Those new to the business of growing cannabis seeds may not initially be aware of the different types of seeds available. But female cannabis seeds or feminized seeds are the only ones that carried female genetics and therefore the only seeds that will produce plants with flowers.
When you attempt to grow cannabis with non-feminized or regular seeds, you will end up with some plants that have no flowers. These plants can not be used to produce marijuana. While non-feminized seeds can be useful for the breeding process, many people who grow marijuana plants choose to only use feminized seeds.
What are the Advantages of Using Feminized Seeds?
Experienced breeders will tell you that there are several advantages to planting feminized seeds. These seeds will only provide you with plants that are guaranteed to produce buds. When you plant with these seeds, there is less wasted space since there are no male plants to throw out. Another benefit is that you don’t have to keep a watchful eye on your plants to find out which will produce buds, and which will not. There is also no chance of pollination since there are no pollen sacs on the plants. Breeders who have grown plants using only feminized seeds for years have had a lot of success. Many have claimed that they have never had a plant that didn’t produce buds.
What are the Disadvantages of Using Feminized Seeds?
There are a few disadvantages to using only feminized seeds for your breeding process, however many breeders feel like the good benefits outweigh the bad. To build up a good breeding program, and produce new strains, you will want to start with regular seeds so that you have both male and female plants.
You need to be careful when you are buying feminized seeds, especially from a new breeder. It is very possible to purchase bad seeds that are mixed gender plants. These will end up producing both male and female plants like regular seeds. Therefore, it’s very important to always buy your seeds from a reliable breeder you can trust.
How are Feminized Seeds Made?
If you are curious about breeding plants using only feminized seeds, it’s a good idea to learn more about how these seeds are made. Feminized seeds are made by breeding two female plants together. This causes the offspring to also be female. This is achieved by spraying the flowers while they are in development with a substance such as colloidal silver or gibberellic acid. The solution causes one of the female plants to produce pollen sacs like a male plant. By using the female plants to pollinate the buds of another female plant, the seeds which are produced will only have female genes since there is no male involved in the process.
Always be sure to purchase marijuana seeds from a reliable breeder, whether you choose to plant regular or feminized cannabis seeds. Knowing more about the business you are buying your seeds from will help to further ensure that your end product is exactly what you intended it to be.