Cannabis belongs to a category of plants called 'dioecious' which produce either male and female offspring - in simple terms, some plants will be all male, others will be all female. This is opposed to 'monoecious' plants - think of a banana plant - which has both male and female flowers on the same plant.
For dioecious plants to reproduce you need at least one male in the vicinity to allow for pollination. The resulting offspring of dioecious plants have a 50/50 chance of being either male or female.
Like female fruit trees, it is the female cannabis plant which produces the cannabinoid-rich buds, making it the more desirable of the two. Males, which produce flowers with pollen, are often discarded, although their job as a pollinator is crucial if you are growing to produce seeds. However, if you're just looking to harvest smokeable bud, males are surplus to requirement!
For many growers bringing on young plants is a lucky dip which results in roughly half of all plants being discarded as males. This can be frustrating when you've spent several weeks tending to your cannabis. Some growers even resort to 'doubling up' - doubling the amount of young plants in the hope of increasing the overall number of females. Neither approach is time or cost effective for the average grower.
With all this is mind you're probably wondering why growers even bother with regular rather than modified seeds, such as reliable feminized or fast-growing autos. Here's why...
THE BENEFITS OF REGULAR WEED SEEDS
Like most types of cannabis seeds, cultivating regular seeds comes with its own set of unique benefits. For example, without regular seeds fems wouldn't exist! Regular seeds are an integral part of the cannabis industry for good reason.
Let's take a look at why you might choose to grow regular weed seeds over other types:
To develop new strains: regular seeds are crucial in the development of new cannabis strains - bringing together the best genetic features of both male and female parents. This strengthens and diversifies the characteristics inherited by the hybrid offspring, hopefully resulting in an exciting new strain.
To obtain male plants for breeding: while not desirable for cultivating smokeable bud, male weed seeds are of vital importance to breeders. As well as playing a crucial role in creating new strains, males are an integral part of the process for developing cultivars with bespoke characteristics. Offspring with male and female parents tend to be overall more stable specimens than those created by other means.
To grow better parent plants: the genetic stability present in regular male and female weed seeds (much less so in feminized counterparts) means it is almost certain to pass into the offspring, cutting the chances of hermaphroditic tendencies. Therefore, plants reared from regular seeds make excellent mothers, especially in the further production of seeds or the development of clones.
Good value for money: with the same great genetics but at a lower price than feminized seeds, regular seeds are a great choice for budget-conscious growers with time to spend rearing their crop. This is due to the fact that, lacking genetic modification, they are cheaper and easier to produce, a cost saving which is passed onto the buyer.
ESTABLISHING THE GENDER OF REGULAR WEED SEEDS
Yep, you guessed it, there is no easy way of identifying whether a seed is male or female without first sprouting it!
After 3-6 weeks (depending on the strain), young plants form pre-flowers, allowing you to determine the gender. This is done by closely inspecting the plant for small, oval-shaped pods containing pollen - these are males.
Growing for seeds? You may select one or more male plants to pollinate your females. Growing to consume? Separate males from females as quickly as possibly to limit the chance of pollination happening!
WHERE TO BUY REGULAR WEED SEEDS
While regular weed seeds contain the high-quality, stable genetics sought after by growers, buyers should not assume that all seeds are created equal. Therefore it is vital to purchase seeds only from a reputable seller, online or otherwise.
While many growers choose to buy online owing to the vast choice and cost effectiveness offered by this channel, you are effectively buying 'sight unseen'. This makes it even more important to select a highly-respected, trusted online seller like United Strains of America.
With an enviable track record of selling only the highest quality seeds and a reputation for excellent customer service and aftercare, we are proud to be the web's premier retailer of weed seeds to the USA.
Buying online from United Strains of America couldn't be easier. To place an order, all you need is a US postal address and access to one of our payment methods.
Growers can choose from a variety of strains in packs of 5, 10, 15 and 25 cannabis seeds. We're constantly updating our catalogue but if you can't find a strain, get in touch and we'll be happy to help.
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