On average, how long from the time that a male plant is showing sex does it take before it is a risk of pollenating female plants?
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Posted 13 April 2008 - 09:37 AM
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Posted 15 April 2008 - 04:40 AM
Posted 15 April 2008 - 04:44 AM
Very helpful, thank you.
Having just run a little breeding experiment, I can tell you that when males are let go to do their thing, they splooge all over the place. I had a male that didn't get to be more than 12" tall, but the pollen he dumped just caked the planter I had him in. The female I had him with is heavy with seed.
But to answer your question, males seem to show gender (at least to the point where I can easily identify them, other may have better eyesight) between two and three weeks of the flowering cycle, with the first pollen sacks opening a week or two after that. When they open, it's like a tiny flower opening, and if the air is still you will see an obvious blob of yellow pollen on the leaves under it. Once you've seen it and know what you're looking at, it's pretty easy to get to it in time.
I had one female go hermie on me. It was a 5th generation clone and one day it just sprouted a couple of pollen sacks. It wasn't even on 12/12 light, it did this under 18/6.
Funny thing, it only sprouted about three pollen sacks then it seemed to "calm down" and behave like a normal girl plant again. A couple weeks later I cut her up and made her into a bunch of clones, so I'll be watching that batch closely to see any hint of hermie activity.
Posted 15 April 2008 - 04:37 PM
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