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Difference between feminized and regular weed seeds
We’re confident in our genetics, we’re confident in our service, and we’re confident in our customers. That means giving everyone the broadest range of options possible. This could be taking the simplest route to a crop of buds, which for most people is automatic seeds. But it could be experimenting with creating a unique cross of their very own, using our genetics as the building blocks.

The difference between regular and feminized cannabis seeds – Which should you grow?

regular and feminized cannabis seeds With the general hype surrounding the relatively recent developments of feminized and autoflowering seeds, you’d be forgiven for maybe thinking that regular cannabis seeds are somehow less exciting. You’d also be wrong. Regular seeds contain endless possibilities for growers to experiment with.

In the beginning of Sensi Seeds, and therefore the European cannabis seed industry, a seed was a seed. Now, we use the name ‘regular cannabis seeds’ to distinguish the originals from feminized cannabis seeds and autoflowering cannabis seeds. Both of these types are relatively recent developments when you consider that cannabis has been cultivated by humans for thousands of years.

Regular cannabis seeds are produced when a male cannabis plant pollinates a female cannabis plant. Male pollen is released from ripe pollen sacs and blown by the wind (or carried by the careful hand of a breeder) until it finds the receptive stigmas in female flowers. Pollination results in hundreds, if not thousands, more regular cannabis seeds which will all in turn produce either male or female cannabis plants.

Can you see the difference between regular and feminized cannabis seeds?

Feminized cannabis seeds look exactly the same as regular cannabis seeds, whether male or female. But inside their modest brown husks there’s a crucial difference. Feminized cannabis seeds lack male chromosomes, whereas regular cannabis seeds contain the full complement of genetics that enable them to be either male or female.

This is also why feminized seeds must always be referred to by that name – they aren’t truly female, and therefore cannot be sold as such. Watch out for seeds described as ‘100% female’, as this is nothing more than a marketing ploy!

The main advantage for growers who choose feminized cannabis seeds is that they don’t have to identify or remove male plants which would cause pollination. Unless the gardener desires more seeds, rather than buds, this is an essential part of the cultivation process.

Automatic, or autoflowering, cannabis seeds are even easier. Not only are they feminized, they do not rely on a change in lighting cycles to trigger flowering. So what are the advantages of regular cannabis seeds?

What are regular cannabis seeds used for?

There are two main purposes for regular cannabis seeds, aside from the usual and most common one of simply growing buds.

  1. The first is breeding. Selective crossings of one cultivar with another has been taking place since the earliest days of agriculture, with all types of plant life. Sometimes this is to maximise the yield of whatever crop the plant produces which is desired by the people growing it; sometimes it’s just for fun and experimentation.

Whatever the intention of the breeding is, it’s best to begin with all the genetic material in order to give the new cross the best possible chance of success, rather than missing the chromosomes that are absent in feminized cannabis seeds.

  1. The second use for regular cannabis seeds is the one that was, before the advent of feminized seeds, most commonly used to produce crops of uniform cannabis plants without any males among them. This technique is called cloning. Just as with breeding, it’s best done with plants that have their full set of chromosomes, and all the robust qualities that go with that.

From a crop grown from regular cannabis seeds, the best female plants are selected to become ‘mothers’ – so called because with loving care, they can produce potentially hundreds of ‘children’ over the space of several years. The clones that are taken from these mother plants are tiny replicas down to the last scrap of genetic material – including their female sex.

Why do Sensi Seeds still produce regular cannabis seeds?

There are many seedbanks which only carry feminized cannabis seeds. This has become more common as seedbanks themselves have become more common. With the growing awareness (pun intended) of the advantages of feminized seeds, the question of why Sensi Seeds still carries regular cannabis seeds is quite a reasonable one!

The overall answer is simple, and one which anyone familiar with Sensi Seeds will probably have heard before: we want to bring the joy of cannabis to as many people as possible. That’s not limited to simply selling seeds.

We’re confident in our genetics, we’re confident in our service, and we’re confident in our customers. That means giving everyone the broadest range of options possible. This could be taking the simplest route to a crop of buds, which for most people is automatic seeds. But it could be experimenting with creating a unique cross of their very own, using our genetics as the building blocks.

We have quite often been asked if it’s possible to do all the things that can be done with regular cannabis seeds using feminized seeds.

The short answer is, you can try. There’s no reason you shouldn’t attempt to breed, or create a mother plant, using feminized cannabis seeds. However, it’s our firm belief that these practices are more likely to succeed using plants grown from regular cannabis seeds.

Tell us what you think

Have you experimented with regular cannabis seeds? Do you think feminized cannabis seeds are a boon to the grower? Would you be sad to see regular cannabis seeds leave our selection, or do you think they are a thing of the past? Let us know in the comments!

In addition to feminized seeds, you can opt for feminized autoflower seeds. These are female seeds and have the same characteristics as feminized seeds, but there is an important difference to recognize. Where feminized seeds begin to flower as soon as they receive less sunlight (or artificial light) an autoflower will start to flower on the basis of age. For this, the grower doesn’t have to adjust his lighting schedule or wait for the arrival of autumn. Growing an autoflower is therefore much easier than a female plant from feminized seeds.

What is the difference between feminized and autoflowering seeds?

Let us reassure you. Growing cannabis is easy and everyone can do it. It is as simple as maintaining a normal plant in your home. But when you want to grow your own cannabis plant for the first time and start reading about growing weed, there is often a lot going on: both doubts and questions. For example a question like: what is the difference between feminized and autoflowering seeds and which one can I choose best? Please read on. We explain it in an easy way.

Differences between feminized seeds and feminized autoflower seeds

Although there are many different cannabis species, two species are the most popular: feminized seeds and autoflower seeds. To find out the main differences between feminized and autoflowering seeds, you will find all the information below. Moreover, we show you the advantages of these two types so that you can easily make a choice.

Feminized seeds

“Feminized” refers to “female”. Feminized cannabis seeds are therefore specially bred seeds that eliminate male chromosomes and only produce female plants. Most growers who want to grow weed opt for feminized seeds because a female plant only develops smokable cannabis buds.

In addition, compared to a male plant, a female plant develops significantly more active substances such as THC and CBD. Smokable buds begin to grow when the plant receives less sunlight. This is towards the end of the summer. The transition into autumn. Indoor growers will have to mimic the autumn by (gradually) adjusting their light scheme. Although adjusting a light scheme isn’t difficult, it does require the some knowledge.

Benefits of feminized seeds

  • Feminized seeds develop female plants. This prevents pollination of male plants.
  • Every plant will grow smokable cannabis
  • Optimum utilization of the available space
  • Feminized seeds are almost 100% free of hermaphrodites.
  • Higher weed production than autoflowers
  • The quality of the taste and the effect is generally better than with autoflowers
  • Plants from feminized seeds produce fewer leaves than autoflowers
  • In contrast to autoflowers, non-autoflowers (female plants) can be pruned

Feminized autoflower seeds

In addition to feminized seeds, you can opt for feminized autoflower seeds. These are female seeds and have the same characteristics as feminized seeds, but there is an important difference to recognize. Where feminized seeds begin to flower as soon as they receive less sunlight (or artificial light) an autoflower will start to flower on the basis of age. For this, the grower doesn’t have to adjust his lighting schedule or wait for the arrival of autumn. Growing an autoflower is therefore much easier than a female plant from feminized seeds.

Benefits of feminized autoflower seeds

  • The plant automatically blooms without you having to do anything. Standard 18 hours of light and 6 hours of darkness is sufficient to achieve maximum results.
  • Like feminized seeds, feminized autoflower seeds develop female plants.
  • The autoflowers develop smokable cannabis, just like feminized seeds.
  • Because of their crossing with the ruderalis plant the plant grows less tall and requires less maintenance.
  • Autoflowers are more resistant to temperature fluctuations, pests and mold.
  • Outdoor growers can harvest more often and earlier (sometimes even twice a summer when growing outdoors).
What is better: feminized or autoflower?

The answer to this question depends on what you are looking for. Experienced growers are more likely to opt for feminized seeds. This has several reasons. The yields are generally better and of higher quality. In addition, plants derived from feminized seeds allow various breeding and training methods. A grower is therefore more flexible.

Beginners and growers who are looking for convenience will rather opt for a feminized autoflower. Mainly because of the simplicity with which the plant can be grown, the limited plant height and the high resistance against mold, vermin and plant diseases.