How do you make feminized cannabis seeds? This is a question that many cannabis growers have asked. And why shouldn’t you? After all, feminized seeds are female plants that do not produce any males or hermies.
This is Part 1 of a 3 part series on Making feminized seeds at home. Follow along with Part 2 here and Part 3 here.
I have seen some websites selling them because they are in high demand. But there are also people who are confused about whether to buy them. Some might even feel that they must inform you about the disadvantages of this approach, but I will say Thank You for visiting my site and let’s talk business instead.
What are feminized seeds? It is precisely what the name suggests – they are female-only cannabis seeds. It is impossible to produce them in regular cannabis growing because the feminized trait comes from genetic lines that are manipulated so that their feminizing process will be activated.
It is unnecessary to inspect them because it will be evident if you have an all-female crop.
Before we look at how this happens and whether this is what you should do as well, let us first talk about some other aspects that are no less important:
Feminized seeds are ideal if you need to produce new plants every few weeks or months. You can buy several high-quality strains, grow them, and select the most vigorous, healthy, and productive plants. This way, you will have a constant supply of new, healthy genetics that you can choose from.
The feminized trait allows for reproducing female plants identical to the mother plant because all seeds produced by it will be females. In other words, feminized seeds have true-breeding strains!
They’re also beneficial in outdoor growing, where males can pollinate your plants, decreasing the quality of your final crop.
If you still want to go for regular non-feminized (for example, if you need male pollen), look at my article on Sexing Cannabis Seeds or purchase pre-sorted strains from a seed bank!
So, let us go back to the actual topic and see how they’re made in reality. There is quite a lot of work involved in getting them done right because you have to be careful about two things:
The first thing you need to do is select suitable breeding stock for this particular strain or variety. Since we are creating feminized seeds, the resulting cannabis plant must carry the female-only trait (otherwise, all seeds produced by them would be hermaphrodites). This happens when certain female plants inherit two copies of a gene responsible for this. In scientific terms, we call these female plants homozygous for the feminizing trait, or put ‘homozygotes.’
Stay Tuned for the next part of this series. How to make feminized seeds at home? (Part 2), How to make feminized seeds at home? (Part 3).
This is Part 2 of a 2 part series. Start at How to grow marijuana indoors with LEDs? (Part 1) – CP Editorial
Q5: What’s the ideal spectrum for LED grow lights?
A: Currently, there are three different spectrums of LEDs available. One uses a red and blue light combination, another is in the blue spectrum, and a third is made with unique red, blue, and green light combinations. A complete cycle LED grow light will have a mixture of all colors at different levels. This provides the most natural lighting for plants as they experience nature from the sun.
Q6: Do I need to replace my bulbs?
A: LED grow light bulbs can last up to 100,000 hours. As they run cooler than HPS/HID lamps, you will not need to replace them for 5-10 years.
Q7: How often should I clean my LED grow lights?
A: Dirt on the front of your light will reduce its intensity and cover some of the light receptor cells on your plants, reducing their growth and yield. A good practice is to clean them at least every 45 days with a specialized LED grow lights cleaner available from most hydroponic stores.
Q8: Where can I find out more about growing Cannabis with LED Grow Lights?
A: An excellent book that we recommend is Cannabis Revealed. It’s available on Amazon here.
Q9: How much electricity do I need?
A: For a tent of around 5 square feet, you’ll be looking at about 50W per square foot. However, the amount of power needed will vary depending on what stage you grow your plants in and how many hours a day you run your light.
Q10: What about growing Cannabis outside in the garden?
A: That all depends on how much space you have! 6 square feet is around 4m x 4m. You can get LED to grow lights designed to be used outdoors, but bear in mind they won’t be as effective if exposed to sunlight. A better option would be to hang your LED grow lights from a metal frame so they can’t be stolen.
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