Non-hermie feminized seeds ...
by, 10-22-2010 at 09:43 AM (2466 Views)
... to continue with the story,
Feminized seeds produced with pollen from stress induced hermies will generally result in hermie plants from the seeds.
If the plant is difficult to turn hermie through stress it is a very good plant to produce pollen and/or seeds from.
Using Colloidal Silver on a plant has nothing to do with stressing the plant.
What happens (in terms that I can just about understand) is that the silver molecules bind themselves to copper molecules in the bud sites of the plant.
Copper is used for ethelyne production by the plant which is used for bud production in female plants.
By binding up the copper molecules and making them unavailable, the Colloidal Silver suppresses the ethelyne production and effectively tricks the plant into thinking it is male.
Again, it has nothing to do with stress, and if the plant didn't have a genetic inclination towards being a hermie, then the seeds will not have the hermie trait either.
To use Colloidal Silver you simply spray the selected plant (or bud or branch of a plant) with colloidal silver before putting it under 12/12 lighting. Repeat the application until male flowers appear.
The fact that you can treat a single bud or branch on a plant and ONLY that area will produce male flowers allows you to harvest pollen and keep flowering the parent plant as a female.
Simply remove the affected branch as the male flowers are reaching maturity and stick it in a flower vase while the pollen sacs ripen.
Being able to treat a portion of a plant without the rest of the plant being affected is a further indication that the plant is not being stressed - if it was being stressed then the pollen production wouldn't be localised to the treated area.
But isn't Colloidal Silver expensive and/or difficult to make?
The answer is no to both questions as is explained in the next installment ...