Shit man, those are A LOT of questions.
I’ll give it a shot even though I am currently high as fuck. I just finished doing some work shit and didn’t fuck that up, but if anyone sees an error/ disagrees with me, please feel free to let me know. I find being able to take criticism as a sign of growth, and some other motivational poster shit like that. On to the questions...
Some strains are more prone to non stress related hermaphrodism, for example I have a strain called Hong Kong that I fucked around with for a couple of years trying to breed the hermaphrodite trait out of to no avail.
Most hemp and some landrace sativas have hermie leaning genetics. As well as some strains (see above).
Other strains require a stress trigger...ex. a light leak, lack of/or too much nutes, photo period interruptions in regular schedules, physical stresses (ex. pruning during flowering gone wrong), lack of/or too much water, more heat than normal (had that happen once when my AC went out one summer), letting the plants flower too long (rodelization), bugs and some other things I forgot (feel free to chime in here IC).
I have no idea if hermaphrodism can be observed via stress in all cannabis strains. I would hazard a guess that since some strains are more prone to herm traits other strains are more prone to being strictly male or female.
In my experience a banana sometimes is slightly different in structure than a typical pollen sac in that it does not always drop as much pollen and requires extra work to remove/ store pollen from (what I do is place the dried bananas in a small container with a marble and it pulverizes it) and some drop giant ass sacs that the pollen will readily fall from that are exactly like regular males in structure.
A plant that pushes out bananas during flowering without a feminizing agent (colloidal silver, silver thiosulfate) is prone to hermaphrodism.
If your plants are self pollinated, then the plants grown from their seed will have hermaphrodite traits. Meaning you’ll always have seeds even if you don’t want them.
Those female plants will actually be hermaphrodites and will have a tendency to also push out bananas and self polinate during late flower or if stressed at any point during flowering, or just for the hell of it ( Ex. Hong Kong).
Those two statements are true to the best of my knowledge. Fell free to correct me if needed.
As far as the traits....If your plants pollinated themselves, you can expect very similar traits in the plants grown from those seed if they are the same homozygous strain. Weed that pollinates itself without stress are hermaphrodite.
If you have 50 seeds from Tangieland that you pop you will most likely see shitload of variation in your first generation due to Tangie and Candyland having a varied lineage. Shitloads of different ancestors, who themselves have shitloads of ancestors.
Ex. I’m running Tangie right now and all four females I have show some variance. Two are tall with 3-4 inch internodes and one has hollow stems and one doesn’t/ one is short and bushy with nodes about an inch apart, and one is an orange smelling pheno.
If you want similar genetics each generation try out some landraces (I have a Santa Marta Colombian Gold and some Afghani landraces that have always grown out the same).
I typically keep all my seed. I label seeds that are hermaphrodite, feminized, regular, etc. my main focus is breeding, unlike people who run all sensimilla. Seeds = smaller buds, so if you are looking to harvest more bud you can’t if your plant’s buds are full of seeds. Because once again seed = small buds. Which may be why people typically won’t abide a plant with hermie traits in their grow.
And from running about six generations of Hong Kong I can vouch that the herm trait does perpetuate itself when bred with itself. F2, F3, F4, F5, etc. everything hermed.
I typically kill herms, mainly because I fucking hate them. I’ve had herms ruin breeding projects and set me back, so yeah. Fuck ‘em.
I’m going to smoke some more now. I hope this helps.
A process cannot be understood by stopping it. Understanding must move with the flow of the process, must join it and flow with it. - First Law of Mentat
Last edited by MintyMick; 02-17-2019 at 10:06 AM..
Reason: I’m high, so of course there were typos.