Comparing Feminized and Regular Cannabis Seeds
There are several differences between regular cannabis seeds and feminized seeds. If you plan to grow cannabis, it is best to know the differences. We took a close look at the various types of cannabis seeds and compared their differences for you. Let us clarify some of the misconceptions that some people have when it comes to cannabis seeds. Most cannabis growers have a preference for either the regular seeds or the feminized seeds and that has to do with their specific growing traits. First, we have to understand the essential differences between male and female cannabis.
Cannabis plants can either be female, hermaphroditic or male. During the flowering phase, the male cannabis plants produce pollen sacks that have an oval shape. During the same phase, female plants produce pistils and flowers known as ‘calyxes.’ This is where the pollen is caught to create cannabis seeds. Hermaphroditic plants, during the flower phase have both calyxes and pollen sacks. When your cannabis plant is exposed to stressful conditions, its survival impulse immediately kicks in. For that reason, the plant will not be fertilized and will reproduce itself. The female plant will start to self pollinate, producing pollen sacks to carry on the cannabis genetics. Male plants can also create flowers or calyxes, but it is quite unusual. Let us now look at the comparison between regular seeds and female cannabis seeds.
In case, you did not know, regular seeds are produced from one female plant and one male plant. The male’s pollen will fertilize the female, subsequently producing cannabis seeds. The reason why they are called regular seeds is that they are done naturally. On the other hand, feminized seeds are produced from two female plants. One of the female plant will create pollen, but in stressful conditions, but it will still fertilize the second female plant. Most growers prefer the female plant because of its cannabinoid content. To maximize the option of getting feminized seeds, most growers choose that option so that no male plant is produced. Regular seeds, though, do have benefits to the grower.
In simple terms, feminized seeds are derived from two female cannabis plants and subsequently produce all female plants every time. This is the ideal option for many cannabis growers. Growing techniques are becoming more advanced and for that reason, cannabis growers have enough information as it relates to breeding cannabis plants. If you want to produce seeds that are feminized, you would have to provide female plants with traces of colloidal silver to further stress the plant into producing pollen. Once this happens, the pollen will fertilize the female plants and feminized seeds will be produced. Using the colloidal silver to create the feminized seeds means that hermaphroditic seeds are less likely to be produced. Why? The female used to produce the pollen had little genetic predispositions for becoming a hermaphrodite.
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It is important to select feminized seeds as is preferred by most cannabis growers because of the reasons discussed above and the end result is that it will produce all female plants. The only concern for growers is that the pollen may kill the cannabis buds. When you use feminized cannabis seeds, you don’t have to worry about pollination from the male plant. Moreover, during its flowering stage, the grower does not have to identify the sex of the plant because it will be obvious. You plant the feminized cannabis seeds, nurture your plants and then reap your harvest. It is that easy and simple!
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If you choose to use regular cannabis seeds, most growers will tell you that the females that come from those seeds will be more eligible to function as the other plant, if you are into cloning. In addition, when growers want to create hybrid strains, it is preferred that a male plant is used to pollinate the female plant.
Feminized Vs Regular seeds pros and cons
Feminized marijuana seeds have gradually displaced regular seeds as favorites in many countries. This is because these types of seeds offer certain advantages over normal or standard seeds. In this article we will take a look at the differences between them, why some are better for certain situations, and how to know which one to choose, do you feel like it? Well, let’s go see them…
⚠️ What is the difference between regular and feminized cannabis seeds?
At first glance one cannot appreciate the characteristics that differ between lifelong seeds, and the modern feminized ones. They are identical on the outside, it would be impossible to recognize if the plant comes from a regular or feminized seed.
However, in their genome they do have a big difference, and that is that feminized seeds only contain female chromosomes (XX). This is so because to create 100% female seeds it is necessary to pollinate a female with another female, that is, (XX) x (XX).
Regular seeds come from the crossing between a female (XX) and a male (XY) so their genetic information contains both sexes, and they will show one or the other depending on several factors.
The only difference is that from a feminized seed only female specimens should come out, while from a regular seed both female and male or even intersex or hermaphrodite can come out.
Hermaphrodite feminized seeds can also be found, but this is due to a bad choice of parents in the breeding of the variety, therefore, can we say that feminized seeds are good?
Many people ask us if they will have as much flavor as the others, or if they will come out strong, they even doubt if feminized seeds are less powerful, the answer is that they are completely equal to the normal ones, so if they do not come out good it is because of the production process or because of a bad selection of the parents.
image where you can see a seed of a regular variety compared to a feminized one*
Are feminized seeds better than regular ones?
It depends on what you mean by better. For growers looking for practicality and simplicity feminized seeds can be better, because they allow you to germinate just the right amount of plants you need at any particular time. With regular ones it is necessary to put approximately twice as many plants, so that when removing the males there are enough females to fill well the entire cultivation space.
With feminized varieties you can make better use of the growing space, as well as saving on substrate and products such as fertilisers, insecticides, etc. You also avoid the problem that can happen if at a given moment you forget to remove a male, or you don’t notice.
The most puritanical growers say that regular seeds contain more hybrid vigor than feminized ones. It really doesn’t have much to do, hybrid vigour is achieved by mixing 2 different breeds, and it is greater the further they are from each other. The same goes for feminized ones, whoever doesn’t believe me should cultivate a Moby Dick from Dinafem and think whether it is vigorous or not. From our point of view this is because some feminized strains on the market are S1, i.e. produced by the self-pollination of a cutting. Feminized seeds S1 may lose vigor due to inbreeding, but this also happens with regular seeds, you can see it in some landraces for example.
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Bank: Dinafem Seeds
Genetic: Haze X White Widow
Phenotype: Hybrid Sativa / Indica
Harvest outdoor H.N: Mid October
Harvest outdoor H.S: Mid-April
Indoor production: 650 gr per m2
Outdoor production: 1500 gr/plant
Flowering period indoor: 60-70 days
THC: 17-22% – CBD: 0.01-0.2
The great majority of feminized genetics on the market come from elite clones that have been extensively tested as smoking weed. This is a great advantage, as it is easier to guess the features your offspring may inherit.
To know the breeding quality of a male cannabis plant there is only one way, to check the level of its offspring. On the other hand, when you cross 2 mother plants that you have already used to smoke you already know their qualities both in the crop and in the final product, so when you make feminized seeds it is easier to guess the result of the crossing.
Many people think that regular strains are better for creating seeds, or that feminized strains are not good for breeding, we have found that this is not the case, when a plant is sexually pure female it doesn’t matter if it comes from regular or feminized seeds.