Are There Male Autoflowering Marijuana Plants? Can I Make Autoflowering Seeds?
If you are interested in autoflowering marijuana varieties, you have probably noticed that all commercially available seeds are not only autoflowering, but feminized as well. Often referred to as “autofem” varieties, these fast-flowering plants not only provide an easy grow for beginning green-thumbs; they are fast flowering, there’s no danger of messing up your flowering cycle with lighting accidents, and there’s no need to sort male plants from female plants. What feminized seeds also do – autoflowering or not – is ensure that customers will be back for more seeds.
You can’t hold anything against seed banks/breeders for wanting customers to come back and buy more seeds (as long as they keep prices reasonable), but wouldn’t it be convenient to harvest a few seeds along with your cannabis crop, and have the next round of plants ready to go without the added expense of ordering more seeds? [Growers who propagate new pants from clones off of a mother plant may well know that you can’t clone an autoflowering plant, making seeds a necessity for autoflowering weed growers!]
So, we come to the question – are there male autoflowering plants? How are breeders getting more seeds, if all they seem to have are autofem seeds? The answer is that yes, male autoflowering plants most certainly do exist, and you will see them if you do some breeding for yourself. See out earlier post on the topic, and you’ll see the mother plant, a cross of a male “Double Gum” pant and the “Royal Automatic” from Royal Queen Seeds. We’ve recently grown a few of these seeds, and have some that aren’t autoflowering (and as of yet of undetermined sex), as well as two female autoflowering plants and one male.
By collecting pollen from the male (pictured above), and carrying over his autoflowering tendency to another generation – by fertilizing a female AutoBlueberry plant – we’ll get a batch of seeds that should have a preponderance of autoflowering plants. Among these will be males, of course, who will have even more stable autoflowering tendencies, and we can continue to breed our own autoflowering seeds. You can do this too – it’s not rocket science! You may not always get plants that produce the most amazing buds around, but they will be your babies. And like any good parent, you’ll love them, however ugly they may be!
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