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How to grow feminized weed seeds

November 15 – Pollen sacs appear to be almost fully formed and are swelling in size, but haven’t opened up yet. Don’t stop spraying colloidal silver or you may end up with empty sacs!

You can choose to treat a single bud site or all the bud sites on the plant. Any untreated bud sites will develop into female buds as usual. If you want to smoke these buds, it’s incredibly important to avoid letting them come into contact with colloidal silver because silver is not safe to smoke. (Don’t worry, feminized seeds don’t contain any silver). I highly recommend letting the whole plant be your test subject so you don’t have to worry about that

To those who say this type of reproduction just doesn’t seem right, the evolutionary strategy of plants using only female and hermaphrodite plants to breed is actually pretty common and is known as gynodioecy. One example of a plant that only reproduces this way is a flower found in Canada and the US called Lobelia siphilitica, also known as the Great Lobelia. Obviously, this reproduction method isn’t exactly the same as artificial feminization since the pollen production is caused naturally instead of induced chemically, but examples of gynodioecy show that a female flower-based breeding population can exist in the wild even when no plants are purely male.

November 27 – Pollen sacs are opening up! Collect the pollen before they’re all open!

There are a few ways to identify plant gender before the plant actually starts flowering, and each is helpful in different situations.

Spray bud sites thoroughly, drenching them with colloidal silver every single day. Bud sites are located wherever leaves meet stems.

Picture Journal of Making Feminized Pollen with Colloidal Silver

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Ask yourself a few questions to decide if it’s worth the time and energy to grow the seed.

Females will have a round structure with long hairs—these hairs will develop into pistils, which will catch pollen in the air.

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If growing outside, some growers prefer to germinate seeds inside because they are delicate in the beginning stages of growth. Indoors, you can give weed seedlings supplemental light to help them along, and then transplant them outside when big enough.

Once cannabis seeds are mature, the female plant begins to die, and seeds are either dropped to the ground where they grow into new cannabis plants next spring, or the seeds are harvested for processing into seed oil or food products, or stored so they can be sown in the ground later and become the next generation of plants.

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However, potency in autoflowering varieties has increased significantly since their initial introduction, with some breeders crossbreeding the low-THC ruderalis with other more potent varieties.

Finding a cannabis seed in your stash is not ideal, but we’ve all been there before. Although much less common than it once was, it still happens. Sometimes you’ll notice one when grinding down some flower, or you’ll see one pop, spark, and crackle from the heat of a lit bowl.

How to grow feminized weed seeds

There is more than one way to intentionally stress a female plant, but probably the most common method is to apply colloidal silver to the female. Exposing her to colloidal silver will cause the female to produce a fairly robust amount of male sex organs—the pollen sacks seen on pure male plants. The cultivator then collects an ample quantity of this feminized pollen, which is the consistency of fine dust. Dusted or brushed onto the flowers of other prime females of the same strain will result in an abundant amount of feminized seed of that particular strain.

As well as the desirable aspects of growing feminized seed, it does present some limitations and concerns for the grower. If breeding new crosses is the goal, feminized seed has limited use. While growing it will produce females, the grower will have to procure pollen from a male plant to breed to his females. Male pollen is sold by a relatively small number of cannabis companies, and this practice is not yet mainstream.

Males often reveal their sex first. Detecting these male plants and removing them (most home growers simply destroy them) immediately from the grow once identified is extremely important. Males grow very fast and release pollen in a surprisingly short amount of time. Failing to remove them in time will result in males pollinating the females and producing an enormous amount of seed (normal seed, since a male and female were used in the breeding process).

How Is Feminized Seed Made?

Growing your own cannabis for personal use is a rewarding practice—as well as a great way to save money. Today there are quite a few options open to home growers, and cultivating high-quality cannabis is easier to accomplish than ever before.

Most seed companies present a few options for seed buyers: normal seed, auto-flowering seed, and feminized seed. For home cultivators—particularly beginners—feminized seed is a great choice.

The Pros of Growing from Feminized Seed

True feminized seeds sold by seed companies are created intentionally by using select female plants. Feminized seed is not true self-pollinated seed, but is quite similar, created by using more than one female plant.

Heavily seeded flowers are desirable if breeding is the goal, but they are just about useless for consumption. Seeded flower stops creating the THC-laden trichomes that make sticky, frosty, sweet-smelling flowers so desirable. Seeded flower not only lacks potency, but its taste is nothing to write home about. The special terpene experience so many smokers and vapers crave is lost.