Despite having three kinds of possible seed gender, only female seeds produce buds. However, the female seeds can turn into hermaphrodites during its growth stage, especially when it experiences a lot of stress. A hermaphrodite marijuana plant means that that particular plant is both male and female. When they undergo a lot of stress, its defense mechanism in order to make sure that it survives for propagation is to turn hermaphrodite. By being both male and female, it ensures itself that it can self pollinate and therefore produce offsprings.
While it sounds complicated, it really isn’t. Growers who start with the right seeds and maintain a healthy grow environment do not have many problems. For this reason, however, it is important to watch your cannabis plants.
Cannabis Plants: Male, female and hermaphrodite
The first sign of gender appears at the V shape on the plant where stalk meets stem. The plant will develop little green shoots or pre-flowers here. The plant may show pre-flowers when in the vegetative or growing stage. This is also more the case when the plant is a clone.
Such stress includes changes to hours of darkness during flowering, dramatic changes in temperature, drought and physical damage.
Don’t waste time on Male seeds
Seeds are the result of pollination. That means the seedy cannabis buds (which come from a female plant) may have come into contact with pollen from a male plant. Therefore, it’s possible the grower didn’t identify and remove all the male plants before the released pollen. It’s also possible that the plant self-pollinated (sometimes called herming) which is often the result of plant stress during the budding phase but can also be caused by genetics.
If it’s very seedy the buds may not feel as potent, though a few seeds here and there won’t make much difference in potency. The main problem with seedy weed is that you are getting less smokeable bud for the amount of total mass there. If it is seedless, you will get a lot more bang for your buck. Seedless bud (sinsemilla) is considered to be the highest quality and most potent type of weed.
Does it mean the weed is bad?
I’ve seen some growers get impressive results with bagseed, but overall results seem to be hit or miss. Plants can grow in odd ways and often either the yields or quality isn’t as expected. The problem is that seeds often don’t “breed true” to the buds that they came from. That is why many growers either stick to clones (which are exactly the same as the “mother” plant) or purchase seeds of a stabilized strain from a trustworthy breeder, where each of the plants will grow the way you expect, and buds more consistently have the smell, yield and potency they’re supposed to.
There’s a seed in my bud!
What does it mean to find seeds in your marijuana buds? Is it something to be worried about?