Pretty simple, kill it. But that isn’t always an option. As percy growers, you really don’t have plants to spare. So you have to make the most of what you have.
At some point, most new growers will come across a calyx on their female plant, and be concerned that it is a male flower. We have all made this mistake, and if you are not sure, you have to look for extra help.
Any male parts that produce pollen, will need about ten days before the pollen is viable, and can pollinate a plant. This gives you some time to think about the best plan of action, so you don’t need to act hastily and make a mistake.
The male parts will grow in the internodes, where the stems shoot off from branches. These can easily be confused for calyxes though, which are an ordinary part of a female plant.
Tape up any lights on your equipment like fans or thermometers, and seal any vents or ducting letting light in. When you are happy that there are no light leaks in the grow room, put the plants back in, and begin the flowering period.
Make sure what you are seeing are male parts. Do not kill the plant too quickly, get a 100% diagnosis and be sure it’s a male or hermie before killing it.
If you think you have a hermaphrodite cannabis plant, you should get a second opinion from our, cannabis growers forum before you kill the plant, just to be sure
But because this is early in the flowering cycle, it is unlikely you will get them all, and you will be left with low quality seedy buds. It is best to find out why the plant turned hermaphrodite, fix the problem and start again.
The best way to ensure this doesn’t happen to your plants, is by making sure you have no light leaks in your grow room, BEFORE you flower your plants.
Concerned you have Hermaphrodite Cannabis Plants? This guide will help you determine if your plants have hermied, and what you can do if they have!
However on a single 10″ branch, I can see little ball formations (shown in the second plant). They look like male pollen sacs. Could this mean my plant’s a hermaphrodite? This is my first grow in a grow tent. The plant is under a 600w MH grow light. The growing medium is soil (Fox Farms Ocean Forest soil) and my nutrients are the Fox Farms Nutrient Trio for soil.
If you pull all the balls (plus keep an eye out for new ones), then you’ll probably be able to make it to harvest with unseeded buds. If you miss even a single pollen sac and the buds grow seeds, then just know that seeded buds are usually normal potency, but you will get much lower yields. This is why many growers pull down hermies on sight.
One of the biggest worries with a hermie (plant with both female and male parts) is that the pollen sacs will burst and pollenate your flowers. This will “seed” your buds. In other words, this will causes your buds to start focusing on producing seeds.
If you do keep her to harvest and she does produce seeds, I highly recommend against trying to grow these hermie seeds, as it’s very likely they’ll have the same problems as their mother.
Question: This plant is growing both male and female parts. Is it a hermie? What do I do? Can I pluck the balls and grow her to harvest?
The safest option is the pull the plant completely. This will ensure that no pollen sacs do any accidental pollenation.
The balls are only growing on the one branch. If she is a hermi, is there a way to amputate the bad branch to protect the rest of the plant?
These are two pictures of a single flowering plant that’s been in the flowering stage for about 2.5 weeks. She is showing beautiful white hairs / pistils up top.
Yet if you’ve only got a couple of plants, and you’re willing to be vigilent while looking for new balls, then it’s definitely possible to pull all the balls and let the rest of the buds continue developing.
Is my plant a hermie? She’s growing flowers, but also balls…. Can I still harvest her buds? Question: This plant is growing both male and female parts. Is it a hermie? What do I do? Can I pluck