There are several methods for creating feminized seeds. However, some methods are more effective than others. Most of these techniques involve causing hormonal changes in female cannabis plants, thereby triggering them to develop pollen sacs. The pollen produced by female plants contains only X chromosomes because Y chromosomes are only in male plants. Below are the most common methods of creating feminized seeds today. After discussing different feminization techniques, we’ll address the question: “Do Feminized Seeds Produce Feminized Seeds?”
Fortunately, feminization techniques improved throughout the early 2000s. As such, breeders were able to create stable and reliable seeds that were 99.9 percent female. The cost of feminized seed dropped as more efficient feminization techniques developed. Today, feminized seeds are widely popular among growers and breeders.
How Are Feminized Seeds Produced?
Rodelization, the oldest technique for producing feminized seeds, can be done naturally, without human intervention. This method relies on the fact that some phenotypes of female cannabis plants may develop pollen sacs late in the flowering cycle or when exposed to environmental stresses. When these sacs pollinate female plants, feminized seeds develop.
Indoor growers are fond of autoflowering seeds because they are produce small plants that flower quickly and are easy to grow. Autoflowering strains are available in both regular and feminized forms and are usually high in CBD (although high-THC autoflowering strains are also available).
To produce sexually stable feminized seeds, breeders should “stress test” their plants before using them for breeding. Stress testing involves exposing the plants to environmental stresses to determine how readily the plants can produce pollen sacs. Plants that readily turn male are not ideal for breeding, as they likely will produce sexually unstable offspring. However, plants that seldom turn male (or turn male with notable difficulty) are ideal for producing feminized seeds. Importantly, their offspring will usually not be prone to hermaphroditism.
All plants produce buds
Without testing, a breeder can’t tell whether they’ve created quality feminized seeds
I have to admit I may be biased towards feminized seeds. I’ve grown almost exclusively with feminized seeds over the last decade. It has made my life so much easier! I only purchase seeds from breeders that I trust and all the resulting seeds have been bud-bearing females. I haven’t had any real problems with hermies.
This swollen calyx has a seed developing inside
It’s important to understand that hermies can happen a couple of different ways. And the different types of hermies affect what genes are being passed on to the seeds.