plants that naturally turn out to be male.
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You should also know that any female marijuana plant that is prevented from becoming fertilized will produce flowers without seeds. Seedless cannabis flowers are what the majority of growers prefer.
Note, however, that the 60% figure is an average. Depending on growing conditions, you may get 80-100% male plants. Be sure to check your grow room regularly and do your research to ensure the best possible results.
The best place to start when looking to grow your own marijuana is, appropriately, with the seeds. There are currently three different categories of marijuana seed to choose from: regular, feminized and autoflowering. Each option comes with its own unique benefits and drawbacks. So, which should you choose? It all depends on how much growing experience you have, your growing location, desired flowering time, and desired yield. Here we’ll take a look at the differences – and determine how to help you make the right decision.
Takeaway: Deciding which seeds you want to use to grow your marijuana involves more than just deciding on a strain. Cannabis seeds themselves come in different types. Which is best for you?
Cannabis seeds themselves come in different types. Which is best for you?
Autoflower vs feminized
Outdoor growers would be the people to benefit more from this ability of the auto-flowering plant as they could be planted even off-season compared to other regular plants. As mentioned already, photoperiodism is what makes regular cannabis plant change from the vegetative stage to the flowering stage, and the available length of daylight sun changes between the changes in season. But since auto-flowering plants change as they age without dependence of photoperiodism, a grower may choose to plant in some other convenient time for him or her.
Judging from the above comparison, feminized seeds seem to have more advantages as changing the light cycle for marijuana plants to enter the flowering stage is a minor discomfort that growers could easily bear. Cloning of a mother plant is also a big advantage for the feminized seeds.
Feminized plants came from feminized seeds which are produced by inducing gender change in a female plant. This gender change is induced by putting the plants into stress that makes it release ethylene. This ethylene release is then suppressed which triggers the female plant to develop pollen sac which contains pollen that has 100 percent female traits that will result in 100 percent female seeds that will grow into female plants. Feminized seeds have the following advantages.
Feminization is the method to ensure that marijuana seeds are guaranteed to be female which is the sex of the plant that produces bud which naturally contains more Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is only found in the female buds. THC is an active ingredient and was approved as a botanical drug in the United Kingdom in 2010 as a mouth spray for people with multiple sclerosis to alleviate neuropathic pain, spasticity, overactive bladder, and other symptoms. Nabiximols (as Sativex) another drug derived from marijuana is available as a prescription drug in Canada.
Cannabidiol (CBD), another chemical found in the marijuana bud is now being used as an alternative medicine for the alleviation of symptoms of epilepsy and is the subject of clinical researches as a cure for anxiety, cognition, movement disorders, and pain.
When you find one specific plant that has the right traits that you like, you make sure that these characteristics get passed on to future plants. Mother plants are female plants that you clone and so it produces plants with the same characteristics that it has. By having feminized plants, you have a chance to look for a plant that you like to do cross-breeding with to develop new strains with good female genetics. Autoflowering plants cannot be cloned.
When unchecked, a male pollen sac may burst fully and it will pollinate not one, but all of your female plants. When the bud become flowers after pollination, this flower becomes unusable for recreational use or medicinal purposes because it will eventually produce seeds. Seeds are of no use except to use for your next batch of crops.
Smaller plants mean that you could have more plant in your limited indoor or greenhouse growing space. Being short is makes stealth growing possible where a grower may try and grow a single out of sight of the law where marijuana is illegal.
Sex determination is impossible simply by looking at the seeds. Usually, it is revealed only in the when the plant is between the transition from vegetative to flowering states, when the pre-flowers start to form. These tiny undergrowths develop into the reproductive organs of the plant. By using a magnifying glass, you’d see the male pre-flowers look like balls while the females form calyxes that are pear-shaped.
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