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Feminized Vs Regular seeds pros and cons

Image of a marijuana plant half Feminized half Regular

Feminized marijuana seeds have gradually displaced regular seeds as favorites in many countries. This is because these types of seeds offer certain advantages over normal or standard seeds. In this article we will take a look at the differences between them, why some are better for certain situations, and how to know which one to choose, do you feel like it? Well, let’s go see them…😜👉

⚠️ What is the difference between regular and feminized cannabis seeds?

At first glance one cannot appreciate the characteristics that differ between lifelong seeds, and the modern feminized ones. They are identical on the outside, it would be impossible to recognize if the plant comes from a regular or feminized seed.

However, in their genome they do have a big difference, and that is that feminized seeds only contain female chromosomes (XX). This is so because to create 100% female seeds it is necessary to pollinate a female with another female, that is, (XX) x (XX).

Regular seeds come from the crossing between a female (XX) and a male (XY) so their genetic information contains both sexes, and they will show one or the other depending on several factors.

The only difference is that from a feminized seed only female specimens should come out, while from a regular seed both female and male or even intersex or hermaphrodite can come out.

Hermaphrodite feminized seeds can also be found, but this is due to a bad choice of parents in the breeding of the variety, therefore, can we say that feminized seeds are good?

Many people ask us if they will have as much flavor as the others, or if they will come out strong, they even doubt if feminized seeds are less powerful, the answer is that they are completely equal to the normal ones, so if they do not come out good it is because of the production process or because of a bad selection of the parents.

image where you can see a seed of a regular variety compared to a feminized one*

🎯 Are feminized seeds better than regular ones?

It depends on what you mean by better. For growers looking for practicality and simplicity feminized seeds can be better, because they allow you to germinate just the right amount of plants you need at any particular time. With regular ones it is necessary to put approximately twice as many plants, so that when removing the males there are enough females to fill well the entire cultivation space.

With feminized varieties you can make better use of the growing space, as well as saving on substrate and products such as fertilisers, insecticides, etc. You also avoid the problem that can happen if at a given moment you forget to remove a male, or you don’t notice.

The most puritanical growers say that regular seeds contain more hybrid vigor than feminized ones. It really doesn’t have much to do, hybrid vigour is achieved by mixing 2 different breeds, and it is greater the further they are from each other. The same goes for feminized ones, whoever doesn’t believe me should cultivate a Moby Dick from Dinafem and think whether it is vigorous or not. From our point of view this is because some feminized strains on the market are S1, i.e. produced by the self-pollination of a cutting. Feminized seeds S1 may lose vigor due to inbreeding, but this also happens with regular seeds, you can see it in some landraces for example.

This is Moby Dick’s prizes list, its trophy room needs an extension to accommodate them all…

The great majority of feminized genetics on the market come from elite clones that have been extensively tested as smoking weed. This is a great advantage, as it is easier to guess the features your offspring may inherit.

To know the breeding quality of a male cannabis plant there is only one way, to check the level of its offspring. On the other hand, when you cross 2 mother plants that you have already used to smoke you already know their qualities both in the crop and in the final product, so when you make feminized seeds it is easier to guess the result of the crossing.

Many people think that regular strains are better for creating seeds, or that feminized strains are not good for breeding, we have found that this is not the case, when a plant is sexually pure female it doesn’t matter if it comes from regular or feminized seeds.

✅ Advantages of feminized seeds

  1. They come from 2 elite clones in most cases
  2. You can germinate only the seeds you need
  3. Saves on time, resources and work
  4. No sexing is required, which can be difficult for new growers

🔥 Advantages of regular seeds

  1. They are the originals, for many their genetics are purer
  2. Both males and females come out, so you can easily create new seeds
  3. They do not need the intervention of chemical agents for their production
  4. They are more effective as mother plants in serving clones according to some people

⛳ Infographics

infographics that represent the advantages of feminized and regular seeds*

✨ Conclusion

It must be clear that the most important thing in the quality of cannabis seeds is their genetics, and this is indifferent if it comes from regular or feminized plants. The choice of breeding parents is the key factor when producing seeds, not just measuring quality by the features we can measure.

It is important to know the level of stress they are capable of withstanding, as this is another quality they will transmit to their offspring, but feminized plants that are sexually stable, that withstand high levels of hydric, light, thermal stress, etc. are as good at creating seeds as stable regular ones.

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Do you know the differences between feminized and regular cannabis seeds? ❤️ Here you can see the advantages and disadvantages of each one ✅ Come in now!

Why Grow Regular Cannabis Seeds?

Discover the world of regular cannabis seeds.

  • 1. What is regular cannabis
  • 2. Benefits of regular cannabis seeds
  • 2.a Breeding
  • 2.b Mother plants & clones
  • 3. How to grow regular cannabis seeds
  • 4. Breeding: Create your own strains
  • 1. What is regular cannabis
  • 2. Benefits of regular cannabis seeds
  • 2.a Breeding
  • 2.b Mother plants & clones
  • 3. How to grow regular cannabis seeds
  • 4. Breeding: Create your own strains

Regular cannabis seeds operate exactly how nature intended. They have a 50% chance of emerging as either male or female. As such, they allow breeders to create new cultivars and produce better-quality clones.

Use this guide to learn everything you need to know about regular cannabis seeds.

WHAT IS REGULAR CANNABIS?

Regular cannabis seeds are free from human tampering. Every time you germinate them, you’re taking a gamble. There’s an even chance that they’ll grow up to be flowering females or pollen-producing males.

If they produce fewer THC-rich flowers, what’s the point of growing regular seeds? Well, males are extremely valuable when it comes to breeding. Plus, regular strains provide superior clones.

Cannabis is a dioecious species, meaning it produces separate male and female plants. Because female cannabis plants grow the best bud, this led to the creation and popularisation of feminized seeds—strains engineered to produce females 99.99% of the time.

BENEFITS OF REGULAR CANNABIS SEEDS

Feminized seeds are ideal for growers looking exclusively for buds, but regular seeds have their own list of benefits. Chiefly, they’re paramount in the creation of novel strains. Regular seeds also tend to produce more vigorous plants. These specimens are hardier, can tolerate stress well, and produce cuttings that exhibit explosive growth and awesome yields.

Discover more on the benefits of regular seeds below.

BREEDING

Without regular cannabis seeds, there is no breeding! It’s as simple as that. Pick your favourite male and female specimens, and cross them to create offspring that display the best traits of each.

Whether you’re after extreme potency, a certain flavour profile, or specific colours, you need regular seeds to make your vision come alive.

MOTHER PLANTS & CLONES

Regular cannabis plants provide strong and healthy clones capable of rooting well and growing fast.

Cloning enables growers to make an exact genetic copy of a specific plant. If you like the morphology or colour of a certain specimen, you can duplicate it through cloning.

Rooting cuttings will also allow you to produce more plants in a shorter time frame. You’ll skip the germination phase and have a tray of young vegging plants ready to go.

Regular cannabis plants are more suitable for cloning than their feminized counterparts. These clones will be much more stable, possess stronger genetics, and are less likely to become hermaphrodites.

Feminized seeds are only fit for a single harvest, and their genetics have the tendency to become unstable when cloned.

HOW TO GROW REGULAR CANNABIS SEEDS

The process of growing regular seeds is almost identical to growing feminized ones. There are just a few precautions to be aware of.

Germination

There are several ways to germinate your seeds. You can plant them directly in the soil, or wrap them in damp kitchen towel for a couple of days. Alternatively, use the Easy Start Kit to boost germination rates. The kit contains a tray with individual compartments for each seed and beneficial bacteria to encourage germination.

The entire germination process takes between 1–4 days. During this time, seeds require a relative humidity level of around 80%. The Easy Start Kit or a moist paper towel will easily achieve that.

Your seeds also need to be kept warm. Aim for a room temperature of approximately 26°C.

Indoors or outdoors?

You’ll also need to decide whether you want to cultivate your plants indoors or outdoors. There are pros and cons to both environments.

Growing indoors gives cultivators much more control over the grow space. You’ll be able to control light schedules at the click of a button and monitor watering to the nearest drop. Temperature and humidity can be modified using fans, heaters, and humidifiers.

The main limitation of growing indoors is space. You can get away with growing medium-sized indica strains, but towering sativas will be out of the question for most people.

Growing outdoors leaves your plants exposed to the elements. They’ll have the chance to soak up the sun, but you can’t control heat waves, storms, floods, and droughts.

Outdoor plants are also more susceptible to pests and fungal diseases.

However, space isn’t usually an issue outdoors. Growers can cultivate tall and productive plants that provide bigger yields.

Transplanting

After your seedlings have gained some size, you’ll need to transplant them into a bigger pot. It’s important to give them enough space to expand their roots, but placing them straight into a large pot can be detrimental. It’s better to slowly increase the size of the pot as your plant grows to avoid conditions such as root rot.

RQS Fabric Pots are ideal for the entire growing cycle. These environmentally friendly pots retain moisture while allowing roots to breathe properly. The pots are available in 11, 15, 19, and 25l sizes. Up-pot your plants to the next size as they continue to grow. RQS Fabric Pots are suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.

At RQS, we recommend growing organically. Studies have confirmed the harmful effects of pesticides and herbicides, and holistic methods render synthetic nutrients unnecessary.

Nutrients

You’re not just feeding your plants when you add food to the soil; you’re feeding the vital organisms that make up the soil food web. These critters form mutually beneficial relationships with cannabis plants.

You can boost the number of these useful microorganisms by making your own compost tea. This nutrient-dense liquid encourages the growth of beneficial fungi and bacteria while helping to deter pathogens.

Compost tea isn’t the only plant-nourishing formula you can make at home. Try making your own super soil that delivers everything your plants need on command.

Watering

It’s also critical to learn how to water your plant properly. Too much water can cause root rot, and too little can result in nutrient uptake issues.

Many beginner growers tend to overwater their plants by caring a bit too much! Start out low and gradually increase the amount of water you give as your plants grow.

The amount of water you give will also depend on the size of your container. Use these figures to administer the right amount of water for your pot size:

  • 1l pot = 0.25l water
  • 4l pot = 1l water
  • 12l pot = 3l water
  • 30l pot = 7.5l water

It’s a good idea to weigh your pots before you water them. If possible, place them on a scale. Every time you water them, the soil will retain water, and each pot will become significantly heavier.

You’ll know it’s time to water again when the pots are closer to their original weight.

You can also tell when it’s time to water again by feeling the soil. A general rule of thumb is to wait for the top inch of soil to dry out before watering your plants again.

Outdoor plants are more susceptible to overwatering during rainy weather. Place them inside a greenhouse or under a temporary shelter to prevent root rot from taking hold.

Airflow

Ventilation is an important factor for both indoor and outdoor plants. Stagnant air can promote the growth of mould, which can ruin your hard work. Instal fans if you’re growing indoors, and place outdoor plants in a breezy area of your garden.

Temperature & humidity

Temperature and humidity are important variables in preventing mould and optimising yield. These factors can be controlled indoors by using humidifiers, dehumidifiers, heaters, and air conditioning.

Sexing

The first signs of flowers or pollen sacs emerge at the nodes—the points at which the branches meet the main stem. Female flowers will emerge as tiny buds with small white hairs, while pollen sacs are round, hairless pods.

It’s possible to tell them apart before plants are mature enough to reproduce. Plants will start to reveal their sex at the tail-end of the vegetative phase.

It’s important to identify males and females as early as possible. Doing so will enable you to separate them well before the air becomes rife with pollen.

Dedicate a separate room or grow tent to male plants. Once they’re mature, you can collect their pollen for future breeding projects. Alternatively, you can place them in a dedicated breeding tent with a female to produce seeds naturally.

BREEDING: CREATE YOUR OWN STRAINS

By growing regular cannabis seeds, it’s possible to breed your own strains at home. You can cross two strains to combine their best traits into a single plant. For example, try breeding a regular male with an autoflowering female to create a strain that flowers much faster.

Maybe there are times when you find it hard to choose between indica and sativa strains? Try breeding an indica-dominant strain with a sativa-dominant variety to create a perfectly balanced cultivar.

You can also play around with terpene profiles. Some strains are exceptionally fruity, whereas others are more earthy. Why not blend opposing terpene profiles to see what you come up with?

Likewise, cross a regular male with a high-THC or high-CBD strain to boost cannabinoid levels.

Once you’ve grown out the males and females you want to breed, it’s time to make the cross. Use these simple steps to do so.

STEP 1: CHOOSE A MALE AND COLLECT POLLEN

First thing’s first, you need to choose a prime male specimen. Select a male that displays the traits you want to pass down to the progeny.

If you want a tall plant, choose the tallest male you have at your disposal. Maybe you want a generation of productive males? If so, choose the plant with the most pollen sacs.

Enter the male grow space with a plastic bag and place the bag over a branch that contains mature pollen sacs. Shake your plant to release pollen into the bag.

STEP 2: FERTILISE YOUR FEMALES

If possible, change your clothes before entering the female grow space. Any lingering pollen could accidentally fertilise unselected plants.

Select the females you want to fertilise. Dab the pollen with the end of a paintbrush and gently stroke the flowers you want to fertilise.

Fertilise the flowers on one or two branches on each plant. Label these branches, and leave the other flowers to develop into smokable bud.

STEP 3: SPRAY DOWN YOUR PLANTS

Allow the pollen to work its magic for three hours. The fertilised flowers will now begin the process of forming seeds. Gently spray down the fertilised buds with water to remove excess pollen.

STEP 4: HARVEST YOUR SEEDS

The fertilised flowers will produce seeds within 2–6 weeks. When mature, dry your flowers and store them for one month. After this time, your seeds will be ready for germination. Let the experiments continue! Grow out your strain, have a smoke, and become familiar with it.

Repeat the process again with your favourite specimens to tease out the desired traits. You’re no longer limited to strains you find in seedbank archives.

You can literally create the strain of your dreams with some experimentation. Find specimens that produce your favourite terpenes, a high that you love, and flowers you find beautiful.

With each subsequent generation, you’ll be one step closer to creating your very own masterpiece!

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Regular cannabis seeds have a 50% chance of becoming male or female. Use them to breed your own strains and create healthy clones. Here's how to do it.