There are several methods for efficiently producing feminized marijuana seeds. Interrupting a stable female plant’s light period throughout flowering is a classic strategy for stressing it out. Although this approach works to some degree, spraying female crops with silver thiosulphate solution or colloidal silver is a more common and regulated method. Without even any genetic tweaking or alteration, this approach allows you to monitor the sexuality of the plant.
The outcome is a female crop with pollen sacs that grows male flowers. Female genetics are the only genetics carried by such pollen sacs, and they grow on the plant only with female genetics. If such flowers pollinate some female plant, the seeds that result are often female.
What Are Feminized Marijuana Seeds?
Feminized seeds, as the name suggests, produce only female plants. Growers want to see these marijuana seeds also be feminized for a purpose such as just female plants have buds, a smokable component of the marijuana plants. Female cannabis plants contain more beneficial cannabinoids, such as CBD and THC. The CBD is well-known for its potential medical benefits, especially painkillers, although THC is an effective mood enhancer. Cannabinoids such as CBN and CBDA, which are less common, are just as potent as THC and CBD. The cannabinoids in high doses can provide an unpleasant and possibly beneficial effect.
Techniques on Making Feminized Seeds
When it comes to marijuana reproduction, growers will deliberately pollinate their female crops to achieve specific characteristics in their offspring. The breeder will not aim to cross different strains to reach a particular phenotype. If a breeder has established a particular phenotype, he may attempt to generate offspring with that trait massively. They can do this by feminizing seeds produced by the “mother plant.”
Feminization is a method of forcing a plant to grow as often female seeds as necessary by tricking it into believing it is nearing the end of its life. Since a limited number of male plants will pollinate many female plants, the plants will often create female seeds and a relatively small amount of male seeds to stay alive and disperse their genetic material as widely as possible. Feminization refers to the method of inducing a plant to grow female seeds in significant quantities. Seed feminization can be done in a variety of ways. – one is unique, but they all revolve around the same goal: obtaining female seeds. Few approaches are more effective than the others; that’s why many farmers and growers favor them.
These are some of the most commonly used techniques:
Silver Thiosulfate Solution
Undoubtedly, among the most commonly practiced strategies for cultivators and seed banks. Its sustainability emphasizes filtered water, silver nitrate with sodium thiosulphate, which, upon spraying on female plants, prevents their ethylene function, leading to male flowers’ development until induced flowering. STS is quite simple to produce, but its period is concise after mixing the two elements, only a few days and probably when it is well maintained. It is necessary to note that you do not use any portion of the plants sprinkled with this sort of product, as this will be odd as crops also “become” males and will not grow buds.
Colloidal silver is often a purified, water-based product suspending tiny silver pieces. The existence of colloids ensures that particles can never settle and cannot be separated by regular filtering. The Colloidal silver is commercially available, or you can produce your version if you’re entirely nerd out. It has many complementary medicine applications.
First, pick a plant with the features you want to retain. Feminized cloning is the standard procedure as the mother’s development, growing, resin properties are established. No vegetation time is required if the clone is very well-rooted. Just pot the clone to a tiny pot, allow it a day or two to regenerate, and instantly launch a 12/12 light period. The pollen-generating plant just requires to be minor, as marijuana contains ample pollen.
Out of these three techniques, the modelization process is perhaps the slowest, least efficient, and least sure to succeed. Rodelization is the practice of pressuring a plant to become male to protect itself rather than collecting flowers until they have bloomed. You must leave the plant in this condition for several weeks after it has flowered. The crop would then become stressed and produce several male flowers to re-pollinate itself. When the plant grows well, you’ll have to wait a couple more weeks for good seeds to be able to plant. Remember that this approach is less practical than the others because it produces fewer seeds. That’s also “nature’s way of feminizing plants,” but it takes a long time, as it does with everything in nature. In comparison to STS and colloidal, it takes a lot longer.
Advantages of Growing Feminized Marijuana Seeds
The advantage of developing feminized marijuana seeds is that they only produce female plants. The home marijuana grower should expect to get 12 female plants from 12 feminized seeds. Growing females becomes their primary target since few home producers are involved in raising their breeds. Other than developing all females, the feminized seed has benefits for novice growers. The plants will typically expose their sexes around two to eight days after the grower switches the light cycle from the vegetative stages to the flowering phase. When developing regular seeds, the ratio of female to male plants would be roughly equal.
Males are most likely to announce their sex first. It’s critical to identify these male plants and remove them from the growth as soon as possible. Males proliferate and produced pollens at a particular time. If they are not removed promptly, males may pollinate females, resulting in massive seed production. If breeding is the target, firmly seeded flowers are attractive, although they are nearly worthless for consumption. The THC-rich trichomes which create sticky, crystal, lovely flowers so appealing are no longer produced by seeded flowers. Seeded flowers are not only weak in terms of efficacy, but it also has a bland flavor. The exclusive terpene experience which several smokers and consumers discover is no longer available.