One of the types of cannabis that has been making waves in the community is feminized seeds. They are becoming more popular in recent years, mainly because of how easy they can make the growing process. But, some traditionalists in the industry still have their own concerns, and they feel hesitant towards going into growing like this. Some people also fear whether growing this way is unethical or wrong.
In this article, you will be enlightened about the common misconception in feminized cannabis plants.
How Do Feminized Seeds Get Produced?
The first way to produce feminized seeds is through a process called rodelization. In this strategy, cannabis cultivators prolong the growing period so that they can produce feminized seeds. The plant will suffer from stress in different ways, like changing their light cycle, overfeeding them with nutrients, or prolonging their development past the target harvest time.
Eventually, the plant will produce male reproduction organs, producing female pollen and use them into making seeds. As the plants are not stable sexually, the offspring that gets produced is not stable sexually. Instances like this happened many times before, and so this gave birth to the misconception that feminized seeds do not have good genetics.
The second way that feminized seeds get produced is through stopping its production of ethylene. It is a plant hormone that regulates when the plant produces its flowers and when the fruits of the plant ripen. If the production of ethylene is prohibited, the female plants will be forced to produce male flowers. As these males will produce female pollen, pollination with another female will only produce female plants. Accomplishing, this can be done through the use of chemicals like colloidal silver, gibberellic acid, silver nitrate, and silver thiosulphate.
Some Common Misconceptions About Feminized Cannabis
Myth #1 – When growing feminized seeds, there is a higher percentage than you will grow hermaphroditic plants.
This is the most common and largest myth about feminized cannabis plants, as influenced by the days when the rodelization method was used. But, nowadays, most cannabis breeders make use of silver thiosulphate and colloidal silver for feminizing their plants.
Just like regular seeds, people should know that if the parent strains are sexually stable, the offspring that they produce will also be sexually stable. In fact, according to experts, feminized seeds are now even more sexually stable in comparison to regular cannabis strains. The reason for this is that when exposed to stress tests, female plants perform better compared to male strains.
Myth #2 – Regular cannabis seeds are natural and feminized seeds are not natural because they do not grow in the wild.
At present, because horticulturists and the technology that they use have evolved, it is easier for modern cannabis breeders to ensure that what feminized seeds produce will become more sexually stable in comparison to wild variants of cannabis and other landraces.
But, if you check on wild cultivations, you will be able to see hermaphroditism as a last-ditch survival effort of the plant itself. While out in the wild with no human manipulation, plants will naturally turn into a hermaphrodite as an attempt to try out reproduction. Therefore, it is possible for cannabis strains to produce feminized seeds even when they are growing in the wild.
Myth #3 – Feminized seeds produce poisonous buds that are toxic and dangerous for humans to smoke.
The feminized plants that are brought to existence from a feminized cannabis seed are perfectly safe for human consumption – whether for smoking, eating or through oils. The rumor on toxicity is only true for some female plants that have been sprayed with chemicals so that female pollen can be produced.
Myth #4 – Making feminized seeds originated because of cannabis growing.
Contrary to popular belief, creating feminized versions of a plant did not start from cannabis cultivations. The methods of producing feminized versions of a plant were produced in different agricultural crops. Some records believe that this technique was only copied for cannabis cultivations somewhere in the 1980s.
Myth #5 – Feminized seeds have specific needs in terms of growing needs and storage.
Unlike the general consensus, feminized cannabis seeds grow in a similar set up to regular cannabis seeds. They need the same types of nutrients, respond well to the same growing techniques, and require the same growing equipment.
Similarly, the strategies used in storing feminized seeds are also the same for regular cannabis seeds. Feminized seeds must be stored in a dry place, with cool temperatures ranging from 5 to 7 degrees Celsius, and in a place where no light will seep in.
Myth #6 – Feminized cannabis seeds are genetically engineered.
With this point, we will define genetic modification and genetic engineering. Genetic modification is a process of selective breeding that could happen naturally in the wild or through the effort of breeders. Basically, this can be seen as all cannabis hybrids are borne from a result of genetic modification.
However, genetic engineering can be defined as the occurrence where the DNA of a certain species is directly mixed in or infused with the DNA of another type of species. For instance, you mix the DNA of a dog to the DNA of an apple.
It is important to note that this is not how feminized cannabis seeds are made. Though feminized cannabis seeds can be described as an amazing improvement in the breeding technology of cannabis, feminized cannabis seeds cannot be defined as genetically engineered.
Myth #7 – Feminized seeds are only suited for beginner growers.
Feminized cannabis seeds are known to grow into plants that are easier to maintain when compared to regular cannabis seeds. With these plants, you will have more space to grow, and you will also save time and effort but get the same results.
These benefits should not be fully available for beginners. Even expert growers will appreciate a quick and easy yield that will not ask for too much from the grower.
Though quite young on the trends in the cannabis industry, feminized cannabis seeds are here to stay. Feminized seeds offer various advantages for all types of growers, and they can further your ability and skills in cannabis cultivation.