How to Determine The Sex of Your Cannabis Plant
If you’re a grower, it’s important to know the sex of your cannabis plants. Male and female plants look very different, and produce different results when grown. Knowing the sex of your plants can also help you get rid of any unwanted males, which can potentially ruin your female plants. Here’s how to tell if your cannabis plant is male, female or hermaphrodite.
First, the easiest way to tell if your cannabis plant is male, female, or hermaphrodite is to wait until it’s about 2-3 weeks into the flowering stage. If it is in the flowering stage, you will begin to notice pre-flowers emerging on the nodes of your cannabis plant.
Hermaphrodite cannabis plants will have both male and female flowers on the same plant. Hermaphrodite plants might also have a mix of male and female pollen sacs. You can tell for sure by using a magnifying glass or jewelers loop to closely inspect the plant and see the flowers and pollen sacs. To tell if your plant is male, look closely at the nodes. Male plants will usually have sac-like buds growing off them. These sacs look like small, round balls and are more of a greenish-white color. Inside the sacs will be tiny pollen grains.
To tell if your cannabis plant is female, you’ll need to look closely at the nodes as well. Female plants will usually have white pistils growing off them. They will look like white, wispy hairs and they’ll also be thicker than male pollen sacs.
It’s important to identify the sex of your cannabis plants as soon as possible in order to get rid of any males and maximize your yields. Identifying the gender of your cannabis plants early in the growing process will save you time and money in the long run.