If you are growing cannabis for the recreational or medicinal use you would be looking for good quality marijuana seeds. Most of the time you would be thinking whether you would be better off with feminized seeds or regular seeds.
Feminized seeds vs. regular seeds, is there really a difference between the two? I Love Growing Marijuana recommends feminized cannabis seeds for a novice grower. Feminized seeds can reduce the cost and the effort of growing cannabis seeds. If you have never grown feminized seeds and you have been using regular seeds all this time then find out what makes feminized seeds better.
About regular cannabis seeds
Regular cannabis seeds come from photoperiod plants. This kind of cannabis seed have female and male chromosomes, therefore, the seeds can grow into plants that can either be male or female. Regular cannabis seeds will produce photoperiod plants and these plants will flower according to the amount of light that it gets.
Usually, when the female regular plant receives less light and the cold nights are at hand, the plant begins to flower and prepares to be pollinated by a male cannabis plant. This is the normal way of how the plant grows. Usually, a male plant that grows from a batch of regular seeds will be discarded from the group to avoid pollinating females.
Regular cannabis seeds are traditional seeds and you will never know if you have purchased male or female plants. Seedbanks may give you 50% male and 50% female seeds from a batch and there is no guarantee that you will get 0% females.
You can only identify the gender of your plants when these start to show their preflowers. Females usually grow fine, white, wispy flowers found along the junctions between the stems and the branches. On the other hand, male plants grow structures that look like sacs along the same areas. These are filled with pollen which will be released when these open. The pollen will be taken to the female structures with the help of wind. Once pollinated, the female flowers will grow seeds in a few days’ time.
About feminized cannabis seeds
Feminized cannabis does not have any male hormones, therefore, these will grow into female plants. There is a no different technique to grow feminized seeds or anything different from regular seeds. These will also flower according to the amount of light that the plant receives. The plant will flower depending on the type of strain.
Feminized seeds vs. regular seeds characteristics
Check the appearance of your seeds
To identify good seeds, you must first check the appearance of the seeds. The first things that you would possibly notice are the seeds’ color, shape, and size. There are also some marks on the seed coat that are usually unique for each seed. These are very distinct especially on viable and mature seeds. Seeds should have dark-colored skins that may either be black, dark brown or brown. This means that the seeds are viable and will also germinate.
Cannabis seeds should have a shiny coat which indicates that the seed is viable. This will sprout given enough time. You must also take a look at the seed’s shape because this is a sign that it is viable.
Viable cannabis seeds should not be too small or too large. A little taper should be seen and if you can touch your seeds, it should be firm and hard to touch. Hold the seeds in between your thumb and index finger and press on it. Seeds that are viable will retain its shape even when it is pressed very hard.
Basically, there are no differences between feminized and regular seeds when it comes to general appearance.
How likely your seeds will germinate
There are no methods to tell whether your seed is feminized or regular seed is viable. The best way to find this out is to conduct a physical appearance test and a simple test called the float test. Both feminized and regular seeds should pass the float test to check for viability.
The float test tells you if the seed has viable insides or not. Just place your seeds in a glass filled with water and give it some time to settle. After about five minutes, check your seeds. Those that float are seeds that are light because these don’t contain any viable insides. You must remove these seeds because these won’t grow no matter what. Seeds that sink have viable insides and are heavy. You must remove these from the glass and germinate these on a germinating medium. It won’t take long for these to sprout as well.
Another thing to consider is the age of the seeds. This affects the seed’s viability because the older the seeds are, the more likely that it won’t be able to germinate or it could take time to germinate as well. Most of the time, cannabis seeds that are kept carefully can last for a decade. But this does not mean that these old seeds will germinate fast by the time you want to use your seeds. So for feminized or regular seeds to germinate, it’s best to use fresh feminized or regular seeds each time you want to grow crops.
It is impossible to tell if your seeds are regular viable seed or feminized viable seeds until you grow these. There is still a chance that seeds which look frail and discolored will germinate and sprout but these will grow weak plants that will never flower when these mature.
Identifying the gender of your seeds
The most obvious difference between regular cannabis seeds and feminized seeds is the sex of the seeds. Cannabis could be male or female for regular seeds. Regular seeds will keep you guessing. You won’t know what you are growing until your plants have reached their flowering stage. Meanwhile, feminized seeds are all female seeds, therefore, there is no chance that you will be able to grow males. You won’t have to bother with removing the male plants once your plants have shown their gender as well since you have all female plants.
How easy it is to grow your seeds
Which type of seed is easier to grow? Feminized cannabis seeds reduce the need to grow more seeds because you have to compensate for any male plants. With this seed, you will only grow the number of plants that you will need for your crop.
With feminized seeds, you won’t have to spend a lot because you won’t have to waste resources such as food, soil, water, lighting, and air to plants that you will only discard. You can save time as well as effort because instead of caring for plants that you will only discard, you will use your time and effort to caring for females for better yields.
There is nothing that will equal the satisfaction of growing healthy plants. You will find true fulfillment after providing your plants with the best environment. You can grow recreational or medicinal cannabis without any worries and stress from germination to harvest time.
About the cannabis plants’ vegetative and flowering stages
There is no difference between feminized and regular seeds when it comes to the different stages of a cannabis plant’s growth. Both seeds will grow and flower depending on their genetic makeup, therefore, there is no significant difference between the two types of seeds. If you are growing a strain that will flower fast and will give you good yields, then these are all present in feminized and regular cannabis.
About growing feminized and regular cannabis seeds
Again, there is no difference between regular and feminized cannabis plants when it comes to the care and the nurturing that you need to provide for your plants. General growing tips and techniques will apply to both seed types.
Whether you are germinating feminized or regular seeds do not place the seeds for more than 24 hours in water. This can “drown” your seeds and will also affect its ability to sprout. If you want to germinate your seeds in a glass of water, place the seeds inside for not more than 24 hours. If you want a more efficient way to germinate seeds, you may use the paper towel technique instead.
Why not grow your own seeds instead of buying these from online or local stores? Growing your own seeds will ease the cost of buying and the shipment of seeds. You will have more than enough seeds to grow if you grow your own cannabis plants to manufacture seeds.
Before you even buy feminized or regular seeds, understand the type of strain you are trying to grow. It is definitely better to use feminized seeds but still, it is very important to find out more about the type of cannabis strain you wish to grow. Take note that different strains have different growing needs, growing environments, flowering stages, and plant sizes and more. All these you need to be able to care for your plants better and understand the difference between feminized seeds vs regular seeds.