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Feminized cannabis seeds are cannabis seeds, that have been created from female cannabis plants, which have received a special hormone treatment. This special hormone treatment is known as gigerell-acid or gibberellic acid, that changes the pollen in male plants, so the next time it fertilizes female plant, it is likely to only generate female seeds.
Because male plants produce “buds“ that contain only pollen and very little THC, female plants are definitely more popular. Another problem with male plants is, if you are of course trying to produce good quality buds, that they fertilize the female plants, so the buds might contain seeds and lower percentage of THC.
Feminized cannabis seeds are almost 99.9 % guaranteed to produce female plants and consequently buds.
Feminized seeds are perfect for indoor and outdoor growing. If it is not explicitly mentioned on the packaging, that the seeds are autoflowering, they are photoperiod seeds. This means, that you need to adjust the light schedule, based on the age and phase that your plant is in. If you grow your plants outdoors, the light schedule is based on the sun.
As mentioned before, feminized seeds are photoperiod, meaning the light schedule needs to be changed, in order to get the plant in the flowering phase. With autoflowering plants, the light schedule does not need to be adjusted. They switch to flowering phase based on their age. Because of that, autoflowering plants deliver yield much quicker than the ordinary feminized plants.
But you should keep in mind that autoflowering plants are usually a lot shorter and do not produce as much buds as photoperiod plants do.
The first thing you should do is germinate the seed. The easiest way to do that and still have a little bit control over it is to place the seed between two moist paper towels.
Once the seed sprouts you can put it in the pot. The seedling usually needs around 20 hours of light and 4 hours of darkness. Then it will reach the vegetative phase, which is important for plants development and accumulating resources, needed for flowering phase. In this phase 18 hours of light and 4 hours of darkness are usually needed. In the flowering phase, growers usually start to imitate autumn, when the plants would usually bloom. That is why in this phase the plant is given 12 hours of light and 12 hours of darkness.
On average, the plant needs around 3.5 months to develop from seed to fully developed plant, that is ready to be harvested. But you need to keep in mind that this time might vary from one strain to another.
Growing feminized cannabis seeds outdoors is the perfect choice for everyone who wants to save some money and has an empty sunny spot outdoors. If you grow outdoors, you are tied to the sun, seasons, and weather. Because different strains thrive in different climates, it is recommended that you pick the strains that are most likely to succeed in the climate you live in.
Germinate your seed and wait until your seedling is fairly strong. Then pick a final spot for your plant and plant it there, or just put it in a bigger pot in a place that has at least 6 hours of sunlight per day. A small breeze will not hurt your plant, it is actually good for them, but stronger winds might hurt it.
Keep in mind, that your plant will remain in vegetative phase until the hours of sunlight start to decrease daily. Meaning, your outdoors plants will start flowering a lot later than the one grown indoors. The plants are usually ready to be harvested around September or October. Some strains are ready faster, others might take their time until early November.
The positive side of growing outdoors is, that it usually costs less, the plants can produce bigger yield, since they are not limited in space, and it is more environmentally friendly. On the other side, there are many more factors outdoors, that might negatively affect your plants, than they are indoors. Some of those factors are wind, poor weather, thieves, bugs and soil quality.
Growing feminized cannabis seeds surely has its advantages and disadvantages. The first advantage is probably the fact, that your plant will probably – 99.9 % of the time, be a female, meaning it will produce buds. This might be a disadvantage if you are aiming to producing your own seeds, since female buds need to be fertilized with male pollen to do so. Another advantage is bigger yield, that comes in hand with a disadvantage – they might take longer until they are ready to be harvested.
Depending on your growing technique and overall habits, the next one might be an advantage or disadvantage. Feminized cannabis plants need more care than auto flowering plants. With feminized photoperiod cannabis plants, you need to adjust the lighting schedule and they need more overall care, since they take more time to finish. Now, this might not be a problem if you have plenty of time and enjoy gardening, but it might represent a burden for someone on tight schedule.
You can find feminized cannabis seeds at our webpage and on many different webpages from other seed banks or retailers. The best feminized seed for you is the one that will grow well in the climate you live in and will produce the kind of buds you like. Meaning, you should choose the seed that will produce the type of buds that you will enjoy and tolerate the most.
In conclusion, feminized seeds are the best choice for growers who want good results, without having to worry about male plants. While they do need more care and attention, they surely will not let you down with their end result, whether you decide to grow them indoors or outdoors.