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.
What does a hermaphrodite plant look like?
Things that can influence your chances of getting a hermaphrodite plant
Male marijuana plants
Female marijuana plant
Hermaphrodite weed plants can be used to make any THC or CBD concentrates like hash il, hash, shatter, powder, etc. While THC content in a hermaphrodite plant is often low, once harvested and condensed it can end up a reasonably effective concentrate.
While the answer is yes, you can most definitely smoke flowers produced by a hermaphrodite cannabis plant. You may not want to. A hermaphrodite plant will not be nearly as potent as a 100% female cannabis plant, and it will be full of seeds which will affect smokability and taste.
As mentioned before you can smoke the flowers produced by a hermaphrodite plant, it’s the experience itself that ends up lacking. In the best attempt to save a plant that’s transformed into a hermaphrodite you can use a pair of tweezers or your fingers to remove any pollen sacs the moment you see them. Some growers will even go so far as to completely remove any flowers that show male characteristics.
Much like with other species, a hermaphrodite weed plant will develop the characteristics of both male and female plants.
Some cannabis strains tend to go hermaphroditic as a result of their natural genetic inheritance. Other strains that become hermaphrodite are victim of breeding errors that introduced hermie tendencies into the strain.
I immediately killed the first hermie I saw, and moved the other plants of that strain into a different place in the garden where air movement was far less likely to reach them. I don’t want air movement across potential pollen plants because it will spread the pollen to every plant in the grow room. Even a few hermaphrodite flowers can ruin your seedless buds, especially on the hermie plant itself and plants next to it.
But there are growers who might not have any non-hermie plants growing in the same room. If they kill all their hermies, they’ve lost everything and have to start over with a completely new crop. So they remove male structures as often as they see them, and prepare for a partially seeded crop. The way they see it, some bud is better than no bud, even if the bud is seeded.
However, when I had two different strains go hermie that were from a Cannabis Cup-winning North American seed breeder, they refused to comp me one iota. While I won’t name and shame them here, I will say they were nasty and dishonest about it.
2. Unnatural types of seed manipulation can create hermaphrodite tendencies.
Yesterday I entered my bloom-phase grow room and was met with a dreaded sight. Dotted before me like rebellious agitators were several hermaphrodite flowers popping up on my cannabis plants, which had been grown from a feminized seed of the same strain.
What to do if you see hermie marijuana plants depends on your personal grow situation. There is no generic answer.
Cannabis plants crave an ideal set of environmental and nutritional conditions. If your grow op takes them out of their comfort zone during bloom phase, they might go hermie.
What I want to emphasize is, unless I’m breeding for seeds, I don’t want male pollen anywhere around my female plants. That’s why if I’m growing marijuana from non-feminized seeds in a non-breeding grow op, I kill the males as soon as they show their sex. It’s also why I kill all hermie females. I don’t want to take the risk of having any pollen in my grow room.
Hermaphrodite marijuana plants, also known as hermies, are a plague in your bloom phase. Here’s how to detect, prevent and manage them in your grow op.