It is essential to identify and remove male cannabis plants to produce the highest quality female marijuana possible.
How To Easily Identify And Remove Male Cannabis Plants
The main reason it’s crucial to remove males is that when they’re left intact, they will pollinate females that are being grown for medicinal or recreational purposes. This pollination of female plants causes seeds with lower THC content than desired.
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While some growers may be comfortable removing their pollen sacs manually, other methods exist. One popular tool designed specifically for eliminating pollen sacs is known as the “Male Remover Pro by Growers Choice,” and it can be found on Amazon.com.
Below are a few ways to ensure that you know how to identify and remove male cannabis plants from your garden.
- Wait until the males have flowered, identified them, and removed them before bringing your female plants inside for flowering. A technique some growers like to implement is using netting over the top of their grow are to identify which ones are males as they start forming pollen sacs. When the bag starts ripening with yellow/orange/red hairs, it’s time to harvest those males. They will pollinate your other females if left intact during flowering.
Another method some growers like to use is removing males before their pollen sacs form. This can be done by taking off the fan leaves once males are identified. It will speed up the process of drying down to about a week instead of ten days or more.
2. You may also use feminized seeds that have been developed to produce only female plants. If you do not want male plants to grow room, these seeds are an excellent option. They will not pollinate females even if left intact during flowering.
3. Do NOT remove males until you know whether or not any females have already been pollinated
4. Please note that it is illegal to grow marijuana in most states…
…so please consult your local laws before growing cannabis for medicinal purposes. Some states, such as Colorado and Washington, have legalized marijuana, and it is also legal to develop for recreational purposes in these states.
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