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Hermaphroditism is a characteristic of marijuana plants that can be seen in the
wild, as well as through artificial induction. Hermaphrodites are generally not
stresses useful to marijuana growers because they don’t produce a lot of consumable
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Sometimes hermaphrodites don’t become such until the final days of the
flowering period, but these don’t pose any threat to your sinsemilla plants
because they won’t have time to release their pollen and fertilize them before
you harvest the crop.

How does it happen?

There are two origins that could be to blame for your marijuana plants being
hermaphrodites. The first is genetics. Some strains of marijuana simply have a
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producing hermaphroditic clones as well

Every female marijuana plant could become a hermaphrodite

Agent Orange When under the correct circumstances, any marijuana plant has the potential to
become a hermaphrodite. It’s important to remember this when selecting a

While strains with a higher tendency to become hermaphrodites increase the

chances of it happening again, strains that don’t have this tendency very well
might become hermaphrodites nonetheless.

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This usually occurs via the use of hormones, or bad treatment. The resulting
stress can cause the flowering phase to be left to its own devices for too long.

Berry White It is an evolutionary trait for females to become hermaphrodites when it’s been
too long, and they haven’t been fertilized yet, as it allows for the continuation of

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the species, despite difficult conditions.

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our seeds! The function of the male plant is to produce pollen that fertilizes the female
plant’s flowers, spurring it to grow seeds. Female plants that are never
pollinated, such as when no male marijuana plants are growing in the area,
continue to use their resources to grow the buds and flowers instead of seeds.

This produces more THC than male marijuana plants or fertilized female
marijuana plants.

Male vs female

These unfertilized females are referred to as “sinsemilla,” which literally means

“without seeds.” Because females are the only ones of the marijuana plants
that will grow the resinous buds that are coveted by smokers of marijuana,
sinsemillas can grow for longer, forming, even more, THC.

They are the coveted type of marijuana plants that every grower would like to
achieve. But, considering that as much as half of every crop will be made up of
males, this is a task that is not exactly easy to accomplish. If you can do it,
however, you will be rewarded with an especially sweet, gentle smoke from
your sinsemilla plants. So it is certainly worth the effort.

Identifying male marijuana plants

The key to getting sinsemilla plants is to correctly and quickly distinguish which

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plants are males, and which are females. Generally speaking, male marijuana
plants grow taller when they mature and have thick stems, not as many leaves,
and sporadic branching.

When they are old enough for flower development, male plants will grow little
balls of buds that don’t have any white hairs. In contrast, the female plants will
develop small white hairs and no ball-shaped buds. The male plants’ sacs will
eventually open, and then push back their sepals in order to release pollen.

Male plant

If you are growing the plants outside, you can expect males to reveal
themselves toward the end of July in temperate climates in the Northern
Hemisphere. And toward the end of January in the Southern Hemisphere,
although this depends somewhat on the variety of marijuana you are growing.

Once you establish which plants are males, you should harvest them
immediately before they have a chance to pollinate any of the female plants.
The main goal is to do it before the pollen carries over to your females. Make
sure that you don’t jostle or shake them too much when you harvest them, so
as to avoid accidentally fertilizing the females around them.

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Remove male plants

Males are not good for harvesting to smoke because, not only do they not have
too much in terms of THC, but their pollen can actually be harmful to people.
Male plants are, therefore, best discarded as soon as they are identified.

Remember, even one or two male plants can wreak havoc on your crop by
fertilizing the entire garden’s worth of females, so be sure to keep an eye on
each plant, to make sure it’s removed as soon as it begins exhibiting male

Identifying female marijuana plants

You will know for sure that a marijuana plant is female by the V-shaped pistils
that reveal themselves. This occurs a few weeks after the males have reached
sexual maturity (or, at least, have started to become identifiable), so you should
have enough time to separate the two.

If you are growing your indoor plants, however, the females will exhibit their
sexual traits just 7 to 10 days after the males have done so. This reveal date
can vary according to which variety you are growing, of course.

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Female cannabis plant

If you are looking at the female marijuana plants, you should be able to identify
their flower without too much trouble. They look like small green seed pods that
have two white, V-shaped hairs that poke out.

Occasionally the hairs (known as “stigmas”) will come in colors other than white.
The clusters of flowers are considered the buds of the plant.

Generally speaking, female marijuana plants are also shorter, denser, and wider
than their male counterparts. This is simply because, when the males are taller,
they have a better chance of distributing their pollen further distances.

Female plants usually require between one and three weeks to go from their
vegetation period to their flowering phase once the lighting has changed (either
artificially or naturally).

Early identification?
Sometimes people think marijuana plants can be accurately identified as male
or female before they have even reached sexual maturity. They jump at the
chance because early identification can help immensely with your crop as it
takes away much of the possibility that there could be the odd male that slips
your notice when removing the males from your crop. However, this is sadly
just a myth.

How to tell: male or female Cannabis plant?

Sexing Cannabis Plants: Male or Female?

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After just a couple of months of growth, marijuana plants sometimes develop

some “pre flowers,” which often get beginner growers to thinking that they are
lucky enough to identify their plants as male or female early.

Unfortunately, while it might be an indication of which sex that plant will turn out
to be, it is not accurate or reliable. So to discard plants that appear male, for
example, would risk throwing away an actual female plant that is precious to
you. So do not make any rash decisions based on this odd pre-flowering.

Cuttings and hermaphrodite flowers

Using one good female plant to provide cuttings for more identical female
plants, also known as cloning, is a good way to ensure that you will continue a
particularly hearty or healthy plant. It is important, however, to first know that
the plant is female.

This can only be done by force-flowering it. Unfortunately, this process can be
very stressful for plants, which in turn produces poor cuttings. So how do you
manage it?

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Growing cannabis from cuttings

The best way to figure out if the plant is female is by first taking some cuttings
from it and then force-flowering those cuttings straight away. It is less important
if those cuttings are stressed out or damaged by this quick change than if the
healthy mother plant is. Once you have established that the plant is female, you
can take more cuttings and really cultivate them with dedication and care.

Prevent becoming hermaphroditic
The most important thing to consider when attempting to prevent your marijuana
plants from becoming hermaphroditic is to ensure that they are not stressed —
especially during the flowering period of their growth cycle. This means that
there should be no pruning or staking during the flowering phase. Do it
beforehand, during the vegetation stage instead.

Other aspects you should consider to keep your plants stress-free are the
environmental conditions of the space they are being grown in. Keep the area
clean and make sure the timers well monitored.

Regularly inspect each plant for any signs of pests or insects. Make sure the
plants are watered correctly and with the right frequency. Feed them a
balanced nutrient mixture. Keep an eye on the trichomes before you harvest to
make sure you don’t wait too long.

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Stress-free growing to prevent hermaphroditic

You can also help prevent the development of hermaphroditism before you have
even purchased the seeds. The main thing you need to do is research the
seeds you are interested in buying, before actually purchasing them. Don’t only
rely on the information given by the distributor or company itself.

Also check out the comments that growers who have actually used this strain
have written. Read up on the seedbank’s official recommendations, and check
in or even contact them about whether or not there is hermaphroditism in this
strain. Generally speaking, strains that receive too many complaints of the
hermaphroditism are taken off the market.

If you purchase feminized seeds, you can expect a higher tendency toward
hermaphroditism than with regular seeds. No matter what kind or strain of seed
you are growing, however, it is important to often check your female plants for
any male flowers that may develop over time as this could lead to major
problems within your crop, and, therefore, needs to be dealt with accordingly.

What to do when hermaphrodites are found

First of all, don’t panic, and hastily expect your entire crop is ruined just because
you discovered one of your female plants is also exhibiting male characteristics.
These male traits are easily identified, as their flowers will be yellow in color,
and shaped like a banana.

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Hermaphrodites are found

This should stick out like a sore thumb. Therefore, unless you have been
severely neglecting your crop, the chances are good that you have caught the
plant in the early stages of developing male characteristics.

As soon as you confirm that one of your plants has both female and male
flowers and it was discovered during the early stages of the flowering phase of
growth, you should remove it from the area right away.

While it is indeed unfortunate to take away one of your plants from the future
harvest, it is a necessary sacrifice that pays off hugely when the rest of your
plants remain unpollinated females. If you hesitate and leave the hermaphrodite
within the growing area for too long, it could be too late, and your entire crop
could become pollinated.

If your plants are in the middle of the flowering phase, things need to be done a
little differently. If the hermaphroditic plant just has a couple male flowers, they
can simply be removed without removing the entire plant. Do this by using a
sterilized pair of tweezers.

How to Identify a Hermaphrodite

How to Identify a Hermaphrodite Cannabis Plant

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Another option is to simply spray water on those few male flowers, as water
actually sterilizes pollen. Keep your eyes peeled for more banana-shaped
flowers that might develop in the future.

If, however, the plant has developed quite a few male flowers, it is probably best
to just remove the entire plant altogether. Otherwise you may not be able to
stay on top of all of the male flowers, missing something and, therefore, ruining
the rest of your crop. That is simply not a risk worth taking.

There is one other time in which you might discover a hermaphrodite among
your female plants: at the end of the flowering phase. If this happens, you can
simply harvest the plant straight away, before the male flowers even have time
to drop their pollen on the surrounding females.

This is ideal because you will still have the harvest from that plant, but it might
be just a bit earlier than you would prefer (which is not always a bad thing).

Seeds discovered in your harvest

If you have found seeds hidden amongst the buds that you have taken after the
harvest of an all-female garden, then that shows that there were, in fact,
hermaphrodites (or even just one hermaphrodite) living amongst your crop.
Next time around, be more careful when checking your plants, or perhaps just
inspect them more frequently.

Unless you want to grow them for very specific reasons, it is best not to grow
the seeds that you have discovered because the chances are high that the
resulting plants will be hermaphroditic as well.

It is generally safe to assume that plants whose parents you know exhibit
certain traits, will also exhibit those same traits. Sometimes people attempt to

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feminize their seeds so that they have an entirely female crop before they have
even begun the germination process.

Seeds discovered in your harvest

This feminization can be done in numerous ways, but in this case it can be done
through a female plant becoming a hermaphrodite and self-pollinating, meaning
that genetically the seeds have come from “two” females rather than one male
and one female. This leads to increased chances that the seeds will be female.

However, many growers have complained that this simply leads to a huge crop
of future hermaphrodites, or at least that the chances are far higher that these
seeds will develop with both female and male flowers. It is therefore not
advised to proceed in this manner, as it could end up being a total waste of
time and energy. A crop full of hermaphrodites is no good for anyone.

Remember that plants with strong genetics have less change of getting sick and
are less vulnerable for diseases, deficiency’s, pest and environmental stresses.
So make sure to buy marijuana seeds from a trusted seed bank.

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By khaled on 12 November 2015

White hairs have turned into orange and red x in the week of flowering
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By latewood.ILGM on 16 November 2015

What do you mean? I can understand that you say your Pistils have turned
orange-red, and the plant is finishing. After that…You lost me.
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By carl austin on 27 February 2016

I bought WW seeds from you. Planted one for a mother. During the fist two
weeks after sprouting, the electricity went out several times ranging from
5 min to 6 hrs. Also the overhead light was left on in the room a couple
times after the light timer expired, and the timer was messed up because
of the power disruption, All is well now.. She was on a 14 hr light cycle.I
would hate to clone hermaphrodites. Do i have to worry about that? Reply

By latewood.ILGM on 2 March 2016

I would advise you to grow her out. You only used 1 seed. It is a shame
that you had bad luck with electricity.
An alternative idea would be to take a couple cuttings and root them. If
your 1 seed plant turns out to be a female; You will have a viable mother.

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By Oatizel on 20 June 2016

I have what looks like thorns growing on stem of plant. Was moving
location and thorns seemed to decrease once move was over. Could
plant be overstressed or sign of hermaphrodite? Reply

By Nuggy Nic on 15 August 2016

Not very accurate. A hermsphrodire has both chromosomes. A female has
2x’s. That comes from seed. It doesn’t just happen. A female plant
however makes it own pollen sacks due to stress which will make females
as there is no Y chromosome. They’re called a specious staminate flower.
People who get them get real worried and throw their genetics away. It’s
typically from light leaks at night. There is also belief that the easier your
plant produced nanners from stress, the closer it is to landrace. 95% of
the industry is incorrect on this subject. Reply

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By Parker Wildeboer on 9 February 2017

Hello Robert, or whomever helps answer my question,

I’m having some hermaphrodite issues. I have multiple rooms, most
inside a building, with one built in a greenhouse outside totally separate
from the system inside. I had one plant go hermaphrodite in the beginning
of bud, and it spread to some of the other plants in that room. I chalked
this up to being caused by stress. Then one of the plants in the
greenhouse room started to hermaphrodite as well. There is no way it
was pollinated by the other plant as the rooms are separate as can be.
My question is; with it happening in different rooms is more likely to be
environmentally caused or genetically caused? Maybe my genetics have
simply gotten weak after cloning for so many generations? Reply

By latewood_ILGM on 14 February 2017

It could be both. You could have carried pollen on your clothes, from room
to room. Yes Stress does cause “hermies” but, in this day of hybrid
genetics being bred with other hybrid genetics; It might just be an
unstable strain. Who knows for sure?
Jappy growing Reply

By latewood_ILGM on 14 February 2017

sorry for typo..I have no edit permissions ??? I meant Happy growing Reply

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