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When growing marijuana plants for buds, most growers will try to identify and remove male marijuana plants as soon as possible. Cannabis growers weed out male cannabis plants because they don't produce usable buds and will pollinate your female cannabis plants. Pollinated female cannabis will spend all their energy making seeds instead of buds. Because male cannabis plants don't make

A vigilant grower can carefully watch their plants and remove males when they develop the first signs of pollen sacs.

Pictures of Male Marijuana Plants

However, you may want to be more proactive and get rid of the male plants before they enter the flowering stage so you don't have to waste the time and energy in caring for plants that you will eventually get rid of. If so, then you can use to following technique to identify and remove all the males from your grow.

Male plants have grape-like balls which form and fill with pollen. The balls will first show up a week or two after changing the plants over to flowering.

If you start with a female clone or feminized seeds, you don't need to worry about male plants. However, if you've just found seeds, or purchased unfeminized seeds, about half of the resulting plants will be male. Male plants generally show the first signs of pollen sacs 1-2 weeks before the female plant shows it's first signs of white hairs.

Female marijuana plants take a bit longer than males to show their first signs after being changed over to flowering. Female marijuana plants start showing one or two wispy white white hairs where their buds are going to start forming. They usually first show up where the main stem connects to the individual nodes or 'branches'. If a female plant is kept in the vegetative stage long enough (the length of time varies depending on the strain and conditions), then she will start showing the first sign of female hairs even before you move the plant into the flowering stage by changing the light schedule. If you see wispy white hairs appearing on your plant like the ones pictured below, then you know you have a female plant.

Seed Banks & Breeders

letting buds over-mature – this is also known as “rodelization;” basically when the plant’s buds have gone past maturity without being pollinated (if the grower waits way too long to harvest), a female plant may make male pollen within its buds as a last ditch effort to pollinate itself and make seeds for the next generation

Less scrupulous breeders might breed two random female plants together and sell the resulting seeds as a new strain without any testing. In this second case, you don’t know what to expect, and neither does the breeder.

Is it True that Feminized Seeds Sometimes Cause Hermies? Yes!

What’s the matter with a few seeds?

Cannabis growers are trying to grow sinsemilla (seedless buds). A few seeds won’t hurt anything. But if you have very seedy buds, it significantly lowers your yields because plants are putting all their energy into making seeds. The buds also tend to be less potent if they are full of seeds. Seeds are not the end of the world, but it’s good to avoid if possible.

This hermie is growing both male and female flowers. Can this be caused by feminized seeds?