Cannabis cultivation will always start with you looking for the right seeds to grow. We all know that Cannabis has three species: Indica, Ruderalis, and Sativa, and from these species, different types of seeds can be born such as auto-feminized marijuana seeds. You have the option to choose from regular, feminized or autoflowering seeds, you just need to know which one will work best for you.
Whether it’s for medical or recreational use, determining the gender of your cannabis seeds and plants is crucial for the whole cultivation process. Cannabis growers will always have a preference for the female plant as it is the one that produces the buds. If you are wondering if you can determine the gender of the cannabis seeds just by simply looking at it and examining it, the answer to this great mystery is no. You’ll have to plant it and patiently wait if it will develop pollens or flowers.
Physical Differences in Cannabis Plants
Knowing the exact gender of your cannabis plant will be beneficial especially if you’re trying to produce different cannabis strains such as feminized ones. Cannabis plants might have obvious physical differences when it comes to knowing their gender but here are the things you should be able to observe and help you tell outright whether it’s a female or male plant.
Male cannabis plants can be used for growing hemp and other products but not for growing the buds you really want. The good thing about male cannabis plants is that you can tell early on if it’s male, you just need to wait around 2-6 weeks for the plant to develop.
One of the few very noticeable things that you can see is the stalks of the male plant is wider and thicker. Once the plant grows older, the thick stalks will help them with balance as the plant will disperse its weight in order to hold itself.
A male cannabis plant will often grow quicker than their female counterpart. You may feel joyful at first knowing that your cannabis plant is growing fast and you might harvest early on, but once you find out that it’s a male plant, your smile might be shadowed. But nevertheless, male plants are quick to grow and quick to be determined.
If you have both female and male cannabis plants growing in one area, you will definitely notice that one has bigger leaves than the other. That is one of the sure giveaways that the plant is male.
Round nodes located at the joint
If you look closely into your cannabis plant, check the stalk that meets the branches, for male plants you will see smooth, round nodes that will help you automatically determine the gender of your plant.
This is the all-important gender of the cannabis plant for most marijuana cultivators. What growers love about this is that it gives off a plant that has a high THC level and grows the most coveted large buds that can be harvested. Here are a few ways to help you determine whether your cannabis plant is female.
Now growing both male and female plants in one room, you will easily notice the difference in the leaf structure. Female cannabis plants have smaller leaves, yet you will see that these leaves are also greater in number. The leaves are also supposed to be denser than that of the male plant because they will be used for the flowering stage and when the buds grow.
Hairs on Nodes
Both male and female cannabis plants grow nodes on the stalk that meets the branches. For the male plant, it’s just a smooth, round node but if you will take a very close look at the female plant, you will see an almost transparent, white hair sticking out from the node itself. Now that is the time to thank the heavens since that is the most reliable way to tell that your cannabis plant is a female.
Before you go on rejoicing that you have a female plant because of the hair sticking out on its nodes, check the whole stalks of the plant that has nodes on them. Inspect if all of the nodes have hairs on them, if that is the case then you are all good.
But if you see a combination of nodes that has hairs on them and the ones that are plain round, brace yourself since what you have is a hermaphrodite. A combination of both female and male plant. It may seem interesting at first but it really doesn’t add value to your marijuana garden.
Hermaphrodites are only known to produce low-quality buds and having them around might be a threat of fertilization to your 100% female plants, best to just have them put in another area or stash them away.
Female cannabis plants are also relatively smaller compare to their male counterparts. Though they may be shorter, they can be wider than the male plants.
Auto-Feminized Marijuana Seeds
Although there is no sure way to determine the gender of your cannabis seeds, high-quality ones or the ones purchased from known seed banks will have auto-feminized seeds. These are seeds that have been genetically modified to produce buds and eventually turning into a female plant eventually. This is a combination of strains from autoflowering and feminized types, hence the name auto-feminized marijuana seeds.
Cannabis cultivators use this to save time by not having to go through the normal process of planting and finding out the gender by waiting on a few weeks after. This also helps in their yield production and with the results that they want to achieve.
Now that you know how to determine the gender of your cannabis plant, you can now start planting your own and grow weed either for medical or recreational purpose. Whatever your reason for planting, I hope you have a good time doing so.