Since I started growing cannabis nearly a decade ago, I’ve only grown with feminized seeds! I’ve never had a single plant that didn’t grow buds!
What are “feminized” cannabis seeds and how are they different from regular seeds? (Where can I get feminized seeds?)
- In order to build a robust breeding program and create new strains, you should start with regular seeds so you have both male and female plants
- It’s possible to buy feminized seeds from bad breeders which turn into problematic hermies (mixed gender plants) or even just end up being half male plants like regular seeds. That’s why it’s important to order seeds from a trustworthy breeder!
Cons of Feminized Seeds
Pros of Feminized Seeds
By starting your grow with feminized cannabis seeds from a reputable breeder, you can stop worrying about plant gender altogether, and know that every single one of your plants is going to be female and make buds!
The way breeders create feminized seeds is they breed two female cannabis plants together, which means that all the resulting offspring will be female. This is done by spraying developing flowers with a substance that changes flower development (often colloidal silver or gibberellic acid). This process is used to force one of the female plants to start producing pollen sacs just like a male plant.
Feminized Seeds Only Produce Female Plants
“Regular” (or non-feminized) seeds will produce about half male, and half female plants.
Feminized marijuana seeds are produced in a way to make sure all the resulting plants are female (since only female marijuana plants make buds).