They are dioecious plants, which produce male and female reproductive organs. They'll pollinate your females and you'll end up with more seeds and fewer buds. While it can break your heart to get rid of a hermaphrodite cannabis plant, you should avoid further hermaphroditism. Propagation, Characterization and Optimization of Cannabis Sativa L.
Hermaphrodite marijuana plants develop male and female flowers. While it is a natural characteristic of the cannabis plant, it is an unwanted trait when growing marijuana for consumption, since there is a great chance of obtaining a plant full of seeds, which seriously reduces the quantity and quality of the final product. Because when cannabis plants become “hermaphrodites”, they do it to pollinate themselves. Becoming a hermaphrodite is an evolutionary strategy of cannabis plants, designed to save the species in difficult times, allowing the plant to produce seeds no matter what; even when there are no males around (for example, because the source of 'stress' killed all male plants).
Hermaphrodite cannabis plants are those that exhibit male and female sexual organs. It is a natural adaptation designed to facilitate self-pollination, in case of environmental stress or little reproductive potential. Some strains are genetically predisposed to this, but in other cases it is only a behavioral response to the plant environment. With this in mind, there are two different types of hermaphrodite plants to consider.
Cannabis is a dioecious plant species. Unlike other flowering plants, it produces different males and females. However, cannabis can also be hermaphrodite, producing a single plant with male and female sexual organs. When you grow cannabis plants, they will become female, male, or hermaphrodite, that is, a hybrid of both sexes.
Knowing the difference between the three is vital to maintaining a strong growth operation, whether you are planning to cross strains, maximize the yield of your female plants, or study each of the types. However, cannabis, like those who love it, does not always play by the rules. Sometimes, this dioecious plant species goes against the current and develops male and female reproductive organs. These specimens are known as hermaphrodites.
Genetic or environmental factors, or both, can cause plants to develop this unusual trait. By having buds and pollen sacks, they end up developing the ability to pollinate and reproduce with themselves. Several factors can cause female plants to begin to develop pollen sacs or stamens exposed next to their flowers. This trait means that plants don't need to rely on a nearby male to burst their sacks and fertilize them.
As we will discuss in a moment, this is actually an intelligent survival mechanism and a sample of nature's genius. However, hermaphrodites are not desirable in the grow room or in the garden. Now, let's discuss both types and how to avoid the problems they cause. Even if you have all of these bases covered, plants can still pollinate themselves due to genetics.
Plants with a poor genetic history can inherit genes associated with the expression of male flowers, producing hermaphrodites. Cannabis cultivation focuses on female plants because trichomes in unfertilized female flowers synthesize the highest levels of cannabinoids and terpenes. When pollen from a male cannabis plant reaches a female cannabis flower, the female flower begins to produce seeds with traits from both plants involved. A hermaphrodite cannabis plant can destroy an entire crop of cannabis buds by releasing pollen into the grow room and fertilizing females.
During this time, he has developed advanced knowledge of the science of the endocannabinoid system, cannabis phytochemistry and cultivation techniques. The best thing you can do to ensure that you will grow female cannabis plants is to buy feminized cannabis seeds. For the purpose of this reading, it is simply important that you realize that growing cannabis is not exactly “natural”, and that this may influence the reason why some plants become hermaphrodites. Even so, most cannabis seeds you can order online are crosses grown for specific traits, such as flavor or THC content.