However, over the years, the seeds and the methods used for their production have reached very high levels, becoming a real art. The quality of the feminized marijuana seeds that you find on the market today is extremely high and the chances of a hermaphrodite plant developing are almost zero. When feminized seeds were introduced to the European market in 1998, a real revolution began which inevitably led to a lack of interest in regular seeds. Today, over 95% of the European cannabis seed market is occupied by feminized seeds. In the United States, however, regular seeds continue to have an important market, still managing to cover a large part of the sector.
Both of these seeds have their own qualities that make them unique.
For most growers, feminized seeds are the ideal choice when buying a variety of cannabis: they produce excellent quality grass without the risk of running into some male plants. When a professional cannabis grower wants to produce his own seeds and create his own hybrids he needs to work with plants that show both male and female sex. This is necessary in order to pollinate female flowers with male pollen, thus obtaining new genetic crosses and new seeds. This is one of the main reasons why regular seeds continue to be grown.
Feminized seeds and the methods
In the current cannabis seed market, it is possible to buy both regular and feminized seeds. But, what’s the difference? Beginners could purchase seeds without understanding the real difference. Further, we explain the main characteristics of each of them and how they can influence cultivation. This is done in order to evaluate which are the most suitable cannabis plants for your needs. Regular seeds are completely pure and natural and produce both female and male cannabis plants. Feminized seeds are seeds obtained from Cannabis plants treated with special agronomic techniques. In this case, the plants produced from these seeds will express only the female sex. The first seed company to introduce feminized seeds to the market was “Dutch Passion” in 1998.
This is what feminized seeds look like
Thus a real revolution in the cultivation of cannabis seeds began. Today, we find several seed companies on the market that offer a wide range of feminized seeds in their catalogs. And, in some cases, there are companies that sell exclusively this type of product. The reason for this commercial strategy is quite obvious: most cannabis growers are not interested in hybridization and their only goal is to produce large quantities of top quality marijuana. This means that the ultimate goal is to grow only female cannabis plants. Buying feminized cannabis seeds avoids wasting time and being overwhelmed by frustration (there is nothing worse than growing numerous cannabis plants for several weeks and then discovering that half of them are male when the target initial was to get only female plants). When introduced to the market, the feminized seeds initially showed a rather poor quality, receiving heavy criticism from the public (given the high percentage of hermaphrodite Cannabis plants that developed from these seeds).
In a sense, one could say that this growing market interest in feminized seeds could become very dangerous for cannabis communities, turning cannabis growers away from experimentation and dissuading newcomers to create new and interesting varieties. In fact, if we consider a seed company specializing exclusively in the sale of feminized seeds, a grower will never have the opportunity to exploit those particular genetics to create new hybrids. Fortunately, there are still some companies out there that are interested in maintaining this market, where normal growers are allowed to experiment with hybridizing cannabis through regular seeds. Most recommend the use of the seeds, especially for beginner growers.
Feminized marijuana seeds have gradually displaced regular seeds as favorites in many countries. This is because these types of seeds offer certain advantages over normal or standard seeds. In this article we will take a look at the differences between them, why some are better for certain situations, and how to know which one to choose, do you feel like it? Well, let’s go see them…??
However, in their genome they do have a big difference, and that is that feminized seeds only contain female chromosomes (XX). This is so because to create 100% female seeds it is necessary to pollinate a female with another female, that is, (XX) x (XX).
⚠️ What is the difference between regular and feminized cannabis seeds?
The only difference is that from a feminized seed only female specimens should come out, while from a regular seed both female and male or even intersex or hermaphrodite can come out.
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There are currently four types of seeds known in the world of cannabis cultivation. These are the regular, feminized, auto-flowering, and CBD seeds. These four types of seeds greatly differ in many ways. However, nowadays, two of them stand out as the ones being opted to grow by many cultivators due to their great features and ability. These are the regular and feminized seeds.
Remember the first time you wanted to grow marijuana in your garden? Before even picking the strain itself, you may as well be considering if it is a regular or a feminized one. There are various seed banks available online that classify their seeds into different types. Understanding their differences, uses, and way of growing can help you choose which of these seeds is best for you.
What is a regular seed?
In this article, we will be talking about how regular and feminized seeds differ. Let us understand their definitions to better differentiate them and to know if your preferences suit them or not.
Regular seeds are leaned on in creating clones. They are not focused on female ones alone. These seeds can also create a new clone for males which are very beneficial in the continuation of species and a new generation in the near future.
The process of creating feminized seeds vastly differs from the natural process a regular seed undergoes. The most popular way to produce feminized seeds is by stressing a female plant into producing her own pollen sacs. This is the female plant’s natural way of protecting her genetic line. So what happens in this process? Basically, stressing a female marijuana plant leads her into thinking that she’s already done for. Hence, she is forced to pollinate herself including her neighboring female plants. Through this, her genetic line is secured!