Originally Posted by little-soldier
douglas.curtis; you mentionned that hermie has nothing to do with feminised seeds yet you posted on another thread (There's no need for extra steps to ensure non-herm traits, the breeders will have culled those traits and fully tested their results) Gee, sounds like you have alot of faith in those supposably reputable breeders. would you say cali connections or Humbolt seed organisation even drgreenthumb to be reputable breeders? There is a reason why it is not recommended to breed with feminised seeds. Can you show me a thread where those properly feminised seeds have been succesfully grown? Sorry for being in denial its just that according to my experience including friends, feminised has always turned out to be garbage. And if theres one thing that life has tought me, its that no matter how many books you can read about cannabis or anything else. doing it is a different ball game
There's no valid reason for believing / claiming femenized seeds are generally (i.e. genetically) more prone to hermaphrodism than regular seeds! Hermaphrodism is a genetic trait that's inherited from the parent plants and therefor can occur in regular seeds just as well. In fact, especially South East Asian equatorial Sativas are very well known to carry a strong hermie tendency!
In the early days of feminized seed production, the doner plants were forced to produce pollen by stressing them. Plants that did not produce pollen or even male flowers, even when stressed heavily, could not be used to produce such seeds. Therefor, many - if not most - of the plants that were used as pollen doners, were the ones that reacted the most to the applied stress factors: the plants most prone to hermaphrodism. In consequence, a great number of plants from those seeds inherited the hermie trait from the doner plants. This has given feminized seeds a bad reputation that is still prevalent today, although unjustly so.
Today, things are being done differently: There's no need to use hermie-prone plants for the production of fem seeds anymore. As a matter of fact, reputable breeders / seed producers stress test potential parent-plants before using them in a cross or breeding project, spcifically to ensure hermaphrodism isn't an issue! That doesn't mean it's impossible for hermies to show up in these genetics, but it's not an issue of feminized VS. regular - it's just genetics.
There is, however, one thing to consider when dealing with fem seeds and that's the use of specific cultivars, so called 'elite cuts', as parent plants, many of which are known to be rather prone to hermaphrodism. For example, the Sour Diesel line carries a clear hermie-tendency, simply because it's the (unintentional) result of the combination of hermie-prone parents.
And in fact, Cali Connection is infamous for slapping together such cultivars and throwing them on the market without any further testing. Hence their bad reputation for selling hermie-prone genetics. But that doesn't mean it's the same with the other breeders / seed producers!
Most of the vendors that are listed on this site also produce and sell feminized seeds, some even exclusively, and many people (including myself) are very happy with them.
If you haven't been able to find a single thread with successful grows from feminized seeds, you should rethink your researching methods - the whole board is full of them!