The cannabis plant’s growth can be affected by many things. One thing you can do to lessen the time and expenses needed in sexing the plant is through the use of feminized seeds. A hermaphrodite cannabis plant is one of the things that can affect your grow.
A hermaphrodite is an organism that has both male and female reproductive organs that gives it the capability of producing both male and female gametes. When your cannabis seeds are feminized, it rarely happens that male organs are produced by the cannabis plant on a female plant that causes most of the feminized seeds not become a hermaphrodite. Thus, there will be lesser chances of yielding hermaphrodite cannabis plants from feminized seeds.
The Nature of Autoflower Cannabis Hermaphrodite
Genetic tendencies of being hermaphroditic occur sometimes on strains of feminized cannabis plants, which is one of the two things that causes a cannabis plant to be hermaphroditic wherein the other one is environmental stress, and some of its strains only occur on extremely rare amounts. Rare amounts of genetically caused hermaphrodites are produced from seeds from a reputable breeder. The causes of your plants to become hermaphroditic are dependent on how many you planted on your garden.
An environmental issue would be the cause behind of your hermaphrodite to become hermaphroditic if you have multiple numbers of those. Genetics would be its cause if you only have one hermaphrodite. If you are planning on buying a cannabis plant and you want to make sure that that plant won’t be hermaphroditic, you should do some research first because some strains have a tendency toward being Hermas and there are extremely stable genetics that occurs on many strains of a cannabis plant.
Lowering the Chances of Producing a Hermaphrodite in Cannabis Plant Yields?
In the flowering stages of the light cycle, leaks of light happen and that is one of the several things that can cause your cannabis plant to get shocked and become hermaphroditic. Other things that can affect your cannabis plant in turning hermaphroditic are severe variations in the PH levels or fertilizer, variations in temperature, incorrect watering of the plant, and growing past the recommended harvest time.
Growing indoors is recommended if you want to change something in the growing process but it will be better if you make it slow. Growing it in outdoors is also good and wouldn’t have any difficulties with hermaphrodites but compared to indoors, climates outside can’t be controlled. John Berfelo has been into educating the growth of cannabis. As he specifically mentioned how to lower down the chances of hermaphrodite cannabis plant yields, he specifically mentioned lighting and temperature that primarily affects cannabis plant yields.
Dealing with the Hermaphrodite cannabis plant
A cannabis plant with sex organ that looks like little bananas is a male. If you happen to have some of those on your cannabis plants, you must separate the plant/s from the rest of the female cannabis plants. One good way of separating the Hermas from the female cannabis plants is having an isolation tent or another room. If you don’t want to bring the pollen from the Hermas back to the female plants, you better make sure to always tend to the hermaphrodite cannabis plants last. Getting rid of the plant is possible, but that will take a lot of time and resources so segregating it would be the best thing to do.
You could also either pull the “little bananas” off with tweezers or take the affected bud or branch. Both options would be good. If the banana like pod opens, it will release some pollen, so be careful to dispose of them but even if the male sex organs often don’t open on the feminized ones, you should still treat them as if they were open and better make sure that you don’t bring back the pollen back to the female plants. You will need to do some monitoring to remove all of the male sex organs because it takes ten to fifteen days for the cannabis plant to develop the male flowers.
Harvesting a Hermaphrodite in your Cannabis plant
You can easily know when to harvest your plants by looking at the small glands of the cannabis plant called trichomes using a 60X by 100X illuminated pocket microscope. From clear, the trichomes will go to milky then amber when you use the microscope. If you have a digital camera and it has a macro setting, you can take a good digital photo of the trichomes but you’ll need to enlarge it until you see the trichomes.
If half or more of the trichomes are milky or translucent, that is the time that you need to harvest the plant or else, the plant would go in to “survival mode” and generate male organs. There are some people who like to wait until the trichomes become amber. Harvesting it on the milky stage has a more of a heady effect than a physical one but harvesting it when it turns amber will have more of a sedate, physical high and could also lose some of its qualities.
Feminizing cannabis seeds through Hermaphrodites
For a female plant to generate male organs, hormones of a hermaphrodite are used in invoking one or more female plant and through this, you can produce seeds which are predominantly female or feminized seeds. If you want to know how to make your own feminized cannabis seed, check out our video section. In growing cannabis plants, it will have an 85% to 99.9% chance of being female if you used feminized seeds.
If not, the cannabis will only have a 50% to 70% chance of becoming a female plant. The environmental shock would be mostly the cause if you end up having a hermaphrodite because in most cases, you won’t have any hermaphrodites. Using feminized seeds is the best method because it only consumes less of your time and resources and almost guarantees you do not get a hermaphrodite and through that, you can achieve a stable growth process without wild fluctuations leading to maximum yields of your cannabis plants.