How do you grow feminized cannabis seeds in Canada? If you are looking for a good way to grow feminized marijuana seeds Canada then there are specially designated seedbanks where you can find good seeds. And these seedbanks don’t just sell cannabis seeds from the actual, physical store; you can also buy seeds from the seedbanks’ corresponding online websites.
Feminized marijuana seeds are a blessing for growers and breeders who would like to have more yields. Feminized seeds will surely bear female plants. There is no need to check the gender of your plants during the pre-flowering stage anymore.
According to Leafy, most North American growers turn to feminized cannabis seeds to produce female plants. Cannabis plants that are naturally pollinated or plants that undergo traditional breeding will be able to produce both male or female seeds. These are regular seeds and these occur with an even split between two genders. This means that cannabis breeders who would like to start with traditional seeds will have about 50% chance of getting female plants.
Growing cannabis using regular seeds is not very efficient. They have to face the fact that the plants they are growing will be males and half would be females. Most of the time, breeders have to spend so much time, effort and money in caring for their plants only to throw away male plants.
Why make your own feminized marijuana seeds
Growing your own feminized marijuana seeds is the best way to go when it comes to the following scenarios.
If you don’t want to spend money on buying expensive feminized seeds
Most feminized cannabis seeds are very expensive. These seeds cost as much as autoflowering seeds and autoflowering feminized seeds, therefore, it would be too expensive to buy seeds each time you want to start a new crop.
If you are buying feminized cannabis for the first time or you are buying from a new vendor, you may only end up spending your money on seeds that will not germinate or will have poor quality. According to growers and breeders that have purchased feminized cannabis from online shops, they were never able to purchase viable seeds. Some complained that it was difficult to buy more seeds just to find out that only a small percentage of the seeds germinated. To prevent these from happening you must buy only from reliable seedbanks online.
If you are not able to buy feminized seeds from your own area
Growers usually find it hard to find the cannabis seeds that they need from where they are located. And when the local demand is high for feminized seeds is high, chances are the price of seeds will increase making this more expensive compared to regular seeds. When it comes to growing your feminized seeds no doubt that it is more practical to purchase online compared to purchasing from local stores.
If cannabis growing or use in your area is prohibited
If growing or use of cannabis is still prohibited from where you are then the best thing to do is to grow your own feminized seeds. If you grow your own seeds then you will be free from any worries and rules that will prohibit you from growing cannabis. You won’t deal with the worries of buying, shipment, growing and using cannabis anymore when you grow your own seeds. Also, you will be able to grow your plants in a secure way inside your home. This is the reason why more cannabis growers turn to cultivate seeds at home.
If this is your first time to grow your own cannabis plants.
Because you will be growing seeds that will become female and therefore you won’t have any worries or errors. This is one of the reasons why feminized cannabis seeds are the best for new growers. If you have poor chances to grow cannabis then feminized seeds are the best for you.
Making your own feminized marijuana seeds in Canada
Here’s what you need to make your own feminized cannabis at home:
- Regular cannabis seeds strain you want to grow
- Growing medium (soil or hydroponics)
- Growing container; a pot with adequate holes will do great
- Grow lights
- Exhaust fans
- Colloidal silver
- A small brush
- A small plastic bag
1. Buy regular cannabis seeds
Purchase regular cannabis seeds from online or local seedbanks. Remember that there is a chance that you might get 50% females and 50% males from the batch of seeds that you purchased. You will have to deal with growing and sexing your plants come to their pre-flowering stage just to get female plants.
2. Grow your regular cannabis plants.
Germinate your regular seeds with the paper towel technique. This is placing your seeds in between damp paper towels and placing seeds away from light. Cover your seed with a plate and then place this in a dark spot such as a cupboard or a cabinet. It usually takes two to five days for seeds to germinate and then afterwards place your newly germinated seeds in your chosen medium such as hydroponics or soil.
If you plan to grow regular seeds in soil, you must use soil that will be able to grow cannabis. There are also strains that require a specific soil so be sure to check this out. Regular cannabis strains will grow well in sandy-clayey soil. This is because this will hold more water and nutrients and will also drain out excess. This soil will also let oxygen attach to the plant’s roots and this will help improve root strength and health.
3. Use optimum lighting on your plants.
You must grow your regular marijuana plants under optimum lighting during its vegetative stage. Keep developing plants indoors to closely monitor the growth of your plants. Your plants will have a better chance of becoming healthy and strong plants when these are grown in an ideal environment. Your young plants should stay in this indoor environment until these have developed a stronger form. These will make your plants healthy and strong in time for flowering.
4. Identify the gender of your regular plants
After your plants have become stronger and healthier during its developmental stages it’s time to stimulate flowering to find out its gender. You want female plants to quickly identify females. You can identify females by checking for small white flowers that will grow on the joints of the plant stems. Meanwhile, male plants are identified by balls or sacs that grow along the joints of the stems. These are full of pollen and can burst any time and will pollinate your females. You must remove regular male plants because you are growing feminized cannabis. Remove males before these pollinate your female plants.
5. Grow your female plants well
After you have identified female plants and have removed male plants, grow your female plants well. Start by giving your plants the best plant food, enough water daily and by creating a good growing environment. When the flowers have completely developed you may now create feminized cannabis seeds.
6. Creating feminized cannabis seeds
Breeders who want to make feminized regular seeds use colloidal silver. Colloidal silver may be purchased from breeder’s shops. But you may also make your own colloidal silver solution by mixing silver and water. Colloidal silver is a compound that will be able to stimulate female cannabis plants to grow male parts. These male parts contain feminized pollen which will fertilize your flowers. You will spray colloidal silver on female plants or use a small brush and paint on the bud sites. You must spray or paint this on your plants on a daily basis. Make sure that the stems of the plants are drenched with colloidal silver.
7. Soon your female regular plants will have male parts
The stems where you applied colloidal silver will soon have male structures like sacs or balls. You might find plants with uncovered male structures similar to a banana. These structures have uncovered pollen and will be ready to pollinate female plants. Allow these sacs or balls to become ripe and soon these will swell and burst. As this happens, pollen will be released in the air. Continue spraying your plants with colloidal silver daily. You can easily tell that the sacs or balls are ready when these start to develop cracks. When this happens, collect the pollen in a small bag or container.
8. Pollinate your other regular female plants
When the cover of the balls and sacs start to crack, it won’t take too long for the pollen to be released. Collect the pollen in a small plastic bag. Use a small clean and dry brush to get the feminized pollen and apply this to the flowers of plants that have been flowering for 2 to 3 weeks.
As much as possible, you should pollinate a different plant and not the plant where you grew male parts. This is because you will increase the number of seeds produced and give new female plants time to grow feminized seeds.
Growing feminized marijuana seeds in Canada is similar to growing regular cannabis seeds. You must provide your seeds with a good growing environment to be able to get healthy plants and to produce a good yield.