Determining Male & Female Marijuana Plants

How to tell if your marijuana plant is male, female


The sex of a marijuana plant can be ascertained over the course of its life cycle. The stages are brief; therefore, determining the difference is often daunting. Identifying the gender of a marijuana plant is important to successful reproduction and cultivation of the species. It is very important to figure out the male and female plants so that they can be divided at the correct times for cultivation. Monitoring the entire cycle of a crop lets you to differentiate the sex at each of these stages for detection in the following crop.

Note the pattern of leaf in each plant of the crop. The plant grows to 40 inches, and then growing subsequent nodes on the initial stalk. The earliest sign of the sex shows up when the leaves start to sprout at these nodules. Female plants feature substantially more branching and leaf development compared to their male counterparts, which possess only a few leaves in an arbitrary pattern. Identifying the plant’s gender at this first stage allows you to sort male from female plants and ensure that the plant does not go to seed.

Observe the form of the flowers after they bloom. This is generally the stage in which the sex contrast is most evident. Male plants develop snug clusters of ball-shaped blossoms, while female plants generate V-shaped pistols that are covered in patches of fine white hairs.

When the plants blossom, observe the habits of the plants. They look quite similar until they create their flower. At this phase, the male plants typically turn yellow and ultimately die. Right before they start to change color, the male plants can be gathered for their fiber. On the other hand, the female plants continue to be green for about a month after they create their flower. At this moment is when the seed ripens.