Female Marijuana Plant Chances
Sadly, there’s no way of telling whether regular cannabis seed will produce male or female plants. Although urban legends about expert cannabis growers able to identify by eye which seeds in a batch of regular cannabis seeds will produce female plants, the truth is that nature is simply too varied for this to be possible with any degree of consistency. A similarly optimistic rumor that male plants will turn female if fed with a solution of aspirin also has no basis in fact.
Nature is, however, a big fan of survival. A higher ratio of females to males gives better odds for the successful continuation of any species. So under normal conditions, any batch of regular cannabis seeds should produce around 55 – 60% female plants. Growers using regular cannabis seeds tend to work out how many female cannabis plants they want to grow, then germinate and vegetate twice that number of cannabis seeds. When the young plants show the first signs of sex at the end of the pre-flowering period and the beginning of the true flowering lighting cycle, the males should promptly be removed as soon as they make themselves known.
Starting out with good healthy cannabis seeds is a must for any serious cultivator of the ‘kind bud’. With the increasing popularity of feminized seeds, some seedbanks have ceased to offer regular seeds altogether; some say this is also an attempt to discourage people from trying to produce their own seeds and breed new strains, although there is no real evidence for this.
However, Sensi Seeds offer a wide range of regular seeds that includes something for pretty much every taste, price range and level of experience, from the ultra-exclusive G13 x Hash Plant Mr Nice to the cheap and cheerful Shiva Shanti II.
Of course, there is a very easy way to ensure that all your cannabis seeds will flower as females – simply choose feminized seeds! When feminized cannabis seeds were developed, some completely new strains were created, but most of the cannabis seed companies focused on perfecting stable feminized versions of pre-existing strains which had proved themselves popular with growers and collectors. Feminized cannabis seeds are usually bred using pollen from a female plant which has been forced to turn hermaphrodite; this pollen is used to fertilize another female plant, and the resulting seeds will all produce plants that act and flower as females (although strictly speaking they are not true females, but feminized).
Reliable feminized cannabis seeds take all the guesswork out of knowing what percentage of regular cannabis seeds will be female; which option you prefer is naturally dependent on how and why you choose to grow this fantastic plant.