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comparison of male and female marijuana seeds

It’s important to distinguish between the male and female plants in order to have a good crop of marijuana. When the male and female plants are grown together indiscriminately, cross pollination will occur resulting in seeds.

Both plants produce terpenes , which are aromatic compounds found in the cannabis plant and are used for pest control. Having a male in a garden separate from the females enriches the soil with these aromatic compounds, naturally infusing it with insect repellent.

The characteristics of female marijuana plants

Also, male cannabis plants have taproots, which are very deep roots. Their roots are useful in breaking apart the soil allowing nutrients to enter it. When the roots are established they also help hold the soil in place preventing any nutrient loss.

Cannabis plants with seeded buds are generally considered to be of inferior quality because the seeds make the resulting smoke from the dried plant harsh with an unpleasant aftertaste.

Male plants aren’t completely useless to the grower. One can use them for:

Are you growing cannabis at home, but aren’t sure if your plants are male or female? Then you’ve come to the right place! This article is going to show you how to tell the difference between male and female cannabis plants to properly sex them.

I hope you started a few extra seeds, and have plenty of ladies left to grow! Once you determine that you have a male cannabis plant, get rid of it. Again, unless you want pollination and seeds, it is best to cull the males as early as possible. Simply separating the plants isn’t enough. Even if you relocate the male plant to another part of your yard, the pollen can carry in the wind. There are stories of female cannabis plants becoming pollinated from neighbors growing several blocks away.

Feminized vs Regular Cannabis Seeds

In particular, I want to show you how we determine the sex of our cannabis plants while they are still quite young. It gets significantly more obvious as the plants begin to mature and flower. On the other hand, it can be a bit more tricky to sex cannabis plants in the early pre-flower phase, but it is definitely possible! We’ll also talk a bit about why it is important to determine the sex of cannabis plants, the difference between regular and feminized seeds, how we treat our plants up until the time we know their sex, and what to do with unwanted male plants.

For the most part, the average home grower wants female cannabis plants. The ladies are the ones that produce the fattest, most resinous and most potent flowers – aka buds. Male cannabis plants are only desirable if someone wants to breed cannabis and save seeds (which is a whole other topic for another day). Even then, the grower will want to spot the difference between the male and female plants and separate them early on, unless they want free cross-breeding and pollination between many types of stains.

Repeated colloidal silver treatments cause repression of the plant’s ethylene, which is the stuff that creates male flowers. Instead, the treated female plant will grow pollen sacks full of FEMALE pollen (XX rather than XY). Then breeders use the female pollen to pollinate female flowers, resulting in the development of all-female seeds.

Not exactly. You see, it’s not uncommon for pollen sacs to open as early as the late vegetative stage, so it’s crucial you keep an eye on the pre-flowers as soon as they start forming. The amount of time the sacs need to fully open and start spreading pollen isn’t an exact science, but, if you’re not interested in breeding for seeds, it’s better to act early to ensure high-quality sinsemilla.

For example, you could select one strain for its large yields, and breed it with another known for its high THC content. You could then breed the resulting strain with a mould-resistant cultivar to boost the resistance of future generations. The result might not be exactly what you’d expect every time, but experimentation is all it takes to eventually find that perfect result.

Within this explanation, we can also detail how, exactly, cannabis plants reproduce. As the plants mature, males develop pollen sacs that eventually open and spread pollen to nearby female plants via the air.


To be more specific, when cannabis plants are able to share their genetics via reproduction, their offspring have a better chance of resisting certain pathogens, diseases, and other harmful presences in their environment. In turn, when those plants with resistances are able to reproduce, the resulting seeds are that much more optimised in turn.

Overall, if you want to make sure they don’t reproduce with the females, you’ll want to identify and remove your male plants the second their pollen sacs appear. There’s no need to wait until they’re mature or ready to burst; just get them out of the ground and away from your female plants as soon as you notice those pesky sacs developing.

But, what happens if there are no male plants around, then? Well, once a female plant makes its way into the flowering phase, if no pollen is present, it’ll energy into producing bigger flowers at the pistil sites, in the hopes of coming into contact with pollen. By the end, it may not catch any pollen, but it will capture your heart with a hefty yield of resinous bud.

If you aren’t too familiar with growing cannabis, you might think that all the plants grow in the same general way. It’s true in a certain sense, seeing as they’re members of the same species, but things get complicated when biological sex comes into play. So we take a closer look at the differences between male and female cannabis plants.