Ever wanted to grow the best cannabis possible right in your very own home? Well start with feminized seeds. In this article we will discuss the ins and outs of feminized seeds and why they’re your best bet for an easy do-it-yourself grow.
What Are Feminized Seeds?
Feminized seeds are seeds grown from a cannabis plant whose parents were both females. Because there are no male parents in the mix (XY genetics), all the plants that come from the feminized seeds will be of the seedless female variety (XX genetics). This is good news for you because it all but eliminates the possibility that the seeds you plant will turn out to be male.
In fact, with feminized seeds, the odds of getting a female plant increase from 50% to around 99.9%. It’s pretty much a sure thing that the seeds you plant will grow into a female plant with seedless buds. With those odds, you won’t have to spend copious amounts of time and energy culling male plants from your grow space. And you won’t have to worry that the female plants that do pop up will eventually get pollinated and produce seed — which is a less-than-desirable result.
If you’re striving for nothing but resin-filled flowers from your grow operation, plant nothing but feminized seeds.
Why Are Feminized Seeds Better?
They produce a more potent product.
It all comes down to the fact that feminized seeds produce female plants. Female plants that go unpollinated typically produce more plentiful and more potent buds and don’t waste their energy growing seeds. Essentially, no seeds mean more energy for flowers.
Here’s how it works.
Female cannabis plants begin to flower when the days get shorter in the late summer.
The period of time between the first signs of flowering and when the buds are fully ripe and ready to harvest is commonly referred to as the flowering period.
Female cannabis plants grown in the presence of male cannabis plants inevitably become pollinated (because, nature) and wind up producing seeds during the flowering period.
However, unfertilized female cannabis plants live longer and continue to produce flowers for up to a month longer than their fertilized brethren.
At the same time, the stem and leaves stop growing and the plant directs all its energy into growing larger, more developed buds (flowers).
This extra available metabolic energy — that otherwise would have gone into producing seeds — also contributes to an increase in cannabinoid, terpene, and flavonoid production.
Ultimately, that’s what makes feminized seeds better.
More THC means a heavier psychedelic experience. More CBD means a more potent medicinal experience. And more terpenes and flavonoids mean a better tasting, better smelling final product.
Their Buds Are Easier To Use
As we mentioned above feminized seeds grow into plants that themselves don’t produce seeds. The absence of seeds in the final product makes those buds easier to use when it comes time for you to partake of the wacky weed. Before growers figured out how to feminize seeds (and grow only female plants), consuming cannabis was a labor-intensive activity.
You’d first have to separate the seeds from the buds by rooting around in the sticky icky with your fingers. Then, and only then, could you get to grinding, rolling, baking, or bonging. If you, for some reason, decided to skip the de-seeding step, the smoke you toked would eventually taste burnt and the room would smell like the inside of a coal furnace (not the dank fragrance you were used to).
All this digging around in your buds to find seeds was messy. Plus — and perhaps most importantly — it also did a number on the potency. The more you man-handled your buds, the more cannabinoids would stick to your fingers.
Though you can roll that sticky stuff into hash, most users would prefer it stay on the buds where it can be put to easy use in the joints they roll and the bowls they pack.
Feminized seeds and the female plants they produce remove all that hassle and leave you with a purer experience. All you have to do is grind, roll, light, and enjoy.
DIY Feminized Seeds
If you’re starting your grow from scratch you’ve got several options:
- Buy feminized seeds and grow as many dank buds as possible
- Buy feminized seeds and grow more feminized seeds
- Buy feminized seeds and grow both buds and feminized seeds (not necessarily on the same plant)
We suggest the last option because you’ll get the best of both worlds: flowers for immediate consumption and feminized seeds for the next generation. In the steps below, we’re going to show you one of the easier ways to produce feminized seeds using colloidal silver.
1. Buy And Grow Feminized Seeds
Everything starts here, so invest in some high-quality feminized seeds so you can feel confident in the final product.
2. Set Aside At Least Two Plants
You’ll need to set aside at least two plants: one to make feminized pollen (only XX genes) and one to pollinate.
The one from which you get the feminized pollen will be a total loss (other than the pollen, of course), so don’t plan on consuming those buds.
You can, of course, set aside more than one plant to pollinate, but keep in mind that the flowers will be less plentiful and less potent because the plant will put most of its energy into producing feminized seeds.
3. Spray Bud Sites With Colloidal Silver
After switching to a 12/12 light schedule, spray the bud sites of one female plant with colloidal silver every day. As the bud sites develop, instead of growing into flowers, they’ll grow into feminized pollen sacs (containing nothing but XX genes).
4. Harvest The Feminized Pollen
When the leaf section protecting the pollen sacs starts to crack, the pollen is ready for harvesting. The easiest way to do this is to remove the pollen sacs from the plant and let them dry for a week. Then, place the sacs in a paper bag or plastic baggie and shake them vigorously to release the pollen.
5. Dispose Of The First Plant
Once you’ve harvested the pollen sacs, dispose of that plant.
WARNING: Don’t use the flowers, leaves, or stems for anything because they’ll still contain colloidal silver.
6. Pollinate Another Female Plant
After another female plant has been flowering for two to three weeks, pollinate that plant with the feminized pollen from the first plant.
7. Harvest The Feminized Seeds
Six weeks later, the calyxes on your female plant will swell and the seeds will start bursting out. Harvest these seeds and start the process again from the beginning.
A Dual-Purpose Grow
As we mentioned at the start of this section, you can operate a dual-purpose grow — one that will produce buds for immediate consumption AND feminized seeds for the next generation. You’ll need a total of at least three female plants (started from feminized seeds) to make this happen: one to produce feminized pollen, one to be pollinated, and one to harvest for the buds.
Depending on how many feminized seeds you start with, and what you need from your grow operation, you can, of course, set aside more for each purpose (e.g., one to produce feminized pollen, two to be pollinated, and three to harvest for buds).
Choose High-Quality Feminized Seeds
Feminized seeds are feminized seeds — the vast majority produce seedless buds (sinsemilla) that provide some level of psychoactive or medicinal effects. The real key to a good marijuana experience, however, isn’t whether or not your buds were grown from feminized seeds.
The real key is the quality of the strain from which those seeds came and whether or not the plant that produces the bud you smoke was grown organically. Low-quality bud, such as mids and regs, will produce a low-quality final product. That low-quality final product will diminish any psychoactive or medicinal effects you experience.
When you’re growing your own weed with an eye towards cooking up a batch of edibles, rolling a J, or packing a bowl, always use feminized seeds from the highest-quality plants you can get your hands on. You can grow any strain you choose, as long as the seed stock came from a healthy, well-producing parent. If you don’t, the end result may leave you dissatisfied and downhearted.
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