feminized seeds, are what's the problem with them?

Discussion in 'Organics' started by Endur0xX, Jun 6, 2012.

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    Endur0xX

    Endur0xX Well-Known Member

    I read somewhere someone bashing feminized seeds, I want to know, is there any reason why the female seeds are not as good as regulars? other than they are more expensive? If the price is the only real difference, personnaly I just won't bother with the regulars unless the strain I want is regular only. Thanks
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    chrishydro

    chrishydro Well-Known Member

    I only use feminized, no worries about males popping up and ruining the rest. For me it works and I just bought more. I love them.
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    Justin00

    Justin00 Active Member

    Some people like to be able to work with/improve strains and often cross them with other successful strains. feminized seeds limits your ability to cross strains in certain ways and allow seed producing companies the ability to maintain better control over who has access to there base genetics.

    growing feminized seeds also limits your ability to sustain the strain. meaning if at any time you stop growing a specific strain you can only require it by buying more seeds rather then growing your own (can still be done but is more difficult and requires more effort) thus you must keep a strain growing to maintain constant access to it.

    weather you agree or not that is the general issue some have with purchasing feminized seeds.
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    nick88

    nick88 Well-Known Member

    Have used feminized seeds for last yr or so. Have not had any problems. If you figure your losses to regular seeds from males, the fems arent that expensive.
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    Endur0xX

    Endur0xX Well-Known Member

    so If I have good regular genetic, can I attempt to breed it with a feminized plant or you can only breed regulars together ?
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    Justin00

    Justin00 Active Member

    yeah, you can breed a regular male with a feminized female
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    Mindmelted

    Mindmelted Well-Known Member

    And fem seeds seem to have more stability and less variations.

    Since i dont do experiments i only buy fems usally.
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    Kalyx

    Kalyx Active Member

    "Fem seeds are for pussies" says the new TGA shirt. I don't think being feminine is necessarily a bad thing, but I do agree that feminized seeds are less than ideal. Here's why:

    1) Feminized seed is produced using hermaphrodite pollen. Hermaphrodites should be avoided as they can herm from stress at any point and turn your sensi crop into a feminized seed F2 crop. I think most are growing sensi for high yielding sticky buds, not seeded calyxs.

    2) Males add genetic diversity to a cross. feminized seed is a narrowing of the given gene pool (especially when females are seeded with their own herm pollen)

    3) Its a short cut. Most short cuts are due to impatient modern humans and generally detract from quality of the end product, if not downright contaminate it. (ie synth nutes, trimming machines, BHO hash, pesticides, etc)

    I could go on and on about why I choose not to use feminized seed. But the main reason I think to stay away is because there are plenty of REAL breeding projects going on all around the world that are using FABULOUS males AND females and actually progressing the game. To me feminized seed is just reshuffling the deck and not really doing breeding at all. I understand that from a home growers standpoint, its nice to not have to cull males. However, if all these HACKS keep polluting the cannabis gene pool with herm feminized pollens, ruderalis, etc. breeders will have to protect their prized males and the value that the males hold may go higher than 'kill em and get em out of the way' status. By the way I mostly grow from clone, but I avoid clones from feminized seed lines whenever possible, except for the original OG, I love her and she came from a feminized seed source in SoCal.
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    tip top toker

    tip top toker Well-Known Member

    I have read many journals documenting a feminized versus regualr seed grow comparisson, and the regular seeds always kicked the living crap out of the fem seeds in terms of output, size, vigour etc. I'll use fems if i really have to but i will try and use reg beans whereve i can :) besides, if i buy reg beans then i can take a male and a female and never have to buy that stain again :)
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    Endur0xX

    Endur0xX Well-Known Member

    as long as you got the room to breed! I was thinking of trying it but I enjoy growing different strains each time ... I am running Chemo from reg seeds (in the paper towel right now), the only strain that I can say I have purchase more than once... should try and make seeds I guess . As easy as letting a male and a female grow next to each other at the same age correct?
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    shannonball

    shannonball Well-Known Member

    to each their own.

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