Congratulations, It’s A Girl!
As with everything in life, whether you like it or not, gender matters a great deal. When it comes to growing marijuana, this couldn’t be more true.
Almost all growers prefer female marijuana plants because only females produce the coveted buds. Male plants have low potency and THC content compared to the female plants, and they are kept to mostly produce seeds.
So, if you find your plant is feminized, congratulations! #blessed
With the rise of decriminalization, many are considering a home garden. If you are planning on growing at home, it is essential that you learn the difference between male and female plants, then you can decide what you want to pollinate and what you don’t.
An important reason to detect the sex of plants early on is to remove the males from the growing space. This action is taken by growers looking to optimize the quality and quantity of yields. If the female plants are kept away from the pollen produced by their male counterparts, they will start to produce far more valuable resin in a desperate attempt to capture pollen and become fertilized. When the pollen isn’t found, the flowers will be left covered in a dense layer of trichomes.
THE FEMALE PLANT
One definite way to detect if a plant is female will be the appearance of its sex organs, named pistils. These tiny white or orange hairs are the sex organs of female plants. Pistils will start to emerge at internodes, sections where branches intersect with the main stem, at around 1.5 weeks into the flowering stage. Female flowers produce small tear-like calyxes with two pistils at this stage which will eventually grow and form together into what is commonly referred to as Buds.
THE MALE PLANT
Somewhat less appreciated, the male plant still plays a fundamental role by passing along genetics to the next generation of cannabis plants. Males look aesthetically different from their female counterparts. While the female’s flowers are glistening with resin, male flowers will produce bell-like clusters known as pollen sacks that hang down, aka botanical testicles #balls.
When growing cannabis you must ensure that all male plants are removed from the female grow room before the release of any pollen. Failing to remove males soon enough will render the grow useless for the production of high-quality flowers. A little pollen can go a very long way and completely seed all females in the room.
Growing your own cannabis can be very rewarding, and those who are successful can take pride in their bud. You never know, maybe you have a green thumb. Check out our growing guide here!
Stay Lifted Weed Fam!