What are the differences between a male and a female weed plant?
As with most other plants and species also in the world of weed plants one can distinguish male and female weed plants. Again as with many other plants the male weed plant produces so-called pollen which pollinates the female plant. When the female plant is pollinated it will produce the famous weed seeds which can be bought in our online webshop. If a female plant nevertheless isn’t pollinated it will not start to create seeds but the buds of the plant will grow and flower until the female plant has big buds with a fair amount of THC. So depending of your own preference and the objective you had in mind you should pollinate a female plant or not. Weed plants with female characteristics which have not been pollinated are referred to as being sinsemilla, literally translated this means ‘without seeds’. When looking at weed plants 50 to 70% of all weed plants are female. Not really surprising if you know one male weed plant can pollinate various female weed plants simultaneously and most people would like their weed plants to produce either seeds or buds with THC.
Flowering male weed plant:
Female weed plant:
How can a male weed plant be distinguished from a female weed plant?
In general male weed plants are taller with rather stout and firm stems. They don’t have as many branches as their female counterparts and the number of leaves is rather limited. Male weed plants, because of their rather useless character, are most of the time harvested when their sex has been discovered and determined. The harvesting in this case should happen before the pollen is released by the plant. When used for cross pollination though, the male weed plant isn’t harvested until it has spread its pollen. Please be careful when harvesting male weed plants, especially when you don’t want pollination. Avoid shaking them in order to limit the spreading of the pollen. Some of the male pollen areas might already have opened and can therefore release a limited amount of pollen which is perfectly capable though of pollinating a female weed plant.
Another way, next to looking at the length of the plant and the number of leaves, to recognize a male weed plant is to wait until the weed plant starts flowering. During the flowering cycle a male weed plant will develop little bud-looking balls at the tips of their branches. These little balls are in fact the storage boxes of the famous pollen. The little balls can easily be distinguished from buds because they will not have little white hairs coming out of it.
When looking at female weed plants one could easily distinguish a female weed plant by looking for their characteristic pistils or also called stampers. The pistils have a “V” shape and can be discovered when the plants are put to close observation. When growing weed plants outdoors the male characteristics will become visible after more or less three weeks. When growing plants indoors the characteristics of both sexes appear between one week and 10 days.
What’s a hermaphrodite weed plant?
A hermaphrodite weed plant, also often referred to as being a hermie, is a weed plant that has certain development and grow characteristics of one plant sex while the same plant has the sexual organs of the other sex. The most common hermaphrodite weed plants are female weed plants that develop so-called staminate flowers during their flowering period. Although generally less frequent occurring and appearing, next to “female” hermaphrodite plants with male sex characteristics once in a while also a “male” hermaphrodite weed plant might be detected. A “male” hermaphrodite weed plant is in fact a male plant which develops female pistils. This hermaphrodite weed plant is unique or less common because major part of the growers never let their male plants reach the flowering period. Consequently the male plant showing pistils or not is never detected.
Hermaphrodite weed plants are not really the favourite type of weed plants of most growers. The sooner they get rid off them, the better. The reason behind this attitude towards hermaphrodite weed plants are their useless and in many cases even dangerous characteristics. This kind of weed plants namely will first start releasing pollen, pollinating themselves and all the female weed plants in your cultivation box or grow room. Secondly the seeds they produce are useless as they will inherit the genetics of their hermaphrodite mother plant. So all of their offspring will also become useless hermaphrodite weed plants.
Pay attention to the following though! It might always happen your weed plant still develops staminate flowers during the last days of its flowering cycle. These flowers won’t release pollen and these weed plants are therefore not considered to be hermies.
Hermaphrodite weed plant: