What is hermaphrodite marijuana?
Hermaphrodite plants refer to plants that have both male and female reproductive organs. Hermaphrodite cannabis is one of the many plants in the world that belong to this unique class. There is still a lot of darkness in the cannabis world, especially when it comes to hermaphroditic cannabis. In this article, we’re going to discuss everything you need to know about hermaphrodite cannabis plants, what causes them, how useful they are, and how to prevent them.
What is hermaphrodite cannabis?
As mentioned above, a hermaphrodite cannabis plant is a plant that has both male and female reproductive organs. A hermaphrodite cannabis plant is also known as “Hermie”. To fully understand what a hermaphrodite cannabis plant really is, it is important to break down the differences between a male cannabis flower and a female cannabis flower.
Male cannabis flower: A male cannabis flower is shaped like a small green ball. This type of cannabis flower looks like a seed that is round on one end and a pointed end on the other. The male cannabis flower pollinates the female flower when its sac opens.
Female cannabis flower: A female cannabis flower is very different from a male one. It is known as a stamp. Female cannabis flowers are buds that are shaped like a small drop. They also usually have two strands of white that look like hair hanging out from their pointy ends. The bud area of the female cannabis flower is called the calyx, while the two white strands are called the stigma.
Now that we know the difference between male and female cannabis flowers, we can discuss the causes of hermaphroditic flowers.
Causes of hermaphrodite cannabis
Hermaphrodite cannabis plants have both the female buds and the seed-like male flowers of the same plant. There are two different types of hermaphrodite cannabis based on the cause of their hermaphrodite. You are:
True hermaphrodite cannabis: This type of hermaphrodite cannabis plant is naturally caused by the genetics of the plant. Male and female flowers usually grow separately on such cannabis plants. There is not much cannabis breeders can do to change the structure of true hermaphrodite cannabis.
Stress-induced hermaphroditism: This refers to hermaphroditism induced in cannabis plants due to the stress associated with their state of life. This type of cannabis hermaphroditism can easily be avoided.
Listed below are some ways in which stress leads to hermaphroditism in cannabis plants:
Temperature: Temperature can be a major stress factor for your cannabis plants, causing them to develop both males and flowers. The cold temperature is not very good for them and should be kept to a minimum. Just one cold night is enough to stress your cannabis plants and lead to hermaphroditism. You should also watch out for a drastic drop in temperature.
Drought: Like any other plant, your cannabis plants need water to survive. Your cannabis plants interpret lack of water as a sign of dying and could lead them to resort to hermaphroditism to survive.
Light leaks: Slight leaks will affect your cannabis plants, so it is important to avoid their occurrence. Night time is dark time for your cannabis plants. Always keep your room as dark as possible and remove any small light leaks. These light leaks, no matter how small, could confuse and shock you to hermaphroditism.
Harvesting the cannabis plants late can also lead to hermaphroditism.
Other causes of hermaphroditism are damaged roots, broken branches, over-fertilization and insects.
Why is hermaphrodite cannabis undesirable?
You may be wondering why hermaphrodite cannabis plants are usually avoided. The reason is simple: most cannabis growers are interested in growing all-female plants. This is because female cannabis plants produce buds that are very desirable to most stoners. Male flowers do not produce buds, only seeds, which makes them desirable only for those who wish to produce seeds. In a hermaphrodite cannabis plant, when the male flower pollinates the female flower, the cannabis they produce is usually high in seeds. For this reason, most cannabis users do not enjoy hermaphrodite cannabis.
How to prevent hermaphrodites in your cannabis plants
reduce stress: You need to relieve your cannabis plants of all kinds of stress during their flowering period. Always water your plants and make sure they are all exposed to sunlight. Always keep the temperature warm and don’t leave the plants cold.
Hygiene: Keeping your cannabis plants in a clean environment is good for your cannabis plants because they can grow in favorable conditions. Check your system from time to time. Watch out for insects and make sure to get rid of them.
Harvest at the right time: Always remember to harvest your cannabis plants at the right time. Otherwise, a male flower can grow. Check the trichomes from time to time to make sure when it is time to harvest.
Carry out research: It is important that you do some research on a strain of cannabis before deciding to grow it. Take the time to learn more about the strain and its properties. Surf the web to find comments from previous breeders of the strain to make sure you are on the right track. By doing all of these you can make the right decision in deciding which cannabis strain to grow.
Actions to Take If You Find Hermaphrodite Cannabis
The stage at which you found a male flower will determine the best action. If you find a male flower at the beginning of flowering, remove it from the grow room with immediate effect. It is a little more difficult to find male flowers in full bloom. Depending on the volume of the male flowers, you have two options. If there are just a few male flowers, you can use tweezers to remove them before sterilizing the area. If a large amount of male flowers is discovered, remove the flowers from where they will bloom.
You shouldn’t panic or worry about hermaphroditic cannabis harvesting. Just follow the tips above and you can be rest assured that you will have a smooth cultivation process.
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