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.
How to make feminized cannabis seeds at home?
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.
Identify a Feminized Cannabis Seed.
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:
So why bother with feminized seeds at all?
Importance of Bothering with Feminized Seeds
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.
No risk with Feminized Plants
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).