“In our search to find new genetics, Kannabia paired us with their feminized Russian Doll seeds,” say growers at Canada’s BlueSky Organics. “Every seed germinated, and now that we are in the late vegetative stage, these plants have an extremely hardy trunk preparing themselves for some massive buds.”
This article is sponsored by Kannabia Seed Company, an award-winning cannabis seed company headquartered in Spain. Using only the highest quality genetics on the market, their grower-oriented approach has made cannabis cultivation simple and satisfying for growers of all skill levels for years.
As a result, growing cannabis from regular seeds isn’t very efficient—it’s akin to running a bakery that has to throw out every second loaf of bread. Growers working from regular seeds have to account for the fact that roughly half of their plants could be males. While those plants are of some value to breeders, folks growing for flower won’t find much to like in them, and too many male plants can spoil a grow.
How Are Cannabis Seeds Feminized?
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.
Cultivators depend on feminized seeds for efficient growing cycles. (Courtesy of Mr. Sticky Farm)
Treating cannabis seeds with a silver thiosulphate solution can ensure the resulting plants are females. (Courtesy of Kannabia)
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.
Hermaphroditism refers to the mutation of the feminized seeds breeding both sexes in a single plant just like it is in humans. Hermaphrodite genes are not feminized genes and such would not produce the same output as feminized plants. Hermaphroditism occurs due to poor breeding and this is one of the reasons you should be mindful of where you buy your seeds. It is vital to buy only the best feminized seeds from reputable companies, especially ones that stand by the quality of their products like we do.
Indoor cultivation allows the grower to control every aspect of the process; environment, light source, nutrients, ventilation, temperature, and irrigation. When you grow indoors, you can closely monitor your plants and farm operations to ensure that you get a high-quality and high-inducing harvest.
Feminized seeds are produced by inducing a normal female, to grow male flowers with viable pollen. They are photoperiod strains meaning they are light-cycle dependent. For this reason, feminized cannabis seeds provide an unbeatable advantage for growers under artificial lighting, the outdoors or in a greenhouse.
Best Ways to Grow Feminized Seeds
As the market for cannabis evolves, so does the science that supports the industry. Today, feminized cannabis seeds are taking center stage in the conversation between growers and seed banks.
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Photoperiod strains are strains that require longer periods of darkness to flower. They are light-sensitive and could have their flowering cycle distorted if they become disturbed by natural or artificial light source during their dip time. Photoperiod cannabis species such as the feminized cannabis seeds strain rely on hours of undisturbed darkness to flower, and light pollution (such as those from street lights) or interruptions in the dark cycle, even if just for a short time, are a problem and can cause the plant to revert to its vegetative phase, display hermaphroditic tendencies, produce inferior yields, or fail to flower altogether.
But, if prefer growing outdoors, here are a few ways to guarantee a healthy yield;
Our tip for this strain: Check out our autoflowering version for an even easier and quicker grow. She’s a fantastic strain for getting your feet wet and introducing yourself to the cannabis growing world.
What we love about this strain: Despite staying short and brushy, she grows a great open structure that allows light to penetrate all the way down. This means that despite a short size she has long buds that are super dense. This also makes her autoflowering version perfect, since autos don’t like really handle their leaves being removed well.
Critical’s flavors are glorious, and you can taste a bouquet of sweet fruits, both citrusy and flowery that lingers on your tongue well after smoking. Critical is a classic indica mix between Skunk and Afghan and her high reflects this. After toking you feel a major sense of ease, and relaxation falls over you. A strain that is perfect for chilling back, so take a puff, throw on your favorite television show, and forget about your worries with Critical.
Critical has taken numerous awards in Spain and it’s easy to see why. Critical is fantastically low maintenance, grows quick and remains perfectly short, but produces rich and tight buds loaded with frosty trichomes.
Critical is easily one of the best marijuana strains around for first-time growers with her hands off approach and incredible seed germination rate.
Quote from a customer: “100% germination rate in less than 48 hours using Jiffy Pellets and tray.” – Terry G.