Can Female Clones turn Hermi/Male?

Discussion in 'General Marijuana Growing' started by FarmerNinja, Jan 28, 2010.


    FarmerNinja Active Member

    So i was wondering if a female clone can turn into hermaphrodite and pollinate other female clones?

    it took a bit of experimenting at first to get them dialed down so they suffered some stress during transplanting. could stress turn the female clones into hermaphrodite?
    i had the light cycle on 24/7 but the plants didnt like that so i switched to a 18/6 and about a week later they are showing signs of white pistls growing from tiny sacs. they dont really look like seed sacs but i'm wondering if they could be. should i be worried or are these just preflowers?

    i have a chem dog clone i got from a dispensary and it has been growing much faster than the rest of the plants because when i got it the guy told me it was on sale because it was older than the other strains they were dispensing. most of the leaves on the chem dog are showing 3 leaves on them. could this be a sign of a hermaphrodite or a female turned into male? or should i be wary of getting more clones from this dispensary?

    im worried because the rest of my female clones are showing small signs of white pistils and it is only a little less than 4 weeks after i replanted the rockwool into fox farm ocean forest soil. most of them are very small still because of the stress i put them through because of the heat of where i am. they look like they are growing fine now but im concerned about these newly forming pistils.

    is it possible for the chem dog clone to turn into a hermaphrodite and pollinate the rest of my tiny 6" female clones? is this even possible under a 18/6 cycle?

    i was also wondering if changing the cycle from 24/7 to 18/6 will induce flowering or the formation of pistils?

    here are some pics i tried to take but i couldn't get the focus good enough. hopefully they help. any advice is appreciated!

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    connorbrown Well-Known Member

    Its just calyxes if the pistils are growing out of them. But if no pistils grow out of them, they are pollen sacks.
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    FarmerNinja Active Member

    right on.. is that always true? so male plants have no pistils at all? can hermaphrodites still have pistils?

    if i've stunted their growth does that mean they will never reach their true potential or will it just take longer for them to grow more bud sites under indoor light?

    just trying to take as best care of my investment as possibe because i was going to make some of these into mothers. should i not bother making a mother from a stunted plant and just get new clones?

    thanks for the help!

    supernor Active Member

    Pistols can grow out of pollen sacks too. Superhermies do it.

    FarmerNinja Active Member

    if these preflowers start to really form a lot on the tiny clones does that mean i have to induce them into flowering? or can i keep them at 18/6? what will happen will the preflowers just keep growing out? when is a good time to judge when it is ready to put them in a flowering room?

    supernor what is a superhermie? does that mean it will bud normal but have a few seeds?

    sorry for all the questions but i'm really trying to learn all i can before i figure out if i shocked these female clones into turning hermi

    all advice is appreciated

    flawless216 Member

    if i have a female and three weeks into flowering it turns hermi are the clones i took off before flowering still going to be affected even know it went hermi after the fact

    frostybudzz Member

    thank you no one answers this question clearly!!!

    MrStickyScissors Well-Known Member

    3 leaves means nothing. i had a couple strains that had 3 leaves sour grapes is one. if you have a light leak i personally believe plants will turn hermie. also heat stress. i had a female cutting that i got from harbor side that had one branch with male flowers on it out of 36 plants and it did pollenate the rest of them

    MrStickyScissors Well-Known Member

    18/6 20/4 are both allright.18 hours of light is plenty and your plant will not bud. maybe if your using a weak florescent for 18 hours it would flower

    MrStickyScissors Well-Known Member

    if that happened i would say most likly the cuttings you got where off of a hermie.

    KuLong Well-Known Member

    Q:So i was wondering if a female clone can turn into hermaphrodite and pollinate other female clones?

    A: Yes.

    mygirls Medical Marijuana (MOD)

    they wont turn male but they can hurmy on you if you have a great deal of light leaking in the room and beaming on your plants while lights or off

    kizzzzurt Active Member

    Been cloning the same female strain for 6 years, never hermied. I've never had light leak super heavily into the room while it was in an off cycle though, so it may.

    You guys have to remember that it doesn't have to be 100% dark during the dark period. In nature the moon gives off light, as does MANY things that humans use around naturally growing plants. Mostly dark is what you do want though.

    knowthegrow Member

    No, female clones can not turn 'hermi' I can see two white hairs on your plants - dont panic.

    mygirls Medical Marijuana (MOD)

    yes they can. stress a plant hard enough and she will

    Serial_Stoner415 Active Member

    Lol wow just wow.....your name is "knowthegrow" and you got that wrong!?
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    Dr. Who Well-Known Member


    WTF is a "superhermie"???

    Your 3 leaved Chem is telling you it's not stable by only throwing 3 leaf sets......that's ALL!

    A Hermaphrodite will have both sex organs!
    A bisexual plants throws "Banana's" and is NOT a hermaphrodite.

    BISEXUALITY is not dependent on light leaks! The longer you run them the more chance one could go bisexual....Almost any environmental problem can lead to a plant going bisexual.

    OP - You have NOTHING to worry about at this point....

    The lack of understanding growing and caring for plants in so many new "growers" is simply mind boggling!

    How about you read up on growing house plants.
    Then read up on growing Cannabis.


    Mrniceguy420rj Member

    So I had a ballast break on me and i almost restarted my grow because I had the lights out for two weeks no water because I had left town cane home almost everything dried up and broke to the touch but two survived and no hermaphrodite actually one was a really beautiful plant that I'm waiting to harvest and the other is a wifi og that I'm going to pull because it looks a embarrassment and would rather have something else in its place and it is very skimpy. And I won't lie I was trying to actually get them two to hermit seeds or get bananas for pollen then I would have disinfected the room for the next crowd of girls to go in.

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    Budley Doright Well-Known Member

    I'll try and find the article I read a few years back but I thought I read that there had never been a true bisexual marijuana plant found in that they carried both X and Y. Again I will look and see if I can find it.
    Dr. Who

    Dr. Who Well-Known Member

    The term used in plant biology is Bisexual.
    "Hermie" or Hermaphrodite is technically incorrect .

    A "bisexual" plant will have female or X chromosomes. About every 1 in 3000 seeds will be an actual male from selfing. Some consider this a super male.....I never kept any of the 3 I've encountered.

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