What are Feminized Seeds?
Growing cannabis plants starts with choosing your seed. There are many options, but the most important thing for a beginner is to make sure your seeds are feminized.
Feminized Seeds of Cannabis are by far the most popular and the modern industry standard. Feminized seeds are designed to produce only female plants with a typical success rate of 95 - 99%.
This is in stark contrast to naturally occurring marijuana seeds, referred to as regular in the industry. Regular marijuana seeds will generally produce a fifty-fifty split of male and female kush plants. This is not a concern if you choose to buy feminized seeds. Feminized Seeds of Cannabis have been around for decades, growing into the global cannabis communities’ most popular type of cannabis seed. The feminization process works with photoperiod and autoflowering seeds so all pot cultivators can save time in the grow room.
Male weed plants are often discarded in the early phases of a grow to avoid cross-pollination. This prevents accidental pollination that can ruin crops. With feminized seeds, novice farmers no longer risk overlooking the male plants in the crop. Cultivators can be confident their feminized marijuana seeds will produce only female plants and so cross-pollination is highly unlikely to occur. A big win for the farmer.
The best advice on this topic suggests that unless you are actively looking to breed strains, then feminized seeds are the way to go!
Are feminized seeds better?
They certainly have their advantages...
- Feminized weed seeds nearly always deliver female plants.
- Female plants produce all the delicious, consumable buds (sinsemilla) with far higher levels of cannabinoids than their male counterparts. This means maximum strength, potency, and aroma.
- With Feminized Seeds of Cannabis, there’s no need to check the sex of the plants. This saves lots of time in the garden.
- With no males in the garden, you can focus more time on your healthy female plants.
- Feminized pot seeds are available as photoperiod strains (light cycle dependent), fast-flowering, and autoflowering strains.
- Feminized parents are ideal mother plants. They produce stable offspring with uniform traits and better genetics.
- We’re committed to offering an amazing selection of female marijuana seeds at Homegrown. As far as we know, it’s the biggest and most diverse cannabis seed library in the world.
Are feminized marijuana seeds good for beginners?
Feminized seeds are a fantastic choice for beginners, no question. But are they suitable for all pot growers?
Female plants are perfect for recreational farmers looking for pronounced effects. Female buds deliver far more when it comes to relaxation, euphoria and laughter. All the things we associate with high-quality, recreational pot seeds and high THC weed.
The feminized marijuana seed is essential for medicinal ganja planters. Female buds contain the terpenes and cannabinoids necessary for effective medicine while male plants do not.
How to avoid a hermaphrodite weed plant?
Hermies (hermaphrodites) are plants with both male and female reproductive parts. They can produce pollen and can self pollinate, resulting in seedy buds and low-quality weed. Novices avoid hermies at all costs!
We are often asked if female marijuana seeds increase the risk of hermaphrodite weed plants. Feminized seeds are produced by inducing a female parent to produce pollen. This means there will be hermaphroditism in the seed’s genetic history. Happily, it doesn’t mean female cannabis seeds are hermaphroditic by default. They only become susceptible to hermaphroditism when exposed to severe stress. Avoiding stress is vital when cultivating marijuana from Feminized Seeds of Cannabis.
Poor quality feminized pot seeds can hermie without stress. Substandard breeding practices and unstable genetics are the main contributing factors. It is vital that budding farmers stick to trustworthy cannabis seed breeders and US seed banks like Homegrown.
We create and sell pot seeds only from stabilized mothers with almost no hermaphrodite tendencies. This results in high quality seeds with a very slim chance of producing hermie plants.
It’s heartbreaking to grow a full crop of high CBD kush plants only to remove and destroy half the plants because they’re male.
What are the different types of feminized weed strains?
Growers wanting to buy cannabis seeds from an online retailer for female-only weed plants have a far wider choice than those buying regs.
Most decent cannabis seed banks will offer a good range of indica marijuana strains, marijuana sativa strains, hybrid strains, and autoflowering strains. There’s more about the differences between these types of weed strains below.
We offer a huge variety of medicinal strains as well as unique female strains not available from other seed banks. In addition to a vast catalog of cannabis seeds, we offer extensive educational resources free of charge.
We’ll be with you every step of your journey from novice marijuana grower to skilled cultivator. It’s exactly why marijuana legends Kyle Kushman, Steve DeAngelo, Nikki Lastreto, and Swami Chaitanya joined our mission to inspire and empower people to grow their own kush.
What are the main types of kush?
The primary subspecies of weed are indica, sativa, and ruderalis. Indica cultivars were traditionally known to produce a heavy stoned feeling, as opposed to the cerebral, energizing effects associated with sativa cultivars.
This has been questioned by the latest research, which looks at the terpene profile of individual cultivars. The sheer number of hybrid strains has added to the diversity of kush traits. Hybrids weed plants can possess indica, sativa, and/or ruderalis genes.
The real difference between these subspecies of marijuana lies in their growth pattern, preferred climate, and structure.
- Indica plants are typically short and bushy with dense foliage and wide leaves. They are generally hardier plants than sativa having evolved in cool, mountainous regions such as the Hindu Kush in Pakistan. This is why any so-called ‘Kush’ plant will, in most cases, be indica or indica dominant.
- Sativa cannabis plants are taller, generally a little thinner, with narrow, spindly leaves. They evolved in equatorial regions and love a hot, humid climate. Typical popular strains of sativa include Haze Feminized, Tropic Thunder Feminized, and AK47 Feminized.
- The ruderalis gene is responsible for autoflowers. 100% ruderalis plants are not typically sold in pot seed form. It’s generally breeders, rather than weed seed banks, that possess these genetics.
While these are the three main subspecies of weed, finding fully indica or fully sativa marijuana seeds can be difficult. Most female marijuana seeds are hybrids expressing beautifully diverse traits that didn’t exist twenty years ago.
You can buy female hemp seeds that grow plants with azure-blue foliage. High THC Seeds, plants with 30% CBD and female plants with super heavy yields.
“Shopping at Homegrown is so much fun, it’s like being a kid in a candy store.” Nikki Lastreto.
Buying Feminized Seeds of Cannabis is a wondrous adventure, full of possibility and promise. There has never been a better time to start growing your own weed from seed.
How do you grow feminized marijuana seeds?
Easy! Buy weed seeds from a company that knows how to feminize cannabis seeds properly. The actual growth is the same, whether you’ve had your pot seeds feminized or not. The indoor and outdoor process is similar when using fem seeds or regs.
Indoor and outdoor grows
Feminized weed seeds can be grown in either indoor or outdoor environments. You're essentially applying the same principles as growing cannabis from regular seeds. The significant difference is that with feminized strains, there’s no need to identify the plant’s gender. Feminised marijuana seeds are 95 - 99% guaranteed to be female. Separating male plants is therefore no longer a problem.
When cultivating feminized cannabis indoors, one needs to replace the sun with artificial lights. Adjusting the light cycle triggers the flowering phase, causing the plant to swell and produce big, aromatic nugs of weed.
When growing feminized weed outdoors, the sun takes care of all that. The main concerns for the grower are climate and season. Kush plants don’t like extended periods of high wind, cold, or rain.
The season is vitally important when growing. For the marijuana farmer, it’s very simple: plant in spring, harvest in fall.
How do you "Germinate" female cannabis seeds?
Germinating feminized weed seeds is exactly the same as germinating regular seeds. Homegrown offers guaranteed satisfaction if you follow our easy-to-use germination guide.
How to Plant Cannabis Seeds?
You can plant weed seeds directly into the soil but you should germinate them first. Once you have a taproot, we recommend transplanting the seed into quality, well-draining, natural soil.
Check out Kyle Kushman’s video to learn how to plant your cannabis seeds.
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"How to Feminize Cannabis" seeds: A Brief History
The majority of Homegrown customers enjoy growing from feminized seeds, with both autoflowering and photoperiod cultivars. But where did feminized seeds come from? The process of feminizing cannabis seeds began in the 1990s, when the European seed bank, Dutch Passion, created the process. The cannabis seed industry never looked back.
Fem seeds changed the way millions of people grow their cannabis and made it accessible to millions more. No single event has had such a dramatic effect on the seed market. The creation of auto flowering seeds pales in comparison. Female weed seeds have been the most popular pot seeds for many years now.
Learning how to make feminized seeds at home is rewarding, but it’s a complicated process. It involves forcing already female plants to produce pollen, which is subsequently used in the pollination of other female plants. The resultant seeds will produce female cannabis plants with resinous flowers, glistening trichomes, and strong cannabinoid profiles. 95 - 99% of the time.
How do you Make Feminized-seeds using Colloidal Silver?
Colloidal silver is often used to feminize cannabis seeds, and fairly easy to source. It works by reducing ethylene levels in the plant’s tissue, causing the appearance of male, rather than female flowers. A breeder will choose their best female cannabis plant and spray it regularly with the solution until the plant produces pollen. This pollen is used to pollinate a second prized female plant, with the resulting hemp seeds being close to 100% female.
The feminization process is complex, however. This simplistic overview should not be considered a complete guide to feminizing cannabis seeds.
We are obliged to share this caveat, too - if you do spray your flowers with colloidal silver you cannot smoke them. Do not rinse them and do not try to wash the solution off as it will not work. Be safe and put all sprayed female plants in the trash.
How do you make feminized-seeds using Rodelization?
An alternative to the colloidal silver feminization method is a process known as rodelization. This is what makes female seeds. It’s considered a more natural feminization technique as it relies on the evolutionary miracle of self-pollination.
When female plants remain unpollinated beyond the normal maturation stage they can produce male pollen sacs and self-pollinate. Just as when using colloidal silver for plants the resultant seeds will be almost wholly female. As this feminizing process doesn’t rely on genetic or stress-induced hermaphroditism it’s considered a more organic feminization approach.
Rodelization produces female seeds with a slightly higher chance of hermied plants. A hermaphrodite plant means seedy buds and increased risk of cross-pollination.