Regular, feminized and autoflowering cannabis seeds
There are two types of marijuana seeds: male and female, and sometimes it can be difficult to choose the best ones. Many growers often buy regular cannabis seeds because they are cheaper and more available but this is not the best option. You should pay attention to feminized seeds which are a better choice most of the time. Besides that, autoflowering cannabis seeds became more and more available in the market recently. This article will provide you with important information and show all pro’s and cons of these three types of marijuana seeds: regular, feminized and autoflowering.
Regular cannabis seeds
This type of cannabis seeds appeared from one male and one female parent. The gender of the plant that will grow out of this seed can be either male or female and it is impossible to know for sure at the beginning. Everything becomes clear at the flowering stage. Oval pods are a sign of a male while a calyx shaped like a teardrop tells you that this is a female plant. According to the statistics, approximately 66% of plants are female in case of regular seeds usage.
There are several factors that determine whether regular seeds are better than other two types. They include environment, available space, one’s preferred choice, your goal, etc. If you want to breed marijuana and get new seeds, then both male and female plants are required. But if your goal is to grow some good bud, then feminized seeds should be your choice.
Feminized cannabis seeds
Unlike regular seeds, feminized cannabis seeds are used to grow female marijuana plants by eliminating male chromosomes. The best marijuana cultivation results can be achieved by using feminized seeds. Some people have to spend a lot of time identifying different genders of the plants to remove males in the flowering stage. With feminized seeds there is no need to do so because there are only female plants.
Besides that, people have to grow much more plants (approximately twice as much) in case of regular marijuana seeds in order obtain the needed amount of female plants because they have to get rid of unnecessary males. But in case of feminized seeds you can grow as many plants as you need.
Remember that cannabis can sometimes produce flowers of both sexes simultaneously under certain conditions like temperature drops, physical harm and other stressful factors. Nowadays, different types of silver are used to produce feminized cannabis seeds in the complex process. The method allows to create male marijuana flowers even on the purest females and none of the genes are added or removed in the process, the seeds growth happens naturally through pollination.
Autoflowering cannabis seeds
This type of cannabis seeds allows to grow small plants that are ideal for the outdoor environment. These plants do not require a lot of daylight or a specific season to flower. Usually, regular marijuana plants start to flower at the end of summer when there is less light and warmth and when days start to get shorter. Everything is different in case of autoflowering marijuana plants. It takes approximately 10 weeks from start to finish and the amount of light may vary. Thus, additional advantages of autoflowering cannabis seeds are quick harvest (2 yields during summer) and no need to identify plant gender.
Autoflowering seeds can bring you between 50 and 500 grams per square meter depending on how you maintain and care for the plant. You don’t need a lot of space to grow these plants as they are small, you can plant a couple for every square feet.
Auto flower features
- Usual height is between 12 and 23 inches (30 to 60 centimetres)
- You can grow the plant outdoors
- Starts flowering automatically after around 3 weeks
- The yield is between 0,5 and 2 ounces depending on hours of the sun
- The time from seed to harvest is approximately from 9 to 10 weeks
How to choose the best cannabis seeds
The choice depends on many variables. First of all, you need to know what type of cannabis you prefer to grow and smoke. Note, that some cannabis seeds grow indoors better, others outdoors. If you don’t have a lot of experience growing marijuana, try to choose the seeds that have been engineered to be easy to grow, resistant to pests. That will save your time and efforts.
Some additional explanation
There are two main types of cannabis: Indica and Sativa. Growers often cross strains to change the properties of the classic types. The reasons may be different, like yield increase, speed of growth and others. Indicas are usually smaller, have smellier buds and flower much earlier than Sativas. The latter one is bigger and the buds will be less compact.