The desire of any cannabis grower is to produce as many female flowers as possible, as this gives users the chance to consume cannabis with a higher concentration of desired compounds such as THC and CBD. However, hermaphrodite weed can sometimes come in the way. Luckily, you can still save the harvest early identification and closely following the growth of your crop is key to getting an overall harvest you’ll be satisfied with.
The other cause is environmental influences. As a response to unfriendly or stressful conditions of growth, a cannabis plant will become a hermaphrodite as a coping mechanism. Conditions such as lack of water, low or too much light and lack of important nutrients may lead a plant to become a “hermie.”
The first is simple genetics, where the hermaphroditic features are carried along the plant’s DNA and passed down through generations. Hermaphrodite cannabis seeds that genetically acquire their traits from a hermaphrodite mother plant are referred to as “true” hermaphrodites. While these offsprings don’t necessarily become hermaphrodites, they have a higher chance of this at the slightest provocation by stressful conditions. That’s why it’s crucial to choose cannabis seeds from trusted seed banks – it brings the chance of getting a true hermaphrodite seed in a pack to the minimum.
What Are The Chances Of Getting A Hermaphrodite Weed Plant?
If you have some experience with pot farming, you will easily pick out the early signs of hermaphrodite plants. Just by observation, it’s easy to distinguish hermies from male or female plants:
In the discussion that follows, we explore cannabis hermaphroditism in detail to understand its overall effect on the plant, ways to prevent it, stop from developing, and use hermies to your good in case hermaphrodite genes overtake. Let’s dive in!
A hermaphrodite cannabis plant can still be useful in a number of ways.
In other situations, once a female plant realizes there are no male plants for pollination (fertilization), it may become hermaphroditic in an effort to procreate. Because of that, failing to harvest your crop on time increases the chances of producing hermaphrodites.
Good feminized seeds should produce only 100% female plants, with no hermies or male plants. So starting with feminized cannabis seeds lets you make the most efficient use of your grow space. You don’t have to worry about identifying male plants and throwing them away before they pollinate your female plants. With good feminized seeds, you know that if you’re growing 10 plants, all 10 of them will make buds, and that makes it easier to plan out your grow ahead of time.
Conclusion: Feminized seeds from a trustworthy breeder have a low chance of producing hermies, but the odds are much worse with feminized seeds from an untrustworthy source
high stress – high temperatures, light leaks, inconsistent light schedules, as well as other types of major stress can cause a healthy plant to hermie, though some plants/strains are more susceptible than others
I have to admit I may be biased towards feminized seeds. I’ve grown almost exclusively with feminized seeds over the last decade. It has made my life so much easier! I only purchase seeds from breeders that I trust and all the resulting seeds have been bud-bearing females. I haven’t had any real problems with hermies.
“Sinsemilla” means “no seeds.” Sinsemilla is the highest quality and most potent of all buds
That’s why growers who buy regular seeds have to be vigilant about identifying male plants and removing them as quickly as possible.
Handle your plants gently. Do all your staking and pruning and plant training during the stretch period and keep a light hand. As soon as flowering starts, leave well alone.
What exactly is a hermaphrodite marijuana plant?
In biological terms, hermaphroditism is actually a smart move. Basically it means that the plant ceases to be dependent on external pollinators and can pollinate itself. Of course, the trade off for this is that the plant does not get the benefit of fresh genetics. So marijuana plants only hermie when they feel under threat to the point where they don’t think they can hold out for external pollination. Basically the fear of dying.
If you get any suspicion that your plants are under attack from insects, mites or diseases, then you need to act quickly but be careful what you use to tackle the problem. Don’t swap one issue for another by using a product which is actually poisonous to plants.
Gender might not be as obvious in plants as it is in the animal kingdom. But it very much exists and for the same reason. Female cannabis plants need the pollen from male cannabis plants in order to create seeds, to produce the next generation. Breeders, therefore, absolutely need male plants. But people who just want to grow their own medical marijuana, only want the female plants and the buds they grow.