Their colour, sheen, size, shape, and even source serve as great means to predict their vitality. Unfortunately, these signs do nothing to point toward their fate as either a male or female plant. Preflowers, as opposed to full-blown flowers, generally appear after the fourth week of vegetative growth from seed. Please note that preflowers are very small and are difficult to differentiate without magnification. They can teach you a lot and you can use them to make your own seeds. I really wish people would get over the fear and embrace all the cool stuff you can do with male plants.
Most of the other males in this age group show a round ball, but protruding less and more nestled flat against the stalk. I tend to set my timer in flowering to shine line from 7pm-7am. This gives me time to check on my plants at night when the lights first come on, and I can also check them quickly in the morning before I go to work.
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That is the same magnifying tool commonly used to examine trichomes and determine plant readiness for harvest. Then, locate the stipule, which is a leafy pointed flap that protrudes from the junction. The cannabis sex parts are located just behind the stipule. Behind the pre-flower sex parts, taller growth tips will emerge – future auxiliary branches that produce buds. You can wait until your plants naturally show the first signs of their gender and then remove all the males, but that means you have to watch the plants closely.
They usually show up in the upper parts of the plant, closer to the lights, but sometimes you’ll search the whole plant and only find a pre-flower on a random branch lower down on the plant. But for research commission ticket plus growers starting with “regular” (non-feminized) seeds, about half of the plants can turn out to be male. And unfortunately, there’s no way to look at a seed and be able to tell what sex it is.
The balls will first show up a week or two after changing the plants over to the flowering stage. If the male is allowed to continue growing, eventually these pollen sacs will burst open and spill pollen everywhere. Believe us, we’d be thrilled if this was the case! No matter what your local ganja guru might tell you, growers simply can’t identify the sex of a plant based on staring at the seeds.