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Identifying Sex

Identifying Sex on Marijuana Plants

An all-important step in any grower’s cultivation process is determining whether or not a plant is male or female. Male plants are generally considered unfavorable, due to the fact that they are only good for pollinating female plants and making hemp. The female Cannabis plant is what yields those nice, fat, stinky buds that medicate you so well.

Logically, there is no completely accurate way to determine a plant’s sex until it develops reproductive organs. This is not until the very beginning of the flowering stage. If it is male, small round pods will develop at the internodes of the plant. These will later form into clusters of these seeds if it is not dealt with by removing the male. A female plant will first show signs of her sex by sprouting small white hairs at the internodes, generally above a large fan leaf. Over the next few days after the initial flowering, more white hairs will appear at all the internodes of the plant. This is the beginning of the flowering period. The reason it is suggested to remove male plants immediately is that if there is more than one plant and one is male and one is female, the male will pollinate the female, causing the white hairs to retreat and increasing the likelihood that it will be male as well.

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Guest | Nov 26, 2012
 
thanks
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Guest | Oct 15, 2011
 
genectics play a large part in cannabis cultivation, males play their role when needed(only from proven genentics). The info on this site is great!
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farmerKT | Jul 24, 2011
 
I am a beginner grower, but right now I have my first three plants all being female. The ? I have is do I have to worry about my babies gettin pollinated if no other plants are around?
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now i know take the fuck up name plants out so they wont fuck up my females
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I am going to watch out for that because...i just got finish'd germinating my seeds(Im a beginner grower).
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Guest | May 27, 2011
 
guest it sounds like u have a hermaphrodite...both male and female on same plant. either watch and remove male parts daily or in my opinion just remove the whole plant....they can be more of a headache than its worth
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Guest | May 27, 2011
 
guest it sounds like u have a hermaphrodite...both male and female on same plant. either watch and remove male parts daily or in my opinion just remove the whole plant....they can be more of a headache than its worth
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Guest | May 14, 2011
 
im havn trble hope sumone can help..i got this plant jus startn to flower i thnk iits a female cuz i see da pistols intsstead thr r single sacks but got seeds in them..on the top of da plant looks like bud wit lil white hairs all over..is it da same as the lil balls the male has? duz da male grow next to da female and if so do i remove it at da beginin of da branch?
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Guest | May 2, 2011
 
Thanks, now I know I've got my first female!!!
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masta_chiefa | Apr 15, 2011
 
i haven't got the chance to grow yet when i do it s gonna be something i need to know what better place than to learn from this site
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Guest | Mar 30, 2011
 
FUK U ALL JUST SMOKE ALL OF THE PLANT IN A BIG JOINT ....Black pRIDe......
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Guest | Mar 30, 2011
 
FUK U ALL JUST SMOKE ALL OF THE PLANT IN A BIG JOINT ....Black pRIDe......
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lindzzz | Mar 30, 2011
 
I think this is a great tip for people who don't know how to identify the males. Get them out as soon as you can! The picture is very helpful because it is hard to imagine with just a description if you have never seen a female plant start to flower before. I have heard of growers that completely shower and disinfect themselves if they have set foot anywhere near a male plant. Some people say putting them far away is enough protection, but bees or wind can carry the pollen so if it's outdoors, you aren't necessarily safe.
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Flower22 | Mar 28, 2011
 
interesting and yes the guest is right we all do need someone to show us the ropes on growing
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smokestack | Mar 25, 2011
 
If you let the males pollinate the females you end up with weak buds full of seeds. This is what regs, mids, schwag, and ditch weed are. Its all about sinsemilla (seedless cannabis flowers).
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Guest | Mar 22, 2011
 
you all need a growing mentor!
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Marijuanamama | Mar 19, 2011
 
This article kinda confused me so I don't know if I know anymore than I already did. But I would learn to see how the differences are in the plants. I would like to know how you are taking the male plants and making hemp bracelets Ha-Y-N Boi In Co. That really interests me.
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Medicator | Mar 14, 2011
 
When I was growing my 6 plants last year I didn't have to worry about the clones, cuz I knew they were female, but the seeds were another story. I was told about how to recognize the girls by the white hairs that develop along with flowering. I was really lucky and didn't get any males, however the year before I only had one plant as a first time experiment. It got super tall and I was excited until I saw the balls!!! I just threw it out. I like the clones because at most places they are guaranteed to be female or you get your money back or replacement.
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CannabisGril | Mar 13, 2011
 
Great read! I have and still have troubles with identifying the sex of a plant. However, I think this has helped me understand it better and hopefully next time I get it right.
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PhilosopherOG | Mar 12, 2011
 
I have had this experience. I had a nice organic garden last year that fully produced food, gourds, cilantro and a couple of seedlings. After a few months of growing, to my unhappy surprise, they all grew little balls which led me to discover that they were all male plants. I am pleased to read the other comments because it makes you realized you can make lemons out of lemonade. In other words, the males are profitable in terms of products and accessories. I like that idea, thank you Ha-Y-Boi In CO
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| Mar 11, 2011
 
There is nothing worse than getting a batch of males in your garden. I have had that happen to me years ago, i think that one of the males even changed one of the other plants.
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Ha-Y-N Boi In CO | Mar 3, 2011
 
VERY good article cause beginners to growing (like me), need help identifying the sex so we can contribute to the MMJ scene...the "small pods", i call em balls lolz, i normally use the males for hemp bracelets and other things lol