Growing cannabis in your home is legal in an increasing number of states and provinces throughout the United States and Canada. To make starting a home garden easy, growers can start with feminized seeds for many popular strains from providers like Kannabia.
Using feminized seeds can make it easier for home growers to cultivate strains like Russian Doll. (Courtesy of Kannabia)
A bud of Diesel Glue grown from Kannabia’s feminized seeds. (Courtesy of Kannabia)
How Are Cannabis Seeds Feminized?
Treating cannabis seeds with a silver thiosulphate solution can ensure the resulting plants are females. (Courtesy of Kannabia)
There are a few techniques that can produce reliably feminized seeds. One classic method is stressing out a healthy female plant by interrupting its light cycle during flowering. While that works to an extent, the more common and controlled method is to spray down female plants with a collodial silver or silver thiosulphate solution. This method makes it possible to control the sex of a plant without any genetic tinkering or modification.
There are numerous advantages for growers who start their garden using feminized seeds. By removing the guesswork of germinating regular seeds, feminized seeds streamline the growing process, saving space and time.
Both substances are a blend of water and fine silver particles, and they work in largely the same fashion. The silver solution impedes the production of ethylene, a hormone involved in flowering. The result is a female plant, but one that produces male flowers with pollen sacs. Since those pollen sacs develop on a plant with only female genetics, female genetics are all they carry. When those flowers pollinate another female plant (one untreated by silver solutions), the resulting seeds are nearly certain to be female.
Before feminized seeds were introduced to the market, regular seeds were the norm. These were typically made up of 50% male and 50% female seeds. This was often a source of frustration for growers who were forced to double the number of seedlings in order to ensure a satisfactory number of female plants for future cultivation.
Wild cannabis plants are typically hermaphrodites, meaning they carry the physical traits of both sexes. This is done as an emergency response to the lack of either sex in a certain crop and also allows for self-pollination. This dioecious trait has been bred-out of most contemporary, commercialized plants, in order to manipulate the cultivation process and save time by removing the need to sex plants. Good quality feminized strains on the commercial market are all but resistant to becoming hermaphrodites, particularly if grown in proper conditions.
The creation of feminized cannabis seeds meant that the inconvenience of male plants, particularly their size, was no longer a concern.
The creation and evolution of Feminized cannabis seeds have been one of the defining moments in the expansion of the cannabis market over the last few decades.
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Your plants will remain in the vegetative phase until the hours of sunlight decrease toward the end of summer, prompting flowering. Outdoor cannabis plants are usually ready to harvest between late September and early November.
Growers and cannabis users of all stripes love feminized cannabis seeds for several reasons:
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.
How To Grow Feminized Cannabis Seeds Outdoors
Photoperiod cannabis plants react to light as they would in nature, vegetating during the spring and summer months, before blooming as the daylight hours fade towards autumn. As an indoor grower, your job is to replicate those conditions.
Feminized cannabis seeds are 99.9% guaranteed to produce buds, making them perfect for indoor and outdoor growers. All of our feminized seeds are photoperiod, meaning you’ll need to strike the right balance of light and darkness to make them flower.
Start by germinating your seeds. Place them between moist paper towels or use an Easy Start tray to boost germination rate.
Ensure you are aware of the laws of your country.