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Please keep in mind that these traits are not guaranteed, and shouldn’t be the only way to sex cannabis plants! Variations among strains and phenotypes can lead to all sorts of crazy things. The general plant structure simply may help give you a clue if you’re on the fence.
I hope you started a few extra seeds, and have plenty of ladies left to grow! Once you determine that you have a male cannabis plant, get rid of it. Again, unless you want pollination and seeds, it is best to cull the males as early as possible. Simply separating the plants isn’t enough. Even if you relocate the male plant to another part of your yard, the pollen can carry in the wind. There are stories of female cannabis plants becoming pollinated from neighbors growing several blocks away.
If you are growing from feminized seeds, you shouldn’t need to worry about sexing your cannabis plants all that much. While not 100% guaranteed, there is only a very slim chance that a feminized seed will produce a male plant. About 1% in fact. In all of our years growing, we have never had a cannabis plant grown from feminized seed turn out to be a male – though we only grow a handful of plants per year. Folks who grow hundreds of plants could potentially end with a rare male now and then.
My Cannabis Plant is Male! Now What?
Very early, the male pre-flower (early pollen sacs) simply looks like a more round version than the female pre-flower part. It is often referred to as a “spade”, like the spade suit in cards – squatty with a bulbous bottom and very slight tip. As it becomes slightly larger, the male pre-flower resembles a ball at the end of a stick. The male pre-flower is called a staminate. Then, the staminate eventually develops into a long hanging sack of baby bananas – the pollen sacs. Hopefully you can ID and cull the males before they get to this stage.
Why grow regular cannabis seeds? Well, maybe a particular breeder or strain you want to try only carries regular seeds. Some growers feel that the feminization process is unnatural, and prefer to kick it old school by growing regular seeds only. Some enjoy the gamble and challenge. Whatever the reason, when you grow cannabis from regular seeds, the odds of getting all lady plants are not in your favor. You will end up with some males. Therefore, you need to learn to sex your cannabis plants! Also, we always start several extra “regular” seeds – assuming a 50/50 chance that some will be culled because they are male.
For the most part, the average home grower wants female cannabis plants. The ladies are the ones that produce the fattest, most resinous and most potent flowers – aka buds. Male cannabis plants are only desirable if someone wants to breed cannabis and save seeds (which is a whole other topic for another day). Even then, the grower will want to spot the difference between the male and female plants and separate them early on, unless they want free cross-breeding and pollination between many types of stains.
However, the culled males don’t need to go to waste! One option is to chop up the male plant and use it to mulch other plants – much like we do with borage, fava bean greens, yarrow, and comfrey. You could also juice the leaves, which are full of nutrients. Heck, you could even steep the plant material in water to create a natural fertilizer as we do with stinging nettle. Finally, I’m sure your compost pile will welcome the male plant with open arms. Or would that be… with open worms?
There are three classifications of sexes in cannabis; the male, female, and hermaphroditic. Each of these sexes contains certain genitalia in which the hermaphroditic is entitled to both. It has both a pistil and a stamen. The gender of the cannabis is dependent not only on the genetics but as well as the environmental factors they are associated with. This is why we highly suggest being well-acquainted with the traits of both male and female plants to understand their unique properties that you may find interesting during growth.
Marijuana plants should not undergo sexual intercourse or sexing not until the plants have begun to grow. The appearance is somehow similar to any plants currently at the vegetative stage. This can be a good basis to know when they are ready. As soon as the plants progress to the flowering stage, they will exhibit obvious signs as to what sex they are. To answer the question, cannabis seeds cannot be identified as male or female up until they grow and the male and female genitalia shows.
In the process of growing cannabis, both the male and female can produce flowers. The male ones bloom first and the female ones will bloom right after. In terms of physical appearance, the female plants are recognizable. They grow sacs with two stigmas similar to the appearance of a feather. Female plants will eventually bloom and open either white, yellow, or pale yellow flowers. They also have white-colored pistils that often found hairy. This is where the male pollens are trapped. The stigmas are located in the node region where the main stalk is. The stigmas will bloom a branch coming from the main stem.
In this post, we will help you understand the difference between the two sexes. One of the questions frequently asked by newbies in growing cannabis is can you tell the sex of cannabis seeds? Allow this article to briefly discuss their differences as well as how to identify the gender of the seeds.
Male plants grow tear-shaped balls formed and filled with pollen. Within a week or two of growing, the balls will bloom and this means they are already beginning the flowering stage. The sacs will continue to grow up until they burst and spill the pollens. They will be used further for sexing the male and female plants.