What Is Cannabis Pollen And How To Use It
Just like female cannabis plants, male plants also flower but they don’t produce buds. Male cannabis plants develop pollen sacs that release pollen when they reach maturity.
Male plants are vital in the production of new cannabis strains but can be a nightmare for home growers because they can pollinate your female plants, filling the buds with seeds.
1. Male Cannabis Plants
Plants can be Monoecious or Dioecious. Dioecious plants are those which have distinct female and male plants, meaning a plant will be male or female and the male needs to pollinate the female to produce seeds. Monoecious plants are those which have both female and male parts and are known as hermaphrodites .
The cannabis plants can be both Monoecious and Dioecious, although it is mostly found with separate sexes, you can and you will see Monoecious cannabis (hermaphrodites) in nature and even in your growing space.
Hermaphrodites happen when the cannabis plant gets stressed. If she senses death is near, she will start developing the other sex to guarantee the survival of her species. This allows her to pollinate itself, producing seeds without the need for another plant.
2. What Is Pollen?
As you may know, buds are the flowers of the female cannabis plant. Male plants also flower, but unlike female plants, they produce pollen sacs. Pollen sacs are small balls that open up when they’re fully mature, releasing pollen.
The tiny pollen grains hold the male plant’s DNA information which combines with the female gametes that contain its DNA information, resulting in cannabis seeds.
Pollen is produced by male cannabis plants and contains the male gametes. To produce seeds, a male plant needs to pollinate a female plant. This is how breeders produce new genetics, this way new terpene profiles and types of high can be achieved.
3. What Is Pollen Used For?
Pollen is used to create seeds. In nature, pollen allows the cannabis plants to perpetuate its species.
For breeders, this allows the creation of new strains. By crossing two different strains, breeders can come up with distinct and unique colors, flavors, and aromas.
For example, our new Gorilla Cookies Auto is a cross between our Gorilla Glue Auto and Girl Scout Cookies Auto.
Just like female cannabis plants, male plants also flower but they don’t produce buds. Male cannabis plants develop pollen sacs that release pollen when t
What do male cannabis plants look like?
Cannabis plants can be male or female, but only female plants produce buds. Because of that, most growers try to identify and remove male plants as soon as possible.
So what do male cannabis plants look like? I know a lot of growers dread them but in some cases they can actually be surprisingly beautiful! Male pollen sacs open up and look like flowers 🙂
Here’s a picture gallery of several different male marijuana plants for your reference!
Pictures of Male Cannabis Plants
Another example of spilled pollen
Closeup of a single pollen sac as it grows in
Sometimes when they first start growing in they look like a bunch of grapes
When pollen sacs open up, they look like flowers – well they are flowers in a way, but you know what I mean 🙂
A fully formed male plant – this is what male plants typically look like if you let them grow out
This male-looking plant was covered in pollen sacs in a similar formation as buds. Before this, I’ve never seen a male plant with such little pollen sacs before! I learned this is a female plant that was reversed to make pollen sacs as part of the process of making feminized seeds.
Male plants looking up at the sky! These pollen sacs have turned purple, which sometimes happens with males just like female plants 🙂
See a gallery of male cannabis plants. Male plants don't make buds, but their pollen sacs are surprisingly pretty when they open up!