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How to Tell the Difference Between Male and Female Marijuana Plants
If you are a cannabis grower, knowing how to tell the difference between the male and female marijuana plant is critical because only non-pollinized female marijuana plants will produce THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.
Male marijuana plants are often, but not always, tall with stout stems, sporadic branching and few leaves. Males are usually harvested except those used for breeding, after their sex has been determined, but before the pollen is shed. When harvesting, especially if close to females, cut the marijuana plant off at the base, taking care to shake the male as little as possible. This helps prevent any accidental pollination by an unnoticed, open male flower. When a male enters the stage of flower development, the tips of the branches where a bud would develop will start to grow what looks like a little bud [little balls] but it will have no white hairs coming out of it.
Female marijuana plants will have no balls and will have small white hairs. It is very important to get rid of male plants on time, as they are unwanted pollen carriers. By the early flowering stage male cannabis, if compared to female's, shows quite a different structure but the characteristic excrescences would be the sex indicator this are called primordia and will emerge by the side of the third or fourth internodes in the main stem. Female marijuana are fully revealed when the characteristic "V" shaped pistils become visible, all this to a close observation. If the female marijuana plant isn't pollenized [if there are no male marijuana plants nearby producing pollen], the flower or buds continue to develop and produce THC. Female marijuana plants which are not pollenized are referred to as sinsemilia [without seeds]. Usually 30 to 50% of the marijuana plants are male.
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