Feminized seeds are the “easiest” seeds to grow after the Auto-flowering varieties. Feminized seeds mean that they are treated to make them female (hence the name feminized) so that all the seeds can be used to get flowers. Breeders usually sell feminized seeds for their strains because they are easier to grow and are too unstable to reproduce, although some people use plants from feminized seeds to get cuttings, it is advisable that they use females from Regular seeds. It is recommendable to start growing with Feminized seeds, this will mean that the final plant won’t have any undesirable surprises like seeds reducing potency since there are no male plants.
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When you wonder what does feminised seeds mean, the key is in the sex!
When feminized seeds were first being developed, breeders used two female plants to cultivate feminized seeds. One was identified as having hermaphrodite tendencies (prone to producing male flowers when stressed), while the other did not have this tendency. Light cycle irregularity and pruning were used to stress the intersexually-prone plant into producing male flowers. The pollen from this plant was then used to pollinate the other female plant.
Hello Calz, thank you for your comment.
Feminized seeds – Breeding to minimise intersexuality
We enjoy your blog and writing a great deal and have been a long-time follower but this article really comes up short if you’re trying to educate people as to the nature of why seeds with a missing chromosome are being sold on the open market.
I absolutely agree that it “should be everyone’s right to grow male and females of what they’re buying and back-cross and pheno-hunt and pheno-cross as much as they like”. This is why Sensi Seeds has focussed on releasing feminized versions of our pre-existing regular strains, rather than creating strains that can only be obtained in a feminized version. Having both feminized and regular seeds available of strains that are perennially popular enables us to meet as many people’s needs as possible. For those with very little room and/or a limited budget, feminized seeds are an option which cuts out risk factors that may otherwise preclude them from even trying to grow a plant.
Why would you negate the “WHY?”.