Marijuana is a plant that has been grown in gardens and cultivated on farms for at least 10,000 years, with clear observation or evidence of its use as a medicine in china over 4000 years ago. Humans have a life long connection with hemp, cannabis, and marijuana and some have even gone far to say that cannabis cultivation was truly the start of civilization. The rope, cloth, food, and medicine that grew all in one place became the ideal style for human existence. Since then agriculture has widely extended to nearly every plant on earth, and marijuana cultivation has led to some amazing breeds.
The entire marijuana industry is assumed upon growing big, beautiful female plants with plenty buds. They should shine like diamonds in the morning light before the dew has disappeared and have thick viscous hydrocarbon buds growing underneath. The flowers of the cannabis plants are by far the most valuable part of the plant, because of their connection with the cannabinoids that we are really interested in.
Feminized Seeds are a Guarantee
Feminized seeds are an assurance depending on the procedure of the provider, no plants will be male or hermaphroditic. Intense stress can affect results, like undependable lighting mixed with bad nutrients. Using feminized seeds is a way to increase yields, save work, get a higher value from the seeds, lose less crop, clone freely and smoke more, depending on where you are growing it for.
First of all, we need to emphasize the fact that there are no males. Not only will a male seed take up space in a garden, they are capable of damaging other crops if not detected soon enough. Females will end up littered in seeds and harvest will not be a success. If you have limited space and plant restrictions, it is a must to use feminized seeds to produce higher returns.
So what are feminized marijuana seeds?
Feminized marijuana seeds are seeds that only produce female marijuana plants. But there are some mistaken beliefs about marijuana, feminized marijuana seeds and hermaphrodites (plants that display intersexuality) which need to be addressed. Unlike other complicated organisms, marijuana is not firmly one sex or the other. It’s a very unusual plant in that it’s an annual plant that is also dioeciously (producing separate male and female flowers on different plants), but every marijuana plant has the ability to produce one of the opposite sex under peculiar circumstances.
It’s a survival technique for the species, allowing marijuana to succeed and reproduce while being both annual and dioeciously. There are marijuana plants that become intersexual easily, as a result of stress in the growing environment such as temperature fluctuations, irregularity, physical damage, light cycle, etc. This is a survival response – the marijuana plant discovers that growing conditions are not conducive, which means that its chances of reproduction is lower. Poor state mean that a marijuana plant is less likely to survive the complete season, and also that there’s less chance a marijuana plant of the opposite sex is close enough to stigmatize it. In these conditions, some female marijuana plants will grow staminate flowers (which are male) in order to produce their own pollen, fertilize their own pistil flowers (female) and produce seeds which will grow again the next season. Male marijuana plants will sometimes grow pistil flowers, but this is very rare.
Early feminized marijuana seeds mostly are made with two female marijuana plants, one of which has been identified as having hermaphrodite tendencies, i.e. prone to produce male marijuana flowers when it was stressed. The intersexual-like marijuana plant would be stressed with light cycle interruption or pruning and encouraged to produce male marijuana flowers, the pollen from which would be applied to the ‘true’ female (i.e. a plant that did not easily display intersexuality when stressed). The setback of this method was that the female marijuana ‘pollen donors’ were individuals which had quite a strong tendency to turn intersexual, and that this tendency was very likely to be inherited or passed down by the feminized seeds produced in this way.
Using different shades of silver, female marijuana plants with a very minor tendency to turn intersexual – plants that would stay female even in the most harsh, irregular, stressful conditions – could be forced to produce male marijuana flowers. This means that their offspring have no more potentials that a normal female marijuana plant to turn intersexual. The feminized strains sold by I Love Growing Marijuana are produced in this way. In short, intersexuality is an essential part of the marijuana genome. Each individual marijuana plant basically possesses a greater or lesser potency to turn hermaphrodite, in response to different conditions. Further more, the marijuana plants used to make feminized marijuana seeds are definitely not genetically altered! No addition or removal of genes If anything, the parent marijuana plants are physically altered through the use of silver and the seeds are produced in the usual way, through pollination.
Will all plants which are grown from feminized marijuana seeds, be female?
All marijuana plants grown from the feminized strains from Sensation Seeds will be genetically female. An argument that has grown with time in regards to feminized marijuana seeds is the problem of hermaphrodites. This might have happened in the early days of feminized marijuana seeds but these days hermaphrodites are very rare. All feminized marijuana seeds sold in our webshop are as stable as regular marijuana seeds. New feminizing techniques and an intensive, multi-stage breeding programs make sure that today’s feminized marijuana seeds are 100% stable, accordant and very productive.