• Seed manipulation
• Long flowering times
WHAT KIND OF STRESS CAN CAUSE CANNABIS PLANTS TO BECOME HERMAPHRODITIC?
Now, is this good or bad? Well, that’s an interesting topic that unfortunately lies far outside the scope of this article. For the purpose of this read, it’s simply important that you realise that cannabis cultivation isn’t exactly “natural”, and that this can influence why some plants turn out hermaphroditic.
Sometimes, cannabis plants can inherit hermaphroditic genes. This can occur naturally or as a result of breeding, the stress of which can introduce hermaphroditism into a strain.
The poor handling and manipulation of seeds can also increase the chances of a plant being hermaphroditic. This can include feminization, an unnatural process used by seedbanks and breeders to guarantee a high percentage of female plants in their seeds. Done correctly, feminization will only produce female plants. Done poorly, some hermaphrodites can occur.
Do you think you might have a “hermie” threatening to ruin your entire harvest? If so, you’ll need to act fast. In this article, we’ll teach you everything crucial about hermaphroditism in cannabis plants, including how to spot it, deal with it, and prevent it in the future.
This hermie is growing both male and female flowers. Can this be caused by feminized seeds?
This bud got completely seeded due to a hermie in the grow space. Notice the lumpy round bits. Those are seeds forming.
Every plant grown from feminized seeds will produce the buds we know and love. This plant was grown from feminized Swiss Cheese seeds.
The pollen that results from chemical stimulation is used to pollinate another female plant and make feminized seeds. If the parent plants would never hermie without chemical stimulation, then you have created feminized seeds that won’t ever make pollen in your grow room.
Feminized cannabis seeds can be a blessing for small-scale growers. While male plants produce pollen sacs, feminized seeds ensure all your plants will end up being bud-bearing females (instead of growing half male and half female plants like with regular seeds).
Male cannabis plants will produce balls underneath their leaves. They are pollen sacs that once developed can fertilize an entire field of female plans with just one ball. The male cannabis plant tends to grow more quickly and will be spindly. They will not produce crystals or hairs at all until they are in their final growing stages. A male marijuana plant will produce mainly seed and only a small fraction of flower.
Things that can influence your chances of getting a hermaphrodite plant
Hermaphrodite weed plants are often the unspoken plants of the cannabis world. Much like with other species, a hermaphrodite weed plant will develop the characteristics of both male and female plants and produce flowers that contain both thick flower buds and seeds. Unfortunately, these cannabis plants are mostly unwanted by the growing community. They can completely ruin crops meant for recreational use and are full of annoying seeds which makes it a low-quality product.
Spotting a hermaphrodite weed plant is difficult until you learn to tell male from female marijuana plants.