The practical use of male cannabis plants
It is often said that male cannabis plants do not serve much purpose and are often the result of bad culture. Admittedly, the male plant does not produce flower, nor THC (or very little). There is a tendency to find it unusable ... However, it is essential in the production of quality female plants, and can see many advantages in the cultivation of cannabis.
The male cannabis plant
You can easily recognize a male plant its appearance to its growth only vertical, thus presenting few branches. It is a rather puny plant with few leaves, unlike the female plant, which tends to divide in width.
Male plants are generally considered useless and are usually discarded. But pollination by males remains essential to produce more cannabis plants (unless working from clones). This is a process that is generally best left to breeders so that producers can focus on producing edible, seedless buds sinsemilla.
Could male plants be used for something more beneficial to the cannabis growers? Surprisingly, male plants have more uses than people think.
The benefits of fertilizing with a good buck
The obvious function of male cannabis plants is seed selection, and genetic continuity (see its enhancement). When pollinating females, males provide half of the genetic composition inherited by the seeds. For this reason, it is important to examine the genetics of male plants. Their shape, growth rate, resistance to pests and mold, and resistance to climate change can all be passed on to improve the quality of future generations.
But if you grow cannabis to produce quantity, you must eliminate male plants. Thus, you will prevent the fertilization of the flowers of the females. But if the female plant is fertilized with a good male, you will get some seeds high quality (to the detriment of the consumable quantity).
More genetic combinations mean more varieties ...
... And when you have more variety, there are more features to choose from. Not only does this mean that the gene pool is kept alive, but we can also start selecting for pathogen resistance, growth rate, general health status; and even different profiles of cannabinoids and terpenoids.
No males, no automatic flowering plants
You may have noticed that seed banks only offer varieties to automatic flowering feminized. This is because male plants can have autoflowering traits, and these can be transmitted by breeding them with pollen from an auto-flowering female plant. You can then produce feminized, autoflowering, truly reproducing plants. Unfortunately, these autoflowering feminized plants can not be cloned (or with difficulty)and they will not produce seeds unless fertilized by a male.
When it comes to hemp fiber, male cannabis plants produce a softer material while females are responsible for producing a coarse and stronger fiber, as in the case of hemp fiber. hemp concrete.
It may be surprising to find that male plants can be psychoactive in nature - though much less powerful than female plants. Plants do not produce buds, but small amounts of cannabinoids can be found throughout the plant, which can be extracted to produce hashish or oils.
Protection of the culture medium
Cannabis plants offer more benefits in the garden than bud production. Male and female cannabis plants produce aromatic oils called terpenes, which are associated with the fight against pests and diseases.
Dried material from male cannabis plants can also be used to produce terpenes-rich oils that are applied to repel insects and pests as a natural spray against insects.
Fields of male hemp provide a source of pollen for stressed bees
But the male hemp plant can also help some insects, such as bees, which are currently undergoing extinction.
Industrial hemp plants, become part of the menu of American bees. However, neither hemp nor other strains of Cannabis species grown for recreational or medicinal purposes offer insects any nectar ...
Yet, a large variety of bees appeared in two experimental plots of hemp during a collection experiment.
In addition, cannabis plants are deep-rooted plants with long, taprootable roots. Swiveling roots are known for their ability to dive deep into the soil and break down poor soil.
This allows moisture and nutrients to infiltrate and improve soil quality.
Certainly we focus largely on female plants, and rightly so. But it is important to recognize and cherish the characteristics of male cannabis plants. Females can produce the buds we know and love ...
But by limiting the diversity of males, we could lose potential benefits that we do not yet understand. Some males may have compounds that we do not know about. Professional growers know that a good male plays an important role in the development of cannabis, and as a whole.
If you try to take advantage of any of these benefits without the intention of pollinating your cannabis plants; keep in mind that cannabis pollen is good for traveling. So over long distances, he is determined to find the right female ...
It is useful to have a good understanding of the functioning of the pollen and its movements (by ventilation).
Especially before embarking on one of these alternative uses so as not to accidentally pollinate your own plants or those of a neighbor ...