Hermaphrodite weed plants are often the unspoken plants of the cannabis world. Much like with other species, a hermaphrodite weed plant will develop the characteristics of both male and female plants and produce flowers that contain both thick flower buds and seeds. Unfortunately, these cannabis plants are mostly unwanted by the growing community. They can completely ruin crops meant for recreational use and are full of annoying seeds which makes it a low-quality product.
How to tell male from female marijuana plants
What does a hermaphrodite plant look like?
If you are looking for early signs of a hermaphrodite plant, you will want to watch the smallest v-shaped branch that extends from the stalk. This is where you will see the very first bud or pollen sacs develop. Early signs of a hermaphrodite plant will be the development of both male and female flower anatomy.
A hermaphrodite plant will resemble a female cannabis plant once it nears the end of its life cycle. Marijuana flower produced by a hermaphrodite plant will be fraught with seeds which can often be noticed long before harvest as many will develop on the outside of the flower bud. When younger a hermaphrodite cannabis plant will most likely sport pollen sacs long before any flower production occurs. The plant itself will also be smaller than it’s female and male counterparts as the process of turning into a hermaphrodite will stunt the overall growth of a marijuana plant.
What can a hermaphrodite weed plant be used for?
Making feminized seeds
Female marijuana plant
Spotting a hermaphrodite weed plant is difficult until you learn to tell male from female marijuana plants.
Much like with other species, a hermaphrodite weed plant will develop the characteristics of both male and female plants.
Hermaphrodite plants are not always the enemy however. For ninety-nine percent of us, they will be, but if you are a breeder, hermaphrodites can be your friend. Hermaphrodite plants are used to create feminized seeds. By crossing your females with a hermaphrodite with male pollen sacs, you increase the chances of the offspring being feminized up to 70%.
If you harvest your crop and find seeds yet had no male plants in the room, the reality is that at least one of your plants became hermaphroditic. In your cannabis garden, this is one of the biggest concerns that you want to avoid. Seeds ruin a good crop, that’s all there is to it. If a grower keeps male plants on hand for breeding purposes, they keep them far from their flowering female plants and treat them with utmost care. To prevent the unwanted pollination of their females, strict contamination procedures are typically followed. Having a hermaphrodite plant in your garden poses the same problems that keeping a male around can cause.
As stress can come in a variety of forms, there are common mistakes growers make that can be avoided. Exposing your plants to excessive heat can to lead to adverse reactions including hermaphrodite development. Physical stress can also cause this problem. Broken branches, excessive pruning, and root damage can cause an adverse level of stress. Any of these stressors, as well as pests, phytotoxicity and fertilization problems can result in hermaphrodite plants in your garden. Waiting too long to cut down your plants can also have this effect, however with most growers eyeing the clock till harvest, you probably won’t encounter this problem.
Hermaphrodite cannabis plants are not something you ever want to randomly find in your garden. Hermaphrodites are typically female plants who due to genetics or stress, form male sex organs. There are a number of causes but in the end, if a plant in your garden becomes a hermaphrodite, you could end up with a world of problems. The unintended consequences of environmental issues could end up littering your crop with seeds.
Your cannabis plants can become hermaphroditic for a number of preventable reasons. If you happen to plant hermaphroditic seeds and didn’t know it, there isn’t much you can do about it. You simply can’t fight bad genetics. If on the other hand you find one or more female plants in your garden sprouting male sex organs, you probably had an environmental issue that you may or may not have been aware of. Your plants become hermaphroditic as a last ditch effort to survive by self-pollinating. For them to turn to this drastic measure, they must have encountered a level of stress that would indicate to them that their demise is near.
Published : Oct 12, 2016
Categories : Strain information
As with the vast majority of lifeforms on this planet, cannabis plants fall into two genders, male and female. The beautiful sweet buds you smoke are the flowers of the female plant. Males are typically only used for breeding purposes. The flower of the male resembles a tiny bunch of bananas. The banana looking sacs contain the pollen that will go on to fertilize the female plants. After the pollen from the male reaches the pistil of the female, the fertilization process begins. Once fertilized, the female will produce seeds. Now if the breeding is done under carefully controlled circumstances in a sterile environment, the seeds you recover will grow into a hybrid of the two parent plants. A new strain will in effect be born. This is the process by which all of the beautiful seeds you purchase are crafted.
If you are able to track down a hermaphrodite in your garden, you need to approach it with caution. Any jostling or movement of the plant risks spreading pollen to other plants. The first thing you need to do is kill all your fans and circulation. This reduces the risk of pollen transferring throughout the room on the air. Kill your A/C or HVAC and do your best to isolate the plant. If you can move surrounding plants to create room around the culprit, you reduce the chance of spreading pollen to the plants in the immediate area. This might seem a little much for one or two male flower sites, but better safe than sorry.
This stress can come in a number of forms, however the single biggest environmental factor that leads to hermaphroditic plants is an interruption of the twelve hour light cycle. If you have electrical problems or a bad ballast, you may inadvertently affect the light cycle enough to cause male sex organs to form on your otherwise beautiful plants. Interruption of the light cycle has to occur for more than just a few hours. Days of erratic light patterns or twenty-four hour light can trigger hermaphroditism and can ultimately return your plants to a vegetative state.
Hermaphrodite cannabis plants bring forth both male and female sex organs in an attempt to reproduce.