Once those plants are old enough, growers have to go to the trouble of actually determining their sex, monitoring each individual plant to ensure any males are removed before they can pollinate their female counterparts.
If you have more questions about strains or seeds, keep digging through Leafly’s resources. And to learn more about the variety of feminized seeds available to you, visit Kannabia’s website to see its full line of feminized genetics, including strains like Diesel Glue and the award-winning Mataro Blue.
Growers can avoid spending weeks nurturing plants with only a 50% chance of expressing as female and maximize the space and plant count in their gardens by using feminized seeds from suppliers like Kannabia. These specially-treated seeds increase the probability of producing a female plant to 99%.
Why Grow From Feminized Cannabis Seeds?
Growing cannabis in your home is legal in an increasing number of states and provinces throughout the United States and Canada. To make starting a home garden easy, growers can start with feminized seeds for many popular strains from providers like Kannabia.
Using feminized seeds can make it easier for home growers to cultivate strains like Russian Doll. (Courtesy of Kannabia)
Traditionally, the solution to this has been an inelegant one, with many cultivators planting at least twice as many seeds as they hope to harvest with the assumption that about half of them will be useless. However big a harvest you’re looking for, using regular seeds means you’ll have to plant twice that many seeds.
Male plants don’t just take up space in a garden, either. They can also sap time and resources from growers. When male and female plants are both present, growers need to cultivate both until their sexes are clear. While some strains will show early signs of their sex before flowering begins, most cannabis plants don’t begin to express their sex until they start to mature past the vegetative stage.
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You can also play around with terpene profiles. Some strains are exceptionally fruity, whereas others are more earthy. Why not blend opposing terpene profiles to see what you come up with?
If they produce fewer THC-rich flowers, what’s the point of growing regular seeds? Well, males are extremely valuable when it comes to breeding. Plus, regular strains provide superior clones.
Growing indoors gives cultivators much more control over the grow space. You’ll be able to control light schedules at the click of a button and monitor watering to the nearest drop. Temperature and humidity can be modified using fans, heaters, and humidifiers.
BREEDING: CREATE YOUR OWN STRAINS
The amount of water you give will also depend on the size of your container. Use these figures to administer the right amount of water for your pot size:
Fertilise the flowers on one or two branches on each plant. Label these branches, and leave the other flowers to develop into smokable bud.
You’re not just feeding your plants when you add food to the soil; you’re feeding the vital organisms that make up the soil food web. These critters form mutually beneficial relationships with cannabis plants.
You can boost the number of these useful microorganisms by making your own compost tea. This nutrient-dense liquid encourages the growth of beneficial fungi and bacteria while helping to deter pathogens.