As mentioned above, you can skip the processing of sexing weed plants by growing with feminized seeds or clones.
Viable or not, there’s only one sure way to find out if a bagseed will grow. If you’re simply curious to learn and not as concerned with the overall outcome, you can plant a couple of bagseeds outside and see what happens.
Marijuana seeds can be acquired from an array of sources and can vary in quality. For more info on how to buy marijuana seeds, check out our Guide to buying cannabis seeds.
Transplanting germinated cannabis seeds
As interest in CBD as a medicine has grown, many breeders have crossed high-CBD hemp with cannabis. These strains have little or no THC, 1:1 ratios of THC and CBD, or some have a high-THC content along with significant amounts of CBD (3% or more).
Because only female cannabis plants produce buds and you want them to focus all their energy on producing buds and not seeds, it’s important to identify and get rid of male weed plants so they don’t pollinate females. If females are pollinated, it will give you buds filled with seeds, making your weed harsh and unpleasant.
To create a dark, protected space, take another plate and flip it over to cover the seeds, like a dome.
A couple big drawbacks, though: Autoflower strains are known for being less potent. Also, because they are small in stature, they usually don’t produce big yields.
And although most cannabis strains (at least the good ones) display either purely male or purely female flowers, there are some wild populations (and some strains of hemp) that regularly produce plants with male and female parts on the same plant.
The main idea is to force a female plant to produce pollen sacs like a male plant. These male flowers (growing on a female plant) create pollen, which can be harvested and used to pollinate another female cannabis plant. The resulting seeds will all end up being female. Can feminizing seeds cause hermaphrodite plants?
Now that you’ve gotten the overview, here’s the feminization process with detailed step-by-step instructions…
Overview: How to Make Feminized Seeds
The most common reason growers say you shouldn’t do this is because it’s “unnatural” or doesn’t “seem right.” Some growers say you need male plants for genetic diversity. I’ve also heard growers say that the resulting plants will be weaker, sterile, less potent and once someone even told me that resulting plants “will be worse in every way.”
Yes, it’s possible to use just female plants and feminized seeds for further breeding, with one major caveat.
A one-hand pressure sprayer / mister is really helpful for spraying bud sites evenly and thoroughly
Growers and cannabis users of all stripes love feminized cannabis seeds for several reasons:
Pre-made cannabis fertilisers offer an easy solution with specific formulas for each stage of growth. RQS Easy Boost supplies all of the foundational nutrients needed throughout the growing cycle. Easy Grow adds additional vegetative nutrients, and Easy Bloom covers all of the necessary bases for optimal flowering.
Differences Between Indica and Sativa Feminized Cannabis Seeds
You can easily grow feminized cannabis seeds indoors (in a tent or grow room) or outdoors (in a greenhouse or garden).
After germinating your seeds, keep your seedlings on a warm windowsill or in a greenhouse. When they outgrow their original container, transplant them into their final pot or a spacious garden bed. Most outdoor growers plant seeds in early spring, once the threat of frost is gone.
If you’re new to cannabis growing, try the RQS Feminized Starter Kit, a complete package that comes with 3 cannabis seeds and everything else you need for successful germination. Easy!