Numerous structures on the cannabis plant are like many of the typical flowering plant varieties. Cannabis is most known for its flowers or buds, which contain elaborate and unusual structures like hefty blooms encased in small leaves and sweet crystals.
How to Tell if a Plant is Male or Female
The female cannabis plant’s blooms are the parts you store and keep. The male weeds develop pollen sacs near leaves’ ends, while female weeds make the resin-secreting flower, which you smoke after cutting into buds.
The buds come from female plants that do not produce seeds. Male plants pollinate female plants to start the creation of seeds.
By planting genetically identical or clone clippings from a similar strain, growers can ensure their plants will turn out the gender they want them to have.
Identifying the Gender of the Plant
The leaves and branches that sprout from the stalk between the nodes of cannabis plants reveal their sex. A male plant will grow pollen sacs to disperse seeds, and a female plant will grow a stigma to collect pollen.
Weeks before they begin to serve their functions in the reproduction cycle, you can already detect these alterations. Check the plant’s nodes for the early development of little sacs on the male or two bracts on the female, eventually generating a stigma resembling hairs.
Learning More about Female and Male Cannabis Plants
Female plants are prized since they produce well-known and adored buds. Note that whenever you see an image of a cannabis plant, it is more likely that you are looking at a female plant.
Male cannabis plants pollinate female cannabis plants, and the female plants then create seeds that will pass on the genetic makeup of both plants to the next generation.
However, since cannabis is primarily grown for its buds rather than its seeds, it is common practice to grow seedless cannabis. To avoid pollination, men and females are grown apart or even discarded.
This enables female plants to concentrate their efforts on bud development rather than seed development. Usually, pollination of males and females only occurs during plant crossbreeding or the development of new strains.