How to tell if weed seeds are feminized?

After a period of several weeks, the plant will begin pre-flowering or form a small bud at the crux of a branch. One of the first signs that your cannabis plant is female is the appearance of pistillates that are faint and usually white in color. On the other hand, male plants produce pollen sacs that look rounded with different divisions along the length, a bit like a small crab claw. These are the structures that growers often look for to determine the sex of a plant.

Cannabis enthusiasts have been trying to figure out how to determine the sex of a marijuana plant by seed for years. Unfortunately, there is no way to know if the seed will produce a male or female plant just by looking at the seed. Regular marijuana seeds have a 50% chance of being female, so out of ten seeds, growers can expect that 5 of them are likely to produce female plants. One way to avoid this is to buy feminized marijuana seeds.

In theory, all seeds in a feminized group will be female, unless purchased from a disreputable grower. Unfortunately, there is no way to tell if a plant is male or female simply based on seeds. Feminized cannabis seeds look exactly the same as normal cannabis seeds, whether male or female. But within their modest brown shells there is a crucial difference.

Feminized cannabis seeds lack male chromosomes, whereas normal cannabis seeds contain all the genetic complement that allows them to be male or female. Ask any experienced grower how to produce a resistant marijuana plant and they'll tell you to start with a seed to get a good strain. Roots always try to grow downward, so place the seed inside a folded damp paper towel, but make sure that only one layer is below the seed and the other wet layers are above. Thanks to modern technology, most feminized seeds from trusted brands will be 100% feminine as advertised, but that doesn't mean there aren't people selling low-quality seeds out there.

We are often asked if it is possible to do all the things that can be done with normal cannabis seeds using feminized seeds. People who live in a state where marijuana is legal for medical or recreational use can sometimes find seeds at their local dispensary. The easiest way for growers to ensure they have high quality seeds is to get them from a reputable seed bank. I like feminized seeds, but I have used regular seeds and both grow equally well and have the same potency.

These companies specialize in growing a variety of marijuana strains and producing seeds that, with proper care, turn into viable, high-yielding plants. A newly germinated seed has a very fragile root that is easily damaged when the seed is transplanted. There's no sure way to distinguish between feminized seeds and autoflowering seeds just by looking at them. A mature, high-quality marijuana seed has a hard shell that can withstand the pressure of being squeezed between two fingers.

While seeing and feeling a marijuana seed can give growers a lot of information, it's not always accurate. Several states consider dormant seeds to be souvenirs, so it's legal to buy and own the seeds as long as they don't become plants with high THC content. That said, don't be too harsh on a seed bank if a couple of their seeds don't work from time to time when, in general, they're reliable.