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What are Feminized Seeds?

Post by Weedguru Higher » Sun Aug 15, 2010 12:07 pm

What are Feminized Seeds?

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So what are feminized seeds (female seeds) and why they became so popular in the recent years?

Feminized marijuana seeds were developed to spare cannabis growers the hassle of having to identify and separate male plants from the crop before they can fertilize the female.

It simply means that feminized marijuana seeds produce only female plants! This not only saves a potential grower’s time and a hassle but also helps if you grow you plants in the limited space and can’t afford of having dozens of plants in your grow room. From pack of 10 feminized cannabis seeds you will theoretically get 10 female plants, which means more buds and much more higher yields than from the same pack of regular seeds.

The process of feminization of seeds is a complicated one and require a great amount of knowledge and experience from the grower. Obviously the most experienced in this field are professional marijuana breeders that experimented with female seeds over the years and finally introduced them into the market. Currently most of the reputed marijuana seeds bank offer their own feminized marijuana seeds collections. Long breeding experience and the highest standards of these seedbanks guarantee that their female seeds will grow 100% into healthy female plants with THC rich and big buds.

During the 1960's and 1970's some cannabis breeders took to experimenting with Colchicine. Colchicine, a powerful mutagen for both man and beast, stops cell duplication, while the cellcore duplication continues the same. The end result is a doubling or more of the chromosome set. This treatment can be beneficial to cannabis because it enforces many properties such as higher production of thc and resistance to disease. What also resulted, when gender chromosomes doubled, is that male or female chromosomes appear manifold, called Hermaphrodites. What's the plant to become? It becomes all at once. The result is called feminized or effeminate seed.

Genetically, a cannabis plant is more or less predisposed to become male or female. This is regulated by 2 chromosomes everyone knows as the X and Y chromosomes. A plant with 2 XX chromosomes becomes female. A plant with an X and Y turns into a male. Plants have hormones that regulate it's functioning, of which gender is one of those functions. The hormone balance is genetically determined, and partly influenced by environmental factors. An example is when plant roots get damaged. The roots will produce a substance that in turn slows down leaf growth. The result is male flowers. When discussing hormone balance you get FEMALE SEED: a female is a plant with XX or only female chromosomes.

When you have a seed with just X chromosomes, you are certain this seed will grow into a plant that is genetically female. To achieve the XX only plant: a female plant is forced by a hormone called Gibberellic Acid to produce male flowers, the pollen created contains only X chromosomes, when you offer this pollen to another female plant you can be absolutely certain to get seeds which are 100% XX. Once again this seed is called FEMALE SEED. Gibberellic Acid can be found in online. It takes years for an individual to achieve the proper plant hormone manipulation to get 100% female XX seed. Supplies therefore fluctuate and there are many different strains available worldwide.

Compiled using these articles
http://www.weedfarmer.com/cannabis/feminized_guide.php
http://cannabisseedsnow.com/feminized-marijuana-seeds/

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